Interview | FFS 5 with Tai Shan

Nashville’s Tai Shan is set to release her new album Traveling Show in April. With hints of jazz in her nuanced singing and songwriting – Shan is a serious practitioner of the slightly unexpected chord change, the beguiling harmonic shift – taking the…

Album | Frazey Ford – U Kin B The Sun

Frazey Ford is one of those artists you would happily listen to singing the proverbial phone book. You’d be unlikely to make out any of the names or addresses, but her rich voice, clearer in its emotion than its enunciation,…

Album | Alex Rex – Andromeda

Some records you listen to because you are drawn to them like a moth to a flame. Andromeda by Alex Rex is just such a record. It is a descent into the dark recesses of a man who has seen…

Album | The Lone Bellow – Half Moon Light

Connections are at the heart of what makes The Lone Bellow so special, and on Half Moon Light the bonds are everywhere. Opening the record, ‘Intro’ features Zach Williams’ grandmother playing piano at the funeral of her husband of sixty-four years. This family connection…

Album | Sam Lee – The Old Wow

Sam Lee is a man who needs no introduction to anyone reading these pages. This is his fourth solo record and deserves as much recognition as his Mercury Award debut effort, Ground of its Own. This song hunter extraordinaire has…

Album | Drive-by Truckers – The Unraveling

“This madness has to stop.” Those words by Patterson Hood are at the emotional core of the Drive-by Truckers new record, The Unraveling. Coming almost four years after American Band, this is a record that nobody really wanted to make. “They’re…

Album | Graham Norwood – Out of the Sea

Out of the Sea is the debut album from singer-songwriter Graham Norwood. Despite its being his first release, Graham is clearly a very experienced and observant musician. From beginning to end Graham displays the diversity of songwriting and composition of…

Interview | FFS 5 with Smoke Fairies

By all accounts, Smoke Fairies have been a long-standing For Folk’s Sake favorite. The Chichester duo have featured on our 2016 advent calendar and have been dutifully followed by our own Ian Parker and company since 2012. There’s been much…

Interview | FFS 5 with Seneko

When country music changed, so did Stan “Seneko” Olshefski. While folksy Americana still stands as part of the root of Seneko’s work, the Connecticut singer-songwriter has since incorporated elements of striking power pop and jangling rock’n’roll into the fold. His…

Session | Katie Blount – Orion Sky

Some things in life are best kept simple and Katie Blount is here to prove that’s the case with this delicately understated, stripped back performance of ‘Orion Sky’. With its straightforward, unfussy chord structure and a seemingly effortless melody, Katie…