The Art of Disappearance

Some might hear the music of Connie Converse, who drove off without a trace in 1974, as a haunting record of depression. But what about the liberation?

#anxiety-and-stress, #converse-elizabeth-eaton-connie, #depression-mental, #folk-music, #new-york-city

Below an Israeli City, a Musical Harmony Belies the Tensions Above Ground

In an underground reservoir built 1,233 years ago in a city that saw sectarian riots last year, visitors hear a beguiling musical composition that combines Arab love songs with Hebrew poetry.

#arabs, #art, #folk-music, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #music, #poetry-and-poets

Bob Neuwirth, Colorful Figure in Dylan’s Circle, Dies at 82

He was a recording artist and songwriter himself, but he also played pivotal roles in the careers of Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin.

#art, #deaths-obituaries, #documentary-films-and-programs, #dylan-bob, #folk-music, #joplin-janis, #music, #neuwirth-bob

The $10 Million Bob Dylan Center Opens Up His Songwriting Secrets

A new space in Tulsa, Okla., built to display Dylan’s vast archive, celebrates one of the world’s most elusive creators, and gives visitors a close-up look at notebooks and fan mail.

#archives-and-records, #bob-dylan-center-tulsa-okla, #dylan-bob, #folk-music, #museums, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #poetry-and-poets, #tulsa-okla

Judy Henske, a Distinctive Voice on the Folk Scene, Dies at 85

Her versatile vocals were a trademark, as was her comic stage patter. The character Annie Hall owed her a debt.

#deaths-obituaries, #folk-music, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #henske-judy-1936-2022, #music

Roland White, a Shaper of Bluegrass and Country-Rock, Dies at 83

A mandolin player and singer, he made his mark with the Country Boys (later renamed the Kentucky Colonels), and his influence extended into the rock of the ’60s.

#bluegrass-music, #country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #folk-music, #kentucky-colonels, #white-roland-1938-2022

2022 Grammy Awards Winners: Updating List

The list of winners for the 64th annual Grammy Awards.

#blues-music, #classical-music, #folk-music, #gospel-music, #grammy-awards, #jazz, #pop-and-rock-music

After 16 Years in ‘Hadestown,’ Anaïs Mitchell Emerges With a New Album

The singer-songwriter fully plunged into her acclaimed theater project. Since then, her life changed wildly — and she recaptured the desire to record her own music.

#anais-mitchell-album, #content-type-personal-profile, #folk-music, #hadestown-play, #mitchell-anais, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theater, #vermont

Silvana Estrada Arrives With a Devastating Album About Heartbreak

The Mexican singer-songwriter’s debut solo album, “Marchita,” paints a tender portrait of lost love, putting her voice and her Venezuelan cuatro center stage.

#content-type-personal-profile, #estrada-silvana-1997, #folk-music, #marchita-album, #mexico, #women-and-girls

15 Songs We Almost Missed This Year

Hear tracks by Sofia Kourtesis, Remble, Caetano Veloso and others.

#al-qadiri-fatima, #babytron-musician, #blake-johnathan-1976, #cico-p-rapper, #dj-maphorisa-musician, #folk-music, #jazz, #jenkins-cassandra-singer, #kabza-de-small-musician, #kourtesis-sofia, #mabiland-musician, #mosseri-emile, #msimango-sandile-young-stunna, #munroe-marley-lady-blackbird, #pop-and-rock-music, #ran-cap-duoi-music-group, #rap-and-hip-hop, #remble-rapper, #sinephro-nala, #smith-kaitlyn-aurelia, #two-thousand-twenty-one, #veloso-caetano, #wade-morgan-singer

27 Best Box Sets of 2021: A Trip Through Pop, Rap and Jazz

Collections from labels like Fania and Armabillion, icons including Ray Charles and J Dilla, and living artists such as Beverly Glenn-Copeland and Radiohead were welcome additions this year.

#almost-famous-movie, #armabillion-recordz, #armstrong-louis, #barrett-thomas-lee-1944, #beach-boys, #beat-farmers-the-music-group, #beatles-the, #blues-music, #bush-tetras-music-group, #cassidy-eva, #changui-the-sound-of-guantanamo-album, #charles-ray, #crowe-cameron, #dunn-willie-1941-2013, #dylan-bob, #fania-records, #folk-music, #glenn-copeland-beverly, #harrison-george, #j-dilla-1974-2006, #jazz, #klf-the-music-group, #nevermind-album, #nirvana-music-group, #outkast, #pop-and-rock-music, #rb-in-dc-1940-1960-album, #radiohead-music-group, #rap-and-hip-hop, #replacements-the-music-group, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #rolling-stones, #simone-nina, #smith-wadada-leo, #two-thousand-twenty-one, #who-the-music-group, #wilson-brian-1942

The Best Albums of 2021? Let’s Discuss.

Our critics spar over their year-end lists (and agree on Olivia Rodrigo and Tyler, the Creator) in a wrap-up of the year in LPs.

#audio-neutral-informative, #black-midi-music-group, #bomba-estereo-music-group, #del-rey-lana, #folk-music, #moctar-mdou, #moneybagg-yo-1991, #playboi-carti-rapper, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #rodrigo-olivia-2003, #snail-mail-music-group, #two-thousand-twenty-one, #tyler-the-creator

Michael Hurley, an Original Folk Iconoclast, Turns 80

For six decades, the folk singer has chronicled his woes and loves on records he’s mostly made himself. His new album celebrates that independence — and the community it fostered.

#content-type-personal-profile, #folk-music, #hurley-michael-1941, #the-time-of-the-foxgloves-album

Best Albums of 2021

Less isolation didn’t mean a return to normalcy. Albums with big feelings and room for catharsis made the most powerful connections.

#adele-singer, #aftab-arooj, #alejandro-rauw, #arts-year-in-review-2021, #baker-julien-1995, #benny-the-butcher-rapper, #bitchin-bajas-music-group, #black-midi-music-group, #blues-music, #bomba-estereo-music-group, #conway-the-machine-rapper, #cortez-jhay-singer, #dacus-lucy-1995, #del-rey-lana, #dlamini-amala-zandile-doja-cat, #dry-cleaning-music-group, #eilish-billie, #floating-points-music-group, #folk-music, #guyton-mickey, #illuminati-hotties-sarah-tudzin, #jazz, #kidd-g, #laferte-mon, #low-music-group, #moctar-mdou, #moneybagg-yo-1991, #moriondo-chloe, #mustafa-1996, #pearce-carly-1990, #pinkpantheress, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #rodrigo-olivia-2003, #russell-allison-singer, #sanders-pharoah, #snail-mail-music-group, #spalding-esperanza, #two-thousand-twenty-one, #tyler-the-creator, #walker-summer-singer, #weather-station-music-group, #west-kanye, #wise-josiah-serpentwithfeet, #wolf-remi

Go See These Black Operas

Acquired taste is often richer than, as it were, the easy score.

#blanchard-terence, #blow-charles-m, #classical-music, #folk-music, #internal-sub-only, #jazz, #opera, #race-and-ethnicity

Paddy Moloney, Piper Who Led Revival of Irish Music, Dies at 83

The Chieftains, the band he fronted for nearly 60 years, toured the world, collaborated with rock stars and helped spark a musical renaissance.

#chieftains-the-music-group, #deaths-obituaries, #folk-music, #ireland, #moloney-paddy-1938-2021, #pop-and-rock-music

Brandi Carlile, Larger Than Life and Achingly Human

The singer and songwriter’s seventh album, “In These Silent Days,” realizes and polishes her ambitions.

#carlile-brandi, #folk-music, #in-these-silent-days-album, #pop-and-rock-music

Karen Dalton, a Musical Mystery That Doesn’t Need to Be Solved

A new documentary about the blues-folk singer, who died in 1993, works to make her known without unraveling all of her riddles.

#content-type-personal-profile, #dalton-karen, #documentary-films-and-programs, #folk-music, #karen-dalton-in-my-own-time-movie, #peete-richard-filmmaker, #yapkowitz-robert

George Wein, Jazz Festival Trailblazer, Is Dead at 95

He brought jazz (and later folk music) to Newport, R.I., and made festivals as important as nightclubs and concert halls on jazz musicians’ itineraries.

#deaths-obituaries, #festival-productions, #festivals, #folk-music, #jazz, #jazz-on-a-summers-day-movie, #newport-ri, #newport-folk-festival, #newport-jazz-festival, #wein-george

How Do You Write Down a Scratching, Crunching Violin ‘Chop’?

The chop turns string players into beatboxers. After it developed organically over decades, musicians are making new efforts to notate it.

#berklee-college-of-music, #classical-music, #driessen-casey, #folk-music, #jazz, #sana-oriol, #violins-and-violas

Nanci Griffith, Singer Who Mixed Folk and Country, Dies at 68

In a career that began in Texas and spanned five decades, she was praised by critics for the thoughtful storytelling of her lyrics.

#country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #folk-music, #griffith-nanci

The Cure for Overtourism? Try Viljandi.

Doubly off the beaten track, the Estonian town is full of life and culture, especially music. And if travel is going to change its ways, it’s a good place to start.

#estonia, #festivals, #folk-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #saunas-and-sweat-lodges, #travel-and-vacations, #viljandi-estonia

Ellen McIlwaine, Slide Guitarist With a Power Voice, Dies at 75

Early in her career she played with Jimi Hendrix. She went on to record several well-regarded albums. But she remained under the radar.

#blues-music, #deaths-obituaries, #folk-music, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #mcilwaine-ellen-1945-2021, #pop-and-rock-music

She Was Deeply Moved by Refugees’ Stories. So She Told Them in Song.

“Song to a Refugee,” an inadvertent concept album from the singer and songwriter Diana Jones, strives to center the voices of migrant women.

#content-type-personal-profile, #folk-music, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #jones-diana-1965, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #seeger-peggy-1935, #song-to-a-refugee-album, #thompson-emma, #united-states, #women-and-girls

Patrick Sky, ’60s Folk Star and Later a Piper, Dies at 80

He was a part of the folk revival emanating from Greenwich Village, mixing melodic songs and satire. Then he became infatuated with the uilleann pipes.

#deaths-obituaries, #folk-music, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #sky-patrick, #uilleann-pipes

Alix Dobkin, Who Sang Songs of Liberation, Dies at 80

She broke new ground in 1973 with her album “Lavender Jane Loves Women,” recorded and distributed by women for women, which sketched out a lesbian separatist utopia.

#deaths-obituaries, #dobkin-alix-1940-2021, #festivals, #folk-music, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #lavender-jane-loves-women-album, #pop-and-rock-music

Mustafa, a Folk Hero for a Weary Generation

The 24-year-old Canadian musician memorializes friends lost to violence on his debut EP, “When Smoke Rises.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #folk-music, #mustafa-1996, #toronto-ontario, #when-smoke-rises-album

The Endless Curiosity of Chris Thile

The 40-year-old mandolinist has found inspiration in groups, and as the host of “Live From Here.” “Laysongs” is his most directly personal work yet.

#content-type-personal-profile, #folk-music, #laysongs-album, #live-from-here-radio-program, #nickel-creek, #punch-brothers-music-group, #thile-chris

Allison Russell Faces Her Past in Song

The singer and songwriter’s debut solo album, “Outside Child,” tells a harrowing story with a survivor’s joy.

#carlile-brandi, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #content-type-personal-profile, #folk-music, #outside-child-album, #russell-allison-singer, #sex-crimes, #tennessee

You Can Hear the Whistle Blow a Hundred Miles

Just the possibility of riding trains again has me humming folk songs.

#folk-music, #infrastructure-public-works, #railroads, #transit-systems

A Rapper, Hitting His 30s, Reinvents Himself as a Scion of Spanish Pop

C. Tangana was a provocative star of trap music. Now, his songs are played in supermarkets and praised by 50- and 60-somethings on YouTube.

#c-tangana-1990, #folk-music, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #spain

Sally Grossman, Immortalized on a Dylan Album Cover, Dies at 81

She picked out a red outfit and struck a relaxed pose on the cover of “Bringing It All Back Home,” leaving much for fans to guess about.

#bringing-it-all-back-home-album, #deaths-obituaries, #dylan-bob, #folk-music, #grossman-albert-b, #grossman-sally-1939-2021, #music, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #woodstock-ny

One of Turkey’s Hottest Rock Bands Has an Unlikely Source

Altin Gun’s fans say the band does more for Turkey’s image than the government. No one seems to mind that it’s actually Dutch.

#altin-gun-music-group, #amsterdam-netherlands, #content-type-personal-profile, #folk-music, #pop-and-rock-music, #turkey, #verhulst-jasper

Barbara Dane’s Life of Defiance and Song

The 93-year-old musician and co-founder of the political label Paredon Records looks back on a history of resistance.

#content-type-personal-profile, #dane-barbara, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #folk-music, #music, #paredon-records, #politics-and-government, #silber-irwin-1925-2010, #smithsonian-folkways, #united-states-politics-and-government

In the Ozarks, the Pandemic Threatens a Fragile Musical Tradition

The older fiddlers and rhythm guitar players don’t rely on sheet music, so their weekly jam sessions — now on hiatus — are critical to passing their technique to the next generation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #folk-music, #missouri, #ozark-mountains

Sea Shanty TikTok Meme, Explained

Hauling sail into 2021 like “soon may the Wellerman come …”

#folk-music, #tiktok-bytedance, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-internet-culture, #your-feed-selfcare

How Pop and Jazz Wrapped Up the Past in 16 Boxed Sets

Reissues and deluxe editions of albums by PJ Harvey, Lil Peep, Charles Mingus and others provide fresh looks at familiar works, and the creative processes that birthed them.

#audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #bartos-adrian-stretch-armstrong, #bowie-david, #cash-money-record-label, #cherry-neneh, #cream-music-group, #dust-to-digital, #fleck-bela, #folk-music, #garcia-bobbito, #harvey-p-j, #jazz, #john-elton, #lil-peep-rapper, #mingus-charles, #parker-charlie, #pop-and-rock-music, #pop-iggy, #pylon-music-group, #rap-and-hip-hop, #reed-lou-1942-2013, #replacements-the-music-group, #two-thousand-twenty, #ward-jonathan-record-collector, #welch-gillian

The Sunday Read: ‘Hard Times’

How the folk duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings held onto optimism.

#folk-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rawlings-david, #welch-gillian

How Gillian Welch and David Rawlings Held Onto Optimism

The uncertainties of 2020 led the folk duo to discover a new emotional urgency in songs about the slow, challenging, beautiful heat of living.

#cash-johnny, #country-music, #dylan-bob, #folk-music, #harris-emmylou, #nashville-tenn, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rawlings-david, #welch-gillian

New Joni Mitchell Collection Captures Her Early Career Transformation

A five-disc archival collection traces the beginnings of one of the most daring trajectories in popular music.

#folk-music, #joni-mitchell-archives-vol-1-the-early-years-1963-1967-album, #mitchell-joni

Jerry Jeff Walker, Who Wrote and Sang ‘Mr. Bojangles,’ Dies at 78

He never had a Top 40 pop hit. But his best-known composition became an enduring standard, and he became a mainstay of the outlaw country movement.

#austin-tex, #austin-city-limits-tv-program, #country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #folk-music, #mr-bojangles-song, #walker-jerry-jeff

How to Handle the Hate in America’s Musical Heritage

A companion to the “Anthology of American Folk Music” had already been pressed when Lance and April Ledbetter realized they couldn’t live with releasing racist songs.

#april-ledbetter, #dust-to-digital, #folk-music, #lance-ledbetter, #race-and-ethnicity, #the-harry-smith-b-sides-album

Suzanne Vega Is Tidying Her Home and Tending Her Soul (in Sensible Jackets)

The singer and songwriter, hunkered down in New York as she prepares to release a live album of songs about her longtime hometown, shared her list of cultural must-haves.

#an-evening-of-new-york-songs-and-stories-album, #cafe-carlyle-manhattan-ny, #folk-music, #manhattan-nyc, #pop-and-rock-music, #vega-suzanne

Trini Lopez, Singing Star Who Mixed Musical Styles, Dies at 83

His blend of American folk, Latin and rockabilly music captivated listeners worldwide. His secret: arrangements that people could dance to.

#deaths-obituaries, #folk-music, #if-i-had-a-hammer-song, #lopez-trini-1937-2020, #pop-and-rock-music, #the-dirty-dozen-movie

8 Things to Do This Weekend

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to, read and watch.

#art, #asia-week, #bhatia-rafiq, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #classical-music, #dancing, #documentary-films-and-programs, #folk-music, #iverson-ethan, #jazz, #jazz-gallery-manhattan-ny, #latsky-heidi, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #museums, #music, #national-september-11-memorial-and-museum, #ofarrell-maggie, #opera, #palmer-jason-1979, #peoples-improv-theater, #pop-and-rock-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rodriguez-singer, #royal-ballet-of-flanders, #september-11-2001, #shakespeare-william, #sheppard-alice, #theater

After 43 Years, Mossy Kilcher’s Folk Songs for Alaska Get a Second Life

Observing the wilderness of her home state has always been her passion. But the musician, who is Jewel’s aunt, is also ready to return to one of her original loves.

#alaska, #folk-music, #jewel, #kilcher-mossy, #northwind-calling-album

Learn Guitar with Laura Marling

The folk singer-songwriter demystifies her various tuning techniques, taking followers step-by-step through some of her most popular songs.

#folk-music, #guitars, #marling-laura, #quarantine-life-and-culture