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".
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.
Bill Frisell plays "Shenandoah" on a '30s Gibson L-00 that was handed to him just seconds before this Fretboard Journal video shoot. Ultimately, it doesn't matter what guitar he's playing, that telltale Frisell touch and tone is always there.
Australia’s Paul Kelly is one of the world’s greatest songwriters. And the tune “From Little Things Big Things Grow” is a favorite from the legendary musician. Co-written with Kev Carmody and first found on the Paul Kelly & The Messengers’ 1991 album, Comedy, this fact-based song spotlights a pivotal moment in the struggle Australia’s indigenous population.
Fredericksburg, Virginia's Daniel Bachman spent much of his youth playing Dock Boggs-style banjo. It's hard to believe but the young musician took up the guitar just five years ago. Heavily influenced by fingerstyle virtuosos such as Jack Rose, Leo Kottke, John Fahey and Robbie Basho, Bachman has already released three full-length albums.
Lula Wiles perform “Traveling on” in this B-SIDE, filmed and recorded in June, 2016 in Saranac Lake, NY by Beehive Productions as part of their Ear to the Ground series.
Lula Wiles perform “Mama” in this B-SIDE, filmed and recorded in June, 2016 in Saranac Lake, NY by Beehive Productions as part of their Ear to the Ground series.
Gathered around one microphone, Isa Burke, Ellie Buckland, and Mali Obomsawin pass around instruments and frontwoman duties with style and ease. Their effervescent vocal harmonies, deep musical chemistry, and evocative arrangements create a dynamic and spirited live show. Lula Wiles bring diverse influences to original songs that combine tradition with a distinctly modern sensibility. Their repertoire spans from centuries-old Appalachian ballads to classic country to contemporary Americana songwriting.
The White Buffalo is the project of earthy, Oregon-born and Southern California-raised singer/songwriter Jake Smith, who grew up listening to punk bands like the Descendentsand the Circle Jerks and didn't pick up a guitar until age 19.
Saintseneca is a young band from Columbus, Ohio led by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zac Little. Following in the footsteps of heartland bands who have sought to twist the music of the old weird America into new shapes – from the Violent Femmes to Neutral Milk Hotel – Saintseneca perform songs that sound familiar and uniquely original, all at once.