The 37th Annual American Music Fest at Fitzgerald’s

When the American Music Fest started in Berwyn, Ronald Regan had just become president and the trickle-down economy was headed for the toilet. But the owners of Fitzgerald’s found cause for celebration in music and threw a party that I’m sure they never thought would become what it is today. Bringing in the best and brightest in folk/Americana music, the festival has grown from a … Continue reading The 37th Annual American Music Fest at Fitzgerald’s

Erin Rae-Putting On Airs

There’s a softness to Erin Rae’s voice that belies the cynicism of her lyrics. You could set her style up next to post-Rilo Kiley Jenny Lewis and Laura Marling to see some of the modern influences in the music you’ll hear on Putting On Airs. Going back further you’ll also find Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris in there as well. Maybe even a little Petula … Continue reading Erin Rae-Putting On Airs

Laura Veirs-Lightning Rod

Remember Last.fm? I’m aware it still exists but I don’t know anyone who still uses it. Five or six years have gone by since the last time I scrobbled my recent plays. I did discover some great stuff through them, though, and Laura Veirs is one of the better ones. Around the time Bella Union re-issued her album The Triumphs And Travails Of Orphan Mae … Continue reading Laura Veirs-Lightning Rod

Hudson Taylor-Feel It Again

Having made their bones busking on the streets of Dublin, the Hudson Taylor boys, Harry and Alfie, releases their debut album back in 2015. After extensive touring they’re now releasing their follow-up, Feel It Again. The EP contains a lot of different elements from influences from the UK as well as some American. The first time through the EP I was struck by how good … Continue reading Hudson Taylor-Feel It Again