The great painter Georgia O’Keeffe once said, “When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment.” - Americana songwriter Kelley McRae approaches songwriting the same way, immersing herself in the meaning each song offers up.
Roots is proud to premiere her music video for the song "Rare Bird".
Birds of Chicago perform “Time and Times”, From the 2016 release Real Midnight, filmed live in Kansas City, MO – February, 2016.
Allison Russell – Vocals, ClarinetJT Nero - Guitar, VocalsJoel Schwartz - Electric GuitarChris Merrill - Bass
To learn more about Birds of Chicago, watch Beehive Productions' Ear To The Ground featurette.
Round up a country band and an early R&B group with three lead vocalists, weave in a hefty amount of vocal harmony and witty turns-of-phrase, and let ‘em rock out like The Band.
For nearly two decades, the Magnetic Fields’ frontman Stephin Merritt has shown the world that the ukulele is as powerful a songwriting and performing tool as any fretted instrument. Often compared to the tunesmiths of Tin Pan Alley, Merritt is a unique force, a prolific composer and even the author of a book on each of the two-letter words suitable for Scrabble. In short, he’s one of our favorite people.
Hailing from New York, this six-man, one-woman band blends bluegrass, country, rockabilly, and a sucker punch of punk for a rubber-meets-the-road roots sound. Many of their songs tow a thin line between serious and satire. But don’t let irreverence fool you; These accomplished musicians create artistic arrangements that feature harmonies worthy of Gram and Emmylou, and a virtuosic chicken-pickin’ guitar that belies their geographic origin.
On their Spring 2015 tour, Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland stopped by the Fretboard Journal offices to talk guitars and songwriting. Doucet and McClelland have both worked as solo artists – independently and together – and as sidemen, most notably with Sarah McLachlan, with whom Doucet started playing way back in 1991 (he was just 19 at the time).
Fretboard Journal favorite David Grier stopped by their offices to perform a couple of flatpicking tunes for the cameras, including this version of “Soldier’s Joy.”
Watch as Grier picks up steam and lets the notes fly.