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FeaturesApr 9, 2018

Welcome to Gig Bag, a BGS feature that peeks into the touring essentials of some of our favorite artists. This time around, Mipso details the items they always have nearby when out on the road. Portable grist mill: Any musician will tell you there is nothing worse than arriving to the gig only to realize you're…

FeaturesApr 4, 2018

Joan Baez admits there's a gaffe in “Civil War,” a harrowing song of uprisings, both personal and public, on her new album, Whistle Down the Wind. “There are a couple of words that come out funny,” she says, “and there’s one where I sound like I have a big lisp.” It’s hard to catch that…

FeaturesApr 3, 2018

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…

FeaturesApr 2, 2018

Welcome to “A Minute In …” — a BGS feature that turns our favorite artists into hometown reporters. In our latest column, Simone Felice teaches us about the history of the Catskills and Hudson Valley. Kaaterskill Falls: As fate would have it, I was born just a few ledges below the falls, on the same…

FeaturesMar 30, 2018

At first glance, everything about Jerron Paxton looks and feels like a journey back in time to the early days of roots music, blues, and American folk. His effortless juggling of instruments -- from harmonica to fretless banjo, to guitar, to fiddle -- his humorous banter, his rustic stage wear, even his on-stage moniker, “Blind…