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Tim O'Brien Recalls the Origins of Hot Rize... and That Other Band (Part 2 of 2)
Artist of the MonthMay 19, 2021

Within the songs of her new album Outside Child, Allison Russell delves deeply into the extreme trauma she experienced in her youth spent in Montreal both as a mechanism for personal relief, but also in the hopes that it might reach people with similar experiences. Although she is a member of multiple bands (including Birds…

Tim O'Brien Recalls the Origins of Hot Rize... and That Other Band (Part 2 of 2)
Artist of the MonthMay 14, 2021

I met Allison Russell briefly several years ago during AmericanaFest here in Nashville, Tennessee. Years later on a masked up photoshoot with Yola during the COVID pandemic, I talked with this wonderful friend of Yola's who introduced herself as Alli. We talked off and on during the shoot and had a wonderful time, only towards the…

Tim O'Brien Recalls the Origins of Hot Rize... and That Other Band (Part 2 of 2)
Artist of the MonthMay 3, 2021

Allison Russell has already made an exceptional impression in roots music -- first in the duo Birds of Chicago, then as a member of Our Native Daughters. Now with her new album Outside Child, she's putting her own story front and center. Whether she's singing in English or French, Russell's voice feels like satin, comfortable…

Tim O'Brien Recalls the Origins of Hot Rize... and That Other Band (Part 2 of 2)
Artist of the MonthApr 16, 2021

At 85 years old, Peggy Seeger stands as one of the most accomplished figures in folk music. She has recorded 25 solo albums, plus dozens more with her late husband, Ewan MacColl, along with collaborations with her siblings and generations of other folk musicians. She is a multi-instrumentalist who has edited and compiled folk music…

Tim O'Brien Recalls the Origins of Hot Rize... and That Other Band (Part 2 of 2)
Artist of the MonthApr 15, 2021

Peggy Seeger began her life surrounded by brilliant and groundbreaking musicians: a mother who was an internationally known composer; an ethnomusicologist father; half-brother Pete, legendary for both his songs and his political courage; brother Mike, musician and song-catcher. In the latter years of her career, she is making music with what she calls her “created”…