Thursday, July 26, 2012

Jerry DeCicca of The Black Swans Discusses "Occasion For Song"

The Black Swans’ new album, Occasion for Song, which drops on July 31st via Misra Records, is their fifth full-length, and the follow up to their critically acclaimed Don't Blame The Stars. The new album deals with the death of founding member and violinist Noel Sayre, and the aftermath of memory, shock, and loss it created. This is an album about loss, death, and trying to get to the acceptance at the end of grief.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Stevie Jackson (of Belle & Sebastian) Talks "(I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson"

Stevie Jackson is probably best known as the lead guitarist for the obsessively followed  and highly regarded Scottish band Belle & Sebastian. But with the release of his new solo album, (I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson, the songwriter is stepping into the spotlight to deliver a richly enjoyable album that transverses the landscape between folk, pop, and rock.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Q and A with Simone Felice: Songwriter, Poet, Novelist, and Father

Simone Felice is an unstoppable creative force. He is a survivor, father, songwriter, poet, novelist,  and artist. I recently had the opportunity to ask Simone about his literary work, his musical history (including his work with The Felice Brothers, The Duke And The King, and The Avett Brothers), as well as his new album called Simone Felice.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Ketch, Critter, & Morgan of Old Crow Medicine Show Discuss "Carry Me Back"

The mighty Old Crow Medicine Show drop their new studio album this week called Carry Me Back. From the first listen it is clear that the band is embracing their own fiery stringband roots, while delivering some of their best written tunes yet. The band has gone through some significant changes recently, including the departure of Willie Watson, and the addition of original member Critter Fuqua and new player Chance McCoy.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Archivist Jeff Place Discusses "Woody at 100" (Smithsonian Folkways)

In honor of the Woody Guthrie Centennial, Smithsonian Folkways is releasing an in-depth commemorative collection of songs, photos, and essays on one of America’s most treasured 20th-century icons called Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection. I recently spoke with archivist Jeff Place regarding his work and contributions to this beautiful box set.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Uprooted Music Revue's Favorite Streaming Music Films on Netflix

I was recently discussing some of the films I have seen on Netflix via the "Watch Instantly" online streaming service when I realized that some of my all-time favorite concert films, documentaries, and artist biographies are now available for viewing! Now I am the first to admit that the Netflix streaming service is far from perfect, so I thought I'd share some of own discoveries.

So with further ado, here's my 31 reasons (and/ or excuses) to hang inside in the air conditioning and check out some great films this summer:

 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart: 
A Film About Wilco

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Emily Wells Talks Symphonies, Beats, & Her "Mama"

Nearly impossible to classify or define, Emily Wells is an intriguing artist, songwriter, and violinist who not just sidesteps or defies musical genres, but exists completely outside of them. Her work contains elements of folk, blues, classical, and hip-hop that culminate to form a uniquely fresh hybrid that is all her own. Emily's blend of multiple musical approaches is hard to put into words, pin down, or classify. Simply put, her discography is enigmatic and alluring while her live performances just need to be seen to be believed.