| Aug 17, 2012
| 4:23 AM
For its 50th anniversary last year, the Philadelphia Folk Festival had some of the biggest performers names in the genreperform — Arlo Guthrie, David Bromberg, Tom Paxton, Tom Rush and Doc Watson and Levon Helm, who both passed away this......
| Jun 20, 2013
| 12:47 PM
The list of Hollywood actors who have flirted with playing in bands is a long and dubious one, from Don Johnson and Bruce Willis to Juliette Lewis and Russell Crowe. It’s difficult to see any of these “musical” endeavors as anything...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 11:00 PM
When Jody Williams took the stage Wednesday night at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, he didn't dive into a rendition of the blues standard "Don't Start Me to Talkin'." But it might have been appropriate.
The 78-year-old Williams, a...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 9:30 AM
While the name Henry Wagons (pictured) only resonates with a few lucky folks stateside, consider these facts: 1) In his native Melbourne, Australia, the outlaw-country-rock singer-songwriter was named one of the cities' 100 most influential people; 2)...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 11:57 AM
For Ralph Stanley, the road indeed seems to go on forever. The bluegrass legend, who turns 86 this month, says that touring has gotten easier than when he started out.
"It was harder then," he says by phone. "We have a lot better roads now." The...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:11 PM
Nora Guthrie had put off reading her late father Woody Guthrie's recently unearthed novel, "House of Earth," even after she'd agreed for it to be published. Having devoted much of 2012 to preparing events and projects surrounding the centennial of the...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 1:42 PM
Now that Christmas is over, I have a new seasonal tune stuck in my head. Maybe it wasn't intended as a holiday song, but it's one I often find myself humming around the end of December and start of January: "Nothing Was Delivered," an obscure Bob Dylan...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 11:24 AM
Every year when the venerable Oxford American releases its annual music issue -- and its accompanying CD -- I’m blown away by the scope of the project, the deep research, the top-notch writing, the curatorial genius, the style and sense of the...
| May 16, 2013
| 12:55 PM
Was there just a momentary reality check for English guitar hero, singer and songwriter Richard Thompson when he learned this week that he’s in the running for two major awards from the Americana Music Assn.? Is that tantamount to Jimi Hendrix being...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 8:59 AM
Williamsburg's own Bruce Hornsby will be on stage in at Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on Wednesday, Oct. 3, to pay tribute to a rock 'n' roll original: Levon Helm.
The drummer and vocalist -- best known for his indelible contributions to The Band...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 2:31 PM
Fifteen years after John Denver's death in a plane crash, ATO Records announced Wednesday that it was preparing a tribute album to the late singer-songwriter best known for gentle folk-pop hits such as "Rocky Mountain High" and "Take Me Home, Country...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 2:49 AM
Junior Combs — lead guitar, vocals
Jesse Lee Scutchfield — lead vocals, stand-up bass
Mike McCalmet — drums
How they started: Best friends Junior Combs and Jesse Lee Scutchfield had grown up in North Judson playing...