The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined
FeaturesFeb 16, 2018

If we really have no choice but to endure winter (other than high-tailin’ it toward the equator), we might as well give in, cozy up, and spin some wintry bluegrass songs. Cold rain, cold snow, cold wind, cold hearts ... some folks like the summertime when they can walk about, but wintertime ... well, it’s…

FeaturesFeb 9, 2018

I originally didn’t want to write this column. When I first asked the Bluegrass Situation’s wise and heroic editor if she had any album suggestions for the next Canon Fodder, her immediate response was: Joni Mitchell. “Maybe Court and Spark,” she recommended. I think I wrote something curt and casually dismissive back to her, something…

FeaturesFeb 7, 2018

There’s a strangely specific conversation that takes place between two guitars. Long-time friends Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman know the very kind. They’ve been playing music together for some time now, but they partnered in a new way when they set about to record a selection of folk singer John Hartford’s songs for their collaborative…

FeaturesFeb 5, 2018

In 2003, Folk Alley began streaming music online to bring the best acoustic, Americana, singer/songwriter, Celtic, traditional, and world music to listeners across the globe. While their website has a whole host of things to check out, from playlists to radio shows and blog posts, we always end up on the sessions tab watching live…

FeaturesFeb 2, 2018

“A lot of times, as artists, we don't write about what we're good at; we write about what we struggle with,” Brandi Carlile confesses, then adds with a laugh, “I think I tend to write a lot about forgiveness because I'm quite judgmental. I'm a work in progress.” As evidenced in that thesis statement and…