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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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 Richie Havens

Posted April 23rd, 2013 at 8:31 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole In all honesty, that’s a stupid title for this blog post. How could we ever forget a guy who looks and sounds like this??? It was that opening performance at Woodstock in 1969 that catapulted Richie Havens into the history books, but did you know that it almost didn’t happen that way? […]

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Remembering Scott Miller

Posted April 19th, 2013 at 2:55 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole           Scott Miller died this week at 53.  Critics and fellow musicians would refer to the former  Loud Family singer as “one of America’s most underappreciated songwriters.” He was he kind of artist who devoted fans just knew would be HUGE… if only more people had the chance […]

Play Ball 2013!

Posted April 5th, 2013 at 5:20 pm (UTC+0)
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BY KATHERINE COLE This is a very happy week for baseball fans the world over—the 2013 major league season officially started on Sunday March 31st, when the Houston Astros beat their in-state rival Texas Rangers 8-2. OK, calm down. This isn’t turning into a sports blog. But there’s a longtime love affair between music and […]

Happy news from Austin…

Posted April 3rd, 2013 at 4:12 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole In my South By Southwest wrap up, and on Roots and Branches this week, I teased that I had one more  South by Southwest story to share. One with a very happy ending. It involves Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt –both touring folk musicians who call Austin home.  The brilliant news is […]

SXSW—My ears are still ringing!

Posted March 20th, 2013 at 2:28 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole What a week it was in Austin! I didn’t keep track of all the shows I attended during SXSW 2013, but my unofficial tally is a hundred bands/singers heard between Tuesday March 12 and Sunday the 17th. Sounds like a lot, but it’s totally doable when you realize music starts when the […]

AJ Croce

Posted March 15th, 2013 at 11:19 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole Hello again from Austin. Day three of SXSW Music 2013 and I’m still running around like a crazy person. I’m getting over my disappointment at not winning the Prince ticket lottery, thanks to all the other great music at all other great music going on around town. (That’s not entirely true, but […]

Prince at SXSW; Dave Grohl’s Busy Week

Posted March 15th, 2013 at 4:29 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole All the rumors are true—-Prince is making his South By Southwest debut Saturday night!  The Purple One will be performing at what may end up as one of the most exclusive closing parties ever for the Austin, Texas event. He’ll be playing to a very intimate crowd of a few hundred contest […]

Hello from Austin and the craziness that is SXSW!

Posted March 13th, 2013 at 4:22 pm (UTC+0)
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Greetings from Austin, Texas. I’m here with thousands of my closest friends to attend the annual South By Southwest music conference. This is year 27 for the event and it’s bigger than ever! I’ve learned that the easiest way to manage the city during SXSW is on foot. Forget about driving in downtown Austin during […]

When music meets politics, part two.

Posted March 6th, 2013 at 5:16 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole I’ve already written about musicians expressing their political views..now it’s time for the flip side, when politicians start talking music. It’s happening amidst a lot of drama in the northeastern state of  Massachusetts. There is a bill in the Commonwealth’s House of Representatives that would name “Roadrunner” by Jonathan Richman and the […]

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VOA’s music bloggers bring you info about all kinds of music. Katherine Cole will keep you up-to-date on the world of Bluegrass and Americana music while Ray McDonald rocks the Pop charts and artists. Diaa Bekheet  jams with you on Jazz.  Visit us often. Your comments are welcome.

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