The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined
FeaturesFeb 16, 2018

If we really have no choice but to endure winter (other than high-tailin’ it toward the equator), we might as well give in, cozy up, and spin some wintry bluegrass songs. Cold rain, cold snow, cold wind, cold hearts ... some folks like the summertime when they can walk about, but wintertime ... well, it’s…

FeaturesFeb 5, 2018

In 2003, Folk Alley began streaming music online to bring the best acoustic, Americana, singer/songwriter, Celtic, traditional, and world music to listeners across the globe. While their website has a whole host of things to check out, from playlists to radio shows and blog posts, we always end up on the sessions tab watching live…

FeaturesFeb 2, 2018

“A lot of times, as artists, we don't write about what we're good at; we write about what we struggle with,” Brandi Carlile confesses, then adds with a laugh, “I think I tend to write a lot about forgiveness because I'm quite judgmental. I'm a work in progress.” As evidenced in that thesis statement and…

FeaturesJan 31, 2018

Basically, every genre of music out there has its self-referential moments, but bluegrass accomplishes these meta masterpieces with a specificity, nostalgia, and flair that is unparalleled. It just wouldn’t be bluegrass without bluegrass songs about bluegrass. (Now if that ain’t a hook for a song …) Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice -- “A Far Cry…

FeaturesJan 26, 2018

When singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier plays the Grand Ole Opry, she knows the crowd can sense that she doesn’t quite fit the mold. “I can tell that the audience can tell that I don’t look like Carrie Underwood,” she laughs. “I’ve got a gay look. I don’t mean to have a gay look, but I’m gay!”…