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Dan Tyminski's Solo Effort Relaunched

September 30, 2003

Carry Me Across the Mountain, Dan Tyminski's solo album, has been re-released by Rounder Records. A key member of Alison Krauss and Union Station, Tyminski is known to the world as the Grammy Award-winning voice behind George Clooney's singing in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Carry Me Across the Mountain was originally released in July 2000, five months before the O Brother phenomenon was unleashed.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 3:16 PM

In The Wind: The Folk Music Collection Released

Varese Sarabande has released In The Wind, a compilation of songs by many of the legendary voices of the American folk music revival. Selections include standards like This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie and A Worried Man from the Kingston Trio, as well as previously unreleased tracks from Judy Collins (with the classic Turn! Turn! Turn!), the New Journeymen, Rod McKuen and others.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 2:59 PM

"Where's Pete Seeger - On Stage or upstream?"

September 26, 2003

Pete Seeger performed at the Cuyahoga Valley Festival in Ohio around 1989. I was asked to introduce him. His "dressing room" was an old barn stall, and I can still recall seeing the neck of his banjo rise up among the pitchforks. I asked him if there was anything he'd like me to say, and he responded: "Do you know what time I'll get my canoe ride?" Stunned momentarily, I remembered that Pete was enticed to play the festival knowing that a local park naturalist was going to escort him on the upper Cuyahoga river. As I responded I realized that anything I might say on stage was nowhere near as important as his chance to discover Ohio's reborn river. Pete has a way at making us see what's really important. I'll be playing several songs off Seeds: The songs of Pete Seeger Vol 3.

Posted by Jim Blum at 1:34 PM | Comments (2)

Chip Taylor's Americana Poetry

The new found "Americana" category despite its edgy truthfulness, has been chided somewhat for being lyrically lightweight. Softspoken Chip Taylor's poetry dispels that image: "I'm a sky with no end just tryin' to rain; when the ground's gettin' thirsty - that's who I am." Joined in duets by Fiddler Carrie Rodriguez, Chip's songs are full of wisdom and understatement. Hear Memphis, Texas, Don't Speak in English, and Oh Ireland on Folk Alley.

Posted by Jim Blum at 1:21 PM

Gordon Lightfoot Honored in Canada

September 25, 2003

Legendary singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot was among the first inductees into the recently announced Canadian Songwriters' Hall of Fame. Lightfoot is best remembered for classics like Sundown and The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald.

Posted by at 3:17 PM

John Prine Number 1

The debut Zagat Music Survey has named John Prine's 1971 masterpiece John Prine the top folk album. More than 10,000 listeners were surveyed in an attempt to name the 1,000 best albums of all time. Prine recently was honored with a songwriting lifetime achievement award from the Americana Music Association.

Posted by at 3:00 PM

Steve Earle Releases 2 CD Set

September 24, 2003

Alt-country favorite Steve Earle has released the 2 CD Just An American Boy: The Audio Documentary. The set from Artemis Records is a live recording of material from the musical film documentary Just An American Boy, scheduled for release later this year.

Posted by at 3:31 PM

Singer/Songwriter Sets World Record

September 23, 2003

Singer/Songwriter Adam Brodsky has finished a world record-setting concert tour in an attempt to earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. On Aug. 3, Brodsky set out to perform 50 concerts in 50 states in 50 days. He added a 51st show in Washington, D.C., successfully surpassing his goal on Sept. 23.

Posted by at 3:47 PM

A Mighty Wind on DVD

Christoper Guest's docu-spoof about former '60s folk singers, A Mighty Wind has been released on DVD. The film tells a tongue-in-cheek tale of the on-stage reunion of several fictional acts whose best days were in the halcyon days of the folk revival. The DVD features additional scenes.

Posted by at 3:26 PM

Cash Wins 4 Americana Music Awards

September 22, 2003

The spirit of Johnny Cash was the star of the show Saturday as the legend was honored with four Americana Music Awards a week after his death. Cash was recognized as artist of the year and for song (for the Nine Inch Nails cover Hurt) and album (American IV: The Man Comes Around) of the year. Cash's late wife, June Carter Cash, was also honored with a day of recognition from the state of Tennessee. The ceremony was held Saturday during the 2003 Americana Music Conference in Nashville.

Posted by at 2:24 PM

Phish Announces Fall Shows

September 19, 2003

Phish will ring in Thanksgiving with a 4-show mini-tour beginning on 11/28 ending with a performance in Boston on Dec. 2 that marks the 20th anniversary of the band's first appearance on stage together. In other Phish news, Mike Gordon will be joined by a 7-piece ensemble in October on his first solo tour in support of the Ropeadope Records released Inside In. Jon Fishman, meanwhile, joins the Jazz Mandolin Project for a list of October dates.

Posted by at 12:39 PM

John Mayer Takes Top Spot

September 18, 2003

Singer/songwriter John Mayer's follow-up to 2001's Room for Squares has debut at number 1. Heavier Things is Mayer's first album to reach the top spot. This week it was also announced that Mayer earned a nomination for Favorite Male Artist Pop/Rock from the American Music Awards.

Posted by at 4:57 PM

Ian Anderson's

The same qualities that make Jethro Tull stand out above most rock bands hold true for Ian Anderson's solo acoustic collection Rupi's Dance. Inviting, quirky, constantly changing melodies are the backdrop for his observations on daily life. There's a song about coffee, two about cats, and a very amusing number about being forced to vacation with everyone else family when you stay at hotels. When you hear these on Folk Alley, you'll swear he's singing about YOUR experiences.

Posted by Jim Blum at 3:39 PM | Comments (4)

Wayfaring Strangers Release 2nd Album

September 17, 2003

Folk "super group," The Wayfaring Strangers, have released their second album, on Rounder. This Train brings together vocalists Ruth Ungar, Tracy Bonham, and Aoife O'Donovan with instrumentalists Matt Glaser, Tony Tischka, Laszlo Gardony, Jamey Haddad, John McGann and Jim Whitney.

Posted by at 2:00 PM

Roy Acuff Stamp Launched

September 16, 2003

The U.S. Postal Service has imortalized Roy Acuff, the King of Country Music, with his own 37 cent stamp. The stamp's launch at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry coincided with what would have been Acuff's 100 birthday (he died in 1992).

Posted by at 1:55 PM

Grisman's Mandola Returned

September 15, 2003

A missing mandola found its way back to musician Dave Grisman via UPS last Friday. The Model 5 Gilchrist Mandola, valued at $18,000, was stolen as Grisman signed autographs after a concert at the Big Sky Pavilion in Missoula, MT. A note in the package claimed that the senders didn't realize the instrument belonged to Grisman.

Posted by at 12:09 PM

Greg Brown and Friends

September 12, 2003

Greg Brown, Garnet Rogers, Karen Savoca, and guitarist Pete Heitzman have released "Live at the Black Sheep," recorded at a club in Wakefield, Quebec. It's fun to hear this combination--a different singer on every song, and a different back up band too. The songs are mostly somber, but not in a dreary way. The messages express such deep feelings that you can't help but connect. Though both Brown and Savoca get a bit raspy toward the end--I suspect from all the hard work of a long tour or a long night, the performances are genuine, and pleasantly spontaneous. You'll hear Karen's "Nowhere to go," Greg's "Milk of the Moon" and Garnet's "Summer Lightening" in a surprise twist sung by Greg Brown.

Posted by Jim Blum at 4:22 PM | Comments (1)

Johnny Cash Dies

Johnny Cash has died at 71 of complications from diabetes. Although Cash began recording nearly 50 years ago, his career was still active, gaining recognition from a new generation with his video for Hurt, which earned 6 MTV Video Music Awards nominiations. June Carter Cash, Cash's wife of 35 years, died in May.

Posted by at 8:52 AM

Nickel Creek Goes Gold

Nickel Creek's second album, This Side, has gone gold. The album, which was released a year ago on Sugar Hill, passed the half million sales mark and was awarded a gold record. This Side won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Posted by at 8:41 AM

Simon & Garfunkel on Letterman

September 11, 2003

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel will officially announce their upcoming tour with a performance on Late Night with David Letterman this Friday (Sept. 12). It will be the first time the artists have appeared on Letterman as Simon and Garfunkel.

Posted by at 3:28 PM

37th Kent State Folk Fest

September 10, 2003

The 37th Annual Kent State Folk Festival presents Ralph Stanley on Fri., Nov. 14 at the Kent Stage followed by the mainstage concert on Sat., Nov. 15 at the KSU Auditorium featuring Maura O'Connell and Robinella and the CCstringband.

Posted by at 11:38 AM

Simon and Garfunkel Tour

The legendary Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, spurred on by a reunion performance at last year's Grammys, will tour together this fall as Simon and Garfunkel for the first time since 1983. The tour kicks off on Oct. 18 and will travel to 30 destinations, including Cleveland's Gund Arena on Oct. 20.

Posted by at 11:33 AM

Grisman's Mandola Stolen

Dave Grisman's Model 5 Gilchrist Mandola was stolen as he signed autographs after a concert at the Big Sky Pavilion in Missoula, MT. The mandola, which was one of Grisman's favorites, is valued at $18,000.

Posted by at 11:28 AM

Ralph Stanley's worries

September 8, 2003

I'll never forget the ovation that Ralph Stanley received as he entered the stage to close the "Down from the Mountain Tour -" A five minute standing ovation. Backstage after the show he looked very seriously at me and asked what I thought of his CD produced by T Bone Burnett. I was somewhat surprised by his interests in my impressions, and I told him I had never heard him sing without playing the banjo. "That's just it," he replied, "It's different, not bad, just different." Whether Ralph realizes it yet or not, Burnett has made the Stanley star shine for more people than ever before. Hear "Girl From the Greenbriar Shore" on the Folk Alley.

Posted by Jim Blum at 4:20 PM | Comments (1)

Another Day

September 6, 2003

Karen Casey recently played Nighttown, a dinner club here in the Cleveland area. After the show we talked for a spell over a stout, both marveling at Tim O'Brien's new CD "Traveler." Karen also recorded Tim's "Another Day" a song that requests that we acknowledge death as a part of life. I suggested that she consider another O'Brien song "Let Love Take you Back Again." Hear both these songs on the Folk Alley.

Posted by Jim Blum at 4:18 PM

Carnival Song

September 4, 2003

It's difficult to suggest themes or messages but Jeff Black pulls it off with consistency. Instead of telling us what he thinks, he tries to get us to finish the thought. That's the magic I look for. “Carnival Song” is interesting--here's a guy on the move who takes a job running the rides. Think about that for a moment--everyone is moving but him for a change--that's one thought. But the rides, whichever one, they all go in circles, ending up back at the beginning. I think this character constantly moves so he doesn't have to face what he left behind, and may take some satisfaction in watching seemingly happy riders be jolted back to their normal lives after the ride is over. I really like this kind of complexity.

Posted by Jim Blum at 3:43 PM

Good to hear from you

September 3, 2003

From a recent email we received from a Folk Alley listener in Los Angeles:
"I wanted to say thank you. What a wonderful undiscovered treasure I've found. I live in Southern California, where the selection of radio music is very barren and limited, especially in regards to the selection of thoughtful and quality folk music that you provide. The Internet has indeed made it possible for those of us to travel beyond the limits of radio playlists and seek our music played faithfully by such stations as yours. I now enjoy your stream in my house and at work on my desktop and again am most grateful for your service."

Posted by Jim Blum at 3:38 PM | Comments (1)

Eliza Gilkyson

September 1, 2003

I recently ran across Eliza Gilkyson's web page. It's got lots of interesting information about her, her music, upcoming performances--there's even a nice collection of audio clips and a "Ask Eliza" section. If you don't have time to visit, Eliza's music can be heard regularly on Folk Alley.

Posted by Jim Blum at 3:35 PM | Comments (1)

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