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The lyrics are sad but the music is sweet

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Indie folk rock septet Beams live at Peach’s in Yellow Springs One of Beam’s vocalists, Heather, on stage at Horseshoe Tavern in Onterio. Photo: Gaelle Legrand By Tim Walker Combine the easygoing mountain sounds of a mandolin and a banjo with a steel guitar and a singing saw. Add the poignant lyrics and lilting strains […]

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Not wasting any time

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Justin Townes Earle highlights new album at Memorial Hall Photo: Justin Townes Earle performs at Memorial Hall this Friday By Alan Sculley It’s no secret that as he grew up, Justin Townes Earle did not have an ideal relationship with his father alt-country/roots music artist Steve Earle. But there are benefits to being the son […]

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Guitar and sitar

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Dawg Yawp starts national tour at home Photo: Guitarist Rob Keenan (left) and sitarist Tyler Randall (right) of Dawg Yawp play at The Old Yellow Cab Building this Friday By Gary Spencer Sometimes when you befriend someone, you end up becoming friends for life, even if you don’t know it at the time. That certainly seems […]

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Folk for the everyman

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Decades of stories in song with Arlo Guthrie at Memorial Hall Photo: Arlo Guthrie By L. Kent Wolgamott Arlo Guthrie has, of late, toured celebrating the music of his father, folk music legend Woody Guthrie; marked the anniversary of his 1967 classic album, Alice’s Restaurant,”in shows; and now, he’s playing shows that don’t have that […]

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I and Love and You (and Avett Brothers)

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Avett Brothers to play at Great American Ballpark Photo: from left to right: Joe Kwon, Scott Avett, Bob Crawford, Seth Avett By Alan Sculley The Avett Brothers have been on quite a musical journey of evolving their sound over the past decade, going from a trio playing acoustic guitar, banjo, and stand-up bass to what […]

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Folk fixture

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Gordon Lightfoot stamps his success at Fraze At 78, Gordon Lightfoot still plays about 70 shows a year, with one at Fraze July 31; photo: Carl Dunn By L. Kent Wolgamott Musicians can win all kinds of awards. But few find themselves on a stamp, one of the highest honors a nation can bestow on […]

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OldNews, new folk

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OldNews debuts single at South Park Tavern By Joey Ferber Photo: Khrys Blank of OldNews, a regular act at South Park Tavern; photo: Matt Silver While its existence in the Dayton scene is old news, a musical staple is breaking new ground. The OldNews “collective,” as members refer to it, is translating its spontaneous, live […]

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Million mile traveler

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Peter Mulvey celebrates 25 years of music at Yellow Cab By Gary Spencer Photo: Indie-folk musician Peter Mulvey celebrates 25 years of songwriting Saturday, April 22 at Yellow Cab Tavern; photo: Elisabeth Witt Indie-folk music is one of those subgenres of music that seems to spawn both artists who get hot for a minute and […]

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Bright star

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William Matheny spins alt-country stories at Blind Bob’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: William Matheny steps into the spotlight Saturday, April 15 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Josh Saul West Virginia singer-songwriter William Matheny—formerly a multi-instrumentalist in the now defunct Ohio-based folk-rock band, Southeast Engine—is ready for his time in the spotlight. A storyteller in the vein […]

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No longer an Odd Girl Out

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Anne E. Dechant brings her stories back to Ohio By Tim Walker Photo: Ann E. Dechant shares her stories on stage across her native state this weekend photo: Rachel Smook “You’re always going to hear good songs and good stories,” says Anne E. Dechant, talking about her upcoming tour. “Story-laden songs, yes, but upbeat. Fun […]

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In the light

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The Lumineers travel on to Cinci and Columbus By Alan Sculley Photo: (l-r) Jeremiah Fraites, Wesley Schultz, and Neyla Pekarek of The Lumineers travel to Ohio When cellist/bassist Neyla Pekarek answered an ad in 2010 to join a Denver-based band led by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, she was merely looking for a gig to […]

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Life lyricist

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Josh Ritter bears his story writing By Joey Ferber Photo: Josh Ritter strums with honesty in Cincinnati Sept. 25; photo: Brian Stowell Josh Ritter is a storyteller from Idaho who travels the world as a musician. Ritter’s songs are wide ranging, with a discography of guitar folk tales and electrified poetic anthems. With an ever-evolving creative […]

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‘Closer to the absolute truth’

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Jon Brooks powers the people at Taffy’s By Joey Ferber photo: Jon Brooks shares stories and collects some new ones at Taffy’s Sept. 21; photo: Jay Morrison Don’t call him a singer-songwriter. Don’t call him a folk artist. Just go listen to the stories he sings. The songs of Toronto-based Jon Brooks strike the depths of […]

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Audible anti-depressants

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Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem shine on RiverScape By Matt Clevenger Photo: (l-r) Anand Nayak, Scott Kessel, Andrew Kinsey, and Rani Arbo of Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem; photos: Joanna Chattman When drummer Scott Kessel of Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem opens up his suitcase, it’s hard to predict what strange new instrument might come out. […]

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A debut is worth a thousand gigs

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Folk artist Mike Vial performs live at Eaton’s Taffy’s By Justin Kreitzer Mike Vial gave up teaching high school English in 2011 to become a fulltime musician. Since then, the Michigan-based singer/songwriter has no regrets, playing more than 1,000 gigs and releasing three EP’s and several singles that capture his confessional and organic brand of […]

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All of the above

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Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem bring folk flavors to Kuss By Rusty Pate Rani Arbo’s musical journey began as many do—in the church choir. She spent her years from second to eighth grade performing and rehearsing up to 30 hours a week. That time steeped her in old English music, but at home she listened […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]