Stephen Petrus and Ronald D. Cohen FOLK CITY: NEW YORK and THE AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC REVIVAL Oxford University Press   Straightforward and engaging, breezily fresh and poignant, rich in reminiscences and primary as well as secondary sources, Folk City: New … → read more


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          STEEP CANYON RANGERS RADIO Rounder 11661   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

DAVE ELLIS: With Any Luck But Bad

Fred Ellis : With Any Luck But Bad

          DAVE ELLIS With Any Luck But Bad Little Village Foundation   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 BYRNE COOKE: On The Road With Janis Joplin

John Byrne Cooke's On The Road With Janis Joplin

          JOHN BYRNE COOKE On The Road With Janis Joplin Berkley Books   The Harvard-educated son of apprized British broadcaster Alistair Cooke and great-grand-nephew of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 74-year-old John Byrne Cooke is an award-winning author of Old West epics, an accomplished folk/bluegrass musician (the … → read more

SIMON and GARFUNKEL: The Complete Albums Collection

Simon and Garfunkel Complete Albums

          SIMON and GARFUNKEL The Complete Albums Collection Legacy   Folk rockers Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, both born in 1941, grew up three blocks from each other in the Forest Hills suburb of Queens, New York. By the mid-’60s, along with the likes of … → 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   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

DAVE VAN RONK: Live In Monterey | Hear Me Howl

             DAVE VAN RONK Live In Monterey Omnivore 83             DAVE VAN RONK Hear Me Howl Rock Beat 3284 On Amazon   The charismatic “Mayor of MacDougal Street,” otherwise known as the avuncular, musical genre-spanning genius Dave Van Ronk, … → 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   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