Forty years ago, musician Nick Drake died at age 26, and is often remembered today as a “solitary, misunderstood lonely poet.” Now his sister wants to set the record straight, to provide a fuller picture of the artist. The result is “Nick Drake: Remembered for a While,” an authorized companion to his work. Continue reading
Music legend Doc Watson died Tuesday at age 89. While he didn’t record an album until his 40s, his guitar-playing and singing helped define and influence the sound of folk and bluegrass music for several generations. Jeffrey Brown and Katy Daley, host of WAMU’s “Bluegrass Country” discuss the blind guitar legend’s legacy. Continue reading
Levon Helm was the drummer and a singer for The Band, a rock group known for its blend of blues and folk in songs like “The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down” and for its work with Bob Dylan. Helm died Thursday at age 71. Here is an excerpt from one of his group’s signature songs, “The Weight.” Continue reading
Front-woman of the Junior League Band, Lissy Rosemont is set to release her third full-length album, “Jelly Roll,” this week with a concert at Washington, D.C.’s Rock N Roll Hotel. Lissy is singer, guitarist, pianist, banjo player…and the author’s fiancee.
Abigail and Lily Chapin have been singing and performing together since they can remember. Growing up in a family surrounded by musicians, they probably couldn’t help it. We met the sisters at a recent tour stop at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
Last night on PBS’s American Masters, viewers got an intimate portrait of one of America’s most famous singers. Joan Baez began performing with her guitar in coffee shops at just 17, but went on to help define the sound and social momentum of the 1960s with her politically-charged folk songs.