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Robert Earl Keen

Jan. 18 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Robert Earl Keen has always straddled the line between Americana and Country Blues music. But, more than anything else, he is a singer/songwriter who has the ability to weave sonic tales that are vivid, interesting and fun.  

Langhorne Slim & the Law

Jan. 11 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, January 7, 2013
At age 14, Sean Scolnick started writing his first songs, penning Nirvana-inspired missives about authority, school and “stuff that a lot of 14-year-old kids probably write about.” Now in his early 30s, Scolnick doesn't employ those subjects as inspiration anymore. Listening to his story-heavy goulash of Folk and AltCountry reveals nary any traces of Cobain and Co. at all.   

Swear and Shake

Jan. 9 • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, January 7, 2013
Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Swear and Shake coalesced just a couple of years ago, but from the sound of its debut full-length Maple Ridge, you’d swear (and shake) that this electric Folk marvel has been percolating over the course of a decade or more with a half dozen previous releases under their belts.   

Arlo Guthrie

Dec. 7 • Miami University Middletown

0 Comments · Monday, December 3, 2012
While Arlo Guthrie has blazed his own legendary path in music, he will forever be known as the son of iconic songwriter and singer Woody Guthrie. Friday, Arlo will celebrate his father’s historic life with a show at the David Finkelman Auditorium.  

Ruthie Foster

Nov. 17 • Martin Marietta Theater at Harrison High School

1 Comment · Thursday, November 8, 2012
 A native Texan, Ruthie Foster’s family tree was ripe with Gospel singers, but she quickly absorbed the Lone Star State’s other musical identities, like Folk, Blues, Country and Rock, to which she added her own soulful spin.   

Sharon Van Etten

Nov. 8 • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, November 5, 2012
Sharon Van Etten’s first two albums revealed an emotionally visceral songwriter and performer who wasn’t afraid to explore love gone sour via a voice that’s as moving and expressive as any on the current landscape  

The Avett Brothers

June 7 • Fraze Pavilion (Kettering)

0 Comments · Monday, June 4, 2012
Remember a few years ago when you couldn’t walk into a Starbucks without hearing the words, “Three words that became hard to say/I and love and you?” At the time, you probably rolled your eyes, but The Avett Brothers ended up becoming kind of a big deal. While “I and Love and You,” as a song, was mostly mellow and Folk-ish, it’s far from a decent indicator of the sort of noise the Brothers are capable of creating.  

Carolina Chocolate Drops with the Dave Matthews Band

May 29 • Riverbend Music Center

0 Comments · Friday, May 18, 2012
Talking about race is always a dodgy premise, but Carolina Chocolate Drops and their music practically encourage such discussions. “It's a very strong statement to say that you're a black string band musician,” said Drops' Dom Flemons in an interview with Fairfield Weekly. “That helps people open up the article or what-not and then they get to find out a whole part of the Folk music history that they might not have known before.”   

Horse Feathers

May 21 • The Comet

0 Comments · Friday, May 11, 2012
Eight years ago, guitarist/vocalist Justin Ringle relocated from his native Idaho to Portland, Ore., and very quickly shifted his stylistic allegiance from the aggressive Rock he had played at home to a gentler Folk sound. He formed Horse Feathers to pursue his newfound acoustic passion and garnered rabid fans and critical acclaim, with reviewers consistently pointing out the wonderful tension between the dark poignancy of Ringle’s lyrics and the expansive beauty of the music that surrounds them.  

Local Music Venue News

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The local Roots music scene and its fans have a cool new music venue to check out. This Friday-Sunday is the grand opening of Plain Folk Café, a converted two-room schoolhouse (originally built in 1913) featuring coffee, beer, food and regular live music from area Folk, Bluegrass, Americana and acoustic acts.  

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