The Friday Five: June 5, 2015

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll ...

A Fan’s Notes: Newport Folk Festival 2014

I’ve had my doubts about the Newport Folk Festival over the last few years. It was mostly about me, and the strong feeling that the festival had passed me by as it seemed to be programmed for a younger crowd. That and ...

Soul Serenade: The Staple Singers, “Let’s Do It Again”

It’s that time of year again. Beginning on Friday, some of the world’s greatest musicians will descend on Newport for two of the longest running and most prestigious festivals in the world. This weekend the Newport Folk Festival is in town, and ...

Remembering Pete Seeger

This isn’t a proper obituary of Pete Seeger. If that’s what you want, please read Popdose founder Jeff Giles’ beautifully written retrospective over at Ultimate Classic Rock. Instead, I wanted to write a little more personal about my own history ...

Popdose at Kirkus Reviews: Sportin’ a Woody for Folk Music

For almost 80 years, Kirkus Reviews has served as the industry bible for bookstore buyers, librarians, and ordinary readers alike. Now Popdose joins the Kirkus Book Bloggers Network to explore the best — and sometimes the worst — in pop-culture and ...

A Fan’s Notes: Newport Folk Festival 2011

I moved to Jamestown, RI back in January after living in NJ for nearly my entire life. It was an interesting and occasionally difficult transition, but one of the best things about the move was my new proximity to Newport. From ...

Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 5

Welcome to 1963, loyal readers! This year we see some subtle but important changes in the American pop music landscape. While love and romance continued to be dominant themes, more socially conscious fare started to appear on the charts. On the ...

50CCM50, Part Five

And here we are. They said it couldn’t be done, and occasionally I believed them, but we have arrived at the Top Ten on my list of CCM albums you ought to consider worthy of your time and hard-disk space.

It ...

CD Review: Pete Seeger, “Live in ’65”

Pete Seeger’s unlikely late-career resurgence continues with Live in ’65, Appleseed Recordings’ latest contribution to the folk icon’s vast catalog. Culled from a performance at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall, these previously unreleased recordings capture Seeger in his post-blacklist ...

Live Music: Folk Festival 50, Newport, R.I. (Day Two)

To be honest, I had my doubts about Day Two of Folk Festival 50. First of all, I was still tired from the day one. Next, it appeared that the lineup wasn’t quite as strong as it was on Saturday, and yet ...

Live Music: Folk Festival 50, Newport, R.I. (Day One)

The word “legend” is sorely abused and overused by music journalists, just as the word “genius” is. I am as guilty as anyone else, but I have an excuse ready to go. The older you get, the more legends your life seems ...

Versionality: “Stagger Lee”

About a month ago, while I was working on my Soundtrack Saturday post about Shag: The Movie, I tweeted that I never got sick of hearing Lloyd Price’s version of the blues folk song “Stagger Lee,” which is what Annabeth ...

Pete Seeger on “Late Night with David Letterman”

I’ve been waiting for this to show up on YouTube since the night it aired. Hallelujah:

Fall Music Preview: 21 New Releases to Listen For

Ah, the fourth quarter. It isn’t as much of an event as it used to be, but even as the music industry crumbles to dust before our very eyes, artists and labels continue to focus on the last few months of the ...