Pat Hare Murders His Baby

murder my baby

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on. — Shakespeare, Othello Cheatin’ and lyin’ On December 15, 1963, Minneapolis police apprehended an intoxicated 33-year-old man involved in a domestic dispute that left his married girlfriend and a responding police … → read more

Folkfinds: Rob Fong’s “Katy Hill”

For those concerned about traditional music’s appeal to the youth today, this week’s Folkfinds is Rob Fong of Asheville, NC. Rob fell in love with Southern traditional music a few years ago and has since become a skilled Piedmont guitarist, banjo player and fiddler. That may not be unusual, except … → 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

VARIOUS: Papa Charlie Done Sung That Song

Papa Charlie Papa Charlie Done Sung That Song

          VARIOUS Papa Charlie Done Sung That Song Document 7010 www.document-records.com   This two-disc set is a one-of-a-kind project for the famed Document reissue label in that it contains material by living musicians (led by vocalist Cary Moskowitz, who also plays various banjos and guitars) paying … → read more

Blues Icon B. B. King Passes

Photo by Jean-Luc Ourlin-1977

Perhaps the best known and definitely the most influential bluesman ever, Riley B. King (we’ll get to the B.B. shortly) was born to sharecroppers in 1925 in Berclair, Mississippi, a crossroads encampment just outside the whistle-stop town of Itta Bena in the Mississippi Delta. After the war, he traveled to … → 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

IAN ZACK: Say No To The Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Reverend Gary Davis

Say No To The Devil

          IAN ZACK Say No To The Devil: The Live and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis University of Chicago Press www.press.uchicago.edu   When someone like Bob Dylan says he’s “One of the wizards of modern music,” pay attention. And if you’re a blues aficionado, you … → read more