[H]ome for Field Report and specifically Chris Porterfield, is back in Wisconsin, where this video takes its beautiful backdrop. It evokes Porterfield thinking about what he leaves behind and what he comes back to after leaving for and returning from touring. Wrestling with the fact that he’s on the road most of the year, and hoping everything he left behind will be there upon his return. It seems he imagines himself driving his F100 around the beautifully sparse midwest, catching time in the middle of nowhere, attending to his truck, visiting the great lakes and taking some time for bowling…
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Photos by Boston Concert Photography [T]he night began with Cereus Bright, an act out of Knoxville Tennessee, who surprised us with their own brand of modern folk music, jangly, good harmonies, and catchy songwriting. They wooed us with an interesting cover of the Bee Gees, and some really catchy songs off of a few of their recent EPs. “Stella,” a tune from their Happier than Me EP, was particularly great, they made for an interesting opener and set us all up for a great show. A picture’s worth a 1000 words but a word ain’t worth a dime, says Sturgill…
[T]he rag on Cory Branan is he’s too Country for Punk, and too Punk for Country, but I think what we need to start realizing is Cory Branan is a damn fine musician, and an excellent songwriter. His new record, The No-Hit Wonder, follows up his 2012 critically acclaimed record Mutt, and was released yesterday on Bloodshot Records. Over the course of the last month, I’ve turned this record on again and again, it’s been in heavy rotation, and for great reasons. Branan’s songwriting is top notch, it’s vivid and bright and a bit tongue-in-cheek. We’ve all been saying it,…
[S]ummer jams are still in season, I don’t really care what you say; and Generationals new one, “Black Lemon,” off their upcoming record Alix, is just that. A bouncy, islandy, marimba based jam I’ve had blasting on my headphones, bobbing my head like a dope. Alix will be the band’s 4th record, and based on what we’ve heard, is very promising, not to mention they enlisted Richard Swift to produce it, I’d imagine it will be the perfect end to another great summer. Alix comes out Sept. 16.
[T]he strength of actual bear medicine is introspective thinking, and finding solutions to problems through that search within. That introspection shapes the lyrics on this first single “Infestation” from Lexington Kentucky’s, Bear Medicine, a single on an upcoming split single with tour partner Ancient Warfare. As self-appointed healers and shamans, this song is the salve that soothes the soul’s problems with the gentle waves of acoustics and soothing falsetto vocals that instantly charm the ear, the lyrics seem to speak the opposite, they’ve got a dark pensive tenor, that pulls you into their mind, all of this wrapped inside a beautifully simple and wonderful folk environment.
You can grab the Ancient Warfare / Bear Medicine split single now on iTunes. Look for “Infestation,” to also appear on, their self-titled debut out in October.
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[A]nother Field Report tune has found its way out there, and I’m totally in love. On “Home (Leave the Lights On)” Porterfield wraps beautiful writing into these really interesting package that’s instantly catchy and familiar, his voice raspy, warm and inviting; and there’s a subtle, electronic repeating beat that gives the song an almost whimsical feel to it, it’s one of those songs that is instantly delightful, and begs to be listened again and again. It’s really interesting to watch this band bend “folk” music, with electronic components right up next to pedal steel, it’s a pushing of the genre…
[N]ew Orleans native, Luke Winslow-King is set to release his fourth album, Everlasting Arms, 9/30 and the titular track was released the other day and I’m finding it a perfect jam for today. Winslow-King’s smooth voice is perfect for these late summer days, we’re all desperately still trying to pack in as much of the outdoors as possible, so if you are out front-porch lounging, backyard barbecuing, put this tune on and sit back and let the warm tones of the guitar, and the subtle early American Mississippi blues roll over you, and just enjoy. Preorder Everlasting Arms
[A]nachronism in music is something we hear in music every day, especially folk music, as it is passed down from generation to generation. It seems as though Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf, the creatives proper for cross-country collaboration Goodnight, Texas understand that. Their music seems to come straight from turn of the century Appalachian folk music, some tradition, some with a bit of a modern take. What is dangerous when performing that particular type of music is its authenticity may be in question. Goodnight Texas has found a way to subvert that with the historical background of Dyer Wolf’s family.
The album, Uncle John Farquhar, was conceptualized as a scrapbook, and inspired from personal experiences, stories and letters uncovered from archives buried in their own personal family history, including sermons and personal letters from Dyer Wolf’s great great grandfather John Farquhar for whom the album was named, and were adapted into songs.
All that is great in a PR note, but most importantly, the songs perform as billed, and that is where I believe the band has success. Their songs are transportational, they jump you to a different time and place, and balance the unfamiliar with the familiar giving a part of the modern within the tradition of folk music. If you’ve seen the band perform, you may have heard a lot of the songs that appear on Farquhar, they’ve cut their teeth playing these songs live, and it shows on the record, as they are as cohesive and smooth as though the band has been playing them for years.
Farquhar begins with an instrumental jam “Hayride,” that seems to set the scene for what is to come, a story from another time. As the band brings in what is sure to be crowd favorites during their live sets, the upbeat, jangly sing-a-long “Button Your Collar,” the foot-stomping “A Bank Robber’s Nursery Rhyme,” and then the sorrowful, simmering “I Just Can’t Stop Leaving Town,” a song most any songwriter probably wish they wrote. Highlights abound on the record, on “The Horse Accident (In Which a Girl Was All but Killed)” you’ll find a story about a chivalrous man hoping and praying to god above to take him over his lover. It’s instantly lovable, fun to hear, and it warms the heart. “Moonshiners,” wraps into two rootsy, brooding & foot stomping song that represents a bit of the darker side, “Dearest Sarah,” a love-letter ballad, and one of my favorite tunes, “Uncle John Farquhar (I Guess I Did Alright)” will have you singing along hollering the chorus, and tapping your feet. There’s a lot to like on this record, it’s more of the same of what we loved with A Long Life of Living, with higher highs, and lower lows.
I was very happy to get to listen to this in advance, and I’m happy that these guys made this record, I think it’s a great continuation of what they have been trying to do. It’s a hayride of Americana filled with stories that transcend time, even when they have old-time aesthetic.
Grab Uncle John Farquhar now. I mean, grab the record. Well you know.
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[F]or the most part, seeing and hearing music live is the top dog of experiences in the music world. You get a sense of the song’s standing in the artist’s eyes, you see them sweat over it, you can feel the music in your chest, and even at times it seeps into your heart. This works even more so when it comes to duets. Enter, Austin’s Shakey Graves, the alter ego of performer Alejandro Rose-Garcia, who delighted us at the Newport Folk Festival just a few weeks ago. When I first heard this single, it was a simple youtube video…
[S]eptember brings us a new release from one of our absolute favorite musicians, Justin Townes Earle. The album in question, Single Mothers, is already Earle’s 5th, and new single “Time Shows Fools,” is showing us Earle’s ability to write and play a smooth, warm alt-country tune. It’s a lively, jam quite a bit different from first single “White Gardenias,” which was a stunning simmering lonesome ballad. I couldn’t be more excited to hear this record.