Show Review: Hot Strings and Cool Breezes Minifest Is a Bluegrass Haven

Feverous fiddles filled the fleeing summer air at 2019’s Hot Strings and Cool Breezes Minifest, a bluegrass and americana festival held at Orkney Springs, Virginia on September 1st. The minifest was the closing night of the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, a concert series held in the lush landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains for four […]

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REVIEW: Pieta Brown’s “Freeway” Confronts Perennial Difficulties feat. Mark Knopfler

Pieta Brown, daughter of stalwart folk songwriter Greg Brown, returns with a new record out September 20 via Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. Co-produced with Bon Iver drummer and solo artist S. Carey and recorded at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studio, Freeway finds Brown confronting the perennial difficulties we all have with change and transition. […]

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REVIEW: Andrew Combs’ “Ideal Man” is a Collection of Heartfelt Tunes

Andrew Combs’ Ideal Man, his debut release for New West Records, features a collection of heartfelt tunes. Combs’ cadres of collaborators include Sam Cohen (keys, guitar, bass, background voclas), Dominic Billet (drums, background voclas), and Jerry Bernhardt (keys, guitar, bass, background voclas), as well as co-writers John Henry, Dylan LeBlanc, Jeff Trott, Burton Collins, and Kenny […]

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