We’ve been in the middle of a web hosting change—surely for the better. So please forgive the spotty performance. We’ll soon be back up to speed, and hopefully improve the overall experience for y’all. Keep pickin’ and singin’!
—Jim Read more [...]
Eric and Leigh Gibson have opened up their hearts wide with They Called It Music (Compass Records, 2013), an exquisite album of aching songs recorded at the end of 2012, less than a year after the death of their father. The charging intuitive ensemble rings with lump-in-your-throat truths and Gibson trademark harmonies. The recording and mixing of the album make me Read more [...]
Father Asbury used to play his guitar on Fridays during Religious Studies when I was in fourth grade. He'd strum with his fingers until they bled, while he led us singing "John Henry," "The Battle of New Orleans," and "This Little Light of Mine." Church Bazaars in October always had Armenian folk music with driving Turkish and Arabic rhythms on oud, kanoun, doumbek, clarinet and guitar. Line dancing late into the night preceded the Sunday liturgy Read more [...]
There was nothing half-pint, half-assed or half-fast coming out of Texas on the Upper West side last night. If you saw Fort Worth natives, the Quebe Sisters at the Triad NYC, you'd know what I'm talking about. They shine like the sun. Pound like the rain. And let the yellow rose rest easy in retirement. Sometimes awesome talent and beauty can be intimidating. Their performance was relief and inspiration. Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe Read more [...]
I first heard Joe Walsh at Caffè Lena in 2008. I loved his crisp-as-a-fall-apple sound. Sweet but with a kick. I start this post by focusing on the mandolin Joe acquired in late 2010 and his performance at Merlefest's Mando Mania this year. His mandolin is a Gilchrist Model 3 built in 1 Read more [...]