There are lots of updates to the calendars, including most recent info on festivals. I hope you all find some good listening out there.
The site/new server seems to be working smoothly now, with the possible exception of slow page loading. I suspect it’s a Google Calendar importing thing. Any techy suggestions out there?
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’!
Pete Seeger at home in Beacon, NY with Jonah, 11 months and father Adam Green; October, 2013.
I had played the five-string banjo in just about every spare moment of my pre-medical education at U.C. Berkeley. Pete Seeger's records were my main teacher. Deciphering the techniques in his How to Play the Five-String Banjo
would always lead me to his home address inside the back cover. After many years of waffling, I wrote to him in 1994. My letter described the friends I had made playing the banjo. I included the cassettes I had recorded of mostly knock-offs of his songs with a few of my own, and I described playing and singing with Read more [...]
Repairman gets it done
Sincerest apologies for apparently
ignoring folks who posted gigs or otherwise tried to contact me! My contact forms were broken, but have now been repaired. So have at it! Got a gig or music-related service? Post 'em. Want to just chat? I'm here.
—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 [...]
is a modern day bluegrass soul. A keeper of stories sung and spoken, Leigh can turn summer roasted festival grounds into your grandparent's cool screened backporch with avuncular qualities of a past age.
The Gibson Brothers robust but nuanced sound is accompanied Read more [...]