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Chris Thile and Michael Daves: Sleep with One Eye Open (MP3)

The third installment of Fiddlefreak’s series on new mandolin-guitar duos features a record from Chris Thile and Michael Daves titled Sleep with One Eye Open and released today on Nonesuch Records. We all know mando virtuoso Chris Thile from his days with Nickel Creek and more recently the Punch Brothers, but Michael Daves may not [...]

The Twilite Broadcasters: Evening Shade (MP3)

Welcome to the second in my ongoing mini-series reviewing new releases that feature mandolin and guitar duos performing vintage pieces from the golden era of brother duets (ie. Monroe Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, Blue Sky Boys). This week’s post references “Evening Shade,” the latest release from the Twilite Broadcasters (Adam Tanner on vocals, mandolin, and [...]

Heidi Talbot on making The Last Star

Guest blogger Heidi Talbot writes: "I am sat in my flat in Edinburgh among half packed boxes and baby gear. Myself and John (McCusker) are moving house just before we start The Last Star tour. Very excited and very busy! The Last Star is my new record and I'm really looking forward to the tour and singing the new songs. Show More Summary

Backstage at Cambridge with Kathy Mattea and Natalie Merchant

Way back in the mists of time I left Manchester behind and set off with a BBC film crew for the Appalachian Mountains of America to cycle along the Appalachian Trail. Not actually on the Trail, I have to add, but along the roads that...Show More Summary

Serious Sam Barrett: Close to Home (MP3)

Yorkshire singer-songwriter Sam Barrett is a very busy man. In addition to printing his own product packaging, stickers, and t-shirts, he maintains a hectic gig schedule all over Great Britain, singing a mix of his own songs and trad material from England, Scotland, and Ireland on his vintage Stella 12-string. Sam’s songs are raw, rowdy, [...]

Among the Oak & Ash (MP3)

Photo Credit Jeff Fasano. A few years ago I discovered Garrison Starr’s music: at that time, a polished and pleasing Nashville country rock that was just far enough outside the current of mainstream country to make me buy a couple tracks and crank it up. Haven’t heard much since until now, with the release of a [...]

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