Musings on folk, Americana, country, bluegrass and newgrass

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Leftover Salmon digs up its roots with new album ‘Something Higher’

Fans of Leftover Salmon are used to being surprised by this slamgrass Colorado-based band and its 2018 release “Something Higher” on LoS Records does not disappoint. In fact, the surprises come long before the May 4 release in the form of a chance at a number of unique prizes for anyone who pre-orders the album featuring 12 original songs. Continue reading

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Tuck Fest promises a great lineup of free music April 19-22 at USNWC

“Tuck Fest” gets its name from the Tuckaseegee Ford and Trail, a historical landmark located on the property of the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC).

The three-day festival celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos and free live music at the USNWC. The festival features a variety of outdoor sport competitions that include trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, among others

The musical acts include Lettuce, Deer Tick, Shakey Graves, Susto, The Wood Brothers, Grammy-award winning The Infamous Stringdusters and Nikki Bluhm. Continue reading

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Dom Wier explores ‘New Waters’ with solo release

As I sit here on a rainy Sunday afternoon, it seems appropriate that I’m listening to Dom Wier‘s first solo EP release, “New Waters.”

Maybe it’s because we both grew up in Southern Illinois, but I can relate to this mix of hillbilly rock and roots combined with bluesy,  moving ballads. Weir’s songs make me want to jump in my Chevy and take a winding country cruise through the hills and the hollers with the windows rolled down and the radio blasting. Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Seven Questions with Tim O’Brien

In light of the fact that West Virginia native and Grammy-winning, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien is bringing his prodigious talents to Asheville and Raleigh this weekend with “The Banjo Tramps,” today’s Flashback Friday is an interview I had the privilege of conducting at Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival a few years ago. Continue reading

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Wise Man Brewing celebrates its first anniversary with live music, beer releases

Wise Man Brewing in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is celebrating its first anniversary with four days of exclusive beer releases (as they should) and live music (because what’s a party without music?). Continue reading

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‘MerleFest On The Road’ featuring the Way Down Wanderers, The Barefoot Movement and Andy May offers a sneak peek of 2018 festival offerings

This just in from the good folks over at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina:
MerleFest, the popular music festival founded by the legendary Doc Watson and presented by Window World, offers music lovers a sneak peek of this spring’s festival when MerleFest On the Road tours throughout the Southeast during March. The tour will feature select artists that will perform at MerleFest 2018 or have performed previously at the festival: The Way Down Wanderers, The Barefoot Movement and Andy May.

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First Listen: The Price Sisters provide a fresh take on classic bluegrass