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 And 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:

Monday, July 14, 2014

Charlie Haden

Read my remembrance of Charlie Haden on +RootsWorld.

Here's a playlist of some of my favorite Charlie Haden recordings.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Elko 2015

Last week the +Western Folklife Center announced some of the musicians and poets who will be performing at the 31st Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.  The 2015 Gathering will be held January 26th-31st in Elko, Nevada.

I put together this playlist featuring many of the musicians who will be in Elko in 2015.


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

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Harbor Seals



Harbor seals at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area near Newport, Oregon

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tenmile Creek


This photo was taken looking east, upriver. Tenmile Creek leads into the Siuslaw National Forest and the Central Oregon Coast Range of mountains. Downstream, the creek flows almost immediately into the Pacific Ocean at Stonefield Beach, near Yachats, Oregon.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Wylie Gustafson


"We'll be in Seattle, and someone will come up and say, 'I don't like cowboy music, but I like you guys.'" So says +Wylie Gustafson, cowboy singer and rockabilly band leader. I caught up with him at the 30th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada and got a few choice words from him about his career, the radio and The Wild West.

Read my interview with Wylie Gustafson on +RootsWorld.