‘She Won’t Go Away’ by Faye Webster

‘She Won’t Go Away’ by Faye Webster

This song is hanging in my mind. The video makes me think of the seventies, and the song makes me want to sit in the park, lay on the grass and listen. She makes me think of Natalie Prass.  She did spend a semester in Nashville, so perhaps that is why. Maybe something in the air? I would not be surprised. Faye Webster is a 19-year-old singer from Atlanta who went back to her hometown to develop her career there under the label of her friends’ Awful Records. Maybe working with Hip-Hop artists makes her folk sound current and relevant.   This video Read more »

Unsung Figures No.9: Fred Neil

Unsung Figures No.9: Fred Neil

The latest post in this series looks at the life and career of an enigmatic and influential figure who shunned fame and instead devoted much of his life to the conservation of his favourite animal. Some musicians seek fame but never find it, others have fame thrust reluctantly upon them; others sail within touching distance of lasting recognition only to have it snatched away by fate or circumstance. And then you have musicians who neither seek nor find it, and for whom the only thing that matters is the music, and who see fame for the fickle and empty mistress Read more »

New Reels: ‘Our Love Is A Garden’ by Wilder Adkins

New Reels: ‘Our Love Is A Garden’ by Wilder Adkins

This week we look at the latest release from an American folk singer who slowly but surely is gaining the wider recognition he deserves. Wilder Adkins comes out of Birmingham, Alabama via his hometown of Marietta, Georgia and time spent growing up in rural India of all places. He’s been peddling his dreamy, Nick Drake-esque acoustic folk songs for a while now without much recognition, his recent album Hope & Sorrow taking 3 years to record because according to him he kept running out of money. The dedication he shows to his flowering craft is surely worth it though and Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival

Unforgettable Live Performances: Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival is an annual folk festival in Rhode Island, Bob Dylan played there successfully in 1963 and 1964, so no one expected what happened on July 25th, 1965. Mr. Tambourine Man (Live at the Newport Folk Festival. 1964) The Newport Folk Festival is a mainly folk oriented festival in Newport, Rhode Island. It was founded in 1959 as counterpart to the famous Newport Jazz Festival and it still going on strong today. In 1963 and 1964 Bob Dylan was a most popular draw playing to hugely appreciative audiences everywhere, but that was not the case for his performance in 1965. Read more »

New Reels: “Trap Tears” by Raury

New Reels: “Trap Tears” by Raury

Raury first came to our attention when he went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert wearing an “I Love Mexico” t-shirt with Donald Trump´s name crossed out on the back and made all of us fall in love with him and his obvious talent. It was a great “silent” protest against Trump, and as he said so himself “Trump embodies separation, solving problems with anger, fear, and personal differences. I’m all about the opposite, about being inclusive and open.” We couldn’t agree with him more. Well, fortunately this 19 year old is here to stay by the looks and sound Read more »

Unsung Figures no.3: Connie Converse

Unsung Figures no.3: Connie Converse

Continuing our series on under-appreciated musical artists we look at the life, music, and disappearance of this American singer/songwriter In between two tall mountains there’s a place they call Lonesome. Don’t see why they call it Lonesome; I’m never lonesome when I go there – from Talkin’ Like You (Two Tall Mountains) When I embarked on this series the idea was to bring to your attention talented artists who might be known in the right circles but whom maybe deserved wider attention, those who had a recording career and substantially toiled for their art but failed to make a lasting Read more »