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Why I'm Just Now Re-Releasing A Song I First Wrote In 1982

Carole King | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics
Carole King

I wrote the words and music for the song “One Small Voice” in 1982. More than two decades later I re-recorded it because I wanted a version witho...

Paying Tribute To Congressman John Lewis In The Face Of Trump’s Travesty

Peter Yarrow | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics
Peter Yarrow

Not long after we sang, “If I Had a Hammer” and “Blowing In the Wind,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took the stage to deliver his “I Have a Dr...

There's No Such Thing As 'Traditionally American' Music

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 01.19.2017 | Entertainment

When asked this week by CNN’s Erin Burnett whether Kanye West would be performing at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration ceremony, Tom Barrac...

America? America! Our Country Through Music

New England Conservatory | Posted 12.30.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

America? America! Our Country Through Music By Eden MacAdam-Somer Photo By Andrew Hurlbut The morning after our recent presidential election, I gat...

Nobel Winner Bob Dylan Once Made The Weirdest Christmas Video Ever

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 12.16.2016 | Weird News

This might be the most unusual chapter in the long and storied career of Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan. In 2009, Dylan turned a classic Christmas song ...

12 Times Listening To Bob Dylan's Lyrics Is A Spiritual Experience

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.14.2016 | Religion

Folk legend and recent Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan has fallen in and out of religious observance throughout his life, but there’s never been any do...

Symbiosis Gathering Says Hello to Autumn And Goodbye to The Woodward Reservoir

Morena Duwe | Posted 10.12.2016 | Arts
Morena Duwe

As the autumnal equinox made its way to the western hemisphere, Symbiosis Gathering kicked off on the weekend of September 22nd to the 25th, celebrati...

Belden Town Welcomes Artists, Freaks And Hikers at Stilldream Festival

Morena Duwe | Posted 10.11.2016 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Driving from Los Angeles to Belden Town in Northern California is a trek of scenic bliss. As oceans and cactus are replaced by rivers and conifers, th...

RIP Oscar Brand, Who Was Way More Than a Folk Music Footnote

David Hinckley | Posted 10.03.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

If most deaths are like losing a page or a chapter, Oscar Brand's death Friday was like losing a book. The phrase "living encyclopedia" gets tossed ...

Porter & Sayles - Onward and Upward

Holly Cara Price | Posted 10.01.2016 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

Singer-Songwriters Christian Porter and Regina Sayles first met in 2007 after they'd been hired for a marketing campaign for the American Music Awards...

Virginia Is the Perfect Album for Fall

Rebecca Bohanan | Posted 08.30.2016 | Entertainment
Rebecca Bohanan

Born and raised in a little town in the Florida panhandle, Gallagher's education took her back and forth to Virginia, first as a summer intern for NASA, then later for field research studying tree rings while in grad school. Now a resident of British Columbia, Canada, where she's finishing her PhD in Landscape Ecology, Gallagher is still writing and singing love songs to her first real home away from home.

The Power of Song

Vicki Cobb | Posted 08.19.2016 | Books
Vicki Cobb

How does a privileged young man fight for social justice, rights for labor, world peace, civil rights and a clean planet and actually make a differenc...

Daily Meditation: A World Full Of Love

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.04.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

London-Based Trio Daughter Set to Play the Majestic Theatre in Detroit, Band Speaks of Success and Progression at Bestival Toronto

Kelly Frazier | Posted 07.24.2016 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

There's something majestic about the music of the London, England-based band Daughter that sweeps you into an enigmatic world of emotion. The trio, fr...

Get To Know The Manx: LA's Awesome 'Goo-Core' Band And Their Recently Released Album, 'Voyage In Bad Taste'

Samantha Matcovsky | Posted 07.19.2016 | Arts
Samantha Matcovsky

On Halloween, two years ago, 5 peculiar, charming men in paper mache masks rendering the members of the band GWAR, carried their instruments -- a banj...

Pakistan's Most Prominent Sufi Musician Falls Silent

Talal Almas | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
Talal Almas

Amjad Sabri: thanks for being our source of light and our source of hope in these times of darkness. Thank you for being our most honest guide in when we needed you the most; we will always, always remember you and your message.

For the Love of Pete.

Battersby Duo | Posted 06.16.2016 | Arts
Battersby Duo

To get that answer one must travel with Paul Winter, from Pennsylvania through Chicago by way of Latin America, on to California and finally end up in 1966 at The Newport Folk Festival.

Michael McArthur Releases Newest Track, "Goodbye Lover"

Morena Duwe | Posted 05.16.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

There is something to be said about solo artists who stay loyal to their acoustic roots. Armed with nothing but a stellar voice and an acoustic guitar...

Bellas Bartok's Duality of Message

Eoin Higgins | Posted 05.02.2016 | Entertainment
Eoin Higgins

When you hear Amherst, MA, band Bellas Bartok play their unique blend of folk, punk, and klezmer, it's easy to get lost in the atmosphere. The ensembl...

Dan Lipton's 'Breathing In' Fresh Air For Folk

Bridget Fitzgerald | Posted 04.22.2016 | Entertainment
Bridget Fitzgerald

Dan Lipton's new album "Breathing In," came across my desk, and I couldn't help but write a little about a modern day folk artist that has drawn inspiration from a lot of great folk storytellers.

Daily Meditation: The Circle

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.12.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Forty Years Later, We Still Need Phil Ochs

David Hinckley | Posted 04.10.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

Phil Ochs has his own cluster in my vinyl albums, right between the Notting Hillbillies and Roy Orbison.

Eurotunes: Instrumental Folk CDs from European Artists

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 04.08.2016 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Wör. Photo by Tom Abeloos. Used by permission of Wör I'm continuing to write about some of the music I picked up this year at the annual Folk Alli...

The Loyal Optimist: Chris Trapper

Cicily Janus | Posted 03.25.2016 | Entertainment
Cicily Janus

I recently went through a full year of pessimism.... between cancer, hospital admissions and thoughts crowded by death, I've simply had it with all th...

Daily Meditation: Wildness

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.16.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...