OKGazette.com - Folk http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-58-1-folk.html <![CDATA[John Fullbright - "High Road" - ]]> Like many of the artists his supporters have likened him to, John Fullbright is a storyteller at heart.]]> <![CDATA[Parker Millsap — Parker Millsap - ]]> Parker Millsap’s debut album, Palisade (which we named the Best Oklahoma Record of 2012), wasn’t like most debuts, sounding more like the product of a grizzled 40-year-old folk hero than that of a 19-year-old kid just months removed from high school.]]> <![CDATA[Honeylark — Heavy - ]]> The Oklahoma City music scene has been abuzz about Honeylark the past couple of weeks. Once you listen to their latest release, Heavy, you realize the hype is deadly justifiable.]]> <![CDATA[Various artists — Woody Guthrie at 100!: Live at the Kennedy Center - ]]> Few 20th-century figures were more influential than Woody Guthrie. The folk icon and Oklahoma native has a legacy and scope that span the musical stratosphere, predating and inspiring genres from country to punk rock.]]> <![CDATA[Samantha Crain — Kid Face - ]]> Take away the album name — and its cover — and you’d never know Kid Face was released by a 26-year-old. The most alluring weapon in her arsenal, Samantha Crain’s voice resides somewhere between Nico’s husky croon and Joni Mitchell’s tuneful elegance. ]]> <![CDATA[Chelsey Cope — A Deeper Root - ]]> Oklahoma has no shortage of talented female singer-songwriters, and with A Deeper Root, you can add Tulsa native and Oklahoma City-based musician Chelsey Cope to the ranks.]]> <![CDATA[Parker Millsap and Michael Rose — Palisade - ]]> Fledgling singer-songwriter and Purcell native Parker Millsap builds quite a foundation with stand-up bassist Michael Rose on their debut, Palisade. From the sounds of it, a monumental career is in the works.
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<![CDATA[Independence 76 — Magpie Parables - ]]> It’s been a long while since I’ve heard a work of Americana as sprawling and ambitious as Independence 76’s debut album, Magpie Parables. ]]> <![CDATA[Laura Gibson — La Grande - The cure for the common Lana Del Rey.]]> I’ve come up with a great cure to having to read Lana Del Rey’s name every 45 seconds I spend on the Internet, you guys!]]> <![CDATA[Seeker Lover Keeper — Seeker Lover Keeper - Classic folk tunes from some young Aussie gals.]]> Just when I was about to write off the debut LP from Australian lady-singer collective Seeker Lover Keeper as a collection of overly subdued, wannabe Feist mishy-mash, a shocking and attention-grabbing drum machine hooked me back in on the sixth track, “Rely on Me,” midway through the album.]]> <![CDATA[Riley Jantzen and the Spirits — Feathers - A focused, rich indie-folk LP from Mayola’s former front man.]]> I once knew Riley Jantzen as that harsh-voiced dude from that band with the even-harsher guitar tones, Mayola. Even when he wasn’t grunting or guttural, he sounded like a mean ol’ son of a rock ’n’ roll gun.]]> <![CDATA[Terra Lightfoot — Terra Lightfoot - This dream-folk debut will induce dead sleep.]]> As the common people have progressed over the last 50-plus years, so has the topicality of their music. Since the development of genres in popular music in the 1950s, contemporary folk music has skewed apolitical, alluring and beautiful.]]> <![CDATA[Zach Winters — They Were Longing For a Better Country - ]]>

Redemption, peace, fate and desire. Banjos, harmonicas and handclaps. God and man. Stillness.

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<![CDATA[Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know - Womanhood told by a lovely English nymph.]]> Labeling Laura Marling and her British ilk with the awful tag of nu-folk makes about as much sense as nu-metal does, in general. Which is to say, very little.]]> <![CDATA[Jackie-O Motherf***er — Earth Sound System - Earth to Jackie-O: Do you read me? No? OK, then.]]> Naming your band Jackie-O Motherfucker is the titling equivalent of purchasing a license to record whatever the hell music you want, as far as I and the Americana-experimentin’ Portland indie collective are concerned. ]]> <![CDATA[Matt the Electrician — Accidental Thief - Maybe the Avetts’ long-lost brother?]]> Banjo-playing Matt the Electrician actually was an electrician before he took up music full-time. This sort of earnest, workingman’s dignity powers his pop folk.]]> <![CDATA[Paleo — Fruit of the Spirit - Outsider folk with gems to unearth]]> Paleo’s acoustic guitar songs on “Fruit of the Spirit” call to mind a lot of different artists, for good or for ill.]]> <![CDATA[Brandi Carlile — Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony - Singer/songwriter's powerful voice successfully gets the 'with strings!' treatment]]> Brandi Carlile’s singer/songwriter tunes subsist on two things: her powerful voice and pop sensibility.
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<![CDATA[Robert Johnson — The Centennial Collection - All of the blues great's tunes on two CDs.]]> I don’t like blues. I appreciate that it beget most music I listen to, but I just can’t stand to hear the repetitive form.
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<![CDATA[The Unthanks — Last - Brilliant when brooding, and greatest when gloomy]]> “Disappointment is everywhere,” an Unthank sister sings in “Give Away Your Heart,” one of the many highlights of The Unthanks’ new album, “Last.”
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