The Big Ears Festival 2018

The Big Ears Festival 2018 is an international cultural gathering taking place March 22–25 that is a dynamic, interactive experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, crossing all musical genres while interfacing with film, performance, and the visual arts. Read More …

Cornbread Cafe #010

I promise you WILL have to loosen your belt when you get done with this episode — Pickxen, Grant Maloy Smith, Scott Thorn, Mikalyn Hay, The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Parsonsfield. Read More …

Back Porch Festival: Anais Mitchell, Birds of Chicago, Jeffrey Foucault — Massachusetts

The fourth annual Back Porch Festival returns March 1-4, with all-star line-ups of American roots artists at the Academy of Music and The Parlor Room.

Anaïs Mitchell is a Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry.

Birds of Chicago began in 2012 when Nero started writing for his vocal star-muse, Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. A cross border band was born.

Foucault has given American poetry some of its most vital lines and his musical searchings have become touchstones of density and durability. Read More …

Back Porch Festival: Deer Tick — Massachusetts

The fourth annual Back Porch Festival returns March 1-4, with all-star line-ups of American roots artists at the Academy of Music and The Parlor Room.

Country soul and Delta blues, old-time gospel and hardcore punk, it’s all in there. Each successive Deer Tick record reveals more colors and increased perspective, the rave-ups get wilder, the ballads more knowing and hurt. Read More …

Cornbread Cafe #009

We’re going to get right into the music this show, because the hardcopy of the EP, Tired Old Town, by Chris Anres with Gary McDannold showed up in the mail just a couple days ago, and I have been impatient to share it with you. I couldn’t decide between the five tracks on this 2017 release, so I figured we’d go with the title track, Tired Old Town, to get things goin’. Read More …

The Cornbread Cafe #8: Not a Valentine’s Day episode. Unless’n you want it to be.

Tanya Gallagher [explicit lyrics], Kate Lush, The Suitcase Junket, Bumper Jacksons, Faint Peter, Birds of Chicago Read More …

The Cornbread Cafe #7: Charlie Parr and a few others we’ve been keepin’ warm for ya’.

By popular urging, the Cornbread Cafe is going to experiment with a shorter, half-hour format. But we’ll still be overstuffed with great new tunes from the likes of Charlie Parr, Chrystyna Marie, and Kurt Fortmeyer! Read More …

The Cornbread Cafe #6: INTERVIEW with Janie Barnett, too many new tracks to list!

Janie Barnett discusses her gracefully drifting release, You See this River. Welcome! brothers and sisters to Episode #6—of the Cornbread Cafe. I am the mongrel, and I will be your waiter today. Cazh and cozy, we’re located at the five-corners of Blues, Americana, Folk, Country, Read More …

The Cornbread Cafe #5: Western Centuries, Dom Flemons, Oh Susanna, & MORE

Welcome! brothers and sisters to Episode #5—of the Cornbread Cafe. Cazh and cozy, we’re located at the five-corners of Blues, Americana, Folk, Country, and Gospel. And you can sometimes catch an express to Rock ’n’ Roll at the bus stop across the way. We want Read More …