Monday, March 17, 2014

Cowboys with Banjos

Pipp Gillette performed at the 2014 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, held at the +Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada. He played banjo, guitar, and bones.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hillfolk Noir

Early one Wednesday morning in February, Hillfolk Noir came by the KRBX studio to appear on my radio show, Ramblers' Retreat. Listen to the full Hillfolk Noir live performance which is archived on Mixcloud.

Uncle Tupelo

Uncle Tupelo, a trio based near St. Louis, Missouri, released their first album, No Depression, in 1990. When I stumbled into the "insurgent country" sound of Whiskeytown, Freakwater, and the Drive-By Truckers, my musical world was changed for the better. And now there is a new reissue, the "Legacy Edition," with even more demo material. I absolutely love No Depression, even going so far as to claim it as an essential recording that everyone should hear at least once. But as much as I'd like to, I can't find anything in this edition to embrace.

Read my full review of No Depression - Legacy Edition on +RootsWorld.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Koby Israelite

Blues from Elsewhere has lots of elsewhere, a little bit of blues, a whole lot of klezmer, and some plain old rock and roll. There's accordion along with Nashville-style guitars, twangy jaw harps, soaring clarinets and saxophones, and a fair share of banjos, mandolins, and bouzoukis. Most of these are are played by +koby israelite himself. Instrumentation and styles change throughout the album, and even within individual songs. Labeling this music seems impossible.

Read my full review of Blues from Elsewhere on +RootsWorld.

Friday, January 24, 2014


There are the old sounds: old instruments like shawms and lyres; percussion and song that reminds one of Native American drum circles; singing in parallel fifths something akin to Gregorian Chant.... There are the new sounds: electric bass; Irish bouzouki; intricate harmonies. Krauka performs what they call Viking music on their recording Gjörningur.

Read my full review of Gjörningur, on +RootsWorld.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dreamers Circus

The Danish ensemble +Dreamers Circus presents A Little Symphony. On this recording the trio is joined by a larger cast of artists, including the European Traveling Brass Carnival and the +The Danish String Quartet. The direct connection between the Danish String Quartet and Dreamers' Circus is violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen who plays with both ensembles as well as the +Copenhagen Phil.

Read my full review of A Little Symphony, on +RootsWorld.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Teton Range

The Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. I believe this is Nez Perce Peak, South Teton, and Middle Teton.