Lauren Hoffman : Let The Mystery Be

This is ‘just’ a living room/kitchen home recording, and a splendid one at that. Her voice is excellent, and so’s the song. Written by Greg Brown’s wife Iris Dement, and covered by Brown on his most recent studio album Freak Flag this version sounds entirely different and decidedly non-countryish. I love it a lot.I listend to Lauren Hoffman and her then-band September 67 in the late 1990’s, so it’s been quite a while, but she’s definitely still got a lot of talent and is using it in her current band The Secret Storm.

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The Pines : Where Something Wild Still Grows

This is an unofficial video I found on YouTube to celebrate the arrival of my copy of The Pines’ latest, splendid album Above The Prairie (released early February 2016). More info and my review of the album to follow in the next few weeks. In the meantime, all that’s left for me to say is: Enjoy.

Bob Nelson : For Pete’s Sake

Bob Nelson, Folksinger and archivist of the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society talks about meeting Pete Seeger and his life lived for and with Folk Music in this video. Needless to say, he sure has got quite a few stories to tell. His recollections begin sometime in the 1950’s when he was (at the age of 16) president of the Seattle Folk Singing Society and organised a concert for Seeger. It being the McCarthy area it was no wonder that he himself, like Seeger, aroused the interest of the local FBI branch. He talks about all this and more in a fascinating 38 minute video. A life devoted to Folk music, indeed. They are organising coffee-house type of concerts on a regular basis, a shame I am not living in the Seattle area, so I can only enjoy the info on their website (www.pnwfolklore.org) and some of their videos on their YouTube channel where this video can also be found.