The Time of the Preacher — Red Headed Stranger, Pt. 2

This is our second post on Nelson’s classic murder ballad concept album Red Headed Stranger. Read the first one here. Now the preaching is over and the lesson’s begun As I hope was clear from the previous post, Willie Nelson’s creative enhancements to “The Tale of the Red Headed Stranger” by Carl … → read more

Faith Petric Passes at 98

There are few singers who rise to the level of a true icon, and fewer still who wear that banner with equal parts honest pride and realistic humility. Our dear Faith Petric, the godmother of the San Francisco folk music scene, a true “Geritol gypsy” who traveled around the world … → read more

Sandal Maker / Fiddler Allan Block Dies

We just received the sad news that sandal maker / fiddler Allan Block passed away on Wednesday, October 23rd, at 90 years of age. Allan was a seminal figure in the Folk Revival and Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s, father to the great blueswoman Rory Block, and a … → read more

CHRIS JONES & THE NIGHT DRIVERS: Lonely Comes Easy

        CHRIS JONES & THE NIGHT DRIVERS Lonely Comes Easy Rebel 1847 www.rebelrecords.com   There is a healthy and longstanding tradition of country and bluegrass musicians doubling as radio DJs and becoming as widely known for their ability to talk knowledgeably about the records they spin as … → read more

Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees Announced

David Francey and his CFMA

The Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA) announced the nominees for this year’s awards. Overall, 70 artists and groups were announced as nominees in 19 categories who hailed from eight provinces and two territories in Canada. The CFMA weekend begins on November 8 and runs through to November 10, culminating in … → read more

Shackleton Banjo Aims to Revitalize UK Banjo Industry

The unique sound of the banjo has been making an astonishing comeback with a new generation of those listening to alternative country, folk, bluegrass, and roots music in both the UK and USA. English folk rock bands like the youth-favorite Mumford and Sons have incorporated the banjo into their music … → read more