To many, David Olney is the songwriter who lost consciousness mid performance at the 30A Songwriters Festival last weekend and passed away in a poetic manner. Some knew of him before hearing the compelling story, and many didn’t. But to the folk and songwriting community, David Olney was a pillar of the craft, and a close friend.
Folk Alliance International is the annual gathering of the tribes for those individuals too stubborn-headed to worry about the major commercial applications of performed music, and instead do it for the spirit of the art, the community it creates, and/or to preserve primitive musical art forms in their most pure state.
Alex Cuba, Anna Tivel, Birds of Chicago, Cecile Doo-Kingue, David Wax Museum, Dawn Landes, El Coyote, Folk Alliance, Gangstagrass, Hoot and Holler, Ian Noe, Jim Lauderdale, Kim Taylor, Los Texmaniacs, Lula Wiles, Mipso, Parsonsfield, Raye Zaragoza, Rising Appalachia, Rosie and the Riveters, Sarah Jane Scouten, Shakura S'Aida, Smokey and the Mirror, The Brother Brothers, The Damn Tall Buildings, The Dimpker Brothers, The Lasses, The Sentimentals, The Slocan Ramblers, Willi Carlisle
The experience of attending the annual Folk Alliance International music festival and conference in Kansas City, MO is not one that could ever be compartmentalized in written form, or in any other form of media for that matter. It’s simply something you dive into and try to take away as much as you can.
10 String Symphony, Adrian + Meredith, Boogat, Folk Alliance, Joey McKenzie, Katie Glassman, Lisa LeBlanc, Molly Tuttle, Next Generation Leahy, Neyla Pekarek, Rachel Baiman, Rachel Laven, Redd Volkaert, Sarah Jane Scouten, Talisk, The Hackensaw Boys, The Western Flyers, Vivian Leva, Wallis Bird
Folk Alliance International will be celebrating 30 years of supporting roots music in North America and beyond at their annual conference taking place on February 14-18, 2018, at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. For the second year running, Saving Country Music will help sponsor the Sweet Beaver Showcase.
10 String Symphony, Bloodshot Records, Folk Alliance, Free Dirt Records, Jon Langford, Lisa LeBlanc, Molly Tuttle, Rachel Baiman, Rev. Sekou, Ruby Boots, Sweet Beaver, The Hackensaw Boys, Vivian Leva, Western Flyers
Fans of oldtimers such as Townes Van Zandt, Todd Snider, and Ray Wylie Hubbard know that when it comes to the best songwriters, they don’t just know how to put a good story into song, they know how to take a good story back out of a song to introduce a live performance. California-based songwriter John Craigie has perfected this art just about as good as any.
For 29 years now, the annual gathering of established and up-and-coming folk, roots, country, blues, and bluegrass musicians known as Folk Alliance has been like a fulcrum of the independent music industry, offering support to artists looking for opportunities, and showcasing some of the newest talent for the industry.