Folkfinds: Gigito’s “Greasy Coat”

Gigito by Thiago Teles

Continuing to spotlight old-time music’s international presence, we travel to a Salvador, Brazil. Banjo player Gigito describes his music as ‘unattached bluegrass’ and takes inspiration from everyone from Earl Scruggs to Thelonious Monk. His newest project, the album ‘Old Time Music vol. 1,’ has him focusing on clawhammer and tackling … → read more

THE KROPOTKINS: Portents of Love

Kropotkins Portents of Love

          THE KROPOTKINS Portents of Love Mulatta Records www.cdbaby.com/large-river-music   Named after the Russian anarchist prince Peter Kropotkin, this New York City and Memphis-based sextet was created in 1994 by singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and neuroscientist Dave Soldier along with adroit percussionist Jonathan Kane after they were exposed … → read more

FRANK WAKEFIELD and RED ALLEN: The WDON Recordings, 1963

Frank Wakefiend Red Allen WDON

          FRANK WAKEFIELD and RED ALLEN The WDON Recordings, 1963 Patuxent 258 www.pxrec.com   Talk about a time capsule! There are twenty-two performances here from WDON broadcasts in 1963. WDON was an AM station in Wheaton MD. The chemistry between Red Allen and Frank Wakefield was … → read more

MONROE FIELDS with CARL SAUCEMAN and THE GREEN VALLEY BOYS: 1950s-60s Broadcasts

Carl Saucemand Monroe Fields

      MONROE FIELDS with CARL SAUCEMAN and THE GREEN VALLEY BOYS 1950s-60s Broadcasts Patuxent 259 www.pxrec.com   Another excellent archival bluegrass release from Patuxent Music! This one spotlights mandolinist/vocalist Monroe Fields with Carl Sauceman and his band the Green River Boys. The thirteen tracks only add up to … → read more

Flatpickin’ Dobro Man Tut Taylor Passes

Tut Taylor

Sad news today as word that Dobro player Tut Taylor has passed at age 91 on Thursday morning. Known for his contributions to John Hartford’s revolutionary Aereo-Plain record, Taylor was a beloved name throughout the bluegrass and old-time music community. His unique playing style was defined by his use of … → read more

JOHN REISCHMAN and THE JAYBIRDS: On A Winter’s Night

          JOHN REISCHMAN and THE JAYBIRDS On A Winter’s Night Corvus 023 www.johnreischman.com   Premier mandolinist, former Good Old Person, producer and stellar bandleader, John Reischman epitomizes the “true-vine” spirit of bluegrass music in the 21st century. With his equally visionary Jaybirds ensemble, Reischman proffers an … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-12: Women In Bluegrass
(airing the week starting 3-18-15)

Bluegrass has been mostly a boy’s club since it’d development in the 1940s. In the past decade and a half the rules have changed and we find more and more women leading or playing a featured role bands. It didn’t all start with Alison Krauss but she has been the … → read more

BILLY STRINGS & DON JULIN: Fiddle Tune X

        Billy Strings & Don Julin Fiddle Tune X Self-Released www.billystrings.com   It seems unlikely that a phenomenally talented acoustic musician would just happen to have been born with what would turn out to be such a fortuitously descriptive name, but if you can play the guitar … → read more