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Content related to folk, folk rock, Americana, traditional music and other more folksy styles.

The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show: A DVD Review

A while ago, during the first months (I think it was that long ago) the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll was live, I shared a clip of Bob Dylan doing a duet version of "Girl From the North Country" with Johnny Cash. That was a clip from the Johnny Cash TV Show and was actually one of the first times I heard about this aspect of Cash's career. Running from 1969 to 1971 and hosted by Johnny Cash himself, the show featured a variety of musical performances, small comedy sketches and more.

Alberta Cross: Exciting and Authentic New Folk Rock Coming Out of the UK

Folk rock is a difficult genre for me to identify with sometimes. I tend often tend to drift towards more rock titles or more folksy titles than linger in the middle between the two. It's a hard combination to make work, as so much "acoustic rock" already exists out in the mainstream music scene that often bands sound like rehashes, or even rehashes or rehashes. Some bands though, blend equal parts folk and rock and roll to create a sound that is both earthy and more energetic. This band, Alberta Cross, seems to be one of the good ones.

Bruce Springsteen Tears it Up Live in Chicago: A Concert Review

As I've written about before, when it comes to rock concerts, I'll go see just about anyone and will probably enjoy it. It's something about the atmosphere and the energy of live music that I like and that's why I keep going to new shows all the time. Of all the concerts I've seen, I can only cite a few as actually being "sub par" or as environments where I didn't have fun. Of the rest, they range from good to beyond incredible. After last night, I think I have to add another into that "beyond incredible" category.

Chet Atkins Plays Live: Guitar Picking Excellence

As someone who's primarily into rock and roll, you might find it odd that one of my big influences as a guitarist is Chet Atkins. I've never much been into the country twang, but in fact, it is due to the incredible picking of Atkins (along with Jimmy Page and a few others), that I can finger pick and hybrid pick at all. I find that Chet Atkins is one of the more overlooked guitarists by younger folks (people like me actually), but his playing is beyond stellar, into the insanely good category in my opinion.

Bruce Springsteen Live: The Boss Still Rocks

In a little under two weeks, I will be going to see the one and only Bruce Springsteen live. I like concerts in general and would go to all of them if I could, but this will be my first time seeing Springsteen in concert (I've seen video, but never live) so I'm definitely really looking forward to it. To prepare, I've been seeking out a lot of clips of Springsteen and the E Street Band playing live. I've found plenty worth checking out and I thought I'd share a couple from more recent days so you all can see that the Boss still rocks as well.

Leadbelly: Folk Master Plays Take this Hammer

After I came to the early blues masters through the music of Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, the White Stripes and a few others, it really opened the floodgates for me and suddenly people like Blind Willie Mctell, Son House and Robert Johnson were having as big an influence on me as John Lennon and Jimmy Page. One of the artists I started listening to during that time was the one and only Huddie Ledbetter, aka Leadbelly.

Alison Krauss and Union Station: Man of Constant Sorrow

The first time I heard of Alison Krauss was at this years Crossroads Guitar Festival actually, and I was quite impressed. I'd heard Dan Tyminski playing before but not the whole band. I was never really a big fan of country or bluegrass, but this group of very talented musicians I can really get into and I find they've really helped open my eyes to some great music.

Slide Show Baby Might Defy First Expectations

When you think of a young guys in a band playing music you might assume that they're a rock or pop band, but I don't think anyone would immediately leaps to Celtic music... at least at first glance. Now if you say that it was a band that hailed from Nashville, does that sound like it lends itself to Celtic flavors? That is the musical paradox that is Slide Show Baby though. They're a young band from Nashville TN, playing their own mix of pop, rock, folk and Celtic styles.

Rock & Roll Feature: The Traveling Wilburys Vol 1

This is the tenth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Deep Folksy Blues and Rock and Roll from the Darrin James Band

August must have been the month of vaguely folk-ish singer/songwriter music because it seemed as if every suggestion I received for the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll was in that genre or at least close enough to it that I would associate it with that label. That's not necessarily a bad thing as there were some great artists, some of whom have already been featured, but still, after a while it did get a little repetitive.

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