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Levon Helm brings 'Rambles' to Solid Sound

Helm's enthusiasm radiates, whether he's playing one of his "Midnight Rambles" in the 250-seat studio/performance space attached to his rural Woodstock home or at a festival like this weekend's Solid Sound, which he's co-headlining with Wilco.  
A joyful noise
By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  June 24, 2011
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Photos: Newport Folk Festival, part one

The Low Anthem, Yim Yames, John Prine, Sharon Jones, Edward Sharpe and more, live from Newport, July 30 - August 1, 2010
The Low Anthem, Yim Yames, John Prine, Sharon Jones, Edward Sharpe and more, live from Newport, July 30 - August 1, 2010
By JEAN HANGARTER  |  August 06, 2010

Maine Songwriters Association ramps up, Pat Colwell's record, and more

The MAINE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION are trying to ramp up their happenings a little.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 23, 2010
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Summer treats

From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 18, 2010
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Scholarship gigs

When in 1999 Björn Wennås moved from Sweden to Boston to study jazz guitar, he hardly imagined that he'd one day be playing in an ensemble that specializes in Italian folk music of the 12th to 19th centuries.
Newpoli and Steven Bernstein do their homework
By JON GARELICK  |  July 24, 2009
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Levon Helm | Electric Dirt

Helm's 2007 Dirt Farmer won the Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy for its acoustic arrangements of songs plucked from the Delta soil of the Band drummer and singer's rural Arkansas youth.
Dirt Farmer Music/Vanguard
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 26, 2009


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Times a' changed

Ever since Dylan plugged in (gasp!), the Newport Folk Festival has preserved a noble tradition of ignoring what folk is supposed to be in favor of defining the stuff for itself.
The 2008 Newport Folk Fest mixes it up
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 22, 2008
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Jackie Greene

This ex-blues prodigy’s latest has the verve and emotional depth of Clapton’s best singer-songwriter outings.

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By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 22, 2008
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Lifer

As soon as you think you’ve got Catherine Russell figured out, she lobs another detail your way that throws the whole thing off.
Catherine Russell’s rich musical path
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  February 26, 2008
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If there’s still any debate over who was the soul of the Band, it ends with this album.
Dirt Farmer | Vanguard
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 12, 2008
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Celebration of sound

Despite living in a world that is seemingly rotating off its axis and just plain miserable, there are, believe it or not, many reasons to give thanks.
Kris Hansen’s Left Hand Band; plus, New Year’s Eve options
By BOB GULLA  |  December 26, 2007


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Frank Black

There’s a lot to like about Fast Man Raider Man .
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By MATT ASHARE  |  August 15, 2006