April 24, 2013 |
Richie Havens, 72, the New York City folk singer thrust by circumstance onto center stage as the opening act of Woodstock, the legendary 1969 music festival, died of a heart attack Monday at his home in Jersey City, N.J., according to Tim Drake, president of his booking agent, the Roots Agency of Westwood, N.J. Scheduled fifth on the program for opening day of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Aug. 15, 1969, Mr. Havens and two members of his band were...
November 16, 2012 |
Whether as player or composer, there is no end to stately trumpeter Dave Douglas' invention or passion. None of his albums, however, have the studied conviction or emotional weight of 2012's Be Still . He couldn't be any closer to his most recent theme: his mother, Emily Douglas, who was 78 when she surrendered to ovarian cancer. She was a religious woman who loved Protestant hymns as much as she dug her son's music. "I did the math: She probably attended over 200 of my gigs," Douglas says.
February 24, 2012 |
Two years after singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell released the ambitious and career-defining folk opera Hadestown - a musical retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set in Depression-era America - she's back with a decidedly different but equally ambitious effort, Young Man in America. Produced by Todd Sickafoose, who also helmed Hadestown, the new album features several New York-based rock and experimental jazz musicians, and has Mitchell inhabiting several musical characters, male and female.
July 22, 2011
Miranda vs Rihanna There's a huge crop of girly pop artists in concert "play" mode this summer. The "tween" and young teen set will be taken with tonight's Mann performance by Miranda Cosgrove, the sweet (and funny) young thing we've enjoyed as star of the "iCarly" TV show on Nick. Greyson Chance, an Internet sensation bearing the onerous billing of "the next Justin Bieber," opens. Tomorrow, the decidedly grown-up Rihanna will serve up naughty notions like "S&M" ("I may be bad but I'm perfectly good at it")
July 10, 2011 |
GUATEMALA CITY - One of Latin America's most admired folk singers, Facundo Cabral, was killed Saturday when three carloads of gunmen ambushed the vehicle in which he was riding, prompting expressions of anguish from across the region. Authorities said the performer's concert promoter was apparently the target. Interior Minister Carlos Menocal said the Argentine singer and novelist was on his way to Guatemala's main airport at 5:20 a.m. when cars carrying the gunmen pulled up on both sides and opened fire as a third vehicle blocked it from the front.
April 11, 2011
Gil Robbins, 80, a folk singer, guitarist, and member of the early 1960s group the Highwaymen, has died. Mr. Robbins died Tuesday at his home in Esteban Cantu, Mexico, Tracey Jacobs said Saturday in an e-mail. Jacobs is a publicist for Mr. Robbins' son, the actor and director Tim Robbins. Shortly before Mr. Robbins joined the Highwaymen, the group had a major hit with Michael , its version of Michael, Row the Boat Ashore . When Mr. Robbins joined in 1962, he took the group in a more political direction, playing and singing baritone on five albums until their 1964 breakup.
January 25, 2008 |
Ani DiFranco is an icon of independence, the soul of frank folk-singing's rigors and its trek through tradition. Long before the current model of DIY recording and releasing, DiFranco's and her Righteous Babe label did it themselves. DiFranco, touring behind Canon, a collection of her wordiest wildest best, isn't about to nyah-nyah the currency of music biz's blues. Her decision to say no to major labels was an anticorporate stance. "A political and personal viewpoint," says DiFranco who began making records in 1990.
July 17, 2005 |
Sufjan Stevens likes a good challenge. Like, when producers for NPR's All Things Considered asked the eclectic, 30-year-old folk singer to write a song about the ivory-billed woodpecker - the bird thought to be extinct for the last 50 years until it was recently spotted in an Arkansas swamp - he jumped at the chance, handing over "The Lord God Bird. " The folk epic took him all of a month to research, ponder and write. "Writing the song was a nice release for me because I like working within guidelines, obviously," says Stevens, who's best-known for loftier goals like setting out to write an album about every state in the union.
April 20, 2003 |
Gene Shay has spent a lifetime tending the vineyards of folk music, for 40 years hosting radio programs in this market that celebrate the genre. (The Folk Show With Gene Shay airs from 4 to 8 p.m. Sundays on WXPN-FM, 88.5.) He's the man who brought Bob Dylan to Philadelphia back in 1962, and he's the voice and cofounder of the venerable Philadelphia Folk Festival. On Monday, May 12, Shay will be honored with a tribute concert at the Keswick Theatre, featuring a raft of folkies including Arlo Guthrie, Chris Smither, Tom Rush, Christine Lavin and surprise guests.
August 25, 2000 |
This weekend, the Philadelphia Folk Festival clocks in with its 39th annual gathering at the Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville, but it hardly shows the usual signs of looming middle age - resting on its laurels or trading on tradition. In fact, this festival got over its old-fashioned ways early on. Originally nurtured by scholarly folk purists (such as program director Ken Goldstein, a professor of folklore at the University of Pennsylvania), the festival was focused on presenting pure, unpolished practitioners of the "oral folk tradition" - ancient blues raspers, hillbilly-ish country cousins and yawn-inducing, 12-verse-spouting balladeers from across the seas.