Today, folk/bluegrass/American roots music from the troubled, soulful, very beautiful country I was born in....
Above: "Here and Heaven" by classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolin master Chris Thile (playing gamba and mandolin here), bluegrass fiddler & banjo player Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer (on gamba and bass), and singer/songwriter Aoife O'Donovan. It's from their collaborative album The Goat Rodeo Sessions (2011), which I highly recommend.
Below: "Overland" by I'm With Her (Aoife O'Donovan, Sara Jarosz, and Sara Watkins), from their first album together, See You Around (2018). The video is by Tobias LaMontagne.
Above: "American Flowers" by Birds of Chicago (husband-and-wife folk/roots duo JT Nero and Allison Russell), with Rhiannon Giddens and Steve Dawson. The song is from their lovely EP of the same name (2017). I also recommend Giddens' new album, There is no Other, with Francesco Turrisi.
Below: "Remember Wild Horses" by Birds of Chicago, from Real Midnight (2016).
Above: "Saint Valentine" by Gregory Alan Isakov and his band, performed with the Ghost Orchestra in Los Angeles in 2017. The song appeared on Isakov's 5th album, The Weatherman (2013).
Below: "The Universe" by Gregory Alan Isakov, also from The Weatherman, performed with his band in his home state, Colorado, in 2015.
Above: "Mother Deer" by Mandolin Orange (Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz) and their band. The song is from their new album Tides of a Teardrop (2019).
Below: "The Wolves" by Mandolin Orange, also from the new album.
The art today is by Kelly Louise Judd, a painter and illustrator based in Kansas City whose work is inspired by folklore, ghost stories, Victoriana, animals, and nature. Please visit her website to see more.