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Folk Music

Willy Porter and Music Heard the Slow-Cooked Way

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 04.10.2014 | Entertainment
Sheila Moeschen

The tiny venue complements Porter's highly engaging performance. It lends itself to the way he draws in his audience like light pooling around a solitary bulb, and it rewards the fan with intimacy and a giddy feeling of access.

A Dozen Music Choices for All Ages

Josh Rosenblum | Posted 03.13.2014 | Arts
Josh Rosenblum

"Concerts for All Ages," will bring music lovers great new music in an online series.

The New Mongrels: A Resurrection of an Old Idea

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 03.12.2014 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

The New Mongrels, a collective musical society, have a long history that goes back to the Civil War. As the story goes, a soldier named Henry Brooke who came back from the bloody war shell-shocked and deaf in one ear had an idea.

Living Traces of Wales at Folk Alliance 2014

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 03.12.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Welsh music is either the poor stepchild of the Celtic world, or its best-kept secret. So I was glad to see a whole contingent of Welsh musicians showcasing and schmoozing at the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City.

The One Song Every Cancer Patient Should Imbibe

Dan Duffy | Posted 03.06.2014 | Impact
Dan Duffy

When we started The Half Fund, our goal was to lift the veil on cancer. We always feel that knowledge is power, and information is a pretty good eq...

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

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 03.06.2014 | 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...

Paul Clayton

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 03.03.2014 | Entertainment
Anne Margaret Daniel

Paul Clayton (l) and Bill Clifton, Bill Clifton & Paul Clayton: The First Recordings via Bear Family Records Paul Clayton Worthington was born on M...

Heidi Howe's Love: Looking for the Same Kind of Crazy

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Music integrates the acts of loving and gives us a broad view, a deep view about our hearts and is apropos to the Valentine sentiment. The hallmark of country is living the good ol' life of the singer.

Destroy Nate Allen: A Love Story

Melissa Webster | Posted 04.06.2014 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

At some point in your life you'll meet a couple who just so completely gets it right, it permeates throughout all they do. Nate and Tessa Allen of the band Destroy Nate Allen are this couple, and their love story unfolds in the music of their latest album Glow In The Dark.

An Unforgettable Glimpse Into Pete Seeger's Genius

Henry Miller | Posted 04.06.2014 | Arts
Henry Miller

When Pete Seeger died at the age of 94 last week, he left three extraordinary legacies: all of them world-class. One was of music -- building audiences for folk music and making his own remarkable contributions to it.

Pete Seeger: His Public Face Was His Private Face

Michael Wenger | Posted 04.02.2014 | Celebrity
Michael Wenger

I actually only encountered him personally one time. That one time cemented my admiration for him for all time. Let me tell you what happened, how the Pete Seeger we saw in public demonstrated that he was the same man in private.

Pete Seeger's Powerful, Enduring Network

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

He saw us all as special -- as precious -- as part of a vital project of justice and peace and of joyous, life-sustaining music.

Pete Seeger: Beating Flagpoles Into Ploughshares

Michael Winship | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

Not only was it sad to hear the news yesterday morning of Pete Seeger's passing but startling to realize that it was 45 long years ago that we first met. It was in 1969, at Georgetown University, when I was a callow college freshman and he already was a legend among folk music lovers and political activists.

Pete Seeger Was Bigger Than Music

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Byrd

Pete Seeger was bigger than music. He was John Henry. He was Odysseus. He was Gabriel. He will not be contained in a thousand obituaries today, however hard we write.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

David Kanegis | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

For many of us, Pete Seeger symbolized all that was great and noble in our country. Many of us were disaffected as the young of all generations tend to be. Here was a man born of our parents generation who "got us." If you were one of the lucky ones like me, your parents got him as well.

Remember When Music Was Pissed! (and Nice?)

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
Steve Rosenbaum

The #Waywire editors watched the Grammys. We know that robots now make music that wins awards. We know that Pink has a second career pending with Cir...

Pete Seeger (1919-2014): He Changed the World One Song at a Time

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.30.2014 | Arts
John W. Whitehead

Pete Seeger, the 94-year-old activist-singer-songwriter who tried to change the world with every note he uttered, has died, and we are all the poorer for it.

Pete Seeger Brought the World Closer Together

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Pete Seeger spent his time on earth planting, healing, laughing, building up, dancing, loving, embracing and advocating peace. Seeger brought the world closer together with his music. Every day, every minute, someone in the world is singing a Pete Seeger song.

Famed Folk Singer Pete Seeger Dies

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT and MICHAEL HILL | Posted 01.28.2014 | Celebrity

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Unable to carry his beloved banjo, Pete Seeger used a different but equally formidable instrument, his voice, to instruct yet an...

The Death of Kelly Thomas Due to Police Brutality -- A Song by Bryan McPherson

Melissa Webster | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Melissa Webster

In the Dylan-esque style of folk punk rock, McPherson succinctly captures the anger and emotion felt by those who most closely followed the case to its bitter end.

Jack Ruby in a Cavanagh Hat: Paul Metsa On Writing the Last Great American Folk Song

Steve Karras | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Steve Karras

Once dubbed the "Pit Bull of Folk," Metsa draws from the same creative well as Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly's leftwing ethos and barks with the same rocking ferocity as The Boss.

ReThink Review: Inside Llewyn Davis -- Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Not to Like It)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

After being outsiders, the Coens are in the strange position of having critics seemingly tripping over each other to lionize whatever they do -- and I feel like that's what might be happening with their latest film Inside Llewyn Davis.

Movie Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.02.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

We are awash in films examining the Beats and the roots of the generation shift that occurred from the late 1950s through the 1960s - but none with a clearer eye than Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis.

AFI Fest Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

Tony Bartolone | Posted 01.26.2014 | Entertainment
Tony Bartolone

Inside Llewyn Davis plays out like a prayer sung in the freezing dark of night to a bright, warm future morning to come. It is the story of a man left out in the cold with only his guitar and his songs.

Alice's Restaurant: Classic Rock's Thanksgiving Tradition

Dave Tomar | Posted 01.24.2014 | Entertainment
Dave Tomar

My family doesn't stand too much on ceremony when it comes to Thanksgiving. There is, however, one tradition that persists in my household, that is cherished, and that does take some commitment. Thanksgiving morning is time for the annual airing of Arlo Guthrie's evergreen holiday classic, "Alice's Restaurant."