Delia / Delia’s Gone: A Digital Compendium, 1900 – 1992

Fahm Street, west side. Row houses built around 1850 - Frances Benjamin Johnston, ca. 1939

Note:  This is Part 1 of a two-part series on “Delia’s Gone” – See also Part 2 Introduction – “O, I am fortune’s fool!” I wonder if you’ve seen that ‘meme’ that goes in part like this – “Romeo and Juliet is not a love story.  It’s a three day … → read more

STEVE GILLETTE and CINDY MANGSEN: Berrymania

          STEVE GILLETTE and CINDY MANGSEN Berrymania Compass Rose www.compassrosemusic.com   Marvelous vocalists and acoustic multi-instrumentalists Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen have spent a lot of time driving around the country for the last two decades or so and as the latter comments in her brief … → read more

ALASDAIR FRASER and NATALIE HAAS: Abundance

          ALASDAIR FRASER and NATALIE HAAS Abundance Culburnie Records www.culburnie.com   Classic Scots fiddlers like Niel Gow saw little contradiction between playing for a fashionable drawing room audience by day and sawing out tunes for village peasants in the evening. After all, bowed instruments (including viola … → read more

JENNIFER LEONHARDT: Songs My Mother Sang

          JENNIFER LEONHARDT Songs My Mother Sang Grassroots www.jenniferleonhardt.com   This charming collection of traditional folk and hymns, plus one by Leonard Cohen, features simple arrangements and heartfelt emotion. It’s dedicated to the person who (one would suspect) is the mother referred to in the title. … → read more

ROD PICOTT: Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail

          ROD PICOTT Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail Welding Rod Records www.rodpicott.com   Some songwriters adopt a blue-collar persona. For Picott, a former sheetrock worker, it’s an honest voice. After growing up in Maine with chum Slaid Cleaves (with whom he penned the title … → read more

Conversations with Death – 1 – “Oh, Death”

Introduction We here at Murder Ballad Monday would love every week to bring you a fully researched ‘deep dive’ into a particular ballad, but time doesn’t always allow for that, given that we don’t make a penny from this work.  Honestly, I think we’re better for it.   Keeping it … → read more

Josephine, pt. 2 – Interview with Adrian Roye

Adrian Roye This is the second installment of two on the song “Josephine” by Adrian Roye, of Adrian Roye and the Exiles. You can read the first post here. Roye was kind enough to do a Skype interview with me earlier this week, which gave us the opportunity to talk … → read more