• Basic Folk: Livingston Taylor

    • May 16, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    Livingston Taylor has managed to carve out an impressive and interesting career as a successful songwriter and extremely effective professor of stage performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Younger brother to the very famous James Taylor, this is an interesting and vast conversation with a fascinating man. To be honest, I have a hard time following where his brain goes sometimes, but I feel like Liv shares some stories on here that I haven’t heard him tell before. While we’re talking about stories, I got him to break down the speech pattern he uses when telling a story.

  • Hangin' & Sangin': Best of...Blues Rockers

    • May 13, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    It's a “Best of” collection featuring "enlightening rounds" and performances by some of our favorite blues rockers, including Larkin Poe, Fantastic Negrito, Cedric Burnside, and more.

  • Basic Folk: Jenna Nicholls

    • May 09, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    Jenna Nicholls was the imaginative kid who was friends with trees and believed furniture was alive. Raised in Western Pennsylvania, she was raised on jazz, classical and Irish music. Her music is reflective of the golden age of radio and The Great Depression. Her lyrics put people in a place visually and she encompasses a couple different tones including a delightful lighthearted falsetto. Now a resident of New York City, she considers her music an oasis from the political landscape.

  • Basic Folk: Ethan Gruska

    • May 02, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    My guest on this episode of Basic Folk is the cinematic, multi-talented, mystical/magical, human-songwriter Ethan Gruska. We touch upon topics ranging from his mother’s stroke (which happened right after he was born) and the movie NBC produced about it, to his grandfather (JOHN GD WILLIAMS,) to his weird interest in magic tricks. I try and get him to explain how his music is so freaking good, but we just come to the conclusion that the world is a mystery and life is beautiful…. or something.

  • Hangin' & Sangin': Best of...Songwriting Heroes

    • May 02, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    It's a “Best of” collection featuring "enlightening rounds" and performances with host Kelly McCartney's songwriting heroes including the Indigo Girls, Mary Gauthier, Kim Richey, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and more.

  • Beehive Field Recording: Taarka

    • April 29, 2019
    • Beehive Productions

    Once described as “a collision between Django Reinhardt and David Grisman.” Taarka's high-energy performance weaves the sounds of old and new—from world folk, celtic, bluegrass to jazz, and classical.

  • Basic Folk: Marissa Nadler

    • April 25, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    It is wonderful to have songwriter Marissa Nadler on the pod! Ethereal, goth, ambient and gauzy are often used to describe her sound. She has collaborated with musicians like John Cale, Sharon Van Etten and black metal band Xasthur. Starting out as an artist, Nadler attended Rhode Island School of Design as an illustrator with a passion for painting. We talk about how her painting and artwork influence and affect her music. She also explains what makes a good painting: focal point, asymmetrical composition, contrast between light and dark, etc…. and that a song needs to have similar elements.

  • Hangin' & Sangin': Amelia White

    • April 22, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    Singer/songwriter Amelia White talks about the natural and emotional inspirations that fill her most recent release, Rhythm of the Rain.

  • Basic Folk: Jonatha Brooke

    • April 18, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    I have always really liked Jonatha Brooke. Her songs are sharp, joyful and wise. She’s one of those writers who always knows what to do, which is the basis for why we like pop music. Her songs take you to the place you wanna go while still hitting vulnerability and insight. I can confidently say that after our conversation, I love Jonatha Brooke: the musician, the person, the soul. She’s the real goddamn deal.

  • Hangin' & Sangin': Courtney Marie Andrews

    • April 15, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    Singer/songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews stops by and catches her breath after a whirlwind year on the road supporting her latest release, May Your Kindness Remain. Produced and hosted by music journalist Kelly McCartney.