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Nobody Tells It Like It Is, Except Perhaps Anna Tivel
Cover StoryOct 18, 2023

Few bands have benefitted from the same type of steady, organic growth as the Hogslop String Band. Originally formed in 2009 as a pickup band for a square dance, the group played together for 10 years before releasing their first album. In that time, their camaraderie strengthened – as did their songwriting, performance style, and…

Nobody Tells It Like It Is, Except Perhaps Anna Tivel
Cover StoryOct 6, 2023

What changes about the oft championed phenomenon of "family harmonies" when the voices entwined together are not voices at all, but strings, plucked and bowed and fingered? It's a question that immediately comes to mind as you hear the first notes of Haas, the recent duo album released by sisters, fiddler Brittany Haas and cellist…

Nobody Tells It Like It Is, Except Perhaps Anna Tivel
Cover StoryMay 5, 2023

It takes about 20 minutes into a conversation, but Abraham Alexander breaks into a big grin as he looks over his shoulder around his loft in Fort Worth, Texas, and talks about his father. “He’s been to this very place,” he says. “And we’ll play guitar together.” And there’s the smile. It’s Field of Dreams,…

Nobody Tells It Like It Is, Except Perhaps Anna Tivel
Cover StoryApr 21, 2023

Rattled by the 2016 election and its aftermath, singer-songwriter Iris DeMent did what folk singers are supposed to do: She picked up her pen. But it took until February 2023 for Workin’ on a World, her seventh album, to reach listeners — and it might not have happened at all if her stepdaughter Pieta Brown…

Nobody Tells It Like It Is, Except Perhaps Anna Tivel
Cover StoryFeb 15, 2023

Sunny War’s stunning new album, Anarchist Gospel, is never preachy, because it doesn’t need to be. War’s evocation of both anarchy and gospel in this context is strikingly grounded, blossoming from everyday understandings and interactions with each concept. And deeper still, in these sweeping, grand arrangements built on sturdy bones of fingerstyle, folk-informed right-hand guitar…

Nobody Tells It Like It Is, Except Perhaps Anna Tivel
Nobody Tells It Like It Is, Except Perhaps Anna Tivel