Author: Jonathan Frahm

Premiere | The Ghibertins – Ropes & Kites

The Ghibertins carry the torch for clap-along, stomp-along folk-rock well on their latest. You wouldn’t be remiss for recalling the indie outfit’s commercial brothers and sisters with the soaring chorus and driving beat of ‘Ropes & Kites’.

Premiere | Matthew Check – Sometimes a Woman

Matthew Check is as much an everyman as he is a chameleon. Throughout his long-standing career, the singer-songwriter has slipped into bluegrass clothes and Americana duds; he’s written Jewish music, children’s music, and music for just about anyone. You might…

Video Premiere + Interview | Joey Frendo – Lordstown

Shot in El Reno, OK last May, Joey Frendo debuts an acoustic rendition of his single, ‘Lordstown’, with For Folk’s Sake. It’s a hearty slice of bonafide blue collar Americana, wedged finely between the songwriting inclinations of a Jason Isbell…

Interview | FFS 5 with The Grahams

The Grahams have turned a new leaf in 2021. Their new tunes, ‘Beyond the Palisades’ and ‘Pilgrims and Punks’, pave the way for an ambitious sonic evolution. More akin to throwback soul and cinematic dream-pop, their ‘innovator’ tag has been…

Interview | Hanging Out with Tucson Folk Artist, Don Armstrong (Part One)

Don Armstrong is a family man. Urbane in philosophies on faith, love, and life, the New York-gone-Arizona singer-songwriter has long since developed an intuition for riding the humanity tramway. Armstrong’s observations on sheer mortal grit have developed him into an affable everyman—a folk artist whose music is denoted by the same traits that he is identified with in everyday life, like consideration, wit, and good humor. His artistic reflections are as multi-faceted and welcoming as he is, having made the wait for the Tucson-favorite’s Mother, Don’t Give Up on Me Now all the more difficult.

Single | Brett Altman – Benches in the Park (feat. Sam de Jesus)

Brett Altman is the folk-pop pride of the Northeast, producing blues-influenced acoustipop tunes from his residence in Hoboken. Sam de Jesus, meanwhile, kicks it out in Florida as their musical wunderkind. Her gorgeous pipes and vibrant energy inundate ethereal pop…

Video | Elliot Cole – ‘November 1 (Homesick)’ [Feat. Jordan Dodson & Gabriel Cabezas]

Contemporary classical composer Elliot Cole debuts five new compositions in Journals, Vol. 1. The album is crisp, clocking in just shy of 20 minutes, and its stirring performances make it seem to pass by even faster. Joined by cellist Gabriel…

Interview | FFS 5 with Singing Rivers’ Mikey James

Mikey James’ artists path has meandered and wounded through a number of idiosyncratic lives. From developing demos on a 4-track in the early 90s to drumming with indie rock wonders Longwave, James has lived the life of a bonafide troubadour.…

Interview | FFS 5 with Ajay Mathur

Ajay Mathur has lived a life worthy of a motion picture. A Switzerland import by way of New Delhi, he grew up surrounded by music and the arts. A painter, singer, and songwriter, Mathur found inspiration in meeting his idols—the…