[checklist][/checklist] by Sean Jewell:: The first great record of 2016 is here. Recorded in the summer of last year, East Nashville songsmith Brian Wright put together what appears to be the first in a series of home recordings. Production and instrumentation are sparse as a southwestern vista. Austere, colorful backing (harmonica here, banjo and/or backing vocals there) occasionally accompany his bright […]

by Sean Jewell :: Bluegrass music is the music of the Appalachian Mountains. Like those mountains, Ola Belle Reed’s influence, memory, songs, and family reach across time, from Ola Belle’s birthplace in Lansing, NC all the way up to Rising Sun, MD. Her voice is solid, woody, and rises like the smoke above the trees […]

  by Sean Jewell :: The world of music we know is pretty well owed to the Louvin Brothers. Right from the start they were different, singing supernatural harmonies they’d dedicated their life to crafting. Before they even arrived in Nashville they could barely land a gig for all the other bands who’d been hired […]

by Sean Jewell:: Barbara Lynn is truly one of a kind. Aside from being the rare, left handed, guitar playing bandleader in the ’60s, and scoring a #1 hit with her own material, Barbara’s exit and re-entry into rock ‘n’ soul were her own trajectory, piloting her career, her way. As a child Lynn played ukulele in Beaumont, Texas; […]

by Sean Jewell :: The value of the contributions Country Dave Harmonson has made to Seattle’s roots music scene cannot be overstated. If you can name a country music band from this area it’s likely Country Dave has contributed to, or influenced their sound in some way. He plays in so many bands you’re likely […]

by Jon Rooney :: Portland’s Mike Coykendall‘s newest full length, Half Past, Present Pending, is a slice of seriously fuzzy, spaced-out folk music. Coykendall is a musical veteran’s veteran, having led a band called Klyde Konner in the Midwest back in the late ’80s before playing in the Old Joe Clarks, a roots duo with […]

by Sean Jewell :: In just its fourth year, the riotously successful Chinook Fest has birthed a sister festival: Chinook Fest Summit. Held at Snoqualmie, Chinook Fest Summit is looking hot for its inaugural year featuring alternative rock up and comers X Ambassadors and soul singer Allen Stone, plus country folk stalwarts The Maldives, and blues destroyers Tango […]

by Sean Jewell :: Since before there was the West Seattle Bridge, West Seattle has had an annual street fair. Now in its 33rd year, and called West Seattle Summerfest, it looks better than ever. It’s always been famous for its shopping, and small town outside the big city feel, plus this year there’s a garden and […]