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!

All posts by Katherine Cole

Remembering Van Cliburn

Posted March 1st, 2013 at 4:12 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole On the obituary pages, virtuoso classical pianist Van Cliburn has been described as a    ” Cold War Musical Envoy” and “The Texan Who Conquered Russia.”  Talent alone was enough to place him among the other giants of the keyboard like Vladimir Horowitz, Rudolf Serkin and Arthur Rubinstein. But at its height, […]

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Stone Temple Pilots Part Ways with Scott Weiland

Posted February 27th, 2013 at 11:03 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole They’ve been together for years and years (minus a  5 year split), but the Stone Temple Pilots have parted ways with lead singer and founding member Scott Weiland.  The band released the news in a terse, one line press release on Wednesday, saying simply “Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially […]

The other side of love …

Posted February 18th, 2013 at 9:53 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole OK, enough with the hearts and flowers. If you were anywhere near a newspaper, television or radio last week, you were probably made aware of the St. Valentine’s Day holiday — the most sickly sweet day of the year. And while many radio shows turned your stomach with songs of undying love […]

Yet Another Awards Show…

Posted February 15th, 2013 at 8:46 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole One day I’m going to sit down and figure out exactly how many music awards shows there are in the US each year. It seems like the minute they strike the sets for one, another pops up on television. Just last Sunday we were all watching  The Grammys–and now here’s the list […]

Fashion-Policing The Grammys

Posted February 8th, 2013 at 6:37 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole The stars and their stylists have been shopping for months already, so the “what not to wear” warning issued by the CBS television network this week may be falling on deaf ears.  Just a few days after they accidentally broadcast Super Bowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco uttering a few unsavory words, a […]

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Spotted: Billy Joel in Nashville

Posted February 7th, 2013 at 8:25 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole Except for his powerful performance during the  Hurricane Sandy benefit concert last December, we haven’t had a lot of  Billy Joel spottings the past few years. But that might be changing. He’s on the lineup of the New Orleans JazzFest this spring and just last week thrilled a crowd at Nashville’s Vanderbilt […]

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Mumbai Blues

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 8:32 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole I’m just back from two and a half weeks touring around India—wish I could have spent twice that long in that wonderful country. I didn’t get to any clubs or concert halls on this trip, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t hear any good music. Breakfast at our hotel in Udaipur featured […]

John Fullbright

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 8:17 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole Today, legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie  is probably the most famous export from Okemah, Oklahoma. But don’t be surprised if one day soon 24-year-old  Grammy nominee John Fullbright’s name is also synonymous with that city. It’s rare that an artist receives a Grammy nomination for their first release—but what about an artist […]

Patti Page, the Singing Rage

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 11:01 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole Most of the obituaries for singer Patti Page, who died January 1st at 85,  included that famous nickname — one I vaguely remember from when I was very young. Very, very young. As I learned more about Ms. Page, it became obvious that her pet name was a fitting one.   Can you […]

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Remembering Mike Auldridge

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 11:04 pm (UTC+0)

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 […]



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