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'TWO': The Magic of Bela Fleck and Chick Corea at Emory's Emerson Hall

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Mr. Fleck's banjo with its bluegrass inflections, and Mr. Corea's piano with his classical flourishes and Latin-inspired rhythmic approach, come from two vastly different musical worlds, but these two wizards made these variants work for the most part, to a surprising degree.

Cinemia: Cancer Goes to the Movies

Bret Hoekema | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

Perfect viewing for any old Tuesday night. The Broken Circle Breakdown is a transcendent meditation on what it means to be alive and where we go when we die. It speaks to the cancer experience without being a cancer movie. I'm not interested in any other kind.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: No Smoke -- The Inevitable Stardom of 'The Moth and the Flame' and 'Firekid'

Jon Chattman | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Infusing southern rock with bluegrass and a hybrid of genres and gadgets (he uses chiptune -- producing music via old-school video consoles), firekid recorded his debut album with producer and songwriter Sam Hollander (The Fray, Train).

Through the Eyes of the HillBenders, the Who's Tommy Sees the Light Again

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.11.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

The massive undertaking of re-creating Tommy included mapping out a strategy at Meyers' Kansas City, Mo., offices in August 2014, then learning the material by listening to the Who's album and watching the wonderfully wacky 1975 film and arranging the music (which longtime Who fanatic Jim Rea lovingly took on).

Americana for the Fourth of July

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 07.04.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

But seriously, if there's a time to use the word Americana, it's got to be July 4th, right? So here are some genre-bending releases that fit the name.

Colorado-Based Yonder Mountain String Band's Grass Is Not Blue

Lisa Snedeker | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Lisa Snedeker

Colorado-based Yonder Mountain String Band doesn't want to be associated with grass -- blue, new or probably any other. Trouble is the group's musical stylings are hard to define. In a recent Rolling Stone piece about the evolving sound of bluegrass, Yonder's name came up several times

Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited

Cindy Lovell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts
Cindy Lovell

Many of the regional musicians who recorded in Bristol did not go on to fame and fortune, but their contributions to country music are acknowledged and honored at last in this reimagined tribute project.

The Lomax Connection

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

The group's challenge was familiar to anyone in traditional music: interpret source recordings in an interesting way while remaining true to the spirit of the originals.

Seven Questions With Tim O'Brien

Lisa Snedeker | Posted 02.28.2015 | Entertainment
Lisa Snedeker

I had a chance to catch up with O'Brien in Henry County over Memorial Day weekend at Rooster Walk 6, where we talked about the future of bluegrass and why Americana music seems to resonate with an expanding audience.

15 Fantastic Things to Do in Southwestern Virginia, the Birthplace of Moonshine and Country Music

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 12.29.2014 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Landmarks in Southwest Virginia towns tend to be identified by the reoccurring themes of time-honored country music songs.

Farewell, Fair Ladies: American Roots by Women

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 11.02.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Lots of discs have appeared in my box lately on which great women musicians take on tunes and songs stemming from the old-time tree. I thought I'd share my thoughts on some of those here.

This Iggy Azalea Cover Trades In Beats For Banjos

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.15.2014 | Entertainment

It's pretty rare for a rap song to get a makeover that trades its beats in for banjos -- but, as it turns out, it can be amazing. You may know The ...

Vivian Li Debut Goes Eclectic-acoustic

Zach Hindin | Posted 09.07.2014 | Arts
Zach Hindin

The mandolinist-composer Vivian Li thrives between bluegrass and classical music. No two genres are more hard-set in their ways, but Li and her Pickled Campers apply heat to tradition and the walls come tumbling down; the result is Li's promising debut, Growing in the Cracks.

The Wheel of Time: Old Songs and Tunes from Folk Alliance 2014

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins. Used by permission of Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins. The wheel of time turns, a year goes by, and once again I'm w...

Café Au Go Go: Still Blowing the Winds of Change

Craig Carpenter | Posted 04.21.2014 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

Change may be defined as transformations occurring over time. It is sometimes hard to discern how far and wide that change will reach, and what it will bring about.

Canadian Heat: The April Verch Band at WOMEX 2013 (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 02.09.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

What this goes to show is that Canada, as much as the United States, is a country built from immigrants, and each ethnicity has brought something to the musical mix. And we hear and see those influences and recognize them right away.

Ain't I a Man?

Edward M. Weinman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Edward M. Weinman

On a beer-drenched stage, a microphone once electrocuted him, but he kept singing. Bart Cameron, the lead singer of Seattle indie band The Foghorn...

You The Hottest Gal In This Barn

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.23.2013 | Arts

Robin Thicke's summer hit, "Blurred Lines," might have reached the 'overplayed' status long ago, but you definitely have not heard it like this before...

This Bluegrass Cover Of Lorde's 'Royals' Is Everything

Posted 10.17.2013 | Arts

What do a 16-year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter and a bluegrass cover ensemble who goes by the name of The Beef Seeds have in common? They'll ...

WATCH: Metal Meets Bluegrass With Metallica Cover

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 09.09.2013 | Arts

The legendary heavy metal band Metallica has been making many a head thrash and millions upon millions of people rock hard for more than three decades...

Don't Leave Music to the Pros

Sadie Dingfelder | Posted 08.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Sadie Dingfelder

Recent studies have shown that playing an instrument reduces stress, prevents hearing loss and may even stave off Alzheimer's disease.

A Child Prodigy Grows Up

Posted 06.09.2013 | Arts

At just 13 years old, a skinny, braces-clad Mark O'Connor was awarded the title of Grand Master Fiddler Champion. The violin-yielding prodigy beat out...

Tickled Pink for Bluegrass

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.29.2013 | New York
Jaime Lubin

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.

More Canadian Finds From Folk Alliance 2013

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Revisiting the stack of CDs I brought back from Folk Alliance 2013 reveals that there are more interesting Canadian acts I haven't shared with readers yet -- which is fitting, since the meeting was in Toronto.

Dre & Snoop Like You've REALLY Never Heard Before

Posted 04.07.2013 | Comedy

Even if Snoop started smoking 100 blunts per day (instead of his usual 81) we can never see he and Dr. Dre dropping a track like this one. You can ...