The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined
FeaturesJan 17, 2018

Singer/songwriter H.C. McEntire has been making music for many years now -- formerly with the punk band Bellafea and more recently with the indie country outfit Mount Moriah. But last year, she paused that trajectory to tour with Angel Olsen. Speaking from her home in North Carolina, she explains, “There are not many voices I'd…

FeaturesJan 15, 2018

Behind a plain facade on a quiet block in Manhattan’s East Village is the unassuming hub of the New York City bluegrass scene -- Mona’s Bar. More or less equidistant between the Alphabet City housing projects and the rock clubs and poetry cafés surrounding Tompkins Square Park and the Lower East Side, Mona’s occupies a…

FeaturesJan 3, 2018

There's a moment at the beginning of "Saturday Night Shuffle" -- one of 16 duets from Tommy Emmanuel's new album, Accomplice One -- where the song's guest, Jorma Kaukonen, turns to his host and says, "You're a badass cat, man." It's a nod of approval from one guitar great to another. Accomplice One is filled with…

FeaturesDec 29, 2017

The year end is a time for round-ups -- reflections on the cultural, social, and political landmarks of the past 365 days. But the tragedies brought on by ideological conflict, mass violence, and natural disasters in 2017 are particularly hard to sum up in a few simple phrases or talking points. That’s where music comes…

FeaturesDec 27, 2017

Robert Finley is helping pack up his friend’s Batmobile when I reach him in his native north Louisiana. “We got a chance to surprise the kids at the church,” he explains. The occasion felt particularly special for Finley, as it marked his anniversary with his church. “Most of the kids, I knew their parents when…