It’s thrilling to have bluegrass and old-time musicians booked in New York City receive a Music Review in the New York Times. It’s difficult to go to all the concerts and read all the reviews as they occur. So I have attempted to compile all the Times reviews and articles about bluegrass and old-time music over the last five years or so. My goal is to facilitate a review and celebration of the genres’ presence in one mainstream media publication, and to catch up on some reading. Album reviews, holiday purchase recommendations, concert and festival announcements and obituaries are not included.
I start with reviews from a variety of journalists:
- Cabaret Review: in a Field of Bluegrass, Where Modest Moments Shine by Stephen Holden; Rhonda Vincent and the Rage at the Allen Room of the Frederick P. Rose Theater.
- A Fusion of Diverse Sounds and Styles, With Jokes by Jon Pareles; Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas, and Sam Bush at Zankel Hall.
- A Patriarch of Bluegrass Holds Court and Serves Some Corn by Ben Ratliff; Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys at Town Hall.
- Tunes That Are Steeped in an Old-School Style by Ben Ratliff; Frank Fairfield and Blind Boy Paxton at Jalopy Theatre.
- Styles of Southern Music, Shouting Included by Ben Ratliff; The Carolina Chocolate Drops at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
- Behind Bluegrass Harmonies, a Trapdoor that Opens to New Beats by Ben Ratliff; The Punch Brothers at the Venetian Theater of Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.
- Bluegrass and Jazz Bands; With More in Common that You’d Think by Ben Ratliff; Del McCoury Band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band at City Winery.
- From Back Porch Ease to a Taste of the Wild by Nate Chinen; Roots of American Music Festival, including Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Jim Mills and Dan Tyminski in Damrosch Park.
- Harmonious Tension and Dueling Flaxen Locks by Nate Chinen; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss at WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
- They’re a Little Bit Country, She’s a Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll by Nate Chinen; Fiona Apple, Nickel Creek, Mark Schatz at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. (More Jack Vartoogian photos to take my breath away!)
Look for reviews by Jon Caramanica tomorrow.