The energy was there before the festival and it would remain long after. Visions of nude hippies rollicking in the mud burned into cultural memory; Sly Stone arguably saving the whole festival; the disappointments of so many beloved groups. Absolute chaos against a backdrop of country living. Back-to-the-land sentiments preached by so many yet realizedContinue reading “John Herald: Bluegrass Boy of the Catskills, by James Rooney”
Cameron Knowler and Eli Winter, two friends who happen to be some of the brightest young talents in solo guitar music today, bring the best out of each other on their new duo album, Anticipation. Recorded mostly in a mammoth session last year in Houston, TX, this album finds the two guitarists winding down theContinue reading “Cameron Knowler & Eli Winter – Anticipation”
Every so often a musician accepts a gig that pushes them a far greater distance than initially expected. What might have started as a sideman job on a single record blossoms into a fruitful web of vast aural magnitude. To the individual driving this process, restructuring the environment in which they are working fulfills theirContinue reading “The Old Home Place: Remembering Tony Rice and Bluegrass Music’s Spacious Renovation (pt. 1), by James Rooney”
I am reviewing The Lark and The Loon’s Homestead Hands and The Lark and The Loon 2 together, as I received them that way, but also because they were practically recorded back-to-back as well. Homestead Hands glows with a welcoming warmth like a flickering cabin fireplace. Husband and wife duo Jeff Rolfzen and Rocky Steen-Rolfzen play authenticContinue reading “The Lark & The Loon – Homestead Hands & 2”
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”
If a nippy autumn afternoon in the Adirondacks could create its own music, it would surely sound like the new self-titled album by Mulberry Soul. Hailing from the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, Mulberry Soul plays a beautifully rural blend of bluegrass and folk that can both stomp with scorching energy and chillContinue reading “Mulberry Soul”
I recently reviewed the new live double album by the great Del McCoury and David Grisman for Elmore. Check it out here!