Ten albums in, Patty Griffin isn't slowing down. Her new album tackles love and humanity with a sound straight out of the juke joint and a passion that surges from each song. It also marks a milestone in the artist's personal life: She began writing it just as she was staring down her 50th birthday.

The Blues Finds A Home In A South Central Garage

Sep 19, 2015

One sun-baked residential street in South Central Los Angeles is regularly bombarded by the chorus of jets cruising toward Los Angeles International Airport. Unless you're in Franklin Bell's garage, where the walls soak up the raw, earthy chords of L.A. blues.

Keith Richards On World Cafe

Sep 18, 2015

It's a good day when you get a chance to talk with Keith Richards and hear that gruff laugh live. On this episode of World Cafe, Richards discusses Crosseyed Heart, his first new solo album in more than 20 years.

Field Report On Mountain Stage

Sep 18, 2015

Field Report makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at Charleston, W.Va.'s Culture Center Theater. Bandleader Chris Porterfield began his career alongside fellow Wisconsin natives Justin Vernon and Megafaun in the group DeYarmond Edison.

Keith Richards: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Sep 18, 2015
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Gala event tribute speeches are often so much fluff—in the right hands, however, they ascend to the level of the poetic. On Wednesday night in Nashville, Robyn Hitchcock's paean to his longtime friends and collaborators Gillian Welch and David Rawlings hit that high mark. Handing them a Lifetime Achievement prize at the Americana Honors and Awards, Hitchcock wove a tale that was also a dream history of American roots music itself. It was so good we decided to publish it. Do they give awards for awards show speeches? The man in the polka-dot shirt deserves one.

The Watkins Family Hour began a dozen or so years ago as a way for a group of friends to get together and play old and new tunes. For Sean and Sara Watkins, it served as a monthly bit of magic: a musical variety show filled with extraordinary talent in the world of folk, bluegrass and beyond at L.A.'s famous Largo.

Songs We Love: The Sun Parade, 'Heart's Out'

Sep 18, 2015

The Sun Parade writes jangly hooks, and cranks up the fuzz on its guitars. In this sense the Northampton, Massachusetts quartet is no different from many of its skinny jeans-wearing peers playing garage-, psyche- or folk-rock, the signifying music of many modern bands. What does set The Sun Parade apart is the degree of its obsession to detail, and the group's deeply felt debt to the Beatles, an influence that would seem cliché were it not for the fact that it is in itself an anachronism that's been on the wane in today's indie world.