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Abraham Alexander's Simmering 'SEA/SONS' Is Steeped In Family History
Cover StoryAug 24, 2022

The music on Place of Growth, the new third album by the Nashville acoustic string band Hawktail, calls a lot of things to mind. One thing it decidedly does not call to mind is the late country singer and songwriter Roger Miller. And yet, here on a Zoom chat, the quartet’s bassist Paul Kowert is…

Abraham Alexander's Simmering 'SEA/SONS' Is Steeped In Family History
Cover StoryJul 15, 2022

Walking through life, people learn, grow, and develop their own identities, and eventually find others who become figures in their chosen family. In a lot of ways, a band is a kind of chosen family. However, what if one's chosen musical family is also their family of origin? Folk music in particular, being tied to…

Abraham Alexander's Simmering 'SEA/SONS' Is Steeped In Family History
Cover StoryJun 8, 2022

Leyla McCalla couldn’t have known that, weeks after releasing her fourth solo album, Breaking the Thermometer, the New York Times would publish a major report detailing the long history of Haiti’s mistreatment at the hands of France and the United States. But McCalla, the Haitian American daughter of Haitian-born human rights activists and the granddaughter…

Abraham Alexander's Simmering 'SEA/SONS' Is Steeped In Family History
Cover StoryMay 25, 2022

Growing up in the southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Tray Wellington discovered the banjo as a teenager. Now in his early 20s with a full-length debut album titled Black Banjo, Wellington subverts the musical expectations he has felt as a Black musician by presenting banjo in a jazz-tinged, progressive style. While his influences include…

Abraham Alexander's Simmering 'SEA/SONS' Is Steeped In Family History
Cover StoryApr 13, 2022

Crooked Tree is Molly Tuttle’s third full-length album and her first officially fronting a bluegrass band, but the 29-year-old-picker has been pushing the genre forward for the better part of her life. She started playing guitar at 8 years old and playing live onstage by age 11, often performing alongside her father or as part…