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…

Album | Pinegrove – Marigold

I’ve always rolled my eyes a bit at Pinegrove’s designation as a country/emo band. Emo has become a catchall (like “alternative” in the 90s), and it always seemed to me that attaching this to Pinegrove was more a function of…

Live | Blanco White @ EartH, London

The evening’s venue is tucked away on the western edge of Hackney. Accessed through an unassuming door, the renovated auditorium is enjoying its second year of a new life. After being locked up and left derelict for 40 years, EartH…