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The Molenes get dark and low-down

Roots music is a big tent. The Molenes have poked their noses into just about every corner of it over the course of their first two records, trying out everything from bluegrass to rockabilly and moving from ripping twanged-out guitar solos to more ref
Good and evil
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 15, 2010

Four on the floor

It’s been a fine fall already: sunny, crisp weekends for apple picking; big-time albums from Ray LaMontagne, Pete Kilpatrick, and Twisted Roots; a deep Red Sox run in the playoffs.  
Albums you may have missed as fall fell
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 22, 2008

Country hero

Stuart is the non-showbiz face of country music.
Marty Stuart, Johnny D's, July 18, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 24, 2007

Sleight of hand

Ricky Jay laughs when I tell him he reminds me of Fred Astaire.
Ricky Jay releases an album
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 20, 2007

Survivor: Portland

When Jeremiah Freed decided in early 2005 to depart Portland for the sunny climes and cutthroat industry of Los Angeles, guitarist Jake Roche didn’t make the trip.
Jake Roche returns with a solo debut
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 31, 2007