The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined

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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…
InterviewOct 17, 2017

Artist: Flatt Lonesome Song: “Where Do You Go” (originally by Glen Campbell) Album: Silence in These Walls Where did you first hear this song? Charli Robertson: I actually found this song on one of those days where I was just driving around, running some errands, riding around town. When I’m home, I kind of just…

InterviewSep 29, 2017

Josh Ritter is, at his core, a wordsmith. His proclivity for words -- for their exactitude, potency, and even magic -- comes out in his lyrical prowess. He not only summarizes an experience with perceptive poetic force, but also heightens its impact with clever rhythmic structuring. It’s why when he sings “Our love would live…

InterviewSep 28, 2017

On a weekday afternoon in September, Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae are at home in Appleton, Wisconsin. It's been a busy summer. Several weeks earlier, the couple brought 225 bands to town for Mile of Music, the citywide festival that Chisel helped launch in 2013. Not long before that, they hosted the recording sessions for…

InterviewSep 26, 2017

Artist: Darin & Brooke AldridgeSong: “ Someday Soon” (originally by Ian & Sylvia)Album: Faster and FartherWhen did you first hear “Someday Soon?”Darin Aldridge: It’s one of the tunes that Brooke and I have been doing in the living room around our house, as we just sit around playing, coming up with tunes. [Laughs] Suzy Bogguss was…

InterviewSep 22, 2017

For most listeners of bluegrass, the history of the music begins (and often ends) in December of 1945, when Bill Monroe brought his Blue Grass Boys -- Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt, included -- on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. Bluegrass was created by the men on that historic stage, straight from their brains…