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The Unknowable Joni Mitchell

Her music inspires a deep sense of intimacy, yet her fierce privacy is the key to her genius.<p>From certain angles, it seems entirely remarkable that Joni Mitchell—one of the most cerebral songwriters in modern pop and a woman whose relationship to the spotlight has always been deeply ambivalent—ever …

Joni Mitchell

Marty Stuart Debuts "Time Don't Wait" Music Video

Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives debuted their new music video, “Time Don’t Wait,” earlier today. The video, which was shot in the Badlands …

Guitar

Chris Thomas King says N.O. started the Blues -- he continues 'em with Dew Drop show | NOLA.com

Chris Thomas King has some interesting things to say about the origins of the music he loves to play. As a Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist, …

New Orleans

Dan Tyminski On Mixing Electronic Dance And 'Southern Gothic'

Dan Tyminski might have one of the most recognizable voices in acoustic music. He grew up in southern Vermont, fixated on traditional bluegrass and old country. While his friends were buying Def Leppard and AC/DC records, he was playing banjo.<p>"I love rock and roll," he says. "I love heavy …

Coen Brothers

In dreams: Roy Orbison hologram to embark on UK tour in 2018

The iconic singer joins Tupac Shakur and Michael Jackson in having his 3D projection take to the stage posthumously<p>Roy Orbison, master of the romantic yet slightly eerie country ballad, died in 1988 – but will tour the UK again in 2018, albeit in holographic form.<p>Using 3D projection technology that …

Tupac Shakur

That Fine, Fine Music

<i>An Index of Supreme Influence</i><p><i>The introduction to</i> Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen<i>. Reprinted by permission of the author and Smithsonian</i> …

Rock & Roll

Dori Freeman Is Painting Her Own Picture of Appalachia

As the acclaimed songwriter prepares for the release of 'Letters Never Read,' the 26-year-old gives a glimpse into the world she's creating.<p>Dori Freeman is at home in Galax, Virginia on an early October afternoon, sipping on something to soothe her throat after each time she talks, as she explains …

Bluegrass Music

Jason Isbell to perform at Country Music Hall of Fame as Artist-in-Residence

Isbell is the hall's 14th artist-in-residence, and its youngest. He'll play three shows in the museum's CMA Theater.

Hall of Fame

Joan Baez Says She’s Retiring From Touring, and Has Some Parting Words for the Left

Joan Baez was one of several singer-songwriter luminaries to appear Tuesday night(Oct. 11) at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles for a benefit …

Lucinda Williams

Billy Bragg On Skiffle, The Movement That Brought Guitar To British Radio

It's hard to believe, but before the 1950s, guitars were rarely heard in British music. Billy Bragg says the first guitars to hit the British pop scene came as a part of skiffle, a musical movement inspired by African-American roots musicians.<p>Bragg, who's written a book on skiffle called <i>Roots,</i> …

Guitar

New Orleans jazz funerals: Where life is celebrated through the joy of music

Eggs and bacon; sun and moon; New Orleans and jazz: some things just belong together.<p>If the Louisiana city of New Orleans is the body then jazz is …

New Orleans

A billionaire’s quirky quest to create a mecca for Bob Dylan fans. In Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Style<p>October 12, 2017 at 7:00 AM<p>Bob Dylan performing in 1963 at age 22. The Bob Dylan Center, which is being built in a former warehouse in Tulsa, is set to open to tourists in 2019 and features artifacts, audio and video files from the folk singer-songwriter’s career. (Leah Binkovitz/)<p>TULSA — …

Bob Dylan

Mavis Staples Talks Las Vegas Shooting & Reasserting Herself As a Voice for Change

There’s no arguing that Mavis Staples reigns supreme as one of the greatest female voices of all time. A study of her work -- both as a solo artist …

Civil Rights

NC jazz legend Thelonious Monk honored in Congress. He would have been 100 on Tuesday

Jazz legend Thelonious Monk was born 100 years ago. Tuesday would’ve been his 100th birthday.<p>The piano was Monk’s instrument of choice and his …

Jazz

Arlo Guthrie on Dad Woody's Legacy 50 Years After Death: Protest Songs Were 'The Original Social Media'

Fifty years since the death of Woody Guthrie, the folk singer’s topical messages are as timely as ever, his eldest son Arlo Guthrie tells <i>Billboard</i>.“I …

Women's March on Washington

Nearly 200,000 vinyl records from the Boston Public Library’s sound archive are going online

October 12, 2017 In News<p><b>Wax stacks.</b><p>Non-profit digital library Internet Archive is making the Boston Public Library’s entire 200,000 strong vinyl …

Boston

Liner Notes: A Memoir

<i>From</i> Liner Notes: A Memoir<p>An excerpt from Loudon Wainwright III’s <i>Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My</i> …

Texas Legend Joe Ely Talks About His Recent Accolades, His Songcraft, and His Love of Guitars

Bill EvansOctober 11, 2017<p><b>From the November 2017 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY MARK KEMP</b><p>Last year was a big one for Joe Ely. He was named the 2016 …

Acoustic Guitar

Meet Rhiannon Giddens, Newly Minted MacArthur 'Genius'

As a solo artist — and, before that, as a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops — singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens has made a career out of revitalizing and invigorating decades' worth of music reflecting the African-American experience. That's meant singing songs written from slave narratives …

Jazz

Bunny Sigler, 'Philly Sound' Singer and Songwriter, Dead at 76

With Gamble and Huff, producer helped forge distinct soul sound for artists like O'Jays and Patti LaBelle<p>Walter "Bunny" Sigler, the singer and …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Afternoon Palate Cleanser: Steve Martin Is One Serious Banjo Player

Comedian and actor turned playwright Steve Martin also plays banjo on the side, because as he and Stephen Colbert recently discussed, he's a polymath …

Entertainment

“Like Sonny Liston”: An Appreciation of Tom Petty

Like most people I know, I was already having a terrible day Monday. I awoke to news of the worst mass shooting in American history. How do you wrap …

Tom Petty

Southern Gallery: Tom Petty

<i>Editor’s Note:</i> We are saddened to learn of the death of rock & roll legend Tom Petty on Monday, October 2, 2017. He was sixty-six. Revisit Holly …

Tom Petty

New Roots Music Releases: Margo Price, Willie Watson, and Whitney Rose Lead the Way

If you thought all the significant releases of the year were already out, think again: 2017 is shaping up as a banner year for roots and Americana …

Folk Music

Rosanne Cash: Country Musicians, Stand Up to the N.R.A.

<i>This article has been updated to reflect news developments.</i><p>I’ve been a gun-control activist for 20 years. Every time I speak out on the need for stricter gun laws, I get a new profusion of threats. There’s always plenty of the garden-variety “your dad would be ashamed of you” sexist nonsense, along …

Gun Control

10 of the World’s Best Music Cities

papagaio-pirata/FlickrMusic is an international language, spanning cultures across the world, and, in fact, across time. Looking at today’s musical …

Austin City Limits

Hillbilly Music Straight Outta Compton

I would imagine most people know Compton as the epicenter of late ‘80s hip-hop and a city dominated by crime and gang violence. Smack in the middle …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The secret history of messages etched into records

<b>“ROBBIE WILLIAMS IS SHIT”… and other profound notes from the runout groove.</b><p>Could James Murphy be losing his edge? Not one to miss an opportunity for …

Vinyl Records

Flashback: Bill Monroe's 'Blue Moon of Kentucky' Inspires Elvis, Beatles

Original waltz-tempo version of now-classic bluegrass and rock tune was released 71 years ago today<p>In the mid-1940s, Kentucky-born musician Bill …

Bluegrass Music