Valerie June: The Order of Time

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 in Reviews
Valerie June: The Order of Time

One of the best things about modern roots music is its conflation and innovation, of traditions and of visions. And many of the artists making the greatest strides in that regard are Black artists, including Alabama Shakes, Rhiannon Giddens, Son Little, and Valerie June. Each brings an inimitable style and an indelible spirit to their […]

Caroline Spence: Spades & Roses

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 in Reviews
Caroline Spence: Spades & Roses

When you think about it, songwriters do an amazing thing. Taking a limited number of notes and a limited number of words, they craft infinite expressions of emotion. They turn the mundane into the sacred, the personal into the universal. It’s a wonder, really, that there are so many different ways to say — or […]

Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 in Reviews
Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway

Sometimes, a voice comes along at the exact moment in history that it very much needs to be heard. Though Rhiannon Giddens first stepped up to the mic as part of the Sankofa Strings and Carolina Chocolate Drops in 2005, it’s on her truly stunning new album, Freedom Highway, that she truly finds her voice […]