Whisperer in Darkness: Der Erlkönig

"Der Erlkönig"

Real things in the darkness seem no realer than dreams. — Murasaki Shikibu Nacht und Wind The first sound is a rhythm, a staccato burst of piano triplets beneath a brief, rising and falling melody evoking hoof-beats. A horse races through a windswept wood at night, bearing a beleaguered boy … → 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 www.document-records.com   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

Dom Flemons: MBMonday Interview, Part Two

This is Part Two of Murder Ballad Monday’s interview with Dom Flemons. Read Part One here. MBM: I’d be interested to find out about current projects. Prospect Hill came out last year, 2014. What’s coming up next for you. Will you be going into any of this territory [murder ballads] … → read more

Dom Flemons: MBMonday Interview, Part One

We noticed a few months ago that Dom Flemons started “liking” and re-posting some of our posts on Facebook. Grateful for his enthusiasm and advocacy … and not wanting to let any good deed go unpunished…we reached out to see if he’d be willing to spend some time with us … → read more

Stephen Colbert Ends The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert is ending his long-running comedy show, The Colbert Report, tonight. Although, not a music show per se, the Report has been home to plenty of artists, such as Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dom Flemons, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young and many many others. He’ll be moving to … → read more

DOM FLEMONS: Prospect Hill

          Dom Flemons Prospect Hill Music Maker Foundation www.musicmaker.org   The Carolina Chocolate Drops have been a brilliant beacon of American music from the beginning. Over time they have expanded their purview from early black string band music, a form largely ignored until they shone their … → read more

EDEN & JOHN’S EAST RIVER STRING BAND: Take A Look At That Baby

        EDEN & JOHN’S EAST RIVER STRING BAND Take A Look At That Baby East River String Band www.eastriverstringband.com   Helmed by intrepid guitarist, mandolinist, vocalist and dedicated record collector John Heneghan along with kazoo, resonator ukulele and fetching vocalist Eden Brower, the East River String Band’s … → read more

BOO HANKS w/ DOM FLEMONS: Buffalo Junction

        BOO HANKS w/ DOM FLEMONS Buffalo Junction Music Maker 148 www.musicmaker.org www.musicmaker.org/artists/boo-hanks   Yes, field recordings are still being done in 21st-century America. Here Dom Flemons of Carolina Chocolate Drops travels to Buffalo Junction, Va., to play with octogenarian Piedmont blues guitarist Boo Hanks in his … → read more