Category Archives: Folk

(March 28, 2017): Alela Diane – The Ocean

From the 2009 album, To Be Still.  Along with Terry Riley, Diane hails from Nevada City, CA (like her contemporary Joanna Newson).  This was her first label release (Rough Trade), produced by her Dad.  As Caroline Sullivan points out, “[n]early … Continue reading

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(March 26, 2017): Tom Russell – The Ballad of Edward Abbey and Benediction: Edward Abbey

A compilation from the 2004 album, Indians Cowboys Horses Dogs, and the 2005 album, Hotwalker. Clearly Russell had Abbey on his mind in the mid-2000s.  The first item is a song by Russell about missing Abbey’s presence in the world.  … Continue reading

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(November 10, 2016): Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl – Song of Choice

From the 1973 album, At The Present Moment.  My son suggested that I put up this song following the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.  A great idea.  It is a song that I played following the … Continue reading

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(April 18, 2016): Black Prairie – Taraf

From the 2012 double album, A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart.  Black Prairie started out as a side project of Nate Query and Chris Funk of the Decemberists.  We don’t get to hear the pipes … Continue reading

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(March 26, 2016): The David Bromberg Band – Child’s Song

From the 1977 album, Reckless Abandon.  I recall listening to this as a young man getting ready to leave home.  Listening to it now with my son in his last year of high school, the song takes on a different … Continue reading

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(March 23, 2016): Buck Owens and His Buckeroos – Love Minus Zero

From the 1971 album, Bridge Over Troubled Water.  An album made up of a roughly equal number of covers and originals with classic telecaster Bakersfield sound.  It has to have one of the shortest playing times, coming in at just … Continue reading

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(February 18, 2016): Cowboy Junkies – 200 More Miles

From the 1988 album, The Trinity Session.  An impressive sophomore album, recorded in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto.  It was recorded around a single microphone, mostly on one November day in 1987.  This tune is a reference … Continue reading

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