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The Wailin’ Jennys

Bright Morning Stars
Red House Records
 
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The concept of a “folk supergroup” sounds strange, sort of like “the folksinger’s Porsche.” But no musical amalgamation deserves this moniker more than The Wailin’ Jennys. With three world-class lead vocalists who are equally accomplished songwriters, The Wailin’ Jenny’s deliver polished folk music that (more…)

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Tim Mahoney

Live From the Sky
Self-distributed
 
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Tim Mahoney’s latest work combines elements of heavy-metal power pop with ethereal folk ballads, and his mix of guitar raunch and lyricism makes for an addictive musical cocktail. Musically, Mahoney is something of a chameleon. Songs like “Greatest Life” are riff-driven roots-rock anthems with soaring guitar leads. “Lay Down Low” is a jam-bandish groove tune […]

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The Boxcars

The Boxcars
Mountain Home Music Company
 
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Fresh from his double win at the 2010 International Bluegrass Musicians Association (IBMA) awards for “Mandolin Player of the Year” and “Instrumental of the Year,” Adam Steffey teams with The Boxcars on arrangements tight as Doyle Lawson’s Quicksilver, but with a broader musical palette. (more…)

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John McCutcheon

Passage
Appalsongs
 
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John McCutcheon is one of a small minority – an unabashed folk singer. On Passage, he performs 14 new original tunes that demonstrate his mastery of the idiom known as “folk music.” McCutcheon’s subject matter touches the usual folky bases – love, social injustice, the (more…)

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Jeffrey Foucault & Lisa Olstein

Cold Satellite
Self-distributed
 
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Cold Satellite is a concept album with songs co-written by Jeffrey Foucault and Lisa Olstein. Longtime friends, they began to collaborate in 2007, when Olstein sent Foucault a bunch of unpublished poems plus snippets of poems. Foucault sat with his guitar and began to (more…)

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Don Stiernberg with Rusty Holloway and Jeff Jenkins

Swing 220
Blue Night Records
 
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Many musicians play swing, but few swing with the authenticity of Don Stiernberg, with whom the expression “Dig your well deep” comes to mind. On Swing 220, Stiernberg is joined by Jeff Jenkins on guitar and Rusty Holloway on upright bass. For this session, Jenkins uses a (more…)

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Darrell Webb Band

Bloodline
Rural Rhythm
 
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Darrell Webb’s career began with a stint with the Lonesome River Band, followed by time in J.D. Crowe’s group. He also played on two of Dolly Parton’s bluegrass albums. In the last several years, he played guitar and sang lead for Michael Cleveland’s (more…)

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Laurie Lewis

Blossoms
Spruce and Maple Music
 
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Laurie Lewis is a bluegrass pioneer, and her latest release showcases the breadth of her musical talent – singing, songwriting, and playing guitar and fiddle. Lewis enlists the help of longtime musical partner Tom Rozum on mandolin, octave mandolin, and vocals. The roster also includes (more…)

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Eric Brace & Peter Cooper

Master Sessions
Red Beet Records
 
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Eric Brace and Peter Cooper’s label, Red Beet Records, has been busy lately with not one, but two newly released CDs. The first is a duo project uniting Peter Cooper with the legendary pedal steel player, Lloyd (more…)

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Grant Gordy

Grant Gordy
Self-distributed
 
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Grant Gordy’s thing is acoustic jazz. But unlike most jazz guitarists, his axe of choice isn’t a big ol’ carved archtop, but a dreadnaught-sized flat-top. Gordy still plays with the David Grisman Quartet and tours with his new group made up of (more…)

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