Sing Out!’s Best of 2015

Best of 2015

As we close out 2015, we gather up our thoughts to compile a list of the albums that we, as a staff of writers and editors, feel ought to be commended for their excellence. We recognize that this list is not all-encompassing, which should not be expected, given the enormous … → read more

TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Portrait of an American Singer

Tennessee Ernie Ford Portrait of An American Singer

          TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD Portrait of an American Singer Bear Family 17332 www.bear-family.com   Have you ever felt like – to paraphrase “Sixteen Tons” – you owed your soul to the company store? October 17th marks the 60th anniversary of the release of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s … → read more

PLAINSONG: Reinventing Richard: The Songs of Richard Fariña

Plainsong Reinventing Richard Farina

          PLAINSONG Reinventing Richard:      The Songs of Richard Fariña Omnivore www.omnivorerecordings.com   There is a clear line between recitation and interpretation. Interpretation, hopefully, takes a song someplace it hasn’t been before, someplace new. Iain Matthews and Andy Roberts have reconvened Plainsong for this project, with Mark … → read more

APRIL MAE & THE JUNE BUGS with MIKE METTALIA: Grease It Up And Go!

April Mae June Bugs Grease

        APRIL MAE & THE JUNE BUGS with MIKE METTALIA Grease It Up And Go! April Mae and the June Bugs www.aprilmaeandthejunebugs.com   Pure fun end-to-end, April Mae & The June Bugs’ Grease It Up & Go! is a blast! They play bluesy, rockabilly-informed music. They recorded … → read more

HILARY DIRLAM: Tunes From Here and There

Hilary Dirlam Songs From Here and There

          HILARY DIRLAM Tunes From Here and There Self-Released www.hilarydirlam.com   Hilary Dirlam first visited Nepal, in 1993, to further her understanding of Buddhist practice. One of the impressions that most stayed with her from the trip was the similarity between the street music of Sarangi … → read more

THE RAILSPLITTERS: The Faster It Goes

The Railsplitters The Faster It Goes

          THE RAILSPLITTERS The Faster it Goes Self www.therailsplitters.com   The Railsplitters is a bluegrass band made up of three women and two men, and this is their debut album. The men, banjo player Dusty Rider and mandolinist Peter Sharpe, wrote most of the album’s material. … → read more

STEEP CANYON RANGERS: Radio

Steep Canyon Rangers_Radio

          STEEP CANYON RANGERS RADIO Rounder 11661 www.rounder.com   Radio is Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers’ ninth studio album and fourth release for Rounder Records – including a couple with actor/comedian and banjo playing whiz Steve Martin in tow. Composed of guitarist Woody Platt, … → read more