Articles by: Jody Mace

Ben Sollee Reveals Making of New LP ‘Kentucky Native’ (INTERVIEW)

What do you get when you take a string band and move them into a log cabin in Kentucky for a week and a half to record an album? Probably not what you think. Kentucky ...

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The Steel Woods Employ Truth in Fiction Sensibility on ‘Straw in the Wind’ (INTERVIEW)

In their self-produced first full-length album, Straw in the Wind, Southern rockers The Steel Woods employ dark Biblical and rural imagery to set the scene for battles between good and evil, in the most primal ...

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Introducing David Childers – A Most Unique Creator of Song (INTERVIEW)

Run Skeleton Run, David Childers’ sixth solo album (Ramseur Records, March 5th), starts off with the title track, a raucous warning to a discontented skeleton that refuses to rest in peace, and it ends with ...

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Caroline Spence Talks “Trains Cry” From 2015 Debut LP ‘Somehow’ (INTERVIEW)

Virginia native Caroline Spence’s 2015 debut full-length album, Somehow, introduced listeners to one of the purest, clearest soprano voices to be heard in or out of Nashville. But that remarkable voice is just the beginning ...

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Gregory Alan Isakov Progresses to Symphony Hall & Orchestra Performances (INTERVIEW)

Every year indie folk singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov does what he calls “this hippie thing” with his manager. They write down a list of things that would be really cool if they happened. He always ...

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Reevestock—July 31, August 1, 2015, Elkin, NC (FESTIVAL PREVIEW)

Get to know this overachieving little festival You can be excused for not knowing (yet) about Reevestock, which takes place in the small town of Elkin, North Carolina, population 4,001, in the foothills of the ...

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Cereus Bright Offers Infectious Folk On “Happier Than Me” (INTERVIEW)

Knoxville’s Cereus Bright plays infectious, high-energy folk music that’s receiving increased attention, especially after recent slots opening for high-profile artists like Sturgill Simpson, Jackie Greene and The Lone Bellow. The band’s five-song EP “Happier Than ...

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MerleFest- Wilkesboro, NC April 23-26, 2015 (FESTIVAL RECAP)

MerleFest, which took place April 23-26, wrapped up its 28th year of bringing “Traditional Plus” music to Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The festival started in 1988 as a tribute to the memory of Merle Watson, the ...

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Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Kick Off Tour at Charlotte’s McGlohon Theatre (SHOW REVIEW)

The album Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith grew from the admiration Avett and Mayfield share for the songs of Elliott Smith. A three-year project, it was recorded in their spare time, ...

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Bombadil – Hold On (ALBUM REVIEW)

“Quirky” is a word that has often been used to describe the North Carolina-based chamber/pop band, Bombadil. But their fifth studio release, Hold On (Ramseur Records), doesn’t include the kind of characters who have inhabited ...

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