Frank's Most Recent Stories

  • October 16, 2014

    Tim Duffy has spent the last 20 years helping struggling blues and roots musicians make ends meet while bringing their music to a wider audience. He’s also a photo hobbyist who has documented his friends and performers — at home, on the road and playing a gig. Continue reading

  • October 1, 2014

    In 2011, Gabriel Hirsch, the 22-year-old son of acclaimed poet Edward Hirsch, died from a drug overdose. His father was beside himself with grief, and for a long time could not bring himself to work (since 2003 Hirsch has been the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in New York). Afraid of losing his memories of Gabriel, Hirsch began collecting them into a kind of dossier, and with that began composing an epic poem about his son. Continue reading

  • August 20, 2014

    In August, tens of thousands of fans and musicians gathered in the small town of Galax, Virginia, for the 79th Old Fiddler’s Convention. When the festival began in 1935, one of its aims was to keep “alive the memories and sentiments of days gone by.” Folklorist Joe Wilson — founder of the Crooked Road musical heritage tour — says this mission endures across the region. Continue reading

  • July 25, 2014

    Islamic militants in Mosul, Iraq on Thursday blew up a sacred mosque that was considered the final resting place of the Prophet Jonah. Continue reading

  • July 24, 2014

    The first gigs that blues musician John Németh played were not in darkened, smoke-filled dives near the muddy banks of the Mississippi River, but at bright luncheons in Boise, Idaho for the religious group Catholic Daughters of America. Continue reading