Field Report’s Chris Porterfield Talks New Directions

The line between “personal” and “political” has always been porous. When Field Report’s Chris Porterfield started writing the follow-up to 2015’s Marigolden, he was about to become a father for the first time. His forthcoming…

Putting Words First: A Conversation with Sunny War

Sunny War (born Sydney Lyndelia Ward) stuns listeners to silence with her guitar playing. For some, it’s the way she plays — her finger’s dexterous ability to reach seemingly impossible places, playing a clawhammer style…

Bon Iver’s Manager on Why He’s Running for Congress

Kyle Frenette has been Bon Iver’s manager since 2007. But now, after more than a decade spent helping Justin Vernon navigate the music industry, the Middle West Management co-founder is eyeing a new arena for his independent-minded approach: the House…

Committing to Reality: A Conversation with Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams staked his name on grandiose vocals and an adventurous sound stoked by the Americana fire. When the New Zealand singer/songwriter began touring the States behind his 2016 self-titled debut, his ramped-up “Hello…

Robert Finley on Never Saying Never

Robert Finley is helping pack up his friend’s Batmobile when I reach him in his native north Louisiana. “We got a chance to surprise the kids at the church,” he explains. The occasion felt particularly…

The Beauty in Ugly Stories: A Conversation with Anna Tivel

Critics have likened Anna Tivel’s songwriting to poetry, and it’s easy to see why. She cuts her words on glass, creating phrasing that is at once sharp, precise, and poignant. In the opening to “Alleyway,”…