Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Rudi Schmidt and Huw Williams of The Melodic Introduce "On My Way"

Anti-, a label known for handling such legendary and groundbreaking artists such as Tom Waits, Neko Case, Calexico, and Mavis Staples, have recently been adding an impressive roster of  young artists blazing new and exciting territory far beyond the folk and americana realms. The Melodic is just one of the many exciting acts to have recently joined the label, along with recent signees The Milk Carton Boys and Saintseneca.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Luke Winslow-King on "The Coming Tide"

I first discovered Luke Winslow-King when I picked up his Old/New Baby album in 2009. Best known for his slide guitar playing, the New Orleans-based artist returns with his long overdue follow up and his Bloodshot debut. Mr. Winslow-King continues to mine genres such as traditional jazz, pre-war blues, delta-folk, ragtime, and good old-fashioned rock and roll. Luke & co. are very much attuned to the sounds of the past while constructing a sound and feel all their own in the here and now. And boy, are we lucky!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Chris King Discusses Lena Hughes, "Queen of Flat-Top Guitar"

Lena Hughes was born in Grape Grove Township, Missouri in 1904. Though she never recorded any 78s during her lifetime, she performed often at various fiddler conventions and folk festivals throughout the Ozarks. She played fiddle, banjo and guitar, mastering parlor pieces and the specialized tunings that were necessary to play them. She lived most of her life in Ludlow, Missouri and passed away in 1998. Lena Hughes did manage to record one full-length LP that has up until very recently, been a very elusive recording for anyone to own or even listen to.

Thanks to the Tompkins Square label, the recordings of Lena Hughes, that were originally captured in the early 1960’s in Arkansas and released only a very limited basis, is now available for collectors, as well as newcomers as Queen of the Flat-Top Guitar.