Host of VOA's Roots and Branches, and world traveler extraordinaire! When I'm not listening to music, I'm probably talking about it or thinking about the next band I'm going to see. Or my next interview! Join me every week for the best in folk, bluegrass and all other forms of American roots music!

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Holiday favorites for 2013

Posted December 24th, 2013 at 7:10 pm (UTC+0)

OK, it’s down to the wire—NORAD is already tracking Santa Claus and his sleigh on his journey around the world, so we’ve just a few more precious hours to enjoy Christmas music until it’s all packed away for another year. I have a couple of new favorites to share with you this year. (If you’re […]

Black Friday, Record-Store-Day Style

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 6:09 pm (UTC+0)

Black Friday is the name that has been assigned to the day after the American Thanksgiving holiday—it’s traditionally the biggest shopping day in the US, the start to the big holiday shopping season.  Over the years, large retailers turned Black Friday into a circus of sorts, opening their stars earlier and earlier (somes even at […]

Bob Dylan Receives French Honor

Posted November 15th, 2013 at 8:33 pm (UTC+0)

Bob Dylan was presented with the Legion of Honor Wednesday in Paris. No cameras were allowed into the ceremony, so there’s no video to share, but it’s been reported that Aurelie Filippetti, France’s Culture Minister presented the award to the 72-year-old singer-songwriter. In her speech, the Minister talked about Dylan being an inspiration to the […]

Tags: Posted in Americana, Folk, Pop/Rock

Unlocking The Truth….

Posted November 1st, 2013 at 10:50 pm (UTC+0)
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“Just be yourself and do what you do best.” That’s the message  Malcolm Brickhouse,  Jarad Dawkins and Alec Atkins hope you take away after listening to their band, Unlocking the Truth. The three  African-American tweens (Alec and Malcom are 12, Jarad is 11 and all are in grade 7)  from Brooklyn, NY aren’t rap fans—they […]

The Piano Guys Scale the Great Wall of China…

Posted October 16th, 2013 at 9:20 pm (UTC+0)

Do you know about The Piano Guys?                 The Piano Guys are four music loving dads from Utah who got together and started making videos just for fun. They wound up posting them on YouTube and soon the hits started coming—millions and millions of them to be exact.  […]

Remembering Hank Williams On His 90th Birthday

Posted September 17th, 2013 at 8:35 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole I always think Hank Williams appears so frail in comparison to the robust, chiseled country stars of today, but don’t let those looks fool you. Despite battles with illness and drug and alcohol addiction that lead to a career cut short by his death at 29,  Hank had a career that today’s […]

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And the winner of Superbowl XLVIII is….

Posted September 9th, 2013 at 9:07 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole They’re not even playing the game for another five months, but it looks like we already know who’s won the Superbowl — it’s Bruno Mars. He’ll be playing the big halftime show during the NFL Football championship game. The Grammy-winning singer made the announcement last Sunday,  just before the kickoff of the first […]

Was it really so bad the first time around?!

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 7:23 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole When Bob Dylan released “Self Portrait” back in 1970, Rolling Stone magazine’s Greil Marcus gave it one of the most savage reviews ever written. I’m not even going to paraphrase it–you’ve got to read this one for yourself. Many of Dylan’s’ fans agreed with the famed critic, but there has also always […]

Philadelphia Folk Festival, Day 2

Posted August 19th, 2013 at 12:54 am (UTC+0)

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 […]

Hello from the Philadelphia Folk Festival!

Posted August 17th, 2013 at 9:11 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole Greetings from  the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township, PA (near the town of Schwenksville, if you want to find us on the map), where I am attending the 52nd Philadelphia Folk Festival. This is one of the oldest continuously operating music festivals in the United States and, unlike some years, […]



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