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Article: Under the Radar

The Archive of Contemporary Music

Read "The Archive of Contemporary Music" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In Lower Manhattan, sits a musical gold mine. It's the motherlode of recorded music though the small, brightly colored sign above a grey steel door provides only a cryptic clue. The dusty window display of rare 78 RPM records, broken into erratic pie charts serves as a vestige of the past and a cautionary tale about ...


Article: Live Review

Beppe Gambetta al Six Bars Jails, Firenze

Read "Beppe Gambetta al Six Bars Jails, Firenze" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Six Bars Jails Firenze 12.12.2013 Presentato in apertura dagli organizzatori della rassegna come il più grande flatpicker al mondo, è tornato in scena al Six Bars Jails Beppe Gambetta: vi era già stato nel 2007, in occasione del primo anno di attività di questo meritorio club di appassionati della ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Mike Davis

Read "Take Five With Mike Davis" reviewed by Mike Davis

Meet Mike Davis:Mike Davis has lived several distinct musical lives. He has been a student, a serious student of performance and of theory and of composition and of art. He has been a gig warrior, playing multiple shows in multiple styles on different instruments at different venues with different bands on the same day ...


Article: Album Review

John Hartford: Aereo Plain/Morning Bugle: The Complete Warner Brothers Recordings

Read "Aereo Plain/Morning Bugle: The Complete Warner Brothers Recordings" reviewed by Skip Heller

This 1971 album was to the emerging newgrass movement approximately was Bill Evans' Village Vanguard recordings were to jazz piano trios: the flexible blueprint for the genre. Evans and singer/multi-instrumentalist John Hartford both successfully found ways to dissolve the “soloist and his enablers" tyranny, working instead towards the integrated ensemble as the musical engine.


Article: Live Review

Philadelphia Folk Festival: Schwenksville, PA, August 18-21, 2011

Read "Philadelphia Folk Festival: Schwenksville, PA, August 18-21, 2011" reviewed by Wade Luquet

Philadelphia Folk FestivalSchwenksville, PAAugust 18-21, 2011In 1962, when folklorist and DJ Gene Shay took to the stage of the first Philadelphia Folk Festival in front of 700 folk enthusiasts to introduce Pete Seeger, he had no idea that 50 years later, at the age of seventy-five, he would take the stage again. ...


Trouble in Mind

Label: Sugar Hill Records
Released: 2003
Track listing: Country Blues; Sitting On Top Of The World; Little Sadie; Rain Crow Bill; My Little Woman, You


Article: Album Review

Doc Watson: Trouble in Mind

Read "Trouble in Mind" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Culled from ten Vanguard and Sugar Hill recordings, Trouble in Mind is an exquisite assemblage of white rural blues by its greatest living practitioner, Arthel "Doc" Watson, the now 80-year-old flat picking savant from Deep Gap, North Carolina. Watson exists today as the only extant proponent of that link between African-American and Caucasian rural music. He ...


'Round The Table Again

Label: Sugar Hill Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: Lynchburg Town; Coo Coo Bird; Blues Walkin


Article: Album Review

Doc Watson and Frosty Morn: 'Round The Table Again

Read "'Round The Table Again" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

“Please make welcome, a national treasure, Doc Watson..." With that fitting introduction, Doc Watson, with his late son Merle’s band Frosty Morn, begin their appearance at the Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Wilkes Community College is the home of the annual Merlefest, a traditional American music festival sponsored in honor of Merle Watson, which was ...


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