Anna, JD and Willie are pleased to debut their first music video: "Silver Claw," featuring song, dance, and… model trains!
Simon Lynge performing "Silver Light," the first single from his new album, The Absence of Fear.
California-based singer/songwriter, guitar and banjo-man, Joe Stevens is a third-generation professional musician in a long line of restless westward moving souls. From his roots as an awkward kid with a debilitating stutter, through dark years of alcohol and drug addiction, Joe’s music touches on themes at once specific and ubiquitous, portraying the human condition distilled — where one person’s story is truly everyone’s story.
Pretend Sweethearts’ new record Becoming the Tender Animal, is loaded with transcendental folk delicacies. With a populist heart, a Sufi spirit and the incurable vagabonding predisposition, the songs draw their essence from many wells. This isn’t cutesy, derivative, middle-class “bluegrass” – this is 21st century folk music passionately articulating hope, despair and vision amid the roots and detritus of contemporary music. Brianna Blackbird and Drew de Man are from opposite ends of America.
Mike Dumovich is amazingly unique. Whatever rules exist in the music world, Mike threw out the ones that didn't work for him long ago. With his life-long friend and bass player, Toliver, Mike creates original soulful tunes that take the listener to uncharted territory. Mike's music and lyrics have depth and relevance that can be experience on many levels.
For Seattle musician Kris Orlowski, making music is about more than fulfilling personal agendas. It's about creating something that touches the soul. His visceral, reflective lyrics build against more traditional rock and pop arrangements to weave stories that resonate with audiences from coast to coast.
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".
Listen in as Sarah Jarosz plays her original song "Build Me Up From Bones" for the Fretboard Journal staff.
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.
Sean Hayes was raised in North Carolina and grew up listening to the teen staples such as the Smiths, the Police and Led Zeppelin. A childhood friend named Michael Horowitz eventually turned him onto Irish music and bluegrass (Horowitz is now based in Seattle and known for his gypsy jazz playing). Hayes’ current songs are an amalgam of rock, folk and soul. “I don’t really write from genre, just from an emotional spot,” he says.