Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: Steve Ashley- Stroll On

This one’s been a favorite of mine for a long time but its relative obscurity has always bewildered me. Steve Ashley is today known for being a fine British singer-songwriter in his own right as well as being a former member of The Albion Country Band and Ragged Robin. Although not released until 1974, Ashley’sContinue reading “Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: Steve Ashley- Stroll On”

Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: Sweeney’s Men

Sweeney’s Men were an Irish folk group that got their start as a trio in the mid-1960’s playing a mix of traditional Irish, American and Scottish folk songs. The group throughout its various line-up changes included Andy Irvine (later of Planxty and Mozaik), Terry Woods (later of Steeleye Span and The Pogues), Johhny Moynihan (alsoContinue reading “Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: Sweeney’s Men”

Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: Jade- Fly on Strangewings

Every autumn, when the nights start to get longer, the air begins to cool and all of the leaves start to change colors, I get an insatiable craving for folk music, but specifically English and psychedelic/acid folk and folk rock. I’m not entirely sure why I prefer this particular sound at this time of year,Continue reading “Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: Jade- Fly on Strangewings”

(Final) Festival Friday- Honorable Mentions

  It’s finally September 1st, so that means that the summer season is finally at a close and so is Festival Fridays. From gigs that failed so hard that they didn’t even happen to performances that would end up being highlights of some artists’ career, I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about some of theContinue reading “(Final) Festival Friday- Honorable Mentions”

The Warp/The Weft- Mapping an Absence [Acid Folk/Folk Rock]

The Warp/The Weft- Mapping an Absence Sounding as haunting, rustic and feral as an abandoned cemetery swallowed by trees and weeds, The Warp/The Weft’s Mapping an Absence is an excellent example of acid folk’s ever continuing influence. Hailing from Poughkeepsie, New York, The Warp/The Weft infuse their music with the cold, isolation and haunting qualitiesContinue reading “The Warp/The Weft- Mapping an Absence [Acid Folk/Folk Rock]”

Festival Friday: The Big Sur Folk Festivals (1964-1971)

Running on the opposite coast from Newport from 1964-1971, The Big Sur Folk Festival was a different beast entirely.   Starting off as a series of workshops and impromptu sets by Joan Baez, Mimi & Richard Fariña and some of their contemporaries, The Big Sur Folk Festival was intentionally kept a small, intimate event withContinue reading “Festival Friday: The Big Sur Folk Festivals (1964-1971)”

Festival Friday: The 1968 Newport Folk Festival

The 1968 Newport Folk Festival The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, isn’t obscure by any means; in fact, it’s a rather historic and culturally relevant event that still continues (very successfully) today. In terms of the individual yearly events, the ones you mainly hear most about include the 1965 festival where Dylan notoriouslyContinue reading “Festival Friday: The 1968 Newport Folk Festival”

2,000+ Instagram Followers Special Mix

I’ve recently went over 2,000 followers on my blog’s Instagram account (@recordcratesunited) and I am over the moon with joy and gratitude. So as a thank you to those followers and everyone else involved, I’ve made a mix featuring music by some of those followers and musicians that I’ve reviewed in the past. From folk toContinue reading “2,000+ Instagram Followers Special Mix”

Animals of Grace – Brambles

We are living in a particularly rough and turbulent time right now, so we certainly need the hopeful sound that can be heard on Animals of Grace’s Brambles. Comprised of guitarist and singer Erika Lundahl and percussionist Doug Indrick, Animals of Grace play gorgeously written songs that are pure as nature with glossy harmonies andContinue reading “Animals of Grace – Brambles”

My Favorite Bootlegged Bob Dylan Tracks Part 1

In case you haven’t heard yet, Bob Dylan just announced the details of the next release in his official Bootleg series. It’s entitled, Another Self-Portrait and it focuses on the sessions for the curious Self-Portrait album from 1970 as well as other unreleased or alternate version of songs that were recorded for New Morning and Nashville Skyline, both from around theContinue reading “My Favorite Bootlegged Bob Dylan Tracks Part 1”