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Leyla McCalla, Coal Town Miners, Slowey and the Boats are just a few few of the artists that appear on the recently released Folkadelphia Volume II, a collection of in-studio performances from WXPN’s weekly Folkadelphia radio show, hosted by Fred Knittel.
Recorded last April, singer-songwriter and guitarist Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls stopped by to do a session and she and her band performed material from her recent Americana/country leaning Goodnight Tender. Continue reading →
In addition to an excellent body of work Ray has recorded with Saliers as the Indigo Girls, Ray has released a handful of solo albums, since her debut, Stag, came out in 2001. Her recent album, Goodnight Tender, was released in January of this year. Continue reading →
Goodnight Tender, the new solo album from Amy Ray, is not a record to be taken lightly. It feels like a project that was mulled over, devised, and labored on for a long period of time. As such it demands our respect and undivided attention. It’s a brave and utterly successful musical step for Ray. Unquestionably different than her other solo albums, as well as her work with the Indigo Girls, it is very much a feat of pure Americana. Continue reading →
While many traditional ballads, stories, and songs made the trip across the Atlantic to be taken up, transformed, and adapted by the Americans, some of them were not particularly widely circulated despite popularity in Europe. Such is the case with the bawdy and humorous “The Baffled Knight” or “Blow Away The Morning Dew,” a pastourelle (an Old French lyric form concerning the romance of a shepherd/shepherdess) and Child Ballad (#112). Continue reading →
University of Pennsylvania’s punk rock frat, Pi Lam, is ringing in spring the right way: by way of 18 local acts paired with a “face-melting” BBQ (with vegan-friendly items) they call “Human BBQ XXXIV.” On the bill, we’ve got bands like Roof Doctor, Mumblr, Cold Fronts, Secret Plot to Destroy the Universe and Slingshot Dakota with plenty, plenty more. The event costs $15 (that’s not even a buck per band!) and starts at noon and is scheduled to go until midnight at the frat.
The Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray is releasing a new solo album on February 28th called Lung Of Love. Brandi Carlile and Jim James are featured on the album. Listen to the song “Glow” from the album here. Amy rolls into Philly at World Cafe Live on Tuesday, April 17th. Go here for tickets and more information. Amy was last in Philly with Emily Saliers when the Indigo Girls performed as part of the World Cafe 20th Anniversary tribute shows. You can listen to that concert in its entirety here.