Sunflower River Blues

The Sunflower River (aka The Big Sunflower River) flows down through the flat western Mississippi delta bottomland, paralleling the Mississippi River and only separated by that granddaddy of all rivers by a few miles on average.  It’s a region rich in history, one of the birthplaces of the blues, with a who’s who of legendary…

The Essex Green – “Hardly Electronic”

Summer and the Essex Green. It’s a good combo. The vintage yet timeless sound of the band is like the warm sun on those forested Vermont mountains where they first strummed their instruments years ago. It’s been a long time coming  for band members Sasha Bell, Jeff Baron and Chris Ziter – 12 years, to…

The Vinyl Detective – An Interview with Author Andrew Cartmel

Readers of this blog will have come across my enthusiastic reviews of two of the books in Andrew Cartmel‘s Vinyl Detective mystery series (Written in Dead Wax and The Run-Out Groove.) The protagonist of the series is a sleuth who gets hired to find particular rare records. Along the way his searches end up involving…

New Psych Folk

Here’s some relatively new music, all released within the last few months, that combines folk and psychedelia. It’s one of the more interesting of “genres” for me, both adventurous and  listenable. A lot of it harkens back to the late 1960s (particularly Beautify Junkyards and Mark McDowell), but that’s not a bad thing – and…