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To Shine Is Why You Came

VALERIE JUNE seems to have stepped out of some sort of enchanted forest, spreading powerfully delivered but gentle-spirited songs that are so filled with whimsy and wonder they seem to be borne more of pixie dust than musical n...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Spreading Hope & Happiness (with Bunnies)

Welcome to Peacebunny Island, where 16-year-old CALEB SMITH and friends are spreading hope and happiness with their comfort rabbits. Yes, comfort rabbits. DUNCAN STRAUSS finds out what's up, doc.
by David McGee
 

 

 

‘The Cry of Anguished Protest, The First of Many Wrought From Me’

From The Bluegrass Special archives: an updated feature on the enigma that was the late BEVERLY KENNEY: Her voice was soft and cool, her eyes were clear and bright, but she's not there.
by David McGee
 

 
 

DEEP ROOTS ALBUMS OF THE YEAR, 2020

Honoring 10 exceptional album-length explorations of love, loss and spirituality by DAVID BROZA, ISAAC CAREE, KATHLEEN EDWARDS, FISK JUBILEE SINGERS, IVY FORD, GABRIELLE LOUISE, ROD MCCORMACK, JOHN MCCUTCHEON CARY MORIN and AL...
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Elite Half-Hundred of 2020, Part 1

THE ELITE HALF-HUNDRED OF 2020, Parts 1 and 2, is topped by the REV. LUTHER BARNES and THE RESTORATION WORSHIP CENTER CHOIR’s LOOK TO THE HILLS.
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Elite Half-Hundred of 2020, Part 2

The best of the rest of the rest of our ELITE HALF-HUNDRED OF 2020, featuring JOHN FINBURY, ALBERT CUMMINGS, NEW MOON JELLYROLL FREEDOM ROCKERS, DIANE SCHUUR, MIGHTY MEN OF FAITH, THE CAMBRIDGE SINGERS and others.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Video Moment for the Ages

In 'When a Soldier Makes It Home' ARLO GUTHRIE reminds us of meaningful matters, and our editor remembers his friends who served their country honorably.
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Marovich Gospel Picks

ROBERT M. MAROVICH's latest and greatest new gospel picks feature new musical blessings by KELONTAE GAVIN, DERRICK 'DOC' PEARSON, HANSON ASIEDU, LAWRENCE HANCOCK and DAVID WRIGHT
by David McGee
 

 

 

Worthy of It All

Twelve Grammy Awards and 23 GMA Awards into her towering career, CECE WINANS returns with her first non-holiday release in four years, and she does so in grand style on BELIEVE IT ALL. Gospel editor BOB MAROVICH calls it the be...
by David McGee
 

 
 

‘It’s Time to Shine’: An Interview With Ivy Ford

IVY FORD, riding a wave of acclaim for her 2020 album Club 27 (a Deep Roots Album of the Year), sits down for an interview conducted by LINDA CAIN, founder/managing editor of the essential CHICAGO BLUES GUIDE.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Realizing the ‘Dream’

On his new album, XALAM, Israel-born virtuoso drummer BEN AYLON teams with an all-star assemblage of West African musicians to cast the traditional music and instruments of Senegal and Mali in a fresh, contemporary setting.
by David McGee
 

 
 

For the Lost Children of Chile

NIÑOS: POEMS FOR THE LOST CHILDREN OF CHILE offers 'a powerful reflection on political violence in the lives of children,' as JULES explains in this month's featured book for young readers.
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Everyday Violence of Indian Country’s ‘Bordertowns’

Red Nation Rising is the first book to investigate and explain the violent dynamics of bordertowns and the long tradition of Native resistance. Review by KALEN GOODLUCK from Deep Roots media partner HIGH COUNTRY NEWS.
by David McGee
 

 
 

The (Continuing) Resurrection of Florence Price

Paying loving tribute to pioneering African American composer FLORENCE PRICE, acclaimed pianist SAMANTHA EGE offers FANTASIE NEGRE: THE PIANO MUSIC OF FLORENCE PRICE. Review by ROBERT HUGILL.
by David McGee