Sunday, October 19, 2014

Trophy Pond

Trophy Pond at Wilson Ponds in southwestern Idaho.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Our yearling Oberhasli dairy goat.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Violons Barbares

Welcome to the fascinating world of Violons Barbares. Dandarvaanchig Enkhjargal on morin khuur and +Dimitar Golodov on gadulka are joined by French percussionist Fabien Guyot, with all three singing in various styles. Saulem ai is the ensemble's second record, and it starts off at a gallop. First comes the title track, a traditional song from Kazakhstan which translates to “My Beloved.” It's ostensibly a love song - with hoofbeats.

Read my full review of Saulem ai on +RootsWorld.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West

I started my weekly +RadioBoise show in May of 2011. The radio station was brand new, and the library was very small, particularly for anything resembling folk or roots music. As I was casting about for music to play, I found The Holy Coming Of The Storm, my introduction to +Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, and I played their "Lost Lovin' Gal" on the very first broadcast. Their 2014 release, I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands is everything I expected from them - excellent musicianship, strong originals and extraordinary covers, all in a beautifully packaged CD designed by West himself.

Read my full review of I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands on +RootsWorld.

Here's a playlist of some of my favorite recordings from Cahalen Morrison and Eli West.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Favorites of 2014 (So Far)

We're just over halfway through 2014, and here are my favorite recordings of the year so far.
  1. Hurray For The Riff Raff: Small Town Heroes
  2. Cahalen Morrison & Eli West: I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands
  3. Flaco Jiménez & Max Baca: Legends & Legacies
  4. Willie Watson: Folk Singer Vol. 1
  5. Beverley Martyn: The Phoenix & The Turtle
  6. Boulpik: Konpa Lakay
  7. Phønix: Nu
  8. 9bach: Tincian
  9. Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar: The Call
  10. Yaaba Funk: My Vote Dey Count
Here's a playlist with songs from these albums.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Don Edwards

"This music isn't for arenas," says cowboy singer and music historian Don Edwards. Born in New Jersey, he cites influences like Robert Johnson and Willie Nelson, and broad ranging popular interests like the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Norah Jones. But American cowboy songs are where his heart lies, and he told me all about it when we met at this year's National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.

Read my interview with Don Edwards on +RootsWorld.

Here's a playlist of some of my favorite Don Edwards recordings.

Here are a few more items to browse while you listen to the music: