My Brightest Diamond Song for RAINN

My Brightest Diamond donated her exquisite song “This is My Hand” to our Muruch.com for RAINN benefit album, which features a wide selection of old favorites and new, exclusive recordings. For just a $10 (or more) donation directly to RAINN through Muruch’s RAINN.org fundraising page, you get 25 mp3s and an illustrated PDF booklet of liner notes.

Along with My Brightest Diamond, the album features music and poetry by Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, American Gods/Coraline author Neil Gaiman, Midlake, Flogging Molly, Poe, The Mynabirds, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, Amanda Palmer, Allison Crowe, Crystal Good, Kevin Kantor and many more.

Donate to RAINN/Get the Album

My Brightest Diamond Song for RAINN

My Brightest Diamond donated her exquisite song “This is My Hand” to our Muruch.com for RAINN benefit album, which features a wide selection of old favorites and new, exclusive recordings. For just a $10 (or more) donation directly to RAINN through Muruch’s RAINN.org fundraising page, you get 25 mp3s and an illustrated PDF booklet of liner notes.

Along with My Brightest Diamond, the album features music and poetry by Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, American Gods/Coraline author Neil Gaiman, Midlake, Flogging Molly, Poe, The Mynabirds, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, Amanda Palmer, Allison Crowe, Crystal Good, Kevin Kantor and many more.

Donate to RAINN/Get the Album

Anna & Elizabeth: New Album

By: Brn

I have loved the purity of mountain music since seeing the movie Songcatcher. Anna & Elizabeth carry on the tradition and I am thrilled with the exposure they’ve gotten this year. You can read about their 2015 album on No Depression, listen to their Folk Alley Session, watch or download their recent Tiny Desk Concert and purchase their album at Free Dirt Records. Here’s the video for their song “Long Black Train”…

Allison Crowe: Sylvan Hour (Album Review & Mp3)

Recorded live in a log-cabin in the Canadian wilderness during a cross-country journey, Allison Crowe’s new album, Sylvan Hour, may be her best yet. The private, one-hour performance at a friend’s home in 2006 includes raw, solo takes of songs that would be re-recorded in group sessions for This Little Bird. The recording was lost for nearly a decade and was rediscovered this winter. What a find it was! Allison’s extraordinary voice is in its purest state accompanied only by guitar and piano.



From the opening cover of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Darling, Be Home Soon” to originals like “Effortless” and the fierce rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” Allison’s vocal prowess and control is on astonishing display.

Among the album’s many standout tracks are “Phoenix,” “These Words” and “Skeletons & Spirits.” These “stripped down” versions are even more powerful and clear than their This Little Bird counterparts.

Allison’s supernaturally agile and exquisite voice is especially stunning, even shocking, as she bends and stretches every note in the haunting, truly chill-producing ballad “Silence.” You can stream and download a free, legal mp3 of the song via the Soundcloud widget below.

The music seems to rise from deep with her chest, sometimes ripping out of her throat in full roar, other times being restrained and shaped with the skill of a master sculptor. Sylvan Hour is truly a masterpiece.



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