B-Sides: Colleen Raney

Call me old-fashioned, but I think most of the best voices in the world come out of folk singers. Maybe that’s just because you can actually HEAR the singing,... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Willow, Xander, and the Prayer of St. Francis

Season six is my favorite season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I like the dark themes, and I like seeing Willow grow up and mature as a result of her grief. (I also like the musical episode.) Recently, I was talking over Buffy when my friend, Bitch contributor... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Q&A with Lesbian Christian Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Knapp

In May, Religion Dispatches published my first interview with former... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: An Introduction

My name is Kristin Rawls, and, yes, I am a preacher’s daughter. I’m in my early 30s, and I was raised in an unusual blend of Protestant traditions. The preacher (my dad) grew up in the Southern Baptist church, got “saved” during the Pentecostal-influenced “Jesus movement” of the 1970s... Read more »

B-Sides: Abigail Washburn

Sometimes part of what makes a musician so compelling is the story behind them. Were the White Stripes married, or brother and sister? Would Sid have been the... Read more »

BitchTapes: Lady Minstrels

Ever wonder what happened to the women musicians of New Weird America? Me too! Take a stroll through the fragrant foliage of female-made neo-psychedlic folk… Read more »

MFNW: Y La Bamba, for Portland's Lonely Hearts

Did you Bounce a little too hard yesterday? Need a comedown for day two of your MFNW marathon... Read more »

B-Sides: News and Notes

After a string of EPs and self-released singles, Brighton’s Peggy Sue finally have an LP out!!….. in the UK. Fossils and Other Phantoms will be released in the US in June, but if you’re in Europe, you can probably see this soul folk... Read more »

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Good Folk

Carolina Chocolate Drops will defy, and redefine, your presumptions regarding the pure power of the kazoo. The trio, comprised of Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons and Justin Robinson, met in 2005 at the Black Banjo Gathering in Boone, North Carolina. The event was dedicated to those who wished to... Read more »

Lady Twanged the Blues: Karen Dalton

Folk songwriter Fred Neil said Karen Dalton “sure could sing the shit out of the blues,” and Bob Dylan said she sang like Billie Holiday and played guitar like Jimmy Reed. Dylan’... Read more »