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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 >>

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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 >>

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 >>

The Modern-Day Psalmist: An Interview with Wendell Kimbrough

Although the Psalms were originally written to be sung, that art has been lost in today’s Christian church. Wendell Kimbrough is bringing it back.

The folk singer/songwriter is on a mission to write a modern-day hymn for each of the 150 psalms. As the worship director and artist-in-residence for his church in Alabama, Wendell writes a new psalm each week for his congregation to sing. The result is a growing collection of sing-able hymns that capture the emotional power of the psalms. Read more >>

A Plea for Peace: Interview with The Sun Kite

Recording and performing under the moniker The Sun Kite, Lynchburg musician Michael Frommack has released his first full-length record, entitled No Fire.

Full of soft vocal harmonies and tender strumming, No Fire is one of the most peaceful and satisfying records you’ll find. Read more >>

A Woman Gave Me Music: Interview with James Spaite

In the world of music, bigger rarely means better. Often, the most magnificent music appears in the simplest of clothing.

In the case of Californian folk artist James Spaite, a cello, a guitar, and a pair of voices are all it takes to craft a record that is breathtakingly beautiful and immensely satisfying. Read more >>

Album Review: Darlingside, “Birds Say”

I discovered Darlingside about three years ago, and fell instantly in love with their sound. From their first EP, I recognized a clarity of expression and unity of voice which I have seldom found in similar folk groups. They take their name from their own creative process: letting go of their own personal (darling) ideas and subjecting them to the group dynamic. Read more >>

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