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Jonah Tolchin: One of the Fall’s Hottest Musicians!

It seems that Jonah Tolchin is everywhere!  He’s become one of the media’s darlings this year.  The release of his latest recording, Clover Lane, has attracted a good deal of attention.  He was signed to Yep Rock Records and has been touring all over the country.  And he’s a newlywed!  Yes, we’d have to say that 2014 has been a good year for Jonah Tolchin.

You may recall Jonah’s appearance at the

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Quick Q and A with Mandolin Orange

The sound of stars rising — Mandolin Orange!  This dynamic duo from North Carolina has been described as the contemporary version of Gram Parsons and Emmy Lou Harris or maybe even Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings.  National Public Radio chose their latest CD, This Side of Jordan, as one of the Top 10 Folk / Americana albums of 2013.  Mandolin Orange played at the legendary Newport Folk Festival…

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Quick Q and A with Jim Trick

Jim Trick is one a kind.  His joyful sincerity and contagious enthusiasm are perfect for the stage and it helps that his songwriting is meaningful and his stage presence is magnetic.  Think about musicians who have that kind of palpable connection with their audiences—and multiply that sensation by two or three. That’s the kind of guy Jim Trick is.  He’s the real thing whether you meet him on the…

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Quick Q and A with Linda Sharar

Linda Sharar is an award-winning singer-songwriter whose songs are honest and pure. Linda expresses herself in an easy, familial, and tangible way as though she’s been a good friend for years . There’s a musical comfort zone that wraps around you with each and every song. That kind of rapport is something to appreciate and respect.

To learn more about Linda Sharar, visit her website.

Here’s a…

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Quick Q and A with Tumbling Bones

Tumbling Bones is a young string band with an old sound.  Their voices combine in a musical pastiche that is reminiscent of years past but they’re actually a contemporary band hailing from Portland, Maine.  Pete Winn (guitar, percussive dance), Jake Hoffman (banjo, upright bass) and Kyle Morgan (guitar, upright bass) sing three-part harmonies that would make bluegrass pickin’ angels jealous. …

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Quick Q and A with Cricket Tell the Weather

Quick Q and A with Cricket Tell the Weather

After winning last year’s FreshGrass Festival Award last year, this eclectic band has continued to blossom and spread their music up and down and across the Northeast.  Their music falls under the musical umbrella of bluegrass but at the same time they exhibit a bit of indie-rock, old-timey and Americana.  As with most music these days, it’s simply…

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Quick Q and A with Session Americana’s Jim Fitting

Quick Q and A with Session Americana’s Jim Fitting

It’s been said that Session Americana is a rock band in a tea cup or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle.  The musicians in the band huddle around a little bar table, playing their heart and souls out.  One of the most visible players sits stage right adding his memorable harmonica licks and riffs to each song; sometimes subtly and sometimes like a locomotive.  His name is Jim Fitting.  Jim…

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Quick Q and A with Meg Hutchinson

Quick Q and A with Meg Hutchinson

Meg Hutchinson is an inspiration in oh-so-may ways.  Not only is she a fabulous poet and fantastic singer-songwriter but she is a champion.  Meg is an active advocate for mental health awareness.  Having suffered from mental health issues herself, she is keenly aware of what it’s like and is a powerful speaker on the subject.

Learn more about Meg at her website.

Take a few minutes to listen to…

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Quick Q and A with Natalia Zukerman

Quick Q and A with Natalia Zukerman

Natalia Zukerman is a multi-talented artist who has plied her trades on both coasts – as a muralist in San Francisco and as a musician in Boston and New York. She may have grown up surrounded by classical musicians, but it was the folk and acoustic music scene that beckoned to her to join forces.  Natalia has recorded seven CDs and has contributed her talents to recordings by Susan Werner, Willy…

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Quick Q and A with Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan

Quick Q and A with Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan

As Claudia Russell’s biography states, she is a unique musical mixture  — “a whimsical melting pot of traditional and contemporary styles.”  That does sum it up.  It’s a sure bet that one will never get bored listening to Claudia and her husband and partner in musical crime, Bruce Kaplan.  They have a way of creating a vast array of song types within any set and on all of their recordings. …

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