Healing From Inside: Trevor Hall, Rising Appalachia, Sahffi Lynne, on How Music, Mindfulness, and the Extraordinary Wisdom of Plant Medicine Will Guide Us Home

“We have ALWAYS been in this together,” musician Trevor Hall responds emphatically to my question about the Coronavirus pandemic’s rallying cry for compliance, “but over time we have forgotten our connection and unity as a global family.”  Hall’s point is a good one:  We are all in this together implores an obvious truth recast as […]

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Show Review: Bruce Cockburn Celebrates Eternity at the Birchmere

“If I had a Rocket Launcher,” Bruce Cockburn’s anti-anthem of pure rage, was my introduction to the Canadian troubadour’s already established catalog.  The year was 1989, and my older brother had sent me Cockburn’s song–a reaction to the United States’ interventionist politics in Central America–as I prepared to visit El Salvador.  Midway through my senior […]

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Show Review: J.S. Ondara Inspires with His American Tales at Songbyrd Record Café and Music House

Can the experience of a 26-year-old self described “old troubadour style” musician, born and raised in Kenya, who immigrated to the United States to live in his Aunt’s basement in the cold Minneapolis winter–because his folk-singer hero, Bob Dylan spent his late teens performing in the artsy Dinkytown neighborhood near the University of Minnesota–be described […]

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Show Review: James McMurtry Burned All Night at the Birchmere With Bonnie Whitmore

photos by Glenn Cook James McMurtry was one of the most important lessons I learned in graduate school.  Having arrived in Boston, fresh from the revelatory oasis of my UC Berkeley undergraduate years, I was pretty certain the world had shown me what it could.  Intellectual prowess, philosophical abandon, and mindful debauchery had been fused into a fledgling, yet purposeful, identity. […]

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Show Review: Lucinda Williams and the Drive-by Truckers: Bright Lights on a Gravel Road at the Anthem

photos by Glenn Cook photography Beguiling and blinding, The Anthem’s blazing light storm bore down Friday night as Americana icon, Lucinda Williams, burned through her classic ruminations about heartbreak and loss, and Southern rock powerhouse Drive-By Truckers took a decidedly direct American stand. First Lucinda.  Her voice initially a bit sluggish, as if still tuned to the sea of her […]

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TALES YOU WIN IN LUCKY PENNY’S LIVING ROOM: A Look at Americana Music’s Intimate Concert Trend 

click anywhere in bold to read more about that artist Mark Cline Bates is Lucky Penny’s latest living room troubadour. Hailing from Hurricane, West Virginia, a strong gust’s reach from DC, Mark prefers to embody the aftermath, and greets his assembling guests with a calm, and an appreciation, that belies both his youthful songwriter successes […]

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