Hot Albums Before Folk Alliance 2015 | Stephen D. Winick

February 18, 2015 6:15 PM

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As usual at this time of year, I'm heading off to the annual Folk Alliance International Conference, the world's largest gathering of the folk music industry and community. I'm flying to Kansas City, where I'll see everything from traditional fiddlers and ballad singers to old-time and Celtic bands to Singer-Songwriters, Americana artists, and contemporary Roots bands. There's a smattering of everything American, from Tex-Mex to Klezmer, a sizable contingent from Canada, and folks from all over the world. All told there will be over 3000 artists and industry folks in attendance, including composers, agents, managers, publishers, labels, buyers, promoters and archivists. There will be round-the clock music at official and "guerrilla" showcases on designated floors of the hotel.

I'll be there as a representative of our national folklore archive, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Each year my partner Jennifer Cutting and I give a presentation about how folk musicians can draw inspiration from our archive. But this year, since it's Alan Lomax's centenni...

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