I first experienced Liza Anne’s haunting music shortly after she walked onstage as an opener for Bear’s Den last fall. I remember being instantly captivated by her raw and honest yet never fragile voice. There was something so compelling in the way she quietly controlled the room. She was, hands down, the best opener I’d ever seen. Read more >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Jared & The Mill offer catchy yet profound songs with melodies and instrumentation somewhere in the mix between desert folk and bluegrass twang. The group formed in 2011 and has been touring and writing together ever since. They tell stories of the love, triumph, and heartbreak they’ve encountered in life on the road.
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 >>
Oxford native Adam Barnes’ music offers life narrative in folk form. He tells stories—simple stories. He’s a talented musician, but what comes through most in is music is the little things of life: the everyday struggles, hopes, fears, and excitements. I think the best way to describe Adam’s lyrical style might be to call it angst done well. Couple that with a distinctive and catchy folk-rock style, and you’ve got all the ingredients for perfect rainy-day music. Read more >>
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 >>