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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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 […]

Nashville Says Goodbye To A Legend

Posted August 8th, 2013 at 8:50 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole Singer, songwriter, producer and recently elected Country Music Hall of Fame member Cowboy Jack Clement has passed away at the age of 82 after a long battle with liver cancer. I met Cowboy Jack twice, both times in Nashville. The first time was a social occasion, the second was a formal interview. […]

The BEST story you’ll see today. Really…

Posted July 15th, 2013 at 7:43 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole It’s no secret that Dave Matthews is a good musician.  7 Grammy wins and over 31 million albums sold in the US alone attest to that. But now we know that he’s a good guy, too.  And now there’s proof that his fans are just as nice.   The short version of […]

Was it really “The Last Time” for the Rolling Stones???

Posted June 28th, 2013 at 4:58 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole Before they set out on tour this spring, Ray McDonald hypothesized about The Rolling Stones set for their 50 Years and Counting tour … Now the US leg has come and gone and we know that the band didn’t stick with a single set list for this run. Instead, they shook things […]

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 […]

Congratulations George Strait! 60 for 60!

Posted May 23rd, 2013 at 7:39 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole There was a lot of cheering at George Strait‘s house last weekend, but it wasn’t all because the Country Music Hall of Famer was celebrating his 61st birthday….it’s because “Give It All We Got Tonight” (off his 40th studio album “Love Is Everything”) is a number one hit, making Strait the first […]

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That’s Dr. Hootie to you…

Posted May 21st, 2013 at 8:55 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole Put down the keyboard, no need to send the outraged missive. I know that Darius Rucker was the lead singer of the group and there really was no one named “Hootie” in Hootie and the Blowfish. But there is a Dr. Darius Rucker and his latest hit is “Wagon Wheel.” The rocker […]

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 […]

Happy 80th birthday Willie Nelson!

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 4:30 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole He’s a poet, an activist, an actor and an author—and now we’re celebrating 80 years of Willie Nelson.Funny how times slips away, isn’t it? Not only is that one of my very favorite Willie Nelson songs —but it’s front of mind after seeing all the  “Happy 80th Birthday Willie Nelson!” posts on […]

R.I.P. George Jones

Posted April 26th, 2013 at 5:10 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole George Jones, arguably the greatest country singer ever, died today.   It’s not like we didn’t know it was coming. The Grand Ole Opry member and Country Music Hall of Famer was 81 years old and lived what you might call “a hard life.” But it was still a shock to see […]

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