• Video Premiere: Jordan Tice, "Walkin'"

    • Sep 2, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Tice’s quiet sparse video of “Walkin’,” which appears on his new album Motivational Speakeasy, out September 25, captures the spirit of a man with rambling on his mind.

  • Hear It First: Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, 'Fiddler's Pastime'

    • Sep 1, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Fiddler’s Pastime delivers a good time and illustrates Bronwyn Keith-Hynes’ ability to stretch out and follow her fiddle where it leads her as she travels brilliantly down various creative paths, illuminating our ways as we accompany her.

  • Video Premiere: Dawn Landes, "Oh, Amelia"

    • Aug 20, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    “Oh Amelia” celebrates Amelia Earhart’s and Tori Murden McClure’s accomplishments, revealing a vision of the yearning to reach beyond ourselves to be more truly ourselves.

  • Hear It First: The Texicana Mamas, 'The Texicana Mamas'

    • Aug 18, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    The Texicana Mamas’ vision for their self-titled, debut album is clear: to celebrate their heritage and to bring the beauty of the music to others. Stephanie Urbina Jones says, “we wanted to be a voice for our people and our country; to follow the threads of love.” The Texicana Mamas is an album for our time, for it captures brilliantly the enduring beauty of small moments of our lives woven into a fraying social fabric in which love is the thread that holds the promise for unity and hope.

  • Video Premiere: Dirk Powell, "Olivia"

    • Aug 14, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    The deeply moving “Olivia” could easily be an anthem for these days when our lives rush down the river of time, lost in its churning waters that erase momentary delights—the first glimpse of the sun’s rays, the playful laughter of children, the slow blooming of flowers.

  • Song Premiere: Anya Hinkle, "Hills of Swannanoa"

    • Aug 12, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Anya Hinkle’s “Hills of Swannanoa” captures the beauty and mystery of the area around Asheville, Swannanoa, and Black Mountain, North Carolina, vividly telling a story of an event that shaped the lives of individuals and the community for years. Moving so adeptly between moods of light and dark, she brilliantly captures the ways that beauty often carries within it the seeds of its own destruction, as well as the inarticulate sadness that such destruction brings.

  • Video Premiere: Kris Delmhorst, "Horses In the Sky"

    • Aug 3, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    With “Horses in the Sky,” a song off her upcoming album, Long Day in the Milky Way (out August 14), singer/songwriter Kris Delmhorst explores the beauty and wonder that is always present, sometimes lurking in the darkest, most-consuming of shadows, wherein you have to look that much harder and hold that much tighter to every sliver of hope that flickers into view.

  • Song Premiere: Kronos Quartet & Friends, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"

    • Jul 29, 2020
    • Kim Ruehl

    To pay tribute to Pete Seeger, the Kronos Quartet enlisted the voices of Sam Amidon, Aoife O’Donovan, and others to tell the tale in a sort of relay, with a new voice for every verse. The result feels like the song is posing a question that a community ponders, rather than being the rumination of a single singer. Indeed, in these challenging and often troubling times, many of us find ourselves wondering when we will ever learn.

  • Hear It First: Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, 'Bitter Better'

    • Jul 10, 2020
    • Devon Léger

    Effortlessly complex string arrangements that sound simple and natural? Check. Powerfully astute songwriting that touches on the waxing and waning of love across time? Check. Seamlessly integrated electronic music components pushing the album further towards indie pop than you might think? Check. Laura Cortese’s strength has always been as a bandleader, shepherding an eclectic and interesting vision for folk, and the new album finds her even more at the fore.