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From Death Metal to a Fishing Boat, How Billy Strings Finds Renewal (Part 2 of 2)
Artist of the MonthAug 2, 2021

Amythyst Kiah is having a moment with Wary + Strange, an album that positions her among today's most compelling singer-songwriters. Although she is an East Tennessee native, her personal lyrics somehow feel universal -- this isn't an album about rivers and mountains, but instead touches on identity ("Black Myself"), grief ("Wild Turkey"), and unsolicited advice…

From Death Metal to a Fishing Boat, How Billy Strings Finds Renewal (Part 2 of 2)
Artist of the MonthJul 13, 2021

Tim O’Brien’s seemingly effortless tenor singing, musicianship, and songwriting have kept him in great esteem in the bluegrass community for more than four decades. One might say “seemingly effortless” is a fitting way to describe his career path, too. So much of it seems natural, as if each new thing was the obvious next step,…

From Death Metal to a Fishing Boat, How Billy Strings Finds Renewal (Part 2 of 2)
Artist of the MonthJul 12, 2021

Tim O’Brien’s latest album, He Walked On, explores the many realities and histories of what it means and what it has meant to be American. With his well-known ability to tell a story through song and his less recognized, but equally powerful ability to pick and perform covers, O’Brien shares intimate and intriguing stories including…

From Death Metal to a Fishing Boat, How Billy Strings Finds Renewal (Part 2 of 2)
Artist of the MonthJul 1, 2021

Tim O'Brien is putting his best foot forward with He Walked On, a new collection of eight originals and five carefully chosen covers. Through his music he shares his worldview, by channeling significant figures like Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, Congressman John Lewis, and John Prine. The topics on this self-produced record may be heavy,…

From Death Metal to a Fishing Boat, How Billy Strings Finds Renewal (Part 2 of 2)
Artist of the MonthJun 22, 2021

For a musician who has seemingly done it all and has the awards to prove it, Chris Thile found an excellent opportunity to create a solo record in the throes of the early pandemic. The project of that period of introspection and seclusion is one that has been, in some ways, a long time in…