Music

A Walk Through the Legendary Archives of Smithsonian Folkways: An introductory guide to a spectacular label. (Bandcamp Daily, August 2018)

Alan Lomax's Timeless American Recordings Find a New Audience: The Alan Lomax Archive has put up some of Lomax's essential work on Bandcamp. How can that move give the music a new life? (Bandcamp Daily, July 2017)

Armed with an Earth-Shattering Voice, Mary D. Williams Connects Spiritual Traditions with Academic Scholarship:  The vocalist spotlights the history of the Civil Rights Movement in her stunning presentations. (INDY Week, January 2018)

Bill Ferris Collects His Life’s Work in Voices of Mississippi: I talked to one of the all-time greats about his Dust to Digital box set of songs, stories, and more. (INDY Week, May 2018)

Fifteen Years Later, Bluegrass Is Still Reeling From O Brother, Where Art Thou?: I took a look at the enduring influence of the Coen Brothers' hit movie on the worlds of folk and bluegrass music. (INDY Week, September 2016)

Hell is Hot: How the Squirrel Nut Zippers Accidentally Sold a Million Records: A long, deep oral history of Hot, the Squirrel Nut Zippers LP that unexpectedly launched the band to national fame. (INDY Week, August 2016)

Moogfest and Art of Cool Tell Durham Two Different Stories About Itself: Some wrap-up coverage examining two music festivals' relationships with Durham. (INDY Week, May 2017)

Travel Restrictions Create New Headaches for Artists, U.S. Presenters, and Organizations Like Center Stage: Some follow-up reporting on Center Stage, which I wrote about in 2014, a State Department-sponsored effort to help foreign artists tour the U.S. (INDY Week, March 2017)

Miscellaneous

A Forgotten Handmaid's Tale Movie Filmed in Durham Is the Missing Link Between Classic Novel and Hulu Hit: I went on an archive dive to learn about the 1990 adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale, and learned a lot about the production's sometimes scandalous stay in Durham. (INDY Week, May 2017)

How the Durham Bulls Caught Up With the City’s Love of Local Food: Not just hot dogs! (INDY Week, June 2018)

I Used to Hate How I Looked in Clothes. Then I Learned to Make Them Speak My Truth. On sequins and self-loathing. (INDY Week, November 2018)

You Thought We Were Nasty Before? You Better Buckle Up.: A post-election essay. (INDY Week, November 2016)