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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 >>

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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 >>

To Love More: An Interview with Jared & The Mill’s Jared Kolesar

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.

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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 >>

Reaching the Heart: Interview with Dave Radford of The Gray Havens

Dave and Licia Radford, members of the indie duo The Gray Havens, seek to “awaken joy and wonder” with every song they write—and I daresay they succeed. Read more >>

Album Review: Julien Baker, “Sprained Ankle”

Creating a synthesis between things as distant as darkness and light is a tall order. Yet somehow, Julien Baker manages to pull it off.

In her debut album, “Sprained Ankle,” Julien is honest and poetic. Read more >>

Poetry and Wonder: Interview with Joel Ansett

Denver-based songwriter Joel Ansett writes with an irrepressible wonder. Wonder at trees and mountains, wonder at love and relationships, wonder at strength in suffering. He’s a sort of musical explorer—and a skilled one at that. Read more >>

Life in Folk: Interview with Adam Barnes

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 >>

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