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New Christmas Playlist: Incarnation and Good Cheer

The Christmas season is upon us! I can finally be open and shameless in my humming and singing of all the carols and songs of good cheer.

In case you hadn’t noticed, Ethan and I both love music—and Christmas music is no exception. We expect that a lot of you like Christmas music as well. So we’ve put together a playlist of some of our favorite Christmas songs performed (and sometimes written) by some of our favorite artists. Read more >>

Folk-Fueled Fun: Interview with Family and Friends

The folk-rock group Family and Friends is exactly what their name suggests: a collection of would-be brothers (and a sister) making music that is decidedly relational both in style and subject matter. Taking the traditional folk roots of family, love, and relationships, the band launches its music into the stratosphere, fueled by a relentless vitality and a fierce loyalty. Read more >>

Videos + Photos: Ian Randall Thornton (10/28/16)

We had an absolute blast hosting folk songwriter Ian Randall Thornton for a house show last month. It was a delightful evening full of great conversation and even greater music. Read more >>

Hopeful Sojourning: A Reflection on the Music of Josh Garrels

Guest post by Stephen Williams

I was sitting in an empty office building sometime early in 2012 when I first listened to the music of Josh Garrels. It was hour five of my twelve-hour nightshift, and I was struggling to stay awake and bored out of my mind when I decided to check out this artist who had been appearing every now and again in my social media newsfeeds. I was not sleepy or bored for long. Read more >>

NEW! Spotify Playlist: Acoustic Folk Collection  

On a cold but sunny day in late October, I received a message from one of our most passionate fans (right, Josh?). “You should curate a Spotify channel for all the artists you’ve interviewed,” he wrote. So I did. Read more >>

Northern Melancholia: An Interview with The Lake Poets

The musical project of Marty Longstaff of Sunderland, U.K., The Lake Poets is hauntingly dark and intriguing. Identifying his music as “northern melancholia,” Marty, who drew his stage name from a group of Romantic poets, writes pain-filled music as a way to help his listeners move past the more depressing times of life. Read more >>

Music in Motion: An Interview with The Brevet

The music of California–based folk rock group The Brevet can accurately be summed up in a single word: “American.” Read more >>

A Wild Ride: Interview with Friendly Savages

With sounds ranging from jazzy piano solos to classic folk string energy, folk rock band Friendly Savages creates music that is inviting, yet tinged with an intriguing peculiarity. Read more >>

Adventures and Trees: An Interview with Lunatic Wolf

Lunatic Wolf is a folk rock band from Johannesburg, South Africa. After performing and writing for a few years, the six-piece group released their debut album To the Adventure in 2014—and critics are loving it.

To the Adventure takes the best parts of rock and folk and mixes them together in a satisfying blend. The band’s sound has been described as “easy to listen to, yet energetic enough to keep you wanting more.” Read more >>

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