BY MICHAEL WOHL This is the second installment of a three-part series on American guitarist John Fahey (1939 – 2001). Our intent is to shed light not only on John’s prolific career as an innovative guitarist and composer, but also as a musicologist/folklorist, record label honcho, and time traveling talent scout whose efforts launched and revitalized […]

BY GREG VANDY & MICHAEL WOHL This is the first installment of a three-part series on American guitarist John Fahey (1939 – 2001). Our intent is to shed light not only on John’s prolific career as an innovative guitarist and composer, but also as a musicologist/folklorist, record label honcho, and time traveling talent scout whose efforts […]

Julie Rhodes

by Sean Jewell :: One of the best album openers I’ve heard recently is “In Your Garden” on Julie Rhodes‘s Bound to Meet the Devil . Rhodes’s raspy voice intones along with a soul clap: “Go on and leave me like another weed in your garden. Nothing I can say is gonna make you stay. Don’t call me […]

by Sean Jewell :: That’s right. Seattle “Haunted Boogie” darlings Lonesome Shack are releasing a double LP soon. These dudes sound like a Mississippi Hill Country band on a ketamine bender. It’s a dirtfloor, juke joint blues, cold beer and hot nights languid, so distinct they had to come up with their own genre. It does sound haunted, […]

by Sean Jewell:: One thing I’m discovering as I speak to blues men is that you don’t get to interview them so much as you get to sit and listen to their stories. Older blues men like Bobby Rush are well aware of their contributions to blues, soul, and rock & roll. Bobby Rush has been interviewed countless […]

In this animated documentary, Peter Stampfel tells the story of how the freak folk band Holy Modal Rounders first got together. DIRECTOR/ANIMATOR: DREW CHRISTIE ANIMATOR: DANE HERFORTH ANIMATOR: GABE ADAMS NARRATOR: PETER STAMPFEL PRODUCED BY: AMERICAN STANDARD TIME & DREW CHRISTIE MUSIC BY: DREW CHRISTIE, DAVID PUTNAM & THE HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS

By Sean Jewell :: JJ Grey & Mofro’s southern sincerity extends far beyond stereotype or folk-tale simplicity. Their music is playful and bluesy as Taj Mahal, and as earnest and soulful as Otis Redding’s. JJ Grey & Mofro’s latest offering Ol’ Glory keeps the approach to southern soul that has long been as out of the way as Grey’s […]

  by Sean Jewell :: I write this with some degree of difficulty because I have listened to a small selection of both of these sets, and have become too-funky for my damn-self. It’s like having all of your dream 45’s in the same crate. DJ nights will never be the same. In 1998 Atlantic released […]