“Won’t You Come and Sing for Me?” – CwD 9

“I feel the shadows now upon me…” I remember driving to Mt. Greylock with Pat one time, telling him about a singer I had just discovered. I said she had the kind of voice I’d like to hear on my deathbed. This meant something to me more than just that … → read more

Shot Through Your Cheatin’ Heart: “Open Pit Mine” and Country’s Cuckolded Killers

Country Gothic In her oft-cited 1998 essay, “Bloody Daggers and Lonesome Graveyards: The Gothic and Country Music,” Teresa Goddu contrasts “bluegrass” and country. I put “bluegrass” in quotes because the term in the essay mostly means songs that carry the legacy of  what Goddu refers to as “the Gothic.” Bluegrass does … → read more

HACKENSAW BOYS: Charismo

Hackinsaw Boys Charismo

          Hackensaw Boys Charismo Free Dirt 0078 www.freedirtrecords.com   Charismo is the first full album of new Hackensaw Boys music and material in about a decade, an exuberant album buoyed by the Hackensaw cheekiness that was a hallmark of the two previous albums I have. The … → read more

Podcast: Batter Up!
Episode #16-10 | airing 3-09-16

Baseball

Well it’s that time of year again. With the start of Spring Training, just saying it makes me smile, we are once again assured that Winter is on the run and even better yet our favorite baseball team still has a shot at greatness-the regular season hasn’t started yet. Baseball … → read more

Podcast: A Tribute to Ralph Stanley
Episode #16-09 | airing 3-02-16

Ralph Stanley Retires

Update: Sadly, Ralph Stanley passed away on June 23 2016 at age 89. I believe it’s important to give tribute while the subject is still with us. Ralph Stanley turned 89 on February 25th and although he’s lost a step or two he’s still performing selected dates with his band … → 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

THE HONEY DEWDROPS: Tangled Country

Honey Dewdrops Tangled Country

        THE HONEY DEWDROPS Tangled Country The Honey Dewdrops www.thehoneydewdrops.com   Settled in Baltimore MD, but hailing from Virginia, Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, were inspired by modern America and roots music. This is the first album of theirs that was entirely written, arranged and recorded in … → read more