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Fayetteville Roots Sessions: Birds of Chicago, 'Lodestar'The thing that happens when Allison Russell and JT Nero come together as Birds of Chicago is magical. Here, they work through "Lodestar" live on location at the 2016 Fayetteville Roots Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with Russell moving from vocals to banjo to clarinet. If that ain't magic ...This year's festival takes place…
VideosAug 23, 2017

Not all guys with guitars can do what Hubby Jenkins does. With his husky voice and slide guitar, Jenkins offers up the acoustic blues of "Mean Ole Frisco" live on location at the 2016 Fayetteville Roots Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This year's festival takes place August 23-27 with a lineup that includes Iron & Wine, Rodney Crowell, John Paul…

VideosAug 23, 2017

When you're an iconic artist, little more is needed than a gentle strum and a great song. Such is the case with Peter Rowan, as he performs "Before the Streets Were Paved" live on location at the 2016 Fayetteville Roots Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This year's festival takes place August 23-27 with a lineup that includes Iron…

VideosAug 1, 2017

Sibling harmonies are some of the sweetest sounds in music. On their latest album, You Don't Own Me Anymore, the Secret Sisters offer up gobs of them. But lest you think it's all smoke and mirrors contrived in the studio (by producers Brandi Carlile and Phil and Tim Hanseroth), Lydia and Laura Rogers use this here…

VideosJul 18, 2017

Way back in January, we proclaimed 2017 to be the Year of the Banjo. And Noam Pikelny did his part to make it so by releasing a solo banjo album, Universal Favorite. For his Sitch Session, Punch Brother Pikelny performs "Sugar Maple" live at the Historic Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, wrapping his complex musicality…

VideosJul 3, 2017

With their Sitch Session performance of "Take a Chance on Me," you might well think Yonder Mountain String Band is aiming to be trolled in our That Ain't Bluegrass column. But, alas (and sadly), they aren't covering the classic ABBA tune. Rather, when they took to the stage at the Troubadour in Los Angeles recently, they…