Bio: Roots & Branches, a series of recordings from Northwest Folklife, presents stellar live performances mined from four decades of extraordinary programs. Live from the 2011 Festival is the third release of the series. The disc features some of the dynamic musical traditions that make the Northwest ...See Full Bio
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“I can always be confident that I will love anything that the Northwest Folklife Festival puts out. ... It's not even folk, seeing as it includes the all-out soul of Wheedle's Groove and the modern singer-songwriter neo-blues of Carl Tosten. If I had to group all of these tracks into a genre, I could assign no narrower category than "human music." From the high-octane bluegrass of Nell Robinson with John Reischman & The Jaybirds to the Balkan accordion of Mary Sherhart & Michael Lawson, from the Latin groove of Picoso to the wild jug-punk rendition of the old poem "Who Killed Cock Robin" by Spoonshine, this CD tries to cram in everything.”