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Blackberry Smoke's New Album Offers a Crunchy Continuation of String Band Traditions
Cover StoryJan 20, 2023

Such words as eclectic, diverse or versatile are hardly adequate to describe the scope and mastery of singer-songwriter Jessy Wilson's talents. Her career background ranges from singing in Off-Broadway productions and being a backup vocalist for John Legend and Alicia Keys, to receiving her first-ever Grammy nomination in late 2022 for co-writing “Keep Rising (The…

Blackberry Smoke's New Album Offers a Crunchy Continuation of String Band Traditions
Cover StoryDec 5, 2022

Sam Bush is well-known for his innovative style, virtuosic playing, and exciting performances that have made him pivotal to bluegrass music. Yet he is quick to point to John Hartford as the pioneer of so-called newgrass. Bush has covered many of Hartford’s songs throughout his career (such as New Grass Revival’s rendition of “Vamp in…

Blackberry Smoke's New Album Offers a Crunchy Continuation of String Band Traditions
Cover StoryNov 21, 2022

The talented and resilient Ruthie Foster, whose voice is often compared to Aretha Franklin’s, used the pandemic to reconnect to the music, friends and emotions that have shaped her life. She called on her touring ensemble, The Family Band, as well as producers, co-writers and musicians she knows well to create her ninth album, Healing…

Blackberry Smoke's New Album Offers a Crunchy Continuation of String Band Traditions
Cover StoryOct 7, 2022

Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia once said that the goal was not to be the best at what you do, but the only one who does what you do. In a way, that applies to Rhiannon Giddens’ high-profile career -- except what she does is pretty much everything. It can be more than a little…

Blackberry Smoke's New Album Offers a Crunchy Continuation of String Band Traditions
Cover StorySep 16, 2022

Sara and Sean Watkins were still children when they began playing bluegrass festivals, where the siblings often performed songs arranged on the fly with people they’d met just minutes before. When the Vista, California, natives began exploring Los Angeles’ music scene, they were delighted to discover infusions of that same collaborative spirit -- particularly at…

Blackberry Smoke's New Album Offers a Crunchy Continuation of String Band Traditions
Blackberry Smoke's New Album Offers a Crunchy Continuation of String Band Traditions