Over the past decade, the Wood Brothers
(which also features Jano Rix on a variety of instruments) have recorded
two live albums, an EP and five studio records, including last year’s
acclaimed The Muse.
So great and vast was the singer-songwriter revolution of the 1960s that we take for granted the long, steadily productive careers of many of its practitioners. That is the case with Chris Smither, who has put out 16 studio-recorded albums since 1970’s I’m a Stranger Too!
Virginia native Kishi Bashi (aka Kaoru
Ishibashi) is an ace violinist who’s lent his talents to Regina Spektor,
of Montreal and Sondre Lerche. He’s also a founding member of Electro
Pop outfit Jupiter One, but more recently he has stepped out as a solo
Steep Canyon Rangers have risen to the
top of the Bluegrass world slowly but surely. Formed while college
students in North Carolina (and now based near Asheville, N.C.), the
group represents the younger guard in Bluegrass music, a band that is
fluent in the traditional side of the genre yet open-minded and
contemporary in their approach.
If there’s a commemorative tablet
somewhere inscribed with the names of the most unlikely people to be
drawn into the Grateful Dead’s musical universe, Jackie Greene should be
chiseled on it along with Pop/Jazz pianist Bruce Hornsby and former
Tubes keyboardist Vince Welnick.
Rodney Crowell’s visit to Cincinnati this
week might seem to be just a routine return of an “old hand”
Roots-music singer/songwriter — his first solo album, Ain’t Living Long Like This, was released in 1978. But there are some dramatic new developments in Crowell’s long career.
Ace guitarist Robben Ford has always had
the chops. The California native has a resume that includes five Grammy
Award nominations, as well as music made with a list of artists ranging
from George Harrison, Miles Davis and Phil Lesh to Joni Mitchell, Bonnie
Raitt and Susan Tedeschi.