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Regina Carter Brings Southern Comfort to the Jazz Standard

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 08.22.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

On Saturday August 16, 2014 the violinist Regina Carter brought some Southern Comfort to the New York's Jazz Standard.

Daily Meditation: Sugar Mountain

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion

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

Hozier Gets His Due

Chuck Nyren | Posted 08.11.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

Last week I put up one of my silly tongue-in-cheek HuffPost offerings: I Am the Coolest, Hippest Uncle in the Whole World. It's gone ever-so-slightly viral thanks to Hozier retweeting my tweet -- and tossing up one of his own.

Happy 83rd, Ramblin' Jack

Lauren Daley | Posted 08.06.2014 | Arts
Lauren Daley

I've been lucky enough to see Ramblin' Jack twice now, including at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival, where, he surprised Beck on stage to duet on Jimmie Rodgers' "Waiting For A Train."

Unplug to Recharge the Innovator in You: The Story of Pickathon

Ondi Timoner | Posted 07.30.2014 | Technology
Ondi Timoner

Twenty minutes outside of Portland, Oregon, lies Pendarvis Farm -- a pristine mix of meadows and Douglas Fir with miles of hiking trails and views of Mt. Hood.

Czech Folk-Rock: Catching Up With Čechomor

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 07.18.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Čechomor marked their 25th year as a band in 2013, and they celebrated with another live concert and recording project, their most ambitious in a career of ambitious projects: a massive outdoor concert in the stunning medieval town of Český Krumlov.

Daily Meditation: Birdsong

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion

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

Finally a Huge And Magical "First Time Ever" Musical Event, and You Can Be There

Jerry Ashton | Posted 07.11.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Wouldn't it be better -- this time 0- to be able to look back and say "I'm glad that I was there," rather than, "I wish..."

Gothic, Baroque and Mostly Folk: Music from Central Europe

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I spent two weeks in June wandering around Prague and Budapest, seeing the sights and looking for folk and folk-inspired music. I came back with a satchel of CDs, some of which I'll share here in a series of posts.

International Folk Art Alliance Nurtures Cultural Entrepreneurs

John M. Eger | Posted 08.18.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) was an early sponsor of Santa Fe and its International Folk Art program and...

Nord Encore: Recent Canadian Folk Releases

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 08.23.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Here's a rundown of recent Canadian releases, many of which I picked up at the Folk Alliance conference back in February.

How the Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian and Businessman Todd Kwait Gave New Birth to Folk Music

Lesley Daunt | Posted 08.08.2014 | Entertainment
Lesley Daunt

I recently did a post on the Ezzie Films "For the Love of the Music: the Club 47 Folk Revival" and in researching for the story found the history behind Kingswood Records, the label responsible for the unique soundtrack of the film, was as interesting as the movie itself.

Music and Movements: The Tradition Continues

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The 1960s folk music scene was a chapter in a long story, one that began decades earlier and that continues today as a new generation of singers and songwriters connect -- directly and indirectly -- to the burgeoning progressive movements that are rippling across the country.

Daily Meditation: Fluid Like Water

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.23.2014 | Religion

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

Album May Be "Final," But Cuban Singer Ferrer Is Not Done Yet

Marty Lipp | Posted 07.19.2014 | Arts
Marty Lipp

In a country where the government controlled the media, his ability to reach listeners was stunted. Nevertheless, he has continued to write and occasionally perform and release albums.

The Club 47 Folk Revival" Explores the Iconic History of Old Cambridge Folk Club

Lesley Daunt | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Lesley Daunt

Rob Stegman has been producing and directing award-winning motion pictures for over 30 years. His work includes everything from corporate videos and educational media to broadcast and cable television.

Across Race, Generation: Pete Seeger and Ending Poverty

Pam McMichael | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Pam McMichael

Pete Seeger knew the power of song. Through it, he influenced generations of people across the country and world.

The Apache Relay's Time Is Here

Paul R. Byrne | Posted 06.21.2014 | Entertainment
Paul R. Byrne

There are few albums that strike you at first listen as, for lack of a better word, "important." The Apache Relay's newest is among them.

Willy Porter and Music Heard the Slow-Cooked Way

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 06.10.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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 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...

Paul Clayton

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 05.03.2014 | 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...