Ryan Spearman is too nice of a guy to talk dirty. His good-natured drawl and perennially laid-back air make even the obvious double-entendres of Mississippi John Hurt's "Candy Man Blues" sound almost innocent. But as the title suggests, Pain & Time is not lightweight on the lyrical themes (especiall ... More >>
For as stiff and coy as the band's name may be, the David Wax Museum's hybrid of indie pop, folk and folkloric music flares with smart sonic ideas and timeless and in-the-moment images. Born and raised in Columbia, Missouri, Wax (that is his last name) still has family in University City and still h ... More >>
A local photographer is commemorating Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday by giving a modern twist to a series of resolutions the iconic singer made back in the 1940s. And he's launched a Kickstarter drive so that his work can be showcased to the general public. Guthrie - an Oklahoma-born folk singer an ... More >>
It's safe to say that of all the ambassadors for old-time music - from Bill Monroe to Pete Seeger to Ralph Stanley - Abigail Washburn has had, through her passion for and knowledge of China, the most remarkable of international impacts. At one time, the singer, songwriter and instrumentalist had pla ... More >>
On Saturday the world's foremost Woody Guthrie scholars gathered at the University of Tulsa to discuss how Guthrie's Oklahoma roots shaped his music and the Sooner State musicians who've followed in his footsteps. "Different Shades of Red: Woody Guthrie and the Oklahoma Experience at 100" is the fir ... More >>
Arlo Guthrie | Old Crow Medicine Show | Tim O'Brien | Jimmy LaFave | Roseanne Cash | Hanson | Del McCoury Band | Jackson Browne | The Flaming Lips | John Mellencamp This Land is Your Land: Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert Brady Theater, Tulsa, Oklahoma March 10, 2012 After decades of neglecting the ... More >>
This one doesn't make the cut, unfortunately.It's Fourth of July weekend, and in the haze of the heat, barbecue, domestic beer, and red-white-and-blue buntings, it's easy to get caught up in ranting-chanting, "USA! USA! USA!" The founding fathers and a lot of musicians might not agree with ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, June 6. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Steve GullickJohnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit will be in town on Monday at the Duck Room. We talked to Flynn from the UK, where he lives. For more from our interview, read on as Flynn talks about American folk music and being the only kid at his school who liked Bob Dylan. Katie Moulton: Are ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Image viaBob Dylan played his first ever show in Vietnam over the weekend as part of a brief tour of Asia. There was some amount of fanfare associated with this tour, and this stop in particular, given that so much of Dylan's most vibrant work was written as a response to military action in p ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, April 11. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' recor ... More >>
Big congratulations to Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, who just announced that they're performing at the Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, August 1. To say the fest is prestigious is an understatement: Started in 1959, the event helped thrust Joan Baez and Bob Dylan into the national eye -- a ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, November 30. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Dirty Pond Songs, the debut album from English singer-songwriter Bobby Long, is a quiet album, a collection to put on when you're deep in thought or otherwise thinking about life's weightier matters. It's also an album indebted to many of Long's favorites, which he named in a recent RFT interview. ( ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, August 15. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY KATIE MOULTON "You're telling me you're not nostalgic," Joan Baez sings on "Diamonds and Rust," "Then give me another word for it." The 1975 piece is Baez at her most personal, a look back on her relationship with Bob Dylan, and was the appropriate close to her set last night a ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, July 19. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
8 p.m. Friday, May 29. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
The elusive Bob Dylan, masterfully considered, in I'm Not There.
(Meshuggah, The Loop)
We look for a home for Hem, weigh Soulard against folk music and visit the Old School
Saturday, April 24; Focal Point
In which Radar Station meets some folks who kinda like Bob Dylan
Saturday, January 17; The Focal Point
Iron & Wine and Fruit Bats are leading the new folk revolution
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
In Songcatcher, the music of Appalachia comes alive
Folktronic (Le Grand Magistery)
Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2; Focal Point
A E Na O: The Sacred Music of Harcourt-Whyte
Sunday, Aug. 6; Blueberry Hill/Duck Room
Waxing nostalgic and enthusiastic over the offerings of the Sheldon's "Folk Music in the Melting Pot" series
Singer/songwriter Tom Paxton is still just folk
Renowned singer/songwriter Michael Smith hasn't limited his craft to the coffeehouse folk scene