Si Kahn first learned of the power of song—perhaps like so many in the 60s—from his work in activism. In his book Creative Community Organizing: A guide for rabble rousers, activists, and quiet lovers of justice, he writes about his experience as a skinny, dewy kid from the north on the front lines of the burgeoning … Continue reading Singing with Si Kahn
Folk music is a lot more like golf than you might think, were you ever to think this kind of thing. The more muscle you put into it, the more erratic your game becomes. You can’t force it. You need to set your grip, and your stance, and not mess with them. Keep your head … Continue reading The best old-time album you’ll hear this year
Phil Jamison Hoedowns, Reels and Frolics: Roots and branches of Southern Appalachian Dance University of Illinois Press by Glen Herbert Alex Ross wrote recently in the New Yorker that “when classical-music fans hear that a new Hollywood production has a scene set at the opera or the symphony, they reflexively prepare to cringe. Typically, such scenes give a klutzy … Continue reading Rethinking Appalachia
How a tiny shop changed the landscape of musical instrument manufacturing in North America.
by Glen Herbert
You likely haven’t heard of Summersett, which is too bad, because they are writing about you.
by Glen Herbert Continue reading Growing up
Frank Solivan is a hunter, a fisherman, a poet. He writes songs, sings, and is the leader of Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen. Their latest album, Cold Spell, was nominated for the Grammy for 2015’s best bluegrass album of the year. Oh, and he’s a trained chef. Here he shares his recipe for Mexican oxtail soup.
By Frank Solivan Continue reading Making Oxtail Soup with Frank Solivan
Wilkesboro, North Carolina’s answer to the Oberammergau, Merlefest is the product of a community and a gift to the world.
By Glen Herbert Continue reading The best show in town
“There aren’t a lot of people who get to do what they love and make a living at it. Despite some of the craziness that goes along with not being at home for months on end, I feel very lucky.”
By Glen Herbert Continue reading Chris Eldridge on being his father’s son
Jayme Stone is accomplished enough as a musician to stop a show, to be tricky, to wow us with the banjo equivalent of a high-wire act. What makes his work so effective, though, is that he chooses not to.
By Glen Herbert Continue reading Jayme Stone releases the Lomax Project
We don’t think of art in those terms. But if there were, what would it sound like?
By Glen Herbert Continue reading Is there such a thing as a perfect album?