By Sean McPhersonSean McPherson teaches at McNally Smith College of Music, is a founding member of Twin Cities hip-hop collective Heiruspecs, and plays bass with Dessa's touring band. He recently conducted a conversation with a leader in the changing terrain of the music copyright world, Northwester ... More >>
Alan Lomax was the principal documentarian of of southern roots music, culminating in the release, fifty years ago, of Sounds of the South, a keystone in American musical history. Last fall, an improbably good band played some selections from his defining collection and...wow.
As I culled through lists of new and upcoming releases from new and up-and-coming country artists, I couldn't help but notice a pattern: many were by women, and most of those by women who seemed to be taking country in a slightly new direction (occasionally, the "new" direction one that count ... More >>
The local "bluegrassical" trio has crafted a rich meditation on planes, trains, and automobiles.
Another great folk-music box targets everyday people who might even still be alive
Praise and blame for the season's multi-disc collections
A Cameron Crowe fan takes the long, strange trip to 'Elizabethtown'
Appalachia springs eternal on Columbia's bluegrass boxed set
Director Cheryl Dunye brings her research stint at the Shakopee women's prison to bear on Stranger Inside
Paul Dandy and Ben Weaver revive a folk music of finger-clackers, empty whiskey bottles, and discarded mule jawbones
Larry Long overturns the "great man" theory of traditional music, one folk at a time
After braving years of backlash, techno's first crossover star, Moby, spins back to his DJ roots
In 1965, the field recordings of the Bahamas were an island unto themselves. Thirty years later, it's a small world after all.
Bang a Gong: Harry Partch on one of his musical contraptions.