Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Forest Service website states, "Although both bighorn sheep and mountain goats occur on areas of the Forest, neither is very abundant but their populations are increasing." We were in the right place at the right time.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Today is Itsenäisyyspäivä, Finland Independence Day. To celebrate, I've put together this short list of my five favorite musicians from Finland.
These videos are also in a single YouTube playlist called Finland.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Today is St. Andrew's Day, and while this holiday is recognized in a number of countries, my thoughts always turn to Scotland. To celebrate, I've put together this short list of my five favorite musicians from Scotland.
3. Battlefield Band
4. Dick Gaughan
These videos are also in a single YouTube playlist called Scotland.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Every year fRoots magazine polls writers, DJs, festival organizers, and others who listen to a lot of new music. These critics are asked to vote for their favorite music in the category of “anything from anywhere with roots in a tradition.”
This year, I was honored to be one of the invited critics.
Here's how I voted:
New Album of 2013
- Guy Clark: My Favorite Picture of You (Dualtone Music Group)
- Koby Israelite: Blues From Elsewhere (Asphalt Tango Record)
- Matuto: The Devil and the Diamond (Allegro)
- The Quiet American: Wild Bill Jones (The Quiet American)
- Red Baraat: Shruggi Ji (Sinj Records)
- Pharis & Jason Romero: Long Gone Out West Blues (Lula Records)
Reissue / Historic / Compilation Album of 2013
- Classic Banjo from Smithsonian Folkways (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
- Classic Celtic from Smithsonian Folkways (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
- Cajun Honky Tonk: The Khoury Recordings Vol. 2 (Arhoolie Productions)
- Rough Guide to Voodoo (World Music Network)
[Update December 7th, 2013: Here are the official fRoots Albums of 2013.]
As always with these kinds of lists, caveats abound. I'll put together my official list of my favorite records of 2013, and publish that as we get closer to New Year's Day.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Today is Guy Clark's birthday. He is definitely among my very favorite songwriters, probably in the top two. Here are my five favorite Guy Clark songs.
1. Dublin Blues
2. The Cape
3. My Favorite Picture of You
4. Desperados Waiting for a Train
5. Homegrown Tomatoes
These videos are also in a single YouTube playlist called, appropriately, Guy Clark.