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Folk Alliance: Where’s the elevator?


Getting on and off the elevators to the three Private Showcase floors offers unique challenges: Priority to artists trying to make their showcases, dodging instruments like standup basses, the occasional … Read more

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Larry Coryell

Goodbye…Larry Coryell, 1943-2017

Photo by Arnie Goodman Born in Galveston, Texas, innovative jazz guitarist Larry Coryell grew up in Washington before moving to New York City in 1965, where he attended the Mannes School of … Read more

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EXCLUSIVE: John Fullbright, still touring

At John Fullbright’s wonderful-but-all-too-brief performance in the main ballroom at Folk Alliance, we heard that the man had quit touring. Several presenters confirmed that they heard the same news: Fullbright … Read more

Dennis McDonough & Billy Bragg

EXCLUSIVE: Folky Friday

By Friday,  everyone who’s coming to Folk Alliance is likely there, so the Westin Hotel halls ring with “Hey there!” as old friends run into one another and pause to catch up. … Read more

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Big News from Folk Alliance

Folk Alliance is nothing if not about good old music performed as we’ve never heard it before. Two artists jumped out last night, both larger than life in every sense … Read more

Bruce Cockburn, Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson Presents, Sings

Writer of American classics “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” movie star and member of The Highwaymen (with Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson), … Read more


Dawn Tyler Watson Conquers the IBCs

Photos by Laura Carbone   Two hundred and sixty blues acts from 14 countries and more than 40 states converged in Memphis to compete in the 33rd International Blues Challenge (IBC) … Read more

Phil Ehart of Kansas

Cruise to the Edge Diary, Day 5

Photos by Jennifer Kantor The last day of our cruise is a watershed moment. The choppy seas have set our boat to rocking and serve as a reminder that it … Read more

Bobby Rush and Mizz Lowe

EXCLUSIVE: Bobby Rush Scores!

Photos by Arnie Goodman Journalists should be impartial but sometimes it’s hard…and sometimes it’s impossible. Congratulations to the inimitable Bobby Rush on his (well-deserved) Grammy win for Porcupine Meat for … Read more

Rich Williams

Cruise to the Edge Diary, Day 4

Photos by Jennifer Kantor Our ship has docked in Cozamel but Jen and I opt to stay on board. For me, I figure this might be an opportune time to … Read more