Pert Near Sandstone | First Avenue | Friday, October 24 It's hard to believe Pert Near Sandstone's Kevin Kniebel once almost gave up the banjo. Everything fell into place when he had his first clawhammer-style lesson with regional folk musician Bill Cagley. By the next week, Kniebel started playing ... More >>
Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>
The world lost a true paragon of song and social activism when Pete Seeger passed away in January. In celebration of his life and legacy, Governor Dayton has declared Saturday, May 3, to be Pete Seeger Day in Minnesota, on what would have been his 95th birthday. A gathering of a wide-array of Minne ... More >>
Any time that Oscar-winning St. Louis Park filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen announce that they are releasing a new film, there is going to be plenty of local interest. When they decided to set their new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, in the early '60s folk music scene of New York City that would eventuall ... More >>
Equally inspired by the lonesome sounds of folk, country, and the blues, and the frenetic sounds of rock and bluegrass (and psychobilly!), the Bitterroot Band will no doubt find a welcome home in today's current roots/Americana-friendly landscape. But their presentation is so genuine, it doesn't see ... More >>
Locally bred Oscar-winning auteurs Joel and Ethan Coen have never shied away from drawing inspiration from their Minnesota upbringing to use in their films. Both Fargo and A Serious Man candidly reflect all-too-familiar aspects of life around these parts as well as lasting impressions that the creat ... More >>
Tyler Flory is a teacher at Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins. His Music Class column ties together his job and his music fandom in a neat little package. "I believe [Bob Dylan's] 'Like a Rolling Stone' is the greatest rock and roll simile of all time," I state to my 4th block 9th G ... More >>
Barnswallow reveals a dark and personal side of the folk singer
Folk music. It's well-loved here in the Twin Cities, and there is hardly a better place to celebrate its prominence than the rowdy, unpretentious Grumpy's NE. This Saturday, Grumpy's will be featuring a slew of local folk talent in its 14th Annual Northeast Folk Festival. The lineup consists of 21 ... More >>
Remember when Bob Dylan went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival? Gimme Noise wasn't born yet, but the intrigue of that event carries to this day. A ripple of arguably equal or greater importance is upon us today: All City Pages blogs have upgraded from Disqus to Livefyre for reader comments. ... More >>
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For all of the profound mythologizing that is done over the illustrious music career of Bob Dylan, he began the process just like any other musician with the bold but tentative first steps of a debut record. While very few Dylan enthusiasts will list Bob Dylan as among their favorite (or even ... More >>
David HannersDavid Hanners sings for the doomed and the thoughtful"It's kind of a joke amongst my songwriter friends that I kill off a lot of characters in my songs," says David Hanners, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and folk singer. He produces his latest CD, "The Traveler's Burden," to ... More >>
Minnesota's most famous expatriate and one of the most respected songwriters of our time, Bob Dylan, is celebrating his 70th birthday today. How do you honor the man who has received every honor in the world? We thought of a few ways you could pay your respects today.
Photos by Tony Nelson Sharon Van Etten April 6, 2010 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Brooklyn-based Sharon Van Etten is a force to be reckoned with. Her show last night at the Cedar saw the audience moved and silenced by the folk artist whose talent and capacity for music is far greater ... More >>
Is this man too controversial for China?Bob Dylan hasn't given up on China. A year after refusing Dylan permission to play tour dates in Shanghai and Beijing, China's Ministry of Culture is reviewing an application for the Minnesota-born folk singer to schedule two shows in the country this ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenJoan Baez has been performing for over 50 years, and her voice is just as lovely as ever. "I've had to drop my songs down a few notches to match my voice now," she noted apologetically during her show at the Minnesota Zoo last night. But aside from a few key changes her old c ... More >>
Because nothing says Christmas like an aging misanthropic wizened folk antihero.
My special little moment with the famous folk singer.
Another great folk-music box targets everyday people who might even still be alive
Rock writer/Dylan freak Sid Griffin attempts to crack one of music's great mysteries
Minnesota-born Paul Nelson was a '60s folk revival pioneer and a founding father of rock writing
Meet the Handsome Family: The story of the band that forgot time
TiVo the premiere of "Veronica Mars" tonight and tune into PBS (TPT 2) at 8 p.m. for "Get Up, Stand Up: The Story of Pop and Protest," hosted by Chuck D. The NYT is calling the PBS documentary one of the most daring ... More >>
Scorsese takes 200 minutes to preserve the mystery of Dylan
Doc-Maker Don McGlynn Draws the reclusive 'Spider' out of his web
Larry Long overturns the "great man" theory of traditional music, one folk at a time
Next week Red House Records issues a momentous tribute album of Pete Seeger's songs. But after 15 years at the margins of American music, this St. Paul label proudly aims to stay there.
A new autobiography tells how Johnny Cash has walked the line for a disappearing country--and how that line may end with him.
An excerpt from: Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes
In his new book on America's folk revival, Robert Cantwell looks at our post-war romance with the "real."