Rayna Gellert : From Violin to Fiddle

Rayna Gellert is an American violinist and singer specializing in old-time music. She grew up in Elkhart, in northern Indiana. Her father is the traditional fiddler and banjo player Dan Gellert. Originally a classically trained violinist, she took up the old-time fiddle in 1994, when she moved to North Carolina to attend Warren Wilson College. … Continue reading Rayna Gellert : From Violin to Fiddle

Eilen Jewell : Soulful, Understated Narratives

Eilen Jewell is an American singer-songwriter from Boise, Idaho. "I always felt like I wanted to leave," Jewell says. "And I remember when I learned the word 'wanderlust,' I felt like I finally had a word to describe myself." Jewell attended college in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she began busking on the streets of Sante … Continue reading Eilen Jewell : Soulful, Understated Narratives

The Steel Wheels : Wild As We Came Here

The Steel Wheels are a roots and Americana band, writing and playing music in the closely related but unique styles of blues, bluegrass, old-time music, and fiddle music. Virginia musician Trent Wagler is the lead vocalist and the band's primary songwriter. Jay Lapp (mandolin, guitar, vocals) had been touring in several bands throughout the Midwest … Continue reading The Steel Wheels : Wild As We Came Here

Vernacular Music : 12th Century Troubadours to Singer-Songwriters

The tradition of a solo singer providing music for a community or gathering is very old.  As far back as the 12th century with the troubadours and trouvères of France as well as the minnesinger from Germany, all the way up to today's buskers the singer of vernacular music has been a recognizable feature of … Continue reading Vernacular Music : 12th Century Troubadours to Singer-Songwriters