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Record Reviews

In the Unknown (Independent) Every once in a while in folk music, one hears some curmudgeon musing on the future of said folk music.  But like most things in life, the future is in good hands, the music is getting better…
 An Introduction to June Tabor (Topic Records) This is a compilation of June Tabor’s albums from her 1976 release Airs and Graces to 2011’s reunion with The Oysterband, Ragged Kingdom. It will provide a good introduction to a singer universally recognized to be one…
The Invisible Comes To Us (Smithsonian Folkways) The first two albums by Anna & Elizabeth—Sun To Sun and Free Dirt—were cut with a bare-bones approach that mirrored the traditional material they love, playing the songs as they might have been performed 100 years…
Nation of Two (Atlantic Records) So here’s the scoop: the music business, which has many levels and opportunities to make a decent living, also contains a small niche, where if you write the right song at the right time you will…
Whatever It Takes (Daptone) James Hunter remains the epitome of old-school in his unerring dedication to blue-eyed, British soul. Over the relatively short course of seven releases, he’s skirted ’50s R&B, early rock’n’roll and the retro soul of his upbringing.  His…