Folk

One Track Mind: Joe Henry, “Lead Me On” from Invisible Hour (2014)

One Track Mind: Joe Henry, “Lead Me On” from Invisible Hour (2014)

This is a love story, told from inside a heart — not meant for public consumption, in the broadest sense of the word. This isn’t How I Met Your Mother; it’s how I found a way to express something that maybe only I understand.

Built to Spill, Glen Hansard, Carl Broemel – Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume One (2014)

Built to Spill, Glen Hansard, Carl Broemel – Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume One (2014)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of waning religious zeal and disco experimentation, the epoch of brilliant outtakes like “Blind Willie McTell” and lackluster releases like Down in the Groove.

Sam Luna – Under Construction (2013)

Sam Luna – Under Construction (2013)

Dismissing Sam Luna’s music as simply folk, is really doing a disservice to it. Chicago-based Luna’s release, Under Construction, has many folk elements such as Luna’s evocative lyrics and strong melodic acoustic playing.

One Track Mind: Bob Dylan, “Abandoned Love” from Biograph (1985)

One Track Mind: Bob Dylan, “Abandoned Love” from Biograph (1985)

Bob Dylan’s career, brimming as it is with enough unreleased tracks to make ordinary songwriters blush, has often puzzled both fans and critics alike. At times, there appears to be no rhyme or reason to his decisions regarding which of composition to release and which to leave in the can. Tracks such as “Blind Willie McTell,” “Lord, Protect My Child,”Read More

Ashley Davis – Night Travels (2014)

Ashley Davis – Night Travels (2014)

Inspired as much by dreamscape ruminations on love as she is by Celtic folkways, emerging talent Ashley Davis’ forthcoming Night Travels creates an endlessly involving, warmly enveloping atmosphere across its 11 tracks. To her enormous credit, the results sound at once timeless and new.

‘I can’t count on him’: David Crosby says Crosby Stills Nash and Young may, or may not, happen again

‘I can’t count on him’: David Crosby says Crosby Stills Nash and Young may, or may not, happen again

David Crosby isn’t counting on — or counting out — another formation as Crosby Stills Nash and Young. It all depends, as usual, on what happens with the unpredictable Neil Young.

‘Very, very hard to top’: Bruce Springsteen on capturing the E Street Band’s concert energy in the studio

‘Very, very hard to top’: Bruce Springsteen on capturing the E Street Band’s concert energy in the studio

Bruce Springsteen admits that capturing the energy and focus of concert staples like “Ghost of Tom Joad” and “American Skin” on his recent High Hopes album was difficult.

One Track Mind: Don Henley with Blind Pilot, “These Days” from Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne (2014)

One Track Mind: Don Henley with Blind Pilot, “These Days” from Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne (2014)

What with the semi-permanent scowl that’s plastered on Don Henley’s face these days (ask Frank Ocean! Or better yet, ask Okkervil River!), it’s easy to forget just how resonant his voice can be. “These Days,” a track written by a teenaged Jackson Browne and featured on a forthcoming double-album tribute to the singer-songwriter called Looking Into You, provides a strikingRead More

One Track Mind: Ben and Ellen Harper, “A House Is a Home” from Childhood Home (2014)

One Track Mind: Ben and Ellen Harper, “A House Is a Home” from Childhood Home (2014)

Ben Harper has been involved with a number of intriguing collaborative moments lately, including Ringo Starr and Charlie Musselwhite, but this is his most personal yet.

John Gorka – Bright Side of Down (2014)

John Gorka – Bright Side of Down (2014)

John Gorka’s music reflects his life as a working troubadour, no matter how long it takes the albums to arrive. In the case of Bright Side of Down, it’s been five years since the folk singer’s most recent album of originals.