Artist Profiles: John Cowan

Bassist and vocalist John Cowan was born on August 24, 1952 in Minerva, Ohio. He has been performing for over 30 years and is known by many as The Voice of Newgrass. As a member of New Grass Revival he helped create a sound which brought a new audience to the bluegrass music and was … Continue reading Artist Profiles: John Cowan

Artist Profiles: John Cephas

John Cephas was born in Washington D.C. in 1930 into a deeply religious family and raised in Bowling Green, Virginia. His first taste of music was gospel but blues soon became his calling (as he described in his song ?I Was Determined”). After learning to play the alternating thumb and fingerpicking guitar style that defines … Continue reading Artist Profiles: John Cephas

Artist Profiles: Johan Hedin

Johan Hedin was born on December 10, 1969 in Trekanten, Sweden. He plays nyckelharpa oktavnyckelharpa (octave keyfiddle), octave mandola and is also a vocalist. He?s a well-known nyckelharpa player who is admired for his way of handling the instrument. For many years he has worked on developing the keyed fiddle as an instrument for example … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Johan Hedin

Artist Profiles: Joe Louis Walker

Guitarist and vocalist Joe Louis Walker was born December 25, 1949 in San Francisco, California. Today, Joe Louis Walker is a leading blues figure. Walker uses electric and slide guitar to deliver his music, rooted in blues, soul, gospel and R&B. “I never was one of those guys to sit down and try to copy … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Joe Louis Walker

Artist Profiles: Jimmy Martin

Photo courtesy of MCA Records Jimmy Martin known as ?The King of Bluegrass” and ?Mr. Good ‘N Country,? was born in Sneedville, Tennessee. His lifelong dream came true when he joined Bill Monroe in 1949 as lead singer and emcee. Jimmy worked with Bill Monroe for five years helping him write and record such high … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Jimmy Martin

Exquisite Trebisonda

Aksak Project – Trebisonda (Aemme Records, 2017) Aksak Project is an Italian ensemble that has absorbed multiple musical influences. The group features several multi-instrumentalists who combine western musical instruments with global instrumentation. In terms of musical inspiration, Aksak Project brings together jazz, funk bass, Italian, North African, Spanish, Arabic, Latin American, and other global sounds … Continue reading Exquisite Trebisonda

Azerbaijani Skweee

Ya Tosiba – Love Party (Asphalt Tango Records, 2017) Modern electronica, Central Asian melodies and Azerbaijani poetry come together in Love Party by Ya Tosiba. This band is an electronic music duo featuring Norwegian-Azerbaijani vocalist Zuzu Zakaria and Finnish Tatu Metsätähti ?Mesak.? Metsätähti is a skweee pioneer. Skweee is a type of funk-rooted electronic music … Continue reading Azerbaijani Skweee

Re-energized Brownout

Brownout – Over The Covers (2017) Brownout, the Tejano kings of funk rock have a new EP released this month titled Over The Covers. The new recording features 4 superb tracks inspired by funk beats and guitars, soul, psychedelic rock, 1970s West Coast Chicano rock, Afrobeat brass, Latin American beats, and a final instrumental that … Continue reading Re-energized Brownout

Mokoomba Announces 2017 North America Summer Tour

Popular Zimbabwean world music act Mokoomba will be touring the United States and Canada again this summer. The group from Victoria Falls is currently touring in support of its new album, Luyando. Tour Dates: 7/14-16: Detroit, MI: Concert of Colors 7/19: Nuits d?Afrique, Montreal, QP 7/21-22: Grassroots Festival, Trumansburg, NY 7/23: Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV … Continue reading Mokoomba Announces 2017 North America Summer Tour

Dona Onete to Perform at Nell’s Jazz & Blues in London

Amazonian Brazilian vocalist Dona Onete is set to perform on Friday, July 14 at at London’s Nell’s Jazz & Blues. She will presenting songs from the Amazon River that appear in her recent album Banzeiro.