All articles by Jonathan Frahm

Premiere | Bobbylene – Rolling Thunder

Bobbylene is the folk-pop lovechild of Bobby Katz and Marlene McCarthy. Two NYC-based musicians, they met while studying at NYU in respective jazz and classical programs. Now, they’re making slickly produced, heartfelt Americana as if they’ve been doing it for…

Premiere | Thomm Jutz – Adios Boys

Between the good and the bad, the past and the present, and conservation and alteration, Thomm Jutz lives in a dual-world of juxtaposition. Hence, his folk LP series, To Live in Two Worlds, fittingly split into two volumes. Volume Two…

Interview | FFS 5 with Eric Anders

Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz’ American Bardo begins with ‘Matterbloomlight (Revisited)’. Earlier this year, For Folk’s Sake premiered and praised the single for its complex, cyclical themes and the profundity of its arrangement. Now, much of the same can be…

Premiere | Dan Sumner – Let the Light In

Borne of the same artistic ingenuity that has The National or Bear’s Den constantly evolving, Dan Sumner finds himself in a folk-rock foundation that’s twisted and turned time and again. Crafting and navigating through captivating, textured arrangements seems to come…

Interview | FFS 5 with Dan Tuffy

Dan Tuffy really made his splash with 2017’s Songs from Dan. Peppered with mystifying folk narration, the album garnered him praise that saw him tour throughout Australia and Europe. Relaxing from that busy schedule in light of a worldwide pandemic…

Interview | FFS 5 with Mark Vickness

A keen instrumentalist, Mark Vickness’ music lives in the in-between. Between words, the artist composes vivid, emotional expressions alongside his ensemble, Interconnected. Fittingly sharing a name with his collective, Vickness’ 2020 album, Interconnected, features four original pieces alongside four solo,…

Premiere | Jon Danforth – All Our Promises

Jon Danforth first barreled onto the indie folk radar with his 2017 EP, This Could Change. Since the forward-driving Americana of that first release, the Dallas singer-songwriter’s sound has evolved into an eclectic, ethereal, and rock-tinged take on largely folk-informed…

Interview | FFS 5 with Arlo McKinley

If John Prine digs your songwriting, why shouldn’t everyone else? Near the end of the Americana hero’s life, his ears perked towards Arlo McKinley, who he’d ultimately signed to his label, Oh Boy Records. The resulting album, Die Midwestern, dropped…