Folk

Album Review: “Will Anybody Know That I Was Here? The Songs of Beulah Rowley” by Mary Lee Kortes

February 11, 2024
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The album suggests an earlier time, but most of the music is modern, relevant, and timeless.

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Arts Feature: The Best in Popular Music 2023

December 23, 2023
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Our music critics pick some of the standout albums and performances of 2023.

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Music Commentary: Nanci Griffith vs. the “New Yorker”

December 19, 2023
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It was the sniping tone that made the article perplexing. I would almost call it perverse. Why treat so cavalierly — even shabbily — a deceased, highly esteemed, Grammy-winning artist?

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Album Review: “More Than a Whisper: Celebrating the Music of Nanci Griffith” — A Flawless Tribute

December 11, 2023
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Love for Nanci Griffith has empowered a hell of a record.

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Concert Review: Indie-Folk Sensation Anjimile at the ICA

December 11, 2023
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The heart of Friday’s performance came in stark impressions borne through Anjimile’s vulnerable voice — along with a little help from his friends.

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Concert Review: Outlaw Festival 2023 — Defying Expectations

September 20, 2023
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Refusing to bow to conventional expectations of aging is just one more outlaw accomplishment that is part of Willie Nelson’s incredible legacy.

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Concert Preview: Tommy Emmanuel — A Guitar Player’s Guitar Player

September 11, 2023
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“I just want to fly my kite like everyone else. I’m not interested in being the greatest. That sounds like an awful ball and chain. I love the freedom that I have.”

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Country Music Feature: Talking with Legendary Singer/Songwriter Peter Rowan

August 13, 2023
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Peter Rowan’s far-reaching view of bluegrass is inspired by his deft intertwining of music and spirituality.

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Arts Remembrance: Appreciating Robbie Robertson

August 11, 2023
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Robbie Robertson was born and raised in Canada but he seemed to understand the American myth better than most of his southern neighbors did.

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Concert Review: Newport Folk Festival 2023 — Honoring the Past But Looking Toward the Future

August 1, 2023
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The real magic of the 2023 Newport Folk Festival didn’t arrive via high-wattage cameos but by way of the quality and quantity of collaborations from its homegrown community of musicians — as well as the cultural diversity of its lineup.

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