Music

Current Song Obsession Vol. #1: Cam “Burning House”

Recently I heard this song on the radio and it reminded me of an old ballad (yay, old ballads!). I looked up the song and found out it is sung by newcomer Cam. It’s always exciting to hear a new “country” artist that I like to listen to who reminds me of the country music I love. I really like the lyrics a lot and am excited to hear a song in this style played on the radio. [...]

The Whole (S)tory Sits Down with Dom Flemons

–May 16th, The Bright Box Theater, Winchester, VA I sat down with Grammy award winning “American Songster” Dom Flemons recently before one of his shows. Dom is known for bringing his unique style to several traditional styles of music. We discussed Dom’s style of playing, his current projects, and where the future of folk music is headed. The Whole (S)tory (TWS): I want to start out [...]

One on One With Michael G. Ronstadt

I sat down (over Skype) with my good friend Michael G. Ronstadt to talk about being a touring musician with several different groups, what inspires him, what he looks for through music, and what projects he’s working on now. Check out our interview below! The Whole (S)tory (TWS): What sparked your life long musical passion? Michael G Ronstadt (MGR): I guess what initially sparked that is [...]

Lydia Sylvia and Her Debut Solo Album

Lydia Sylvia is one of my oldest friends, as well as one of my biggest musical (and life in general) influences. It’s really exciting that she has finally put out a solo album. I think she did such a great job. Lydia has always been one of my favorite banjo players and singers. I was lucky enough to work on this in depth interview with Lydia and hope you all enjoy! The Whole (S)tory [...]

Josh Groban is Winning

Josh Groban’s new recording, Stages, features Broadway/musical pieces. Some of my favorite musicals, such as Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera, are included. If you know me at all, you know I am a huge Josh Groban and musical fan, so the combination is perfect. I have been wanting him to make an album like this for years, so you can imagine my excitement. As an added bonus, it [...]

Help Make Kristin Andreassen’s New CD “Gondolier” A Reality

(Originally posted August 5, 2014) One of my dear friends, Kristin Andreassen, has made a new album! It is her first album of original music in six years and I am super excited! If you ever listened to “Neighborhood Watch,” the show Erica Bailey and I hosted at Shepherd, you have heard Kristin’s music. She wrote “Crayola Doesn’t Make A Color For Your Eyes“ which we started every [...]

The Mountain Music Project: Tara Linhardt

(Originally posted April 9, 2014) Tara Lindhardt from The Mountain Music Project recently made another trip to Nepal furthering their work helping traditional Nepalese music stay alive. Through developing classes, modern music events, and a documentary film, The Mountain Music Project has made a big difference in keeping this tradition moving on to the next generation of Nepali citizens. In [...]

Featuring Chelsea McBee

(Originally posted April 4, 2013) Featuring Chelsea McBee I remember meeting Chelsea McBee around the time she started playing music and writing songs, and I can tell you first hand how far she has come since then. Chelsea is now a first class singer/songwriter and musician who when not traveling solo, travels around with several great bands who have helped her further develop her style over the [...]

In Depth with Laura Cortese

(Originally posted November 17, 2012) Laura Cortese is a Boston based musician working to get her new record “In The Lowlands” released next year. The record features original songs as well as some traditional ones. The new album has a lot of very special guest musicians who Laura has befriended over the years through being on the road and teaching at various music camps. Below is the video [...]

Porchlight Sessions: Anna Schwaber

(Originally posted October 17, 2012) When I first heard about this new documentary that was being made about Old-Time and Bluegrass music, I thought, this kind of thing has been way over done, so I was kind of skeptical…but I thought I’d check it out none the less. I found the trailer online and it caught my attention. I thought that it was a new take on Old-Time and Bluegrass music and did a [...]
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