The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined

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InterviewFeb 15, 2018

The Wood Brothers write songs for front parlors, back porches, Saturday night rave-ups, and Sunday morning comedowns. Theirs is a sound anchored by the rudiments of American roots music -- acoustic instruments, Southern strut, Bible Belt bounce -- with deeper grooves and a willingness to break from tradition. One Drop of Truth, the trio's latest…

InterviewFeb 7, 2018

There’s a strangely specific conversation that takes place between two guitars. Long-time friends Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman know the very kind. They’ve been playing music together for some time now, but they partnered in a new way when they set about to record a selection of folk singer John Hartford’s songs for their collaborative…

InterviewJan 25, 2018

Artist: Bobby Osborne Song: “They Called the Wind Maria” (originally from the 1951 Broadway musical, Paint Your Wagon) Album: Original  Where did you first hear this song? The first ones I ever heard do it were the Browns -- Jim Ed and Maxine Brown. I kind of liked it then, but my brother and…

InterviewJan 19, 2018

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams have been married for nearly 30 years, but they only turned their private song-making into a public affair with the release of their 2015 self-titled debut. (Though, before that, they played for seven years in Levon Helm's band.) Last year, they returned with their sophomore effort, Contraband Love, a darker…

InterviewJan 2, 2018

Artist: Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley Song: “Friend of the Devil” (Originally by Grateful Dead) Album: The Country Blues  Where did you guys first find this song? From the Grateful Dead or from a secondary source? Trey Hensley: I picked it up from the Dead. The first -- maybe the second -- record that…