The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined
Song of the WeekDec 15, 2017

It's no secret around the Bluegrass Situation -- or anywhere, for that matter -- that there are two things in life that bring surefire joy to the eyes of this Jewish ex-New Yorker (well, other than music, loved ones, and the obvious answers). And that's a decent bagel or a great Christmas song ... preferably…

Song of the WeekDec 8, 2017

"The news is really very sad," so goes a line in Abbey Lincoln's 1990 song "The World Is Falling Down," a poetic lament with the contrast of jubilant horns laced through. Singing through the Civil Rights movement and nearly up to her death in 2010, she is one of music history's most dynamic and under-appreciated…

Song of the WeekDec 1, 2017

It was part of just another mundane drive home in October, trying in vain to get my grumpy toddler to share whatever he could from his day at pre-K, in between bites of snack and the Trolls soundtrack on the radio. My son was eating some sort of weird chocolate granola -- a sugary public…

Song of the WeekNov 17, 2017

Sometimes, songs become so imbedded in our minds, and our culture, that their essential nature makes us forget how unusual they may actually be. And one like "Gentle on My Mind," written by John Hartford and made iconic by Glen Campbell, is no exception. Hartford, himself, admitted that it actually broke all the musical rules,…

Song of the WeekNov 10, 2017

Writing alone and working in artistic isolation can breed a particular kind of creative output -- one often praised above all else. But collaboration has been at the heart of so much of music's inherent culture, even as we try to elevate and honor the solo songwriter and take down what feels like Music Row's…