The "New Queen of Bluegrass"? She and her band are certainly one of the most awarded bands in bluegrass, if not THE most. Just this past week, she picked up the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award from SPBGMA, and was inducted into their Preservation Hall of Greats, and The Rage won Instrumental Group of the Year. Also among the best in Country and in Gospel, she has just released a new album, and is in the midst of a tour that basically won't end until December.
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Though they live in Marshall, NC, Dana & Susan Robinson probably spend more time in Scotland, Vermont, California, and elsewhere, sharing their music like the modern day folk troubadours that they are. "New songs of rural America and old-time mountain music" is how they describe what they do. Few folks are bigger fans of the late Pete Seeger; Dana wrote a wonderful review of Seeger's 90th birthday bash in 2009 here. They play Waynesville on Friday and Asheville on Sunday.
Joe Pug is one of those DIY, courageous without-a-net artists that we love: He dropped out of college, and quit his job as a carpenter, to pursue his music passion full-time. This included recording and printing up his first CD's and giving them away to anyone who wanted to share his music with their friends. "People requested 2 copies, 5 copies, 10 copies, 20 copies. We'd send them all.
It's no wonder Pete Seeger has been hailed as the father of American folk music. From spreading his passion for the banjo and traditional mountain tunes (both of which he discovered at Asheville's Mountain Dance & Folk Festival at age 16), to providing much of the soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement, to co-founding the Newport Folk Festival, Seeger led us all in a global sing-along for some 70+ years. WNCW will honor his legacy with this collection of Newport recordings from 1963-65 on Monday night.
Rosanne Cash has had a complex relationship with the South. The Memphis-born daughter of AR's Johnny Cash, step-daughter of VA's June Carter Cash, and ex-wife of Nashville's "Houston Kid" Rodney Crowell, she grew up in CA, started her music career in Europe, and has spent the last few decades living in NY. But her roots and love for the South remain strong, as is clear in these new songs (and in a wonderfully written Oxford American article).