The Raw Reckoning of Desire: A Conversation with Suzanne Santo

Articulating desire can be a fraught act, especially for women. In many ways, the patriarchal mindset still undergirding society isn’t comfortable with women wanting things, let alone sharing what those things might be. Speaking about desire, therefore, denotes…

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn to Host the 2017 IBMA Awards

Banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are set to the host the International Bluegrass Music Association awards in September. Their presence on stage signals the genre’s expansive growth in recent years, reaching toward the edges…

Soundscapes for the Silver Screen: A Conversation with Steelism

Most music, to varying degrees, conveys a cinematic quality, but for pedal steel player Spencer Cullum and guitarist Jeremy Fetzer — aka the instrumental duo Steelism — their new album ism sweeps across vast film terrain. Influenced by…

Counsel of Elders: Pegi Young on Surviving

There’s no more apt summary for Pegi Young’s newest album, Raw, than the title itself. An honest songwriter through and through, she didn’t pull any punches when she faced grief head-on following the life-altering news she…

Eaux Claires Day Two

Since it first began three years ago, Eaux Claires has staked its reputation on collaboration. It wasn’t just going to be a festival where Bon Iver performed for the first time in years—which, admittedly, was a…

Eaux Claires Day One

Half the fun of Eaux Claires—the festival co-curated by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner in Eau Claire, Wisconsin—is the surprises that pop up throughout each day. In addition to a…

Counsel of Elders: Don Bryant on Second Chances

What’s the time limit on second chances? Don Bryant is learning that it really can take a lifetime, or at least a few decades. Since the 1960s, the Hi Records songwriter has been putting…

Blue Ox Festival: Day Three

The festival’s hottest day—and its last—also featured strong winds that threatened to pause events, but Blue Ox has experienced worse weather in the past, and attendees weren’t phased by tents flipping over, hats blowing…

Blue Ox Festival: Day Two

Blue Ox Music Festival’s second day brought a full schedule. On an afternoon with a lot to offer from the main stage, the smaller side stage ended up delivering more compelling performances. Hometown trio…