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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 […]

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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 […]

Tags: Posted in Americana, Country

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, […]

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)

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)

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 […]



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