At the 2017 Newport Folk Festival, the Recording Academy caught up with folk band Drive-By Truckers to talk about the inspirations behind their track "What It Means," protest music and hearing protection, among other topics.
Co-founders explain their brand's emphasis on authenticity and live performance, and how the inspiration of other successful festivals influenced them.
Accompanied by drums and bass, the remarkable harmonies of three women make this a band Rolling Stone categorized as "Need To Know."
Reacting with their audience as their material unfolds is essential to the tradition in bluegrass that the group carries into the present day and revitalizes.
Innovators in Americana, the pair self-produces to ensure the purity of their evocative sound that reminds listeners of the past while calling their minds to the present day.
Michael Jackson's 'Bad' came out in 1987 and now 30 years later Garrett looks back over the behind-the-scenes process that resulted in a great hit.
Writing her verse for "Fool For You" in the drive to the studio and hopping into a session with Cee Lo Green won her two GRAMMY Awards.
The Recording Academy's New York Chapter interviewed Alynda Segarra at Newport Folk Festival in 2017. Her Hurray For The Riff Raff persona celebrates people-power, as well as her background growing up Puerto Rican in New York City projects.
Soul/R&B sensation takes a different path with his 2016 album's lead track "Cold Little Heart" and now it's the theme for HBO's all-star "Big Little Lies."
A broader "rebirth" is what he believes folk music needs but he celebrates contemporary protest songs that relate to present-day issues and ask what we'll do about them.
It was 2014 when Lane started to take the business side of music more seriously, and she's been causing audiences to take her music seriously everywhere she goes.
Fascinated by history and by the music and times of black Americans' past, this multi-instrumental multi-talent finds way to instill lives lived into her songs.
The four women of Warpaint have created a psychedelic musical universe that is minimal, brash and atmospheric.
Winner of Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent Competition in 2015 and a charming young singer/songwriter, his 2017 album is extending his range and gaining fans.
Together the trio found their way to a sound that caught on, especially spurring their two albums to great sales in their native Britain.
Enjoying the festival scene and playing new songs from their 2017 album, the pair are grateful for their wide recognition, and hope their live gear works as intended.