Articles by: Jason Gonulsen

Sunshine Collective: Wanna Play?

It’s summer, so you might guess that Sunshine Collective should have something good for your ears. And yeah, it’s true, their first album, Wanna Play?, is all you need for a sunny day.

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Volume 39: Sam Quinn

When Sam Quinn was 19, he met Jill Andrews at a summer camp. Quinn played the guitar, and Andrews sang Gram Parsons with him; little did they know, it was the beginning of the everybodyfields, ...

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Josh Ritter: So Runs the World Away

I am assured that peace will come to me,” Josh Ritter sings on “Lark,” a song that channels his inner Paul Simon on his newest album, So Runs the World Away. Before Ritter penned these ...

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Cary Brothers – Breaking Off the Bough

These days, Cary Brothers has his own independent label and a wonderful new album, Under Control. As you might have guessed, it’s a personal batch of songs dealing with loss and breaking free. It’s Cary ...

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Volume 37: Jay Farrar

“What I’d give for that hat to be medicine.” To me, that is the quintessential Jay Farrar lyric. It’s poetic. It’s direct. It’s something that could mean anything.

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Volume 35: Bob Dylan

I bought my first Bob Dylan album in San Antonio, Texas, in November of 1993. I had taken a train there from Springfield, Illinois with my dad and my brother—a ride that lasted 26 hours ...

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Tori Amos : Midwinter Graces

Tori Amos has made a career out of being unordinary, and most of her albums are better because of this fact. Here on Midwinter Graces, she’s still giving a max effort, it’s just that not ...

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25 Essential Singer-Songwriter Albums Of The Decade

25 Singer-Songwriter Albums That Shaped the Decade chosen exclusively by Stranger's Almanac editor - Jason Gonulsen

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Strangers Almanac: Best of 2009 – All That and Then Some

Well, we did it again.  Despite a loud constituency of music fans out there who abhor these end of the year lists for their arrogance, their subjectivity, their self-indulgent ways, we came up with a ...

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Lissie: Why You Runnin’

Although she’s a California girl these days, don’t be fooled—Lissie still writes and sings about matters close to Midwestern life. And boy can she sing—her voice has an eerie quality of a transient churchgoer who ...

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