The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined
UncategorizedFeb 14, 2017

While the traditional "Wayfaring Stranger" has been at the foundation of North American music for at least two centuries, its origin is far from exact.Some historians have traced its genesis to the 1780s, others, the early 1800s. Depending on who you're talking to the song may be a reworked black spiritual, a lifted native hymn,…

UncategorizedFeb 14, 2017

"I don't need to see," Bela Fleck says as a Dee Snider-style blonde wig is placed upon his noggin. The banjo prophet and his equally talented wife, Abigail Washburn, recently entered the cover song thunderdome at AV Club's "Undercover" series where they took on the Europe classic, "The Final Countdown." The original version of the tune is…

UncategorizedFeb 14, 2017

Some say the true measure of a song’s merit is whether it sounds good with just vocals and acoustic guitar. But that’s poppycock; the real way to test a tune’s mettle is to break out the banjos and mandolins and see whether it stands up to the bluegrass treatment. In the list that follows -- a…

UncategorizedOct 28, 2016

Artist: Country LipsHometown: Seattle, WASong: "Grizzly Bear Billboard"Album: Till the Daylight ComesRelease Date: August 19In Their Words: "'Grizzly Bear Billboard' is the kind of song that, without sadness or regret, remembers the Summer for the beauty that only comes from things that must, at some time, come to an end. In the video -- filmed…

UncategorizedOct 27, 2016

Artist: Levon HenryHometown: Los Angeles, CALatest Album: SinkerPersonal Nicknames: "Brother of Lulu” is new and shiny, though Lee has gained some momentum over the years.If Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and Mohammed were in a band together, who would play what?Jesus on tambourine, Buddha on Juno. I’ve seen Krishna depicted here and there with a flute, so…