July 6, 2013 |
Folk music over the years has taken many forms, has gone electric and returned to its roots, has moved in and out of favor as new generations discover, rework and reexamine the music. Below are new releases and reissues that celebrate the depth of English and American folk music. Laura Marling, “Once I Was an Eagle” (Ribbon Music) The British singer's talent is undeniable, and on her recent album, released in May, it's fully blossomed. One of the most accomplished contemporary folk albums of the year, “Once I Was an Eagle” exudes confidence with a brutal honesty and an insistent way with her acoustic guitar.
September 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Early during the magnificent tribute to folk music at Town Hall while much of America was learning the fate of "Breaking Bad's" Walter White, actor John Goodman welcomed the capacity crowd to a night of reckoning devoted to what he called "weeping and wailing and sowing and reaping. " Performing folk songs from the canon, many of which are featured in the forthcoming Coen brothers film "Inside Llewyn Davis" and its soundtrack, what followed on Sunday night was three-plus hours focused on hard truths and tested faith, on doubt, death and, of course, rocket ships to the moon. A movie set in the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 1960s, "Inside Llewyn Davis" features music curated by T Bone Burnett, and though the night bore his imprimatur, it was the artists who burned. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts Specifically: Joan Baez, Patti Smith, Jack White, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, the Punch Brothers, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, the Milk Carton Kids -- take a breath, because the lineup was packed with talent -- Oscar Isaac, the Avett Bros., Conor Oberst, Secret Sisters, Willie Watson, the Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens and more delivered sharpened songs on acoustic instruments, singing in pitch perfect tone that left an oft-awestruck audience silently stunned -- then vocally thrilled.
August 2, 1996 |
Happy, comical, at times soulful, "A Child's Celebration of Folk Music," a new release from Music for Little People, is aptly named. This collection of traditional and original songs sung by such notables as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Sweet Honey in the Rock is truly celebratory in both spirit and performance. Here are silly songs like "There Ain't No Bugs on Me (There May Be Bugs on the Rest of You Mugs . . .
June 7, 1987 |
In this feature, The Times' pop-music writers spotlight albums--old or new, obscure or mainstream--to which they've formed a special attachment. Album: "Potatoes: A Collection of Folk Songs From Ralph Records." History: Founded in San Francisco in 1971, Ralph is the anti-music-business record company best known as the home of enigmatic surrealists the Residents.
July 6, 2013 |
Folk music over the years has taken many forms, has gone electric and returned to its roots, has moved in and out of favor as new generations discover, rework and reexamine the music. Below are new releases and reissues that celebrate the depth of English and American folk music. Laura Marling, "Once I Was an Eagle" (Ribbon Music) The British singer's talent is undeniable, and on her recent album it's fully blossomed. One of the most accomplished contemporary folk albums of the year, "Once I Was an Eagle" exudes confidence with a brutal honesty and an insistent way with her acoustic guitar.
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March 18, 2000 |
Steve Gillette knows the rewards of being a successful songwriter. Over the years, he's written or co-written songs that have been recorded by veteran folkies ("Darcy Farrow," Ian & Sylvia), '70s pop stars ("Bed of Roses," Kenny Rogers; "Back on the Street Again," Linda Ronstadt) and country music biggies ("Unto This Night," Garth Brooks; "Glass Houses," Tammy Wynette). These days, however, Gillette is drawing royalties in personal satisfaction.