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This Never Happens: A Conversation with F.J. McMahonIn June 2017, F.J. McMahon played his first show in a lifetime. He took the stage with the Boston psych-folk group Quilt as his backing band and ran through the nine songs on his lone album, 1969’s Spirit of the Golden Juice. Those songs had been collecting dust for nearly…
FeaturesNov 15, 2017

Becca Mancari may live in Nashville, but the sound she's developed in her music is anything but "Nashville." It makes a good deal of sense, though, when you consider Mancari's earlier life, which included stints in India, the Blue Ridge Mountains, south Florida, and Staten Island. On her debut album Good Woman, Mancari weaves her…

FeaturesNov 13, 2017

Let’s blow up some balloons, get everyone’s signatures on the card, buy a Costco sheet cake, and send each of these bluegrass songs into their golden years with a loving swat on the rear. Buy that motorhome! See the country! Spend more time with your family! 10. “Man of Constant Sorrow” Why is this bluegrass…

FeaturesNov 10, 2017

Chris Hillman -- he of the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers fame -- has returned with a new solo project, Bidin’ My Time, after more than a decade away. As he’s said in countless other interviews, he was resigned to living out the concluding chapter of his musical career. He’d all but packed up any…

FeaturesNov 7, 2017

From the Bluegrass Situation and WMOT Roots Radio, it's Hangin' & Sangin' with your host, BGS editor Kelly McCartney. Every week Hangin' & Sangin' offers up casual conversation and acoustic performances by some of your favorite roots artists. From bluegrass to folk, country, blues, and Americana, we stand at the intersection of modern roots music…

FeaturesNov 6, 2017

Being in a band with my twin sister, and writing songs that we sing together, is a very special and powerful thing. Blood harmony is a true gift that we always knew deep down that we could not waste! Playing music with family members has a wholesome and comforting quality that I think fans can…