Bev Grant Gets Personal

You can trace the start of Bev Grant’s socially conscious songwriting to the turbulent era of the late 1960s. The anti-war and civil rights movements helped galvanize her as an activist and artist. Her involvement in the burgeoning women’s liberation movement of the era would find her writing songs with … → read more

People’s Music Network at NERFA

PMN at NERFA 2016

The 2016 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) was held November 10-13 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford, CT. This was a new location for NERFA and the general consensus appears favorable for the new digs. Some growing pains, but it is a sign of a healthy organization and … → read more

ROBIN GREENSTEIN: Tears and Laughter

Greenstein_ Tears and Laughter

        ROBIN GREENSTEIN Tears and Laughter Windy 221-2 www.robingreenstein.com   Robin Greenstein notes Tears and Laughter is her first album of original music after a decade in which she made several themed CDs. She also confirms the songs here emanate from different points in time from over … → read more

FRANK SOLIVAN: Family, Friends and Heroes

Family Friends and Heroes

          FRANK SOLIVAN Family, Friends and Heroes Compass Records www.compassrecords.com   People used to make albums, you know, with a beginning and a middle and an end. Given the way we buy music these days, it seems like the impetus to make a real album — … → read more

DARRELL SCOTT: Couchville Sessions

Couchville Sessions

        Darrell Scott Couchville Sessions Thirty Tigers www.thirtytigers.com   Save a pair of duo albums with Tim O’Brien Couchville Sessions is Darrell Scott’s first album in four years. Most peculiar is that is not exactly entirely new as the songs here were first tracked in 2001 and … → read more

JEFF BUCKLEY: You and I

You and I

          JEFF BUCKLEY You and I Columbia/Legacy www.legacyrecordings.com   That there is still quality unreleased material 19 years after Jeff Buckley’s tragic death is remarkable. Even more so that it is as compelling as what is here. You And I is a collection of solo tracks. … → read more

TWO OF A KIND: We’re All In This Together

We're All In This Together

          TWO OF A KIND We’re All In This Together Magillacutty www.twoofakind.com   Vibrant, hook-laden arrangements featuring members of the Fractals, Huffamoose and Acoustic Blender, Dave Posmontier (keyboards), Stan Slotter (trumpet. flute), and Paul Butler (clarinet), and didgeridoo master Harold E. Smith, and uplifting vocal harmonies … → read more

Judy Kass’ “Beyond the Ash and Steel”

Judy Kass

On the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorists attacks, my guest on WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS was singer-songwriter Judy Kass who shared songs from her new CD Beyond the Ash and Steel. In 2001, Judy worked in the Employee Relations department for a firm on the 48th floor of the World Trade … → read more

Great “Mileage” from Toby Walker

Seventeen songs, two guitars, one voice and an engineer were all that was needed to create the stunning new CD Mileage. Of course, we can’t forget that the guitars, voice and concept for this recording belong to internationally acclaimed roots guitar wizard Toby Walker. Toby teamed up with Grammy award … → read more