Punch Brothers’ “Who’s Feeling Young Now?”

Reviewed for KDHX Radio, St. Louis “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” will prove to be one of the most respected, lauded, challenging and influential works of the year. But that doesn’t mean you’ll like it.   This is a band that I admire immensely, and there is no doubt that their talent is simply staggering. AsContinue reading “Punch Brothers’ “Who’s Feeling Young Now?””

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Noam Pikelny’s “Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail”

For KDHX Radio, St. Louis In “Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail,” his latest solo release, Noam Pikelny has created a moving, playful collection that features so much top-flight playing it can make your head spin. Pikelny’s main gig these days is as banjo player for the Punch Brothers, a band that he co-foundedContinue reading “Noam Pikelny’s “Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail””

Sarah Jarosz’s “Follow Me Down”

If Sarah Jarosz is unfamiliar to you, the support she has on her second album, released just shy of her 20th birthday, will ring lots of bells: Bela Fleck, Edgar Myers, Dan Tyminski, Shawn Colvin, Darrell Scott, Mark Shatz, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, Noam Pikelny, and the list of guest artists just keeps going. ByContinue reading “Sarah Jarosz’s “Follow Me Down””

Si Kahn then, Si Kahn now

Published in Penguin Eggs, Autumn, 2010. Si Kahn first learned of the power of song—perhaps like so many in the 60s—from his work in activism. In his recent book Creative Community Organizing: A guide for rabble rousers, activists, and quiet lovers of justice, he writes about his experience as a skinny, dewy kid from theContinue reading “Si Kahn then, Si Kahn now”