Gail Heil, Old-time Revival Musician, Passes

We’re sad to pass along the news that Old-time revival singer, fiddler, banjo and autoharp player Gail Heil passed away on the morning of Thursday, May 30th, succumbing to colon cancer. Her husband, and longtime musical partner Bob Bovee, as well as their daughter and son were at her bedside. … → read more

KIRK SUTPHIN & RILEY BAUGUS: Long-Time Piedmont Pals

Baugus & Sutphin: Longtime Piedmont Pals

      KIRK SUTPHIN & RILEY BAUGUS Long-Time Piedmont Pals Old Blue Records 705   The title of this CD by Kirk Sutphin & Riley Baugus is particularly apt. The two met on their grade school bus. Riley was bringing his violin for music class and Kirk … → read more

RED HEN STRINGBAND: Birds of a Feather

Red Hen: Birds of a Feather

      RED HEN STRINGBAND Birds Of A Feather Wepecket Island 016   Red Hen Stringband is a very special aggregation of master musicians. At first they appear as an old-time stringband with fiddle, banjo and all, but one listen will indicate that we’re dealing with something … → read more


Orpheus Supertones: Going To Town

            ORPHEUS SUPERTONES Going To Town Mudthumper 0022   The old-time music revival is in its seventh decade. In that time we have encountered revivalist bands that kept to the tradition, multidimensional outfits that brought musical styles from all around into their music. We’ve … → read more

PHIL PASSEN: Tramp, Tramp, Tramp

Phil Passen: Tramp, Tramp, Tramp

            PHIL PASSEN Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Philbar Music 20111   There have been a great number of recordings focusing on the Civil War in this year which marks the beginning of the sesquicentennial. This CD is Phil Passen’s collection of tunes and songs from … → read more


Mariel Vandersteel: Hickory

            MARIEL VANDERSTEEL Hickory Mariel Vandersteel   Mariel Vandersteel is a young fiddler who grew up in California. She attended a number of music camps which nurtured her old-time abilities. But at the same time she was exposed to the wonders of Norwegian Hardanger … → read more


Carolina Chocolate Drops: Leaving Eden

        CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS Leaving Eden Nonesuch 529809   The second Nonesuch CD from the Carolina Chocolate Drops is an aural wonderland! I’ve been listening to this band since their days as Sankofa Strings and what started out for me as a curiosity has become … → read more

BILL BURKE & FRED COON: Black Bear On The Mountain

Burke & Coon: Black Bear on the Mountain

          BILL BURKE & FRED COON Black Bear On The Mountain   There is something special about listening to musicians who have played together for a long time. Bill Burke & Fred Coon met at a music festival in Arizona twenty years ago. Bill, … → read more

THE ATOMIC DUO: Broadsides

The Atomic Duo: Broadsides

        THE ATOMIC DUO Broadsides The Atomic Duo   The Atomic Duo are Silas Lowe and Mark Rubin. They hail from Austin Texas and you may recognize Mark as a co-founder of the band The Bad Livers. Broadsides is a very appropriate title for this collection … → read more