From the sweeping influence of 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns to the progressive acoustic music of David Grisman a couple centuries later. From the exceptional contributions of harmonicists like Howlin’ Wolf and gospel singers like Sister Rosetta Tharpe to the story of how traditional bluegrass music began echoing from the hills of Japan. These musical roots and the branches they support are explored here, in the 19 in-depth stories, two photo essays, and handful of original illustrations that comprise these 156 pages of ad-free, high quality, 100% recycled paper.
How Robert Burns influenced the American folk revival / The evolution and influence of the harmonica / The lasting legacy of Sister Rosetta Tharpe / Exploring bluegrass and authenticity in Japan / David Grisman’s half-century of unabashedly acoustic music
Dori Freeman / Willy Vlautin / Pokey LaFarge / Hubert Sumlin / Ruby Amanfu / Mavis Staples / Anderson East / The new Oklahoma: Parker Millsap, John Fullbright, John Moreland, Jesse Aycock, Samantha Crain, and more / Tommy Ash / Nikki Lane / Darol Anger / Tim O’Brien / The Railsplitters / Front Country
Cover art by Jon Langford. Illustration by Drew Christie, Marc Harkness, and Colin Sutherland. Photography by Tim Duffy (of Music Maker Relief Foundation), Charles Peterson, Phil Clarkin, Jason Goodman, Rambo, and more.