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Rising Appalachia: Water is Life

Though it’s easy to take water for granted – just turn on the tap and there it is – for hundreds of millions of the Earth’s people, access to clean water is a goal, not a reality. The United Nations considers universal access to clean drinking water a human right, but that doesn’t magically make

Live from Laurel Canyon: Songs and Stories of American Folk Rock

In the Hollywood Hills West district of Los Angeles, a mere two miles from Hollywood Boulevard, there exists a relatively secluded region called Laurel Canyon. Beginning in the middle 1960s and continuing for about a decade, the canyon became an incubator for a particular kind of music. Songwriters flocked to the Canyon, making homes there,

Gordon Lightfoot: 80 Years Strong

In some ways a reaction to the hard rock and psychedelic excesses of late 1960s pop music, the early 1970s ushered in the era of the singer-songwriter. Led by a raft of supremely talented artists who composed their own material, the scene featured acts like Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Leonard Cohen,

Hundred-worders for May 2019: Vinyl

A subtle hint to any press agents or label reps who might happen to read this: a near surefire way to get your client’s album reviewed on Musoscribe is to send me a vinyl record. Unless I wholly detest it – and that’s not likely to happen if you check in before sending to make

EP Review: Daniel Shearin

Ask most any musician and they’ll tell you: in many ways, performing with a band is easier than playing solo. There’s a safety-in-numbers characteristic to playing as part of an ensemble; not to put too fine a point on it, but it’s easier to hide among a stage filled with other people, musical instruments and

New Releases from Asheville-based Artists

Three new record releases from Western North Carolina artists explore different musical styles, but they all share a focus on themes of love and optimism. Tellico – Woven Waters For its second album, Asheville folk/bluegrass band Tellico – formed by former members of Dehlia Low – weighs in on world events. The album’s centerpiece is

Those Were the Days: Mary Hopkin’s ‘Post Card’ at 50

Mary Hopkin was a mere 18 years old when she was signed to the Beatles’ fledgling record label in 1968. That experience wasn’t her first as a recording artist; she had previously cut an EP of songs in the native language of her home country, Wales. When scenester/model Twiggy saw Hopkin performing on the TV

Single Review: Y. Dan Rubenstein – “Don’t Break What You Cannot Fix”

An alluring Latin jazz feel provides the foundation of Rubenstein’s “Don’t Break What You Cannot Fix.” intricate guitar lines flit in and out of the arrangement, but as alluring as the music is, the Bay Area singer would have listeners focus on his lyrics. The song is a spoken-sung conversation between two lovers, but it’s

Beth Wood: Words and Music … and Words

The approach of singer-songwriter Beth Wood encompasses more than just the rootsy end of the musical spectrum; one can hear rock, folk and more in her music. And in fact her creative endeavors extend beyond making music. Part of Wood’s wide creative perspective comes from having spent time living in three very distinct locales. Wood

Girlpool: Sweet and Sour

Los Angeles-based band Girlpool started out in 2013 with a stripped-down, clattering style that echoed Violent Femmes. But as the band has grown and developed, it has moved in two opposite directions at once: the group’s recordings have become more soothing and melodic (think Elliott Smith), and today, its onstage vibe often leans toward a