Blog Archives

Charlie Parr: 
Mastadon

A shy individual, Charlie Parr plays original and traditional folk and Piedmont-style blues, accompanying himself on National resonator guitars, 12-string guitar and sometimes a banjo. He was raised in Austin, Minnesota, in a household that prized traditional American folk music. His style bears the influence of hours spent listening to country blues records and Smithsonian/Folkways field recordings; often in the garage.

Recorded at the 2011 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout Charlie Parr’s website.

Charlie Parr: 
Rope Stretchin' Blues

A shy individual, Charlie Parr plays original and traditional folk and Piedmont-style blues, accompanying himself on National resonator guitars, 12-string guitar and sometimes a banjo. He was raised in Austin, Minnesota, in a household that prized traditional American folk music. His style bears the influence of hours spent listening to country blues records and Smithsonian/Folkways field recordings; often in the garage.

Recorded at the 2011 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout Charlie Parr’s website.

Pine Leaf Boys: 
Eunice Two-Step

Louisiana’s finest, four-time Grammy-Nominated, world-renown Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Cajun music with youthful exuberance. Hailing from the southwest Louisiana, the Pine Leaf Boys, known for their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements, have breathed new life into Cajun music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand.

Recorded at the 2011 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout Pine Leaf Boys’ website.

The Builders and the Butchers: 
I Put a Spell on You

The Builders And The Butchers’ musical output is something of a Pentecostal throw-down—the musical underpinnings are reminiscent of bluegrass, but the performances are raw and unschooled, with Sollee in particular throwing off a maniacally ecclesiastical sort of energy…dark, sparkling, Leadbelly-like terrain covered by death-fixated epics.

Recorded at the 2011 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout The Builders and the Butchers website.

Old Light: 
Disappear

Led by former San Francisco cabbie and current Portland resident Garth Klippart, Old Light began when Garth (singer and autoharp) bought an old autoharp from an antique instrument guru and recorded it over and over, layering the tracks. The result is like nothing else that has come out of the Pacific Northwest.

Recorded at the 2011 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout Old Light’s website.

L.C. Ulmer: 
Lights All Around

At 82 years young, L.C. plays real-deal Mississippi country blues. Having driven trucks, railroad spikes, picked cotton, worked as a janitor and shoeshiner, you better believe he’s got plenty of blues to sing.

Recorded at the 2011 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout LC Ulmer’s website.

Vetiver: 
Wishing Well

Tight Knit is the fourth full-length album from Vetiver—singer/songwriter Andy Cabic’s ever-evolving musical home base. It represents a summation of the different styles and directions heard on past Vetiver releases, while it introduces some unexpected twists. Some songs are so stripped down, Cabic played almost all the instruments himself; others work to capture the sound of Vetiver performing live. Vetiver’s songs have been described as “dreamy, gentle songs that George Harrison would have written in some sunny country garden.” Happily, that element is alive and well on songs from this latest album.

Recorded at the 2011 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout Vetiver’s website.

Charlie Parr: 
Crop Duster

A shy individual, Charlie Parr plays original and traditional folk and Piedmont-style blues, accompanying himself on National resonator guitars, 12-string guitar and sometimes a banjo. He was raised in Austin, Minnesota, in a household that prized traditional American folk music. His style bears the influence of hours spent listening to country blues records and Smithsonian/Folkways field recordings; often in the garage.

Recorded at the 2011 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout Charlie Parr’s website.

Ray Wylie Hubbard: 
Snake Farm

Ray Wylie Hubbard writes the kind of songs that make you want to ride along no matter where he’s going, because you know it’s gonna get strange somewhere along the way. Anyone who’s followed Ray Wylie Hubbard over the long and winding path he has traveled already knows he possesses the kind of exceptional gift for observation that any songwriter yearns for. His sense of wonder is tempered by an accumulated wisdom and knowledge that comes with experience that has elevated him into the Wylie Lama of Texas Music, freely imparting songwriting verities to all kinds of aspiring musicians, which allows him to lay all his cards on the table and let the listener decide what it all means.

Recorded at the 2011 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout Ray Wylie Hubbard’s website.

Pine Leaf Boys: 
Let's Talk About Drinking

Louisiana’s finest, four-time Grammy-Nominated, world-renown Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Cajun music with youthful exuberance. Hailing from the southwest Louisiana, the Pine Leaf Boys, known for their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements, have breathed new life into Cajun music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand.

Recorded at the 2011 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout Pine Leaf Boys’ website.