The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined

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ColumnsJun 8, 2018

Red Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama, is one of the largest metaphors for race and class in the American South. Part of a range that cuts a diagonal southwest-northeast line through the state, it provided the ore that fed the region’s iron mills in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and more crucially it divided…

ColumnsMay 10, 2018

Artist: Joana Serrat Hometown: Vic, Spain (Okay, okay. I know this is called “Brit Pick” and Spain is decidedly not in Britain, but Joana is signed to a British label, gigs in the UK often, and is just so good that I wanted to tell you about her, so forgive me for not staying in my lane…

ColumnsMay 8, 2018

Artist: Daniel Daniel Hometown: Washington, DC Latest Album: The Lonesome Hollow Personal Nickname: Chef Dan Which artist has influenced you the most ... and how? It is hard to pinpoint one artist. There have been so many that have impacted and inspired me along the way. The ones that truly dig down and touch my…

ColumnsMay 4, 2018

Who invented rock 'n' roll? Don’t answer that: It’s a trick question. Rock 'n' roll, like most complex sounds and genres and world-conquering forces, wasn’t actually invented. Instead, it germinated and mutated and mushroomed and erupted. It’s not the product of Elvis Presley or Sam Phillips, nor of Jackie Brenston or Louis Jordan. Rather, it…

ColumnsMay 1, 2018

Artist: Dharmasoul (Jonah Tolchin & Kevin Clifford) Hometown: Princeton, NJ Latest Album: Lightning Kid  Rejected Band Names: Dankasaurus What's your favorite memory from being on stage? Kevin: My favorite memory from being onstage is a tie between playing New Orleans Jazz Fest with the Loyola Jazz Band in 2012 and when an entire audience sang happy…