Hear It First

  • Hear It First: The Stray Birds, 'Magic Fire'

    • August 11, 2016
    • Cindy Howes
    Anyone worried about the legacy of Levon Helm and The Band need not worry; the first 10 seconds of The Stray Birds' new album, Magic Fire will ease your mind in more ways than one.
  • Hear It First: Mark Erelli, 'For A Song'

    • April 04, 2016
    • Cindy Howes
    Mark Erelli hasn't produced a solo album of originals like For A Song - his new self-released record - since 2010, but that doesn't mean the Massachusetts-based songwriter hasn't been extremely busy.
  • Hear It First: The Pines, 'Above the Prairie'

    • January 27, 2016
    • Kelly McCartney
    As the Pines, songwriters David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey -- along with keyboardist Alex Ramsey -- have set their sights high on their new album, Above the Prairie.
  • Hear It First - Sam Lee & Friends, 'The Fade In Time'

    • June 12, 2015
    • Kelly McCartney
    From an outsider's perspective, English folk singer Sam Lee's eclectic -- if not downright eccentric -- life as a Chelsea School of Art student, burlesque dancer, and wilderness expert was either going to prepare him for absolutely anything or absolutely nothing.