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Vivian Li Debut Goes Eclectic-acoustic

Zach Hindin | Posted 07.08.2014 | 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 ...

Getting Trampled by Turtles Becomes Colorado Tradition

Michael Bialas | Posted 03.20.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

If anyone who's listened to Trampled by Turtles' most recent album wondered whether they were finally slowing down, fear not. As is their style, the M...

The Creative Apparatus Of God

Lee C. Camp | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

This liberty to form part of the creative apparatus of God, is exhaustingly joyous. We all have some beautiful art to make, perform, or sing: words to write, pictures to paint, families to nurture, gardens to grow, lessons to teach, goods to tender, worship to give.

Sunday Evening Service With the People's Reverend: Ralph Stanley

Joanna Colangelo | Posted 01.20.2013 | Entertainment
Joanna Colangelo

As though headlining the Grand Ole Opry for the first time, Dr. Stanley was both the bandleader and narrator for the night, momentarily converting City Winery into a 21st Century urban vaudeville stage.

Who's That Girl Playing Mandolin Onstage With Amos Lee?

Michael Bialas | Posted 10.23.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Some of the loudest cheers of the night came as Bella hit all the right mandolin notes on her solo turns, smiling throughout while looking remarkably poised for a tween playing before the biggest audience of a career that's just blooming.

Beyond Nostalgia: Jackson Browne Sings for "These Days," Too

Art Levine | Posted 10.14.2012 | Entertainment
Art Levine

Jackson Browne is among the very few members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen, who still produce songs that can stand with their earlier work.

Folk Music for Young and Old: New Releases From the Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Chieftains

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 08.08.2012 | Home
Stephen D. Winick

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.

Influential Banjo Player Dies At 75

AP | Posted 07.17.2012 | Home

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Doug Dillard, an influential banjo player who helped shape rock `n' roll and introduce the nation to bluegrass music during a popu...

Bluegrass Legend Dies At 88

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 05.28.2012 | Home

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It is impossible to overstate the importance of Earl Scruggs to American music. A pioneering banjo player who helped create m...

African American String Band Plucks Joy From Sorrowful Era

Marty Lipp | Posted 05.05.2012 | Arts
Marty Lipp

At a recent show, guitarist Hubby Jenkins joked that a white person playing banjo in the mid-1800s was like "Vanilla Ice rapping in the 1980s."

Lizzie Schiffman

David Grisman: Chicago's Bluegrass Scene 'Needs More Dorks'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

Undeterred by dropping temperatures, the fourth annual Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival is celebrating the city's musical roots this weekend and n...

Metrobilly Band Rocks Charts With Song on Mountaintop Removal (VIDEO)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.30.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

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Lucas Kavner

Iconic Folk Singer Talks Life, Cancer, Songwriting

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 11.19.2011 | Home

In the late 1960s now-legendary folk musician John Prine was living in Maywood, Illinois, and working as a mailman. At night he would venture out t...