The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined

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Cover StoryAug 16, 2017

Most music, to varying degrees, conveys a cinematic quality, but for pedal steel player Spencer Cullum and guitarist Jeremy Fetzer -- aka the instrumental duo Steelism -- their new album ism sweeps across vast film terrain. Influenced by legendary composers like France’s Serge Gainsbourg and Italy’s Ennio Morricone, among an array of classic soundtracks, Steelism’s…

Cover StoryJul 19, 2017

Like her appellation, Bedouine (Azniv Korkejian) has wandered far from where she first began. The nomadic impulses beating at the heart of her chosen stage name carried her from her birthplace in Syria to her self-described home in Saudi Arabia as a child and later to the United States, where she continued shuffling from Boston to Houston to…

Cover StoryJun 21, 2017

The Secret Sisters had all the markings of instant success. Their first recording contract came attached with producer Dave Cobb and executive producer T Bone Burnett, and they toured with the likes of Brandi Carlile, Ray LaMontagne, and even Bob Dylan. But those factors, while exciting, weren’t a guarantee. Where music’s history is riddled with…

Cover StoryMay 17, 2017

"All my life, I was afraid of everything, and I wouldn't touch what was beautiful to me," sings Chastity Brown on "Drive Slow," the first track on her new LP, Silhouette of Sirens. Appropriately, it's a song filled with motion: an automotive chug toward the horizon, a call to move on and leave our ashes behind.…

Cover StoryApr 26, 2017

If recent reports are to be believed, New Orleans has usurped Las Vegas's drunken, fluorescent-pink crown as the go-to spot for bachelorette parties. Gaggles of girls trouncing down the Tremé sporting satin bride-to-be sashes are not an uncommon sight, as brash replaces the sound of brass that defined the city that Troy Andrews, known to…