Daniel Bachman – The Morning Star

Daniel Bachman’s The Morning Star is like an aural, musical translation of the many vibrations moving through the air of modern America. From moments of radiant, rural tranquility to chaotic blasts of near-violent noise, Bachman pairs his masterful American Primitive guitar playing with a cornucopia of drones and sonic experimentation in a way that isContinue reading “Daniel Bachman – The Morning Star”

Fall Flashback Folk Friday: Shelagh McDonald

The British Folk Revival of the 1960’s and 1970’s is rich with enigmatic artists that had either gone completely unnoticed during their lifetime or had simply vanished after gaining a small following and releasing a few albums. Artists whose shadowy histories have become just as important to their legend as their music is. Shelagh McDonaldContinue reading “Fall Flashback Folk Friday: Shelagh McDonald”

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”

The Lark and The Loon- Songbirds and Fog

The Lark and The Loon The scent of crisp autumn leaves on a cold early morning, the creaking of an old wooden porch and the flash of a startled barn swallow all exist within the very sound of the wonderfully evocative Songbirds and Fog by The Lark and The Loon. Comprised of Mid-westerners Rocky SteenContinue reading “The Lark and The Loon- Songbirds and Fog”

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”

Folk Playlist for Summer

Here’s a selection of folk songs to help soundtrack your summer days, featuring the likes of Jerry Garcia with David Grisman, Dirk Powell, Odetta, etc.      

Mulberry Soul

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”

The Hummingbirds- 13 Days

Click on the link to check out my recent review on The Waster for 13 Days by The Hummingbirds (a group that I wouldn’t be surprised seeing on the headlining bill of Newport Folk Festival in the next few years!) http://www.thewaster.com/lp-review/the-hummingbirds-13-days/

Sharron Kraus- Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers

Sharron Kraus Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers (Clay Pipe Music) Any music by Sharron Kraus is bound to be good. No, scratch that. Any recording by Sharron Kraus is bound to be good. Even if she released an mp3 of herself reading a restaurant menu, I’m sure it would be enjoyable on some level.Continue reading “Sharron Kraus- Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers”