Michael Hurley – The Time of The Foxgloves

At 80 years old, Michael Hurley is still as vibrant and canny as ever, as evidenced by his new LP on No Quarter Records, The Time of The Foxgloves. It’s always a cause to celebrate when Hurley returns with new music, but the songs here are some of the most moving recordings he’s turned outContinue reading “Michael Hurley – The Time of The Foxgloves”

Joseph Allred – Branches & Leaves

Joseph Allred’s stirring new record, Branches & Leaves, is a masterpiece amalgamation of folk traditions and stylings. Available on vinyl through Feeding Tube Records and digitally from Allred’s Bandcamp page, Branches & Leaves features everything from spiritual choral singing to banjo fantasias and chamber string music. Allred breathes new life into these traditions of old,Continue reading “Joseph Allred – Branches & Leaves”

Devin Hoff – Voices From the Empty Moor (Songs of Anne Briggs)

Bassist Devin Hoff’s loving tribute to Anne Briggs explores the depth and the versatility of the British folk legend’s classic songbook. Most readers here would agree that Anne Briggs, along with Shirley Collins, is one of the foundational pillars of the English folk music revival of the 1960s and 1970s. She unquestionably inspired an entireContinue reading “Devin Hoff – Voices From the Empty Moor (Songs of Anne Briggs)”

Greta Ruth – The Fawn

Some of the most intimate and delicate music you’ll likely encounter this year is Greta Ruth’s stunning collection of songs, The Fawn, which will see its first cassette release on American Dreams Records this week. Originally released on Corrector Records, The Fawn was recorded last year but its songs were all written between 2012 andContinue reading “Greta Ruth – The Fawn”

Ruthann Friedman – Hurried Life: Lost Recordings, 1965-1971

For Record Store Day’s “Drop 2” this Saturday, keep an eye out for the first ever vinyl issue of Hurried Life: Lost Recordings, 1965-1971, by astral folk cult favorite, Ruthann Friedman. Originally released in 2006 on CD and finally pressed onto black plastic this year by Tompkins Square Records, Hurried Life features 15 demos, homeContinue reading “Ruthann Friedman – Hurried Life: Lost Recordings, 1965-1971”

Allysen Callery – Ghost Folk

If a cool autumn breeze could sing, it would likely sound like Allysen Callery’s elegantly wistful Ghost Folk LP. Hailing from Bristol, RI, Callery plays elemental folk music that feels alive with the landscape of rustic New England. The spirits of ancient seaside farmsteads, crumbling colonial graveyards and deserted craggy shores inhabit each song. InContinue reading “Allysen Callery – Ghost Folk”

Maybel – Gathering

Airy folk instrumentation, gentle harmonies and wistful atmospheres await you on Maybel’s Gathering. Released on Idée Fixe records in late May, the Montreal group’s debut full-length intermingles rustic traditional folk sounds and stylings with some hints of ambient music. In the background of many of these songs, you often hear layers of spacey lap steelContinue reading “Maybel – Gathering”

Wes Buckley – The Towering Ground

Wes Buckley’s The Towering Ground is a showcase of the North Adams, MA artist’s brilliant song craft and versatility. Released last week on Half a Million Records, the label branch of the famed Belltower Records store, this album finds Buckley inhabiting dusty folk stylings and playing catchy rural melodies on acoustic guitar. The songs, whichContinue reading “Wes Buckley – The Towering Ground”

The Record Crates United Mixtape #41 with Special Guest, Mikelyn Rochford

Tune in to Dunebuggyradio.com tonight at 8PM EST to catch a special episode of my show, where I’ll be joined by Mikelyn Rochford, the host of The Ninth Wave, a superb web radio program on the Stationhead app, as well as one of my favorite contemporary visual artists on Instagram. You might remember her fromContinue reading “The Record Crates United Mixtape #41 with Special Guest, Mikelyn Rochford”

The Old Home Place: Remembering Tony Rice and Bluegrass Music’s Spacious Renovation (pt. 1), by James Rooney

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”