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 […]

[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 :: Charlie Parr‘s latest album, Stumpjumper, is a hot one. As usual he draws from the well of human suffering, but does so with humor and just a dash of folk tale mystery. Stumpjumper happens to be a first of its kind for Parr, having been recorded with a full backing band […]

by Lauren Jahoda, Heartstrings Magazine :: Joe Fletcher and I decided to save our interview for post-AmericanaFest, so that we could extend our discussion to the next stop on his festival trails and delve into his 3rd (but 1st solo) album, You’ve Got the Wrong Man, just before its October 7th release. We spoke mid-day Monday, while […]

Ryley Walker

This ode to psych-folk of a bygone era is all we need know to become fans of 25 year-old Ryley Walker. A self-proclaimed “outsider” and fan of “out” music then and now,  this Rockford, Illinois native released his debut, All Kinds Of You (Tomkins Square) earlier this year and is now making waves in the folk/jazz guitar […]