Doc Watson, who died Tuesday at 89, was the greatest folk guitar player the country ever produced. There were other folk/country/pop legends on the scene -- Merle Travis and Chet Atkins come to mind - but Doc out played them all with an encyclopedic repertoire that included folk, country, blues, blu ... More >>
After battling lung cancer for the last couple of years, Scottish folksinger and guitarist Bert Jansch passed away this morning at age 67.
Jansch was one of the pioneers of a picking-oriented, depressive folk style that influenced such fellow cult musicians and luminaries as Donovan and Nick Drake ... More >>
Sleepy SunFriday, June 19, 2009Great American Music HallBetter than: Black Mountain Brightblack Morning Light Black SabbathThe members of Sleepy Sun had barely taken the stage last night, and the dudes behind me were already stoked. "Oh my God," one of them started repeating to his friend. "Oh m ... More >>
After witnessing Sleepy Sun's show at Bottom of the Hill last night (my first time seeing them live), I count myself amongst the convinced that San Francisco's newest stars have been born. The band put on a performance that burned into your memory--and your retina, thanks to a film projector beaming ... More >>
By Noah W. Bailey
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.
Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>