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Philadelphia Folk Festival, Day 2

Posted August 19th, 2013 at 12:54 am (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole Hello again from the Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. Day two of the 52nd annual Philadelphia Festival was every bit as glorious as the first. On the weather side, things started out sunny & mild and just got better from there. Musically, the day began with sets from solo singer-songwriters including […]

The Gibson Brothers Are Ahead of the Pack For the 2013 IBMA Awards

Posted August 15th, 2013 at 10:54 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole I think I could hear the screaming all the way down here in DC. Maybe not, but there’s no doubt in my mind that there was much celebrating by their hometown fans in upstate New York last night when word came that The Gibson Brothers (individually and as a group)  had received […]

A few tunes to honor Dad

Posted June 14th, 2013 at 12:33 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole June 17th is Father’s day in the US. Last month, we celebrated Mother’s Day in song,  now it’s equal time for dear old Dad. When I set out to document Father’s Day in song, I was thinking that songwriters didn’t have the same enthusiasm for “dad songs” that they do for the […]

Four Songs for Mother’s Day!

Posted May 9th, 2013 at 4:10 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole In the US, we celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May—a bit later than our friends in the UK and  several  European and Middle Eastern countries, but earlier than some. But no matter which day you’re honoring Mom, there are plenty of songs for the occasion. In fact, there are […]

My New Favorite Holiday

Posted April 24th, 2013 at 4:52 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole I have a confession to make: my new favorite holiday is April 20th, AKA Record Store Day! Unfortunately, I’ve got to wait 51 weeks until the next celebration. I know what you’re saying–who needs to go into a bricks and mortar store when you can download a song on your phone or […]

Remembering Mike Auldridge

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 11:04 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole In my last post, I talked about what a great year 2012 had been for roots music. But it was a tough one, too.  Levon Helm, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson were among the household names that passed away. The list of sidemen (and women) lost included NRBQ‘s legendary drummer Tom Ardolino last […]

2012 Roots Roundup…

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 4:17 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole This was a great year for fans of American roots music—so many fabulous releases from bands and solo artists new and old. Alabama Shakes is one of those new bands. 18 months ago, they were having a hard time selling out 500 seat clubs.   Now, they’ve got three Grammy nominations and […]

A Good Live CD Makes You Feel Like You’re At The Show

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 8:12 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole It’s funny. I’ve been to  Nashville many times and I’m starting to think that no musician there is satisfied doing just one thing. Pickers want to be singers. Songwriters want to be producers, and I bet a bunch of those producers have guitars sitting by their beds, just waiting for the next […]

Excitement in Nashville!

Posted October 12th, 2012 at 3:58 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole I never thought I’d be glad to say “hello from my desk,”but that’s how I’m feeling today. Between the recent Americana Music Association conference two weeks ago and the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event last week, I’m just happy to be home. Not that I didn’t have a great […]

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