Artie Martello has hosted Mostly Folk on WIOX 91.3FM since the station's inception in September of 2010.
It airs weekdays from 10am-12pm
In 2011, the addition of Sonny Ochs to the WIOX family has made the folk catologue at WIOX one of the premier radio stations in the country for listening to folk music.
You can hear Sonny Ochs every Friday afternoon from 1pm-3pm with "Folk Music and Other Stuff" and whenever Artie cannot be on the air with Mostly Folk.
Clevelander Letizia treks the trail blazed by guitarists such as Robben Ford and Chris Cain, fusing blues and jazz into a fresh sounding hybrid that does right by both its sources. Both the bite and touch this enterprise requires is evident on each track here as is a welcome knack for change-ups in tone and attack. The lyrical slant is towards the sly and ironic on cuts including “Kill My Conscience”, “The Devil is a Nice Guy” and the title track. Solid keys-and-rhythm backup here as well.
Due respect to all instrumentalists, in the world of deep blues the rarest finds these days are voices up to the task. Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Austin Walkin’ Cane’s smoky vocals never fail to convince here be they fierce or laid back. The title track is one of a number of standouts, co-written with guitarist Chris Allen. Others are “Waitin’ For A Little Sunshine”, “Wounded Dove” and “Living, Working, Dying”. The Revolution Brass Band guests and Don Dixon produced.
Biscuit Burners Album: A Mountain Apart Label: Indidog Records IDR5077 Genre(s): Progressive Bluegrass
Posted By: Joe Ross
Apr 10, 2014
The Biscuit Burners demonstrate a fluency in the contemporary string language of their North Carolina home. Their "Fiery Mountain Music" album, IBMA showcase about ten years ago, and many appearances got many folks talking about this young hardworking quartet that emphasizes old-time sounds with contemporary sensuality. Their modern responsiveness allows us to welcome them with open arms. Our reception of their independent music must acknowledge the band's strong originality.
They manage to burn their biscuits with exquisite resophonic guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, clawhammer banjo and acoustic bass. Mary Lucey and Shannon Whitworth sing in an intriguing style not too dissimilar to Gillian Welch's. On this album, I wish that a slightly greater emphasis would've been given to banjo. In "Off to Sea," resonator guitarist Billy Cardine
With Mike Marshall in the left speaker, and Chris Thile in the right, "Live Duets" captures two virtuoso mandolin masters at work. After the opening cut of their composition, "Shoulda Seen It Comin'," we can hear one of the players comment, "We're gonna have fun tonight!" And that is no doubt why this record was made … for us to enjoy the fun and energy of their 16 strings in consummate performance. After the second cut, Mike says, "This is fun!" Based on their power and strength, the dynamic duo could very well be two super heroes in disguise. This sequel to their successful collaborative effort, "Into the Cauldron," takes us into some similarly adventurous territory. To these guys, Mandoville has no city limits. Four cuts feature one of the guys playing mandocello, and one of those (Thile's "Hualalai")
Dennis Ledbetter Album: If You Drive Me To Drinking Label: Mallory Records Genre(s): True Country
Posted By: Duane Verh
Apr 6, 2014
Dennis Ledbetter works the time-honored country themes of roadhouse misbehavior and barstool remorse with brawny, road-seasoned baritone pipes and a noticeable knack for phrase turning. Solid Nashville session play finishes out a tasty retro set. “She Ain’t Blind and You Ain’t Braille”, “One Pitcher Pretty” and the title track are standouts.