One Track Mind

River Whyless Goes Deep on “Life Crisis” off Self Titled EP (ONE TRACK MIND/INTERVIEW)

It’s often true that “the sum is greater than the parts,” and the Asheville, North Carolina experimental folk band River Whyless is a perfect example. Their mesmerizing sound, built by seamless harmonies, soaring violin and ...

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ONE TRACK MIND: Rayland Baxter Extends Insight to “Yellow Eyes” (INTERVIEW)

The album art on Rayland Baxter’s second album Imaginary Man features a photograph of Baxter’s face, half of it obscured by shadow. The original plan to make the left side another face didn’t work out, so ...

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Dar Williams Tunes Up “FM Radio” To Glide (INTERVIEW)

With a songwriting career as long and prolific as Dar Williams’, it’s not surprising that she’s picked up a host of talented musical friends along the way. Some of them share songwriting and performing credits ...

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Libby Rodenbough of Mipso Talks “Down in the Water” (INTERVIEW)

The first time I heard Libby Rodenbough sing “Down in the Water” was in a Mexican restaurant in Davidson, North Carolina, in August of 2014. As the fiddle player for Mipso, a rising young bluegrass-influenced ...

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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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Lady Lamb Discusses “Billions of Eyes” (INTERVIEW)

After, the sophomore album by Aly Spaltro, known professionally as Lady Lamb, is an exuberant, surreal journey by a songwriter who acknowledges no constraints—not by song structure, and certainly not by genre. It’s not unusual ...

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Gregory Alan Isakov on “Fire Escape” (INTERVIEW)

One minute, thirty-two seconds. That’s how long Gregory Alan Isakov’s “Fire Escape” is. Found on his second album, This Empty Northern Hemisphere, it contains about 60 words and some strummed banjo chords. You probably won’t ...

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Jonathan Byrd Talks About “Working Offshore” (INTERVIEW)

When a distant relative casually mentioned to North Carolina songwriter Jonathan Byrd that he’d worked on an offshore oil rig for a year as a teenager, he planted the seed of a song for Jonathan. ...

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Eliot Bronson Breaks Down “River Runs Dry” (COLUMN)

After Eliot Bronson wrote the songs that would end up on his self-titled third solo album, he emailed a demo of one song, just vocals and guitar, to Dave Cobb, the celebrated Nashville producer who ...

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Jonathan Scales talks about “Lurkin’” — A Tribute to Béla Fleck (COLUMN)

How do you tell a story or express an emotion without using words? That’s the challenge that composers of instrumental music face. I talked to steel pan jazz artist and composer Jonathan Scales about Lurkin’, ...

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