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A Bit of History

Been there?  From the Internet Archive, what they call the "Wayback Machine", with a history of the Internet- I think they started before us, as they have us from the very beginning, if I remember correctly.

Here's the record of efolkMusic beginning on Oct 9, 1999, and the Wayback Machine has snapshots through the ages! The mission is the same is it ever was, really, same rock to push. Luckily the edges have been worn down through the years and it's a bit easier to roll.  Depending on the size of the rock, you don't always "pick it up and carry it on.." as we have been known to say; more often it's OGS - of good size - and you ROLL it. 

The idea was grand, using "digital delivery" to get and keep the good music in the air, all with a little compressed file called an "MP3" that flew across borders, from our servers right into your computer, and nearly frictionless (not to mention green).

The market was defined- a large niche of music fans who found no satisfaction listening to most of what they heard on the radio; they also saw their neighborhood record stores close down. Voila, efolkMusic, MP3s by the track, 98 cents.

Ah, how times have changed. We became a non-profit in 2003 (May 31st is the first snapshot), and have continued to be a valuable distribution channel for an exceptional roster of too-often overlooked musicians. and MySpace have "gone out", Facebook and Twitter are having their 15 minutes of fame, Google + is too late to the ballgame- we all "compete" (ha!) for your clicking attention, and golly, we are practically venerable by comparison. Folk music does get some respect, but ask any folkie, if you aren't in it for the ART, and if you aren't ready for the LONG HAUL, you don't last long on the bluegrass highway.

SO here we are today, thanks to your support- you know the difference between real music and empty cowboy hats, that's why you are here. Help us keep it going, won't you?

Sarah-Jane Summers, Scottish Fiddler:Huldrelått frå Vang

Sarah-Jane Summers is destined to stand with the great Scottish fiddlers (folkwords)

Sarah-Jane Summers, we would say OMG if it weren't beneath even our low-flying dignity, but please listen!  Mala Fama is the new album from Sarah-Jane’s trio. "Energetic, frenetic and danceable one moment, lyrical, tear-inducing and evocative the next, their repertoire consists primarily of their own compositions, interspersed with traditional tunes from Scotland, Finland and Norway, reflecting the members’ nationalities."

OR if you like a little more rocking out, try Spike On a Bike:

Guy Buttery: "Live in KwaZulu"

Check out this new release from South African fingerstyle guitarist Guy Buttery. Recently featured in UK Rolling Stone, he's described as a "one man guitar orchestra".  Live in KwaZulu features Guy's arrangement of Joanna Newsom's The Book of Right On and his infamous loop/eBow/musical saw classic, "Smithfield".

Nora Jane Struthers: "Carnival"

This is pretty darned fresh: Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line are proving to be a rather urbane mélange within the present-day explosion of Americana. With the coming April 16 release of Carnival, Nora Jane Struthers fronts a collaborative ensemble that both embraces the evolution of present-day Americana and champions the traditional influences that is at the core of Carnival.

When you go to a carnival, you go into a sideshow tent, and on every stage you find a different person with a different story. That’s what I’m trying to do with this album – craft vignettes, and in some cases more developed narratives, about imaginary people’s lives.

New Release: "Afro-Jersey" with Terre Roche


Perhaps you saw Terre Roche's essay in the New York Times on her latest collaboration- well, it's become a crowdfunded success story:

Terre, along with Sidiki Conde and Marlon Cherry, aka "Afro-Jersey", have completed their very first self-titled album. Afro-Jersey was formed in 2008 when old friends Terre Roche and Sidiki Conde began to write songs together in both English and Mandingo just for fun, and became a trio with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Marlon Cherry.

We are a bit primitive here in the efM home office, and it's usually the groove that draws us to the music. This album moves us in a a very pleasant way, hard to describe but unique, for sure, and it makes us want to listen -and feel our bodies "do" the move - again, and again. This is soul music of the first water, here- very cool, in a way-post-modern "hyphenated" style! Watch the video and get the CD...

"Tsunami" from Two Cahoots on Vimeo.

Do You Like GOOD Radio??


We certainly do here at the home office, and Sunday mornings we are very fortunate to have UNC's student station, WXYC, here in Chapel Hill, NC. The long running Orange County Special cranks up at 10 AM, pulling tracks from the extensive collection at the station, and at 1 PM Hell Or High Water programs exclusively from the renowned Southern Folklife Collection.

WXYC was the first station in the world to stream it's on-air signal live over the Internet, starting in 1994.

So much of even the better radio shows is music that is probably available on demand from the services (Spotify, Grooveshark, etc, etc), but that is not the norm with these two offerings; it's almost all music that you really can't hear anywhere else. That is special, worth listening to. Check it out via their fine-sounding stream, or tune in to 89.3 FM if you are in the neighborhood.

Red Molly: "Hello Goodbye"

This is cool: Red Molly consists of Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo) and Molly Venter (guitar). Abbie wrote "Hello Goodbye" with her father Herb Gardner, a swing jazz and stride pianist and dixieland trombonist who has played with Wynton Marsalis, Roy Eldridge, Henry "Red" Allen, Jimmy Rushing, and Doc Cheatham. Abbie was American Songwriter Magazine's Lyric Contest Grand Prize Winner in 2008. The name Red Molly is taken from a character in the Richard Thompson song "1952 Vincent Black Lightning." Watch Hello Goodbye, not the one you are thinking of.....

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