The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined

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MixtapeNov 6, 2017

Being in a band with my twin sister, and writing songs that we sing together, is a very special and powerful thing. Blood harmony is a true gift that we always knew deep down that we could not waste! Playing music with family members has a wholesome and comforting quality that I think fans can…

MixtapeOct 16, 2017

Way back 50 years ago, in 1967, the music was the stuff of legend -- full of artists, songs, and culture that begat the Summer Of Love. So many great bands/artists were burgeoning under the surface: Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Rolling Stones, the Who, Janis Joplin/Big Brother and the Holding Company. Tina Turner was preparing…

MixtapeOct 2, 2017

Back in 2010, the 5 Spot in Nashville was known for two things -- the Monday night dance party and the Wednesday night Old Time Jam. They were both very popular weekly events.But Tuesdays were a dead zone. Either the venue was closed or a haphazard show or writer's night was thrown together. Most of the…

MixtapeSep 18, 2017

Piano players aren't as common in roots music as pickers are, so we asked Jillette Johnson to compile a list of her favorites for us. The keys-tickling singer/songwriter's new album, All I Ever See in You Is Me, pretty well indicates that she's on her way to joining this list herself.Molly Drake - "The First Day"There is…

MixtapeAug 28, 2017

Who doesn’t like soul music? Come on! My big brother Junior absolutely loved it, too. Also, he was my protector throughout my rough and tumble childhood growing up in gang-infested Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. I stood there, as he lay dying from kidney failure, under that heartless hospital sign that read, “Do Not Resuscitate.” I sang to him at…