Thursday, December 27, 2012

Uprooted Music Revue's 25 Most Memorable Interviews of 2012

This year Uprooted Music Revue clocked in 86 interview features. Rather than selecting the 25 most popular interviews, I have decided to choose the ones that were most rewarding to compose, as well as the projects that directly turned me onto the work of artists and albums new to me.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Uprooted Music Revue's 15 Favorite Books of 2012

One of the things that already tops my list of "things I miss most about living in Brooklyn" is the reading time during my daily commute. So until moving to Portland this past August, the NYC subway (MTA) is where I have absorbed most of my reading material since I moved there in 2004. Burying my face in a book on the subway was not only a great way to wake up in the morning on my way to work, but it also served as the ideal method of mellowing out on my way home. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Uprooted Music Revue's Favorite Audio Releases of 2012

2012 arrived in hurry and brought with it three monumental events for me, my family, and Uprooted Music Revue: the birth of our son, a new teaching position, and an "uprooted" cross-county move from Brooklyn, NY to Portland, OR. 

So with keeping these joyous, thrilling, and forever life-altering experiences in mind, these are the albums that I have been listening to most as a fan, artist, teacher, writer, husband, and father this year. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Rachel Brooke Recalls "A Killer's Dream"

Rachel Brooke has  a new record out called A Killer's Dream. Her previous records, especially Down In The Barnyard and Bitter Harvest (with Lonesome Wyatt of Those Poor Bastards) have quickly elevated Rachel's status as a storyteller who is just as well-versed in the gothic dark side of American music, the cultural history of bluegrass, the gutsy swagger of rockabilly, as she is in the dusty rawness of old 78s and parlor recordings. Her albums and live performances have established her as "the Queen of Underground Country" (Saving Country Music), has been praised by artists and publications alike, and has landed her appearances at music festivals like Muddy Roots. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Author Bob Kealing on "Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock"

The University Press of Florida recently released Bob Kealing's informative and enjoyable work, Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock. It is the latest biography of many exploring the life and music of Gram Parsons. What I believe sets Calling Me Home apart is the book's sharp focus on this remarkable artist's life and work, including his southern roots. The biography traces the trajectory of Gram's role in fusing country and rock music like never before, the lasting impressions he made upon his peers and collaborators, as well as his resonant influence on artists and fans alike over the years since his passing.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rayna Gellert (ex- Uncle Earl) On Her "Old Light"

Rayna Gellert is a North Carolina-based fiddle player who comes from a musical family and has been continuing to grow an extended family of her own over the years, including some really incredible songwriters, musicians, artists, and collaborators. She has a rich history studying and playing rural stringband music, timeless gospel songs, and rich traditional tunes. She was a member of the band Uncle Earl and has worked with such respected musicians as Robyn Hitchcock, Tyler Ramsey, Sara Watkins, Loudon Wainwright III, John Paul Jones, and Abigail Washburn.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope on "O' Be Joyful"

Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent are Shovels & Rope. As solo artists, they came together in 2008 for their collaborative album Shovels & Rope, and have followed it up with this year's much celebrated O' Be Joyful. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Michael and Cary Ann about the evolution of Shovels & Rope and their own solo work.