From March to May: A Q & A

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Seattle based duo March To May has just released their first EP The Water’s Edge, a continental-sounding folk project that blends the sounds of Celtic harp, Spanish guitar, soft percussion, and haunting strings with the lilting harmonies of the voices of Darren Guyaz and Beth Wesche.  The result is an understated but passionate journey through the halls of musical awakening, essence, and love.  There is fresh

Interview: Jeff Place, Producer At Smithsonian Folkways

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June 24, 2014 marks the offical release of the latest album from Smithsonian Folkways called Classic African American Songsters.  It is a celebration of the vast variety of repetoire that these “songsters,” or traveling African American musicians of the early part of the 20th century, performed.  Their songs were not only of the folk genre–they also covered tunes in the style of ragtime, country, Tin Pan Alley, pre-blues, blues hybrids, and old-timey stringband.  They were entertainers, and played to audiences in concert

Live Interview With Kevin Welch

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Kevin Welch has had a long and prosperous musical career as a Nashville songwriter and touring recording artist.  His songs have been recorded by country greats like Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Tricia Yearwood, The Judds, Roger Miller, Ricky Skaggs, and the Highwaymen, to name just a few.  He was passing through Birmingham, Alabama on his way home to Austin from Nashville where he played an NSAI benefit

Live Interview with Kate Campbell

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I attended a songwriting workshop March 21-23 at the Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, Alabama.  It was taught by seasoned singer-songwriter Kate Campbell of Nashville.  Her storytelling ability has been compared to Southern greats such as Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, and William Faulkner, while her recording career as a performing singer-songwriter is iconic in terms of her output and the quality of her songwriting ability.  Her workshop

An Interview With Linda McRae

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Canadian folk artist Linda McRae, whose music career spans 25 years, is not only fresh off of a tour of the Yukon, but is enjoying the massive success of her latest solo album  Rough Edges, Ragged Hearts, which procured her a coveted nomination for Album of the Year from the Canadian Folk Music Awards.   Besides her four solo albums, Linda’s music has been included on twenty-seven other albums, either as a guest artist, or as a

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