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MIXTAPE: Paula Cole's Golden Anniversary Song CelebrationWay back 50 years ago, in 1967, the music was the stuff of legend -- full of artists, songs, and culture that begat the Summer Of Love. So many great bands/artists were burgeoning under the surface: Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Rolling Stones, the Who, Janis Joplin/Big Brother and the Holding…
MixtapeAug 8, 2017

The traditional folk realm spans several countries and numerous styles. But Canadian folk duo Kacy & Clayton know their way around the terrain. That's why we asked them to gather up a bundle of their favorites. Taking a break from promoting their new album, The Siren's Song, Clayton answered the call.Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys…

MixtapeJul 31, 2017

With his latest release being Mandolin Duets, Vol. 1, who better than Casey Campbell to put together a Mixtape of mandolin masters for us? No one. That's who. He has studied them all -- and played with many -- so take his carefully selected collection to heart (and ear).Bill Monroe & Doc Watson -- "Watson’s Blues"Where else…

MixtapeJul 17, 2017

This is a playlist of 12 songs by Asheville artists that have entertained and inspired me in my own little corner of this town. To choose only 12 was a challenge, to say the least, since the music scene keeps growing and it seems that every day there are new songwriters and musicians adding their…

MixtapeJul 10, 2017

We've always liked stirring the pot in the Dustbowl Revival -- bringing a lot of genres into our own out-of-left-field soul-roots sound. With our unconventional eight-piece instrumentation (a string section with a brass section) and two lead singers (and a lot of cooks in the kitchen), deciding what songs would make it when we were…

MixtapeJun 19, 2017

To celebrate the release of his book, I Got A Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival, and this year's upcoming event, Rick Massimo rifled through his memory (and notes) and put together a list of some of Newport's most memorable mainstays from across its 58-year history. Pete Seeger -- “Bells of Rhymney” (at the Newport Folk…