• Blue Side of the Moon – Blue Moon Rising

    Although they have been through numerous personnel changes in just over a decade as a band, Blue Moon Rising has consistently released albums full of well-written modern traditional bluegrass tunes. With their latest album (their sixth as a band), Blue

  • Walking Song – Ron Block

    Ron Block is what you might call a complicated artist. If you pick the five, you probably see him as the powerful banjo player with Alison Krauss & Union Station. Guitarists think of Ron in that role with AKUS, as

  • Donna Ulisse’s Gospel Collection

    Anyone who is new to sweet-singing songwriter Donna Ulisse is in for a treat when listening to her new Gospel collection, I Am A Child of God. Regular fans, on the other hand, might feel a bit of déjà vu

  • Bittersweet – Alice Gerrard

    This review is a contribution from Louisa Branscomb, one of bluegrass music's most prolific and celebrated songwriters. Do the math: a legendary singer-songwriter singing her own, plus a producer who understands the impressive scope of the material and how to render

  • Reflections on Aereo-plain

    I have a vivid memory of the first time I ever heard John Hartford’s Aereo-Plain album. It was on vinyl; played on a record player that dated back to the time of the album’s release, with speakers stretching out to their

  • Early for a Thursday – Jaywalkers

    Like the United States, England has experienced several folk revivals over the past century, leading to a renewed interest in traditional and acoustic music, and even the establishment of an annual folk awards show by one of the United Kingdom’s

  • My Cold Heart – Blue Mafia

    Blue Mafia is a relatively new young band based in Muncie, IN, whose distinctive modern sound is centered around the muscular guitar playing of Tony Wray, and the strong songwriting of his wife, Dara. The Wrays have assembled a crack