Category Archives: Folk

(April 29, 2017): Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Pictures

From the 2011 debut album, Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm.  After hearing Leftwich perform “With A Little Help From My Friends” on a 2012 tribute LP to the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, I went out and bought this debut. You sort … Continue reading

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(April 4, 2017): The Angels of Light – I Pity The Poor Immigrant

From the 2005 album, Akron/Family & Angels Of Light. As the album title indicates, the album is a promo of two different bands, playing apart from each other. This is a cover of Dylan’s 1967 tune off the John Wesley … Continue reading

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(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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