Beautiful Night

We on the team are frequently reminding each other of particular favorite performances from our five years of attempted alternative reality roots music broadcasting. And a precious few just keep coming back like super top hits that prove more undeniable and valuable with the passage of time. Near the very top is Julie Lee’s 2012… Read more »

Tick Tock Time

It’s easy to marvel at the precision of a really well made watch or a Formula One engine. At least I’m into that kind of thing. Exquisite synchronization makes me feel good inside, a bit like music. And we had music that made me feel Swiss watch perfect at Roots this week. When Missy Raines… Read more »

Real As Dirt

The preoccupation with authenticity in roots music is not just some trope. It’s not a game or a cliché that we writer types dwell on because we can’t think of anything else to talk about. It’s as close to the heart of what matters about folk music as redemption is to religion or improvement is… Read more »

Forest and Trees

The wide hallway outside Liberty Hall in the Factory became a thicket of Christmas trees this week – a tunnel of twinkle. It was a beautiful sight after a cold dark day, as the team and the crowd gathered for the first of three December Roots shows leading up to our Dec. 17 season and… Read more »