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Willy Tea Taylor: The Very Best of the Whispering Beard

It’s an old baseball gloveIt’s my granddaddy’s knifeIt’s a good pair of bootsIt’s a farmer’s wife So begins the song, “Life is Beautiful”, which Willy Tea Taylor introduces to explain to people where he is from rather than naming the northern California town where he was born.  The...

James Funk is All Business

James Funk has been attending the Whispering Beard Folk Festival since the second annual event, but this is the first time he and Red Beard’s Revenge get to take the stage.  A well-known Beardo in the community of west side musicians, there are few people who could quite represent what...

Arlo McKinley & the Lonesome Sound Will Tear at Your Heart

In April of this year, I went to the Southgate House Revival in Newport, KY to hear a live act I had only seen in a few YouTube videos.  Arlo McKinley & the Lonesome Sound had popped up in invitations friends sent me to let me know what they were about to go see on the weekends and...

Jamison Road Returns to their Roots at Buckle Up

The Cincinnati-area country trio Jamison Road has just been signed to the record label Sojourn Records.  They getting ready to release their second LP, and the band will be playing festivals throughout the summer.  Their recent sneak peek party at the Grandview Tavern in Crescent Springs,...

Kentucky Timbre is a Family Affair

At the center of a stage full of people are two men with the kind of presence that comes from years of playing their songs.  On the fiddle and occasionally a mouth bow he calls a “claw stick”, Uncle Mike Carr leans into the old songs he has played for as long as he’s been playing music. ...

Buckle Up Band Jamison Road Set to Release Let It Rain

Cincinnati-based country trio Jamison Road has enjoyed success locally and nationally with their blend of country vocals, soaring harmonies, and driving guitar work.  Their sophomore album Let It Rain, due for release August 12 of this year, captures the balance of each member’s own influences...