The Plum Magnetic's most recent record, Terra Animata, sounds larger than their four members. Infusing sonic sounds of classical Hindustani with American roots music, their vibe has a calming effect. They have weaved a tapestry together of classical tracks.
Amid the Dixon Place bar's clinking drinks and humming, intimate assembly, bandleader Leah Wells glows with anticipation. The versatile musician plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle in several bands around New York.
In the United States and around the world, roots music is thriving. You can see it at the highest levels of the global music scene, in the work of Grammy-winning artists such as the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Chieftains, both of which have new albums very much worth hearing.
There's a current resurgence in interest in the banjo by today's popular musicians (i.e. Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers and Taylor Swift). Those new folks may come and go, but a true obsession runs very deep. For at least one lifetime.
This edition of "A-Sides" features three unique artists who will either mellow you out or rock your socks off. Actually, if you're mellowing out - aren't your socks off anyway? That doesn't matter either.