Podcast: In The Fam
Episode #15-40 | airing 9-30-15

There is a long standing tradition of family performers in folk music. Many of the classic old-time country bands such as the Carter Family were comprised of family members. Many traditional musicians learned by osmosis through attending dances and being lulled to sleep on a stack of coats or the … → read more

“The tear blindit his ee” – The story of “Sir Patrick Spens”

The ballad “Sir Patrick Spens” is one of the oldest ballads in western Europe. It tells the story of a king who seeks the best and most experienced sailor in his kingdom for a dangerous and certainly life threatening journey. An unknown knight within the king’s company shouts out the … → read more


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 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

PHIL JAMISON: Hoedowns, Reels and Frolics

        PHIL JAMISON Hoedowns, Reels and Frolics:Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance University of Illinois Press www.press.uillinois.edu   Alex Ross wrote recently in the New Yorker that “when classical-music fans hear that a new Hollywood production has a scene set at the opera or the symphony, … → read more

DAVE ELLIS: With Any Luck But Bad

Fred Ellis : With Any Luck But Bad

          DAVE ELLIS With Any Luck But Bad Little Village Foundation www.littlevillagefoundation.com   There’s a quiet authenticity to California-horse-country-bred Ellis’ relaxed, no-frills delivery of songs of the cowboy life. Almost anyone – a kid, a Hollywood actor – can sing a cowboy song. But like Ian … → read more

JOHN FLYNN: Poor Man’s Diamonds

JohnFlynn: PoorMansDiamonds

          John Flynn Poor Man’s Diamonds www.johnflynn.net 009 www.johnflynn.net   The prolific John Flynn checks in with a new release that is a truly beautiful album. His bright spirits and the excellence of his song craft buoy the project. John’s good friend Harvey (John Harvey, Philadelphia-based … → read more

Folkfinds: Swamp Lightning’s “Carved In Stone”

Swamp Lightning

  Swamp Lightning, yet another terrific duo, is one of a handful of acts trying to make a thoroughly contemporary interpretation of American folk & traditional music. Drew Ford and Angel Attew have a delightfully expansive view of what constitutes folk, however, and do their best to mash as many … → read more

LARRY CAMPBELL and TERESA WILLIAMS: Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams

          LARRY CAMPBELL and TERESA WILLIAMS Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams Red House 285 www.redhouserecords.com   Larry Campbell has been brightening albums and tours with his brilliance on guitar and mandolin and on records production for ages. In recent times, Larry and his wife Teresa Williams … → read more