Old Songs 2017: A Review

Readers of this blog will note that I have frequently discussed, reviewed and extolled the virtues of the Old Songs Festival that takes place each June in Altamont, New York. I am happy to report that the 2017 edition, the 37th Annual Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music and … → read more

Pat Wictor’s Vision of Phil Ochs

One of the most remarkable recordings that crossed my threshold in recent months is Pat Wictor’s This Is Absolutely Real: Visions and Versions of Phil Ochs. Keeping himself busy as a member of Brother Sun, it has been eight years since Pat last released a solo recording. As the trio … → read more

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