Check out this new release from South African fingerstyle guitarist Guy Buttery. Recently featured in UK Rolling Stone, he's described as a "one man guitar orchestra". Live in KwaZulu features Guy's arrangement of Joanna Newsom's The Book of Right On and his infamous loop/eBow/musical saw classic, "Smithfield".
-Chief Musical Officer Chris Frank
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Here's a track from a cool new album by Max Garcia Conover, Maine singer/songwriter/guitarist:
Sarah-Jane Summers is destined to stand with the great Scottish fiddlers (folkwords)
Sarah-Jane Summers, we would say OMG if it weren't beneath even our low-flying dignity, but please listen! Mala Fama is the new album from Sarah-Jane’s trio. "Energetic, frenetic and danceable one moment, lyrical, tear-inducing and evocative the next, their repertoire consists primarily of their own compositions, interspersed with traditional tunes from Scotland, Finland and Norway, reflecting the members’ nationalities."
OR if you like a little more rocking out, try Spike On a Bike:
Terre, along with Sidiki Conde and Marlon Cherry, aka "Afro-Jersey", have completed their very first self-titled album. Afro-Jersey was formed in 2008 when old friends Terre Roche and Sidiki Conde began to write songs together in both English and Mandingo just for fun, and became a trio with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Marlon Cherry.
We are a bit primitive here in the efM home office, and it's usually the groove that draws us to the music. This album moves us in a a very pleasant way, hard to describe but unique, for sure, and it makes us want to listen -and feel our bodies "do" the move - again, and again. This is soul music of the first water, here- very cool, in a way-post-modern "hyphenated" style! Watch the video and get the CD...
We certainly do here at the home office, and Sunday mornings we are very fortunate to have UNC's student station, WXYC, here in Chapel Hill, NC. The long running Orange County Special cranks up at 10 AM, pulling tracks from the extensive collection at the station, and at 1 PM Hell Or High Water programs exclusively from the renowned Southern Folklife Collection.
WXYC was the first station in the world to stream it's on-air signal live over the Internet, starting in 1994.
So much of even the better radio shows is music that is probably available on demand from the services (Spotify, Grooveshark, etc, etc), but that is not the norm with these two offerings; it's almost all music that you really can't hear anywhere else. That is special, worth listening to. Check it out via their fine-sounding stream, or tune in to 89.3 FM if you are in the neighborhood.
Check out this twangy single from the Gang's new release,The Prettiest Shade of Blue:
Get down, Corey Koehler, you are doing all the good:
This is pretty darned fresh: Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line are proving to be a rather urbane mélange within the present-day explosion of Americana. With the coming April 16 release of Carnival, Nora Jane Struthers fronts a collaborative ensemble that both embraces the evolution of present-day Americana and champions the traditional influences that is at the core of Carnival.
When you go to a carnival, you go into a sideshow tent, and on every stage you find a different person with a different story. That’s what I’m trying to do with this album – craft vignettes, and in some cases more developed narratives, about imaginary people’s lives.