Before the music hotlist, here are a few other musical items that I'd like to bring to your attention in case you haven't stumbled across them yet:
Now, here's my ever-expanding list of what the Web has to offer, music-wise, that I find interesting. Your mileage may vary.
Folk, Acoustic and Roots and Traditional Music
- The Digital Tradition Folk Song Database
- Dirty Linen: The Magazine of Folk, Electric Folk, Traditional and World Music, Virtual Sampler Edition
- Fasola: Information on American Shape Note singing traditions, including the Sacred Harp
- Folk Alliance, or more thoroughly, The North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance
- Folk Roots Magazine: the venerable British roots publication is finally on the Web!
- Rootin' Around, "A cornpone compendium of the best roots (country, blues, jazz, hokum, etc.) music releases and backroads travel destinations still to be found in these here United States of America," by Kevin Roe
- RootsWorld: A home on the Web for roots, folk and world music, and other unique artists and labels.
- The Traditional Ballad Index
Here's a general mishmash -- there are other artists I like in various other categories below.
Artists I Like
- Battlefield Band, contemporary and traditional Scottish music ... Forward Into Scotland's Past
- Dana Cooper, an excellent, passionate singer-songwriter
- Cordelia's Dad, a great band from Northampton, Massachusetts, who play traditional American music.
- Ron Kavana, a fantastic Irish musician who blends Irish music into a wide variety of roots styles.
- Ashley MacIsaac, the mad fiddler of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. There's a good unofficial fan site as well.
- The Mando Mafia, a great mandolin string band
- Gerry O'Beirne: singer, guitarist, songwriter from Ireland (ex-Midnight Well, Train to Sligo and Patrick Street)
- Poi Dog Pondering
- About R.E.M.
- Henry The Human Fly, Caught in the Web: A Richard Thompson website
- 3 Mustaphas 3
- Chuck's own Uncle Tupelo archive of song transcriptions, articles, etc.
- Kelly Willis
- The Blue Highway, covering some of the greatest bluesmakers of all time.
- The Mudcat Café, a magazine dedicated to blues and folk music
- The Sauce Boss, a.k.a. Bill Wharton and the Ingredients. Not only is he a fine slide guitar player, but during his shows he cooks up a huge pot of gumbo, and at the end of the show, everybody eats.
Celtic Music: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany
- The Bagpipe Web: information on the Great Highland Bagpipe of scotland, the Irish uilleann pipes, and more
- Ceolas: The Celtic Music Archive
- The Cornish Music Page: Information and Resources about Cornwall and Cornish Folk Music, set up my musician Jim Wearne
- The Christy Moore Website
- The Thistle and Shamrock: NPR's program of music from the Celtic lands, hosted by Fiona Ritchie
Databases and Indices
Ethnomusicology and World Music Genres
- Batish Institute of Indian Music and Fine Arts
- The Brazilian Sound: Musica Popular Brasiliera. Information about bossa nova, samba, axe music, Brazilian jazz and leading figures in Brazilian music; links to Brazilian record labels, essays published on the Internet, and Brazilian musician home pages, as well as "Top 20 Favorite Albums" lists by several renowned Brazilian music experts, and a growing list of samba schools and blocos around the world.
- Ethnomusicology Online
- Ethnomusicology Research Digest
- Indian Classical Music Archive
Jerry Garcia, 1942-1995
- Acoustic Guitar Archive
- Classical Guitar Archive
- Scott Lehman's General Purpose Guitar page
- Guitar Player magazine teases us with a scrap or two from their monthly publication.
- The Guitar Tab Archives. There are various sites around the world. Try the one nearest you; if it's full, try another:
- The Guitar-world of the Internet
- Cal Woods-land: Where guitars collide with philosophers, or, Jimi meets Nietzsche.
Labels and Commercial sites
- Acoustic Disc, a label founded and owned by mandolinist David Grisman
- BMI: Broadcast Music Inc.
- La Louisianne Records, a Lafayette, LA-based label specializing in Cajun music
- DejaDisc: Independent, Austin TX label specializing in singer/songwriter, folk, country, rock
- Jewel-Paula Records, a Shreveport, Louisiana-based labed specializing in blues, gospel, jazz , 50s/60s and zydeco
- The Mammoth Recording Company of Carrboro
- Rhino Records
- Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
- Sugar Hill Records, one of the preeminent bluegrass-oriented labels, located in Durham, NC
- The Internet Underground Music Archive
- Virtual Radio: Samples of new music
- The Web Wide World of Music
- The Old-Time Herald online edition: the premiere magazine of old-time music, edited by Alice Gerrard
- The Old Time Music Home Page, with news, top ten lists, a musicians' directory, events calendar and more. It also answers the question, "What the heck is old-time music, anyway?" An excellent resource.
- Dwight Diller, of Pocahontas County, West Virginia ... a marvelous old-time banjo player and singer
- Jake Krack, an amazingly talented 13-year-old old-time fiddler from Spencer, Indiana
- Old Time Music on the Radio
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