Folk

Life is pretty sweet for Mean Mary

Banjo-playing singer returns to Toronto for Winterfolk XIV festival. Nick Krewen Music, Fri., Feb. 12, 2016 You know you have a dedicated fan base when they’re willing to finance your barn. Nashville-based banjo-picking folkie Mean Mary recently conducted a $9,000 (U.S.) Indiegogo campaign to fund her soon-to-be-released album Sweet and build a shelter for her horses. Her loyal followers happily ponied up for both. “Yeah, that worked out pretty good,”…


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Bob Dylan – Jimmie Rodgers Revisited

An Octopus Exclusive!!!! © 1997, 2018 Octopus Media Ink. All rights reserved. BOB DYLAN on his album The Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute JIMMIE RODGERS REVISITED   Nick Krewen   The times may still be a-changin,’ but Bob Dylan has taken measures to ensure that the work of one musical icon won’t be forgotten anytime soon. The music of Jimmie Rodgers, the railroad brakeman from Meridian, Mississippi who is widely…


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Iris DeMent wants songs to be worth the wait

By NICK KREWEN Special to the Star Fri., Oct. 19, 2012 The last time Grammy-nominated, Americana music siren Iris DeMent released an album of original songs, Lisa Marie Presley had divorced Michael Jackson; Diana, Princess of Wales was still among the living and social media was restricted to email. Not that it matters to the DeMent faithful who will pack Hugh’s Room to the rafters this weekend for a pair of…


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Emm Gryner – musical multi-tasker

  Between her new solo album, her bands Trent Severn and Trapper, and her family, singer stays busy but focused. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Mon Oct 12 2015   Emm Gryner has become quite the proficient juggler. A couple of weeks ago, the Juno-nominated, Sarnia-born singer and songwriter released her 16th studio album, 21st Century Ballads. On Oct. 9, Trillium — the sophomore effort from Trent Severn, Gryner’s hoser…


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Dan Mangan forges new frontiers with Blacksmith

The Juno-winning musician and songwriter rides a layered new album into Saturday’s Massey Hall show. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Wed Feb 25 2015 Dan Mangan is going deep. The 31-year-old eloquent, observant singer and songwriter has returned with a newly named band Blacksmith to introduce what’s arguably his finest album to date in Club Meds. The Smithers, B.C., native views the CD, his first since 2011’s Juno-winning Oh Fortune,…