The Urgency of History: A Conversation with Rhiannon Giddens

Posted on Sep 8, 2017 in Artist Interviews
The Urgency of History: A Conversation with Rhiannon Giddens

Every now and then, a voice comes along that is so thoroughly in tune with the times that it can’t — and shouldn’t — be ignored. This year, that voice belongs to Rhiannon Giddens. Her latest album, Freedom Highway , takes its cues from the warriors of justice who came before her … Joan Baez, […]

Squared Roots: Pieta Brown x Rickie Lee Jones

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 in Artist Interviews
Squared Roots: Pieta Brown x Rickie Lee Jones

There are some artists who defy every convention and expectation we attempt to impose upon them. Rickie Lee Jones is one of them. Right out of the gate, she played by her own rules and danced to her own very groovy drum. Her eponymous debut in 1979 — with stunning songs like “The Last Chance […]

Five Questions: Tift Merritt

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 in Artist Interviews
Five Questions: Tift Merritt

On her seventh studio album in 15 years, Stitch of the World, singer/songwriter Tift Merritt has churned out another solid set of roots-infused tunes that reach backward, forward, and side to side. You see, Merritt has a lot of musical ground to cover and she does just that, from the throwback folk-country of “Dusty Old […]

Five Questions: John Craigie

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 in Artist Interviews
Five Questions: John Craigie

Singer/songwriter John Craigie grew up in Southern California, which easily explains his breezy, bright folk-rock sensibilities. After graduating with a degree in mathematics from UC Santa Cruz, Craigie took to the road and the recording studio, which readily explains his existential musical explorations. Craigie’s latest release — No Rain, No Rose — finds him folding […]

The Turns of Humor and Terms of Happy: A Conversation with Aimee Mann

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 in Artist Interviews
The Turns of Humor and Terms of Happy: A Conversation with Aimee Mann

In an age of rampant anti-intellectualism, it’s imperative that we cling to the brainiacs among us, be they scholars or scientists, pundits or poets. One of the smartest of the songwriter smarty pants has long been Aimee Mann and, thankfully, she’s back with a new album to get us through 2017, the more-than-aptly titled Mental […]