Summer Queen 2015, Interview with S.J. Tucker

The shelves and windowsills were crowded with ravens; the hedgehogs took the first row of seats; even a few of the local fae could be seen peeking shyly around corners now and again. The Jacks and the Annies were in attendance, of course, and most of the staff from both Green Man Review and Sleeping Hedgehog.

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Kaia Kater, Sorrow Bound

Singer, songwriter, banjo player and songster Kaia Kater‘s debut release Sorrow bound is a fine program of Americana. It leans particularly toward old-time Appalachian-style music — not surprising given her talent and obvious love for claw-hammer-style playing. But this is no album for purists. Instead it’s a mostly successful attempt to bring old-time into the . . . → Read More: Kaia Kater, Sorrow Bound

S. J. Tucker and Trudy Herring, Rabbit’s Song

Children’s books like Rabbit’s Song often have reviews that are much longer than the text within them. And this review shall be so. We haven’t reviewed a lot of books of this nature here, but ofhg the ones we have reviewed A Circle of Cats written by Charles de Lint and abundantly illustrated by Charles Vess, The . . . → Read More: S. J. Tucker and Trudy Herring, Rabbit’s Song

Summer Queen 2015, S.J. Tucker: The Summer I Know

I grew up in the Mississippi River Delta in southeast Arkansas, where the state lines blur near the tops of Louisiana and Mississippi, and life still moves at a very calm pace for most folks.

I spent half my summers as a child outside playing softball, swimming, or riding my bicycle through my small hometown.  . . . → Read More: Summer Queen 2015, S.J. Tucker: The Summer I Know

Continental Drifters, Drifted: In The Beginning & Beyond

The Continental Drifters were one of those bands whose popularity rested somewhere between cult status and household name — unfortunately, it was closer to the former. As far as I can tell, none of their recordings ever charted, but they have a loyal fan base on both sides of the Atlantic. Several of their members, . . . → Read More: Continental Drifters, Drifted: In The Beginning & Beyond

Banditos, self-titled release

With a name like Banditos, you might expect this band to be from, say, Texas. But all six members are from Birmingham, Alabama, though now firmly ensconsed in Nashville. The alternative Nashville, that is, where you can still twang and rock and not be too country for rock or too rock for country. Banditos are . . . → Read More: Banditos, self-titled release

Taraf de Haidouks, Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts

Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts is the sixth CD released by Taraf de Haïdouks, a Romanian Gypsy band. Since the band formed in 1990, this CD also celebrates their 25th anniversary. Taraf de Haïdouks began as a group of individual musicians who came together to play for various village events, such as weddings and . . . → Read More: Taraf de Haidouks, Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts

The Alt, The Alt

Irish music comes in many forms, from the loud and boisterous to the soft and soothing, from the long slow ballads to the fast furious instrumentals. The Alt is a trio focusing on songs, only three of the eleven tracks are instrumental sets, and traditional material. No pipes, no fiddle, but plenty of guitar, bouzouki, . . . → Read More: The Alt, The Alt

Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelly and Charlie Pilzer’s Hambo in the Barn

Back in the twentieth century, a lot of Scandinavians relocated from Sweden and the surrounding countries to the upper Midwest where they became farmers and shopkeepers, for the most part. Naturally they brought their instruments and their music with them. Not surprisingly, this music has persisted to this day, which is why this lovely CD . . . → Read More: Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelly and Charlie Pilzer’s Hambo in the Barn

Blowzabella’s Strange News

I was trying to remember when I first saw Blowzabella play. I think it was sometime in the late ’80s at some folk festival in the north of England but I cannot say for sure. Except for an extended break in the ’90s, they’ve been active as a band for 32 years!

(Founder Bill O’Toole, . . . → Read More: Blowzabella’s Strange News