Tag Archive | folk

Feature Review: Admiral Fallow, Tree Bursts in Snow

Admiral Fallow Tree Bursts in Snow [Nettwerk (2012)] Admiral Fallow‘s Tree Bursts in Snow is a versatile record thoroughly entrenched in modern British folk rock. The 5-piece begins the record with a surprisingly sparse male-female duet, “Tree Bursts,” and the first voice you hear is Sarah Hayes, though nearly all of the leads afterward on […]

Travelogue: Festival In the Desert 2012

Festival In the Desert 2012 Photos and Essay by Ezra Gale In January of 2012 I travelled with a friend to Timbuktu, Mali, for the legendary Festival in the Desert. The trip was a long-planned for pilgrimage to the breeding ground of some of my favorite music on the planet—the crossroads of West African rhythms, […]

Feature Review: The White Buffalo, Once Upon a Time in the West

The White Buffalo is led by Jake Smith, a massively enbearded songwriter possessed with a commanding, rich, bass voice loaded with ethos and heart. When the man says something, you believe it.

Review: Note of Hope: A Celebration of Woody Guthrie

Note of Hope: A Celebration of Woody Guthrie [429 Records (2011)] In anticipation of the 2012 centennial celebration of Woody Guthrie’s birth, Nora Guthrie (Woody’s daughter) has once again conceived of a project based on the unpublished words and writings of her father. This isn’t the first album based on Guthrie’s unknown writings. Besides the […]

Feature Review: Live from the Old Town School of Folk Music

Various Artists Live from the Old Town School of Folk Music For nearly 55 years, Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music has played a key role in popularizing, promoting, and (of course) teaching folk, blues, and world music. Over the six decades of its existence, the school has put on thousands of concerts, and seem most of […]

Feature Review: Paul Simon, Songwriter

Paul Simon Songwriter [Legacy (2011)] Songwriter is the tenth compilation album released of Paul Simon’s work since his split with Garfunkel, and the 12th if you count two box sets. Why he is releasing another compilation, considering that he also released a new album in April of this year? Although the included tracks are not […]

Feature Review: Mississippi John Hurt, Discovery: The Rebirth of John Hurt, March 3, 1963

Mississippi John Hurt Discovery: The Rebirth of John Hurt, March 3, 1963 [Spring Fed Records (2011)] Discovery: The Rebirth of John Hurt, March 3, 1963 is an extraordinary album that tells its own story but also has a fascinating history, and it’s one of the most extraordinary folk or blues releases of the year. There’s not room […]