American Troubadour In 1977, twenty-six-year-old vagabond singer Larry Long wrote Pope County Blues in support of farmers fighting a high voltage power line in Minnesota. A year later he organized Tennessee farmers to form what we would now call a farmers market. Following that, Long accompanied the first “Tractorcade,” a procession of family farmers traveling to Washington, D.C., to… Read More …
My friend RT Valine and his wife Jackie were visiting the Bureau one evening and we got to discussing food and cooking. The Valines live in rural Allen, Oklahoma. When the conditions are right, they have access to wild morel mushrooms.
My first encounter with the music of My Brightest Diamond was a track on a RED + HOT compilation. During the summer break, my neighbor’s teenage daughter and her friend used to hang out in my living room and spin CDs on my hi-fi. One day she brought over Dark Was the Night, the fifteenth entry in the RED + HOT series.
This writer had only one official assignment (covering gritty soul-singer Opal Agafia) at the big outdoor stage on festival Saturday. Red Dirt legend Randy Crouch preceded her. Unfortunately, his set coincided with my only chance to eat dinner before I had to be back
I took the same medium format gear to the Pastures of Plenty backstage as I had on Thursday and Friday. I’ve already written about the facilities improvements to the outdoor venue. Unless you care to read about them, I
The biggest musical influence in Opal Agafia’s life is her mom. Agafia characterizes herself as a “lifelong serious shower singer,” saying that she grew up singing with her mother, DeAnna Smith.
I first met singer-songwriter Ken Pomeroy on New Year’s Eve, 2015. Her father, Skippy, builds racing motorcycles in the large shop behind the family home and occasionally hosts concerts on the small stage inside.
In my sophomore high school year, my family moved from the house we had been renting in the suburbs to a five-acre homestead in the country. Whereas previously we had lived within walking distance of primary, middle, and high schools, henceforth my siblings and I would ride the bus.
At first glance, one could be forgiven for dismissing twenty-five-year-old singer-songwriter Josh Okeefe as a mere pasticheur. An internet image search reveals his penchant for dressing like a certain Robert Zimmerman (a.k.a. Bob Dylan),
Despite the band name, And Then There Were Two does not comprise two members. The band numbers three: singer Amy Carlin Lee, singer and guitarist Austin K. Haworth, and percussionist Chad Varnell.