Of all the magical, even miraculous, metamorphoses that mark out modern… that is, the last fifty or so years… musical history, few were so remarkable, or so lasting, as that which befell English folk music. We take for granted today …
Finally coming upon a U.K. vinyl pressing of American folk singer-songwriters Jefferson Hamer and Anaïs Mitchell’s “Child Ballads,” released just four months ago and apparently vanishing about 20 minutes later, definitely ranks among the highlights of my record-buying year so far.
In 1974, Steve Ashley released what remains one of the key albums in the entire history of English Folk Rock, Stroll On. Forty years on, as the notoriously unhurried singer-songwriter contemplates his next album, his eighth, he is also celebrating …
As the band America crisscrosses the United States in celebration of its 40th anniversary, one-third of that original trio — Dan Peek — remains a semi-retired musician.
In 2008, a documentary titled “Inside Bob Dylan’s Jesus Years: Busy Being Born … Again!” examined the folk-rock legend’s conversion to Christianity and the music that resulted from it.
A fascinating account of perhaps the most controversial era of Dylan’s hallowed career, “… Jesus Years” was produced and directed by Joel Gilbert.
The renaissance-flavored folk-rock stylings of Blackmore’s Night has remained #1 on the Billboard New Age chart for the fourth straight week with an all-new studio CD, Secret Voyage.