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Closing out the main stage Friday night will be Eilen Jewell.

Sounds Local: Franklin County Night at the Green River Festival

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The wait is almost over! A week from tomorrow the Green River Festival will kick off on Friday, July 10, and run through Sunday, July 12, on the grounds of Greenfield Community College. Last year the local music label Signature Sounds of Northampton took over the full operation of the festival from the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce (although the Chamber still handles the hot air balloon portion of the event) and they haven’t lost sight of the community that welcomes them back year after year. As a result, the kick-off night of the festival, Friday, has been declared as Franklin County Night. Tickets for … 0

Sounds Local: Wendell Wildcat Blues Festival Saturday, June 27

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

“In a world where only three percent of Americans actively listen to blues music, the Wildcat O’Halloran Band will always answer the call.” You will find these words printed on the back of The Wildcat O’Halloran Band’s new CD, “Midnight Service Call,” and they are words that ring true because when it comes … 0

Sounds Local: Barnstar! Two shows coming up in Whately

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What happens when a group of accomplished solo artists and sidemen decide to form a band? You only have to listen to Barnstar!, a quintet from the Boston area who play a raucous brand of bluegrass, to find out. Barnstar! was put together by Zachariah Hickman (he of the great mustache) who is … 0

Sounds Local: All COOP’ed Up Concert will help you thaw out

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Been feeling cooped up all winter? Are you desperate to get out of the house to hear some live music? The members of the Franklin County Musicians Cooperative, better known as the Coop, know just how you feel … 0

Sounds Local: Good bye winter, hello music!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Every show I wrote about during the month of February was affected by bad weather. Some of these — Robin Lane’s Songbird Sings benefit at the Parlor Room and Trailer Park’s fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters at … 0

Sounds Local: The Snaz celebrates ‘Running Away From Home’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

“When you’re only 15 with nothing to do/Your eyes are all red and watering, too/All they ever tell you is/You’re too young, too old/Missing out on all the fun,” sings Dharma Ramirez on the song “Only 15.” That … 0

Sounds Local: Pushing in a new direction, JD McPherson’s 2nd CD explores new musical sounds

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Recording the follow-up to a successful debut album can be a rather daunting task. Just ask JD McPherson. The Oklahoma rocker won great acclaim for his 2012 debut “Signs & Signifiers,” a disc that was originally released on … 0

Sounds Local: Keep an eye on these ‘Kids’

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Wall Street Journal recently included the Northampton-based indie-pop trio And the Kids in an article titled, “2015’s Next Big Things: 8 Musical Acts to Watch.” That’s not really surprising news for music fans here in western Massachusetts … 0

Sounds Local: A night for love and music

Thursday, February 12, 2015

This weekend is Valentine’s Day and in honor of this day of love, some of our local musicians are opening their hearts and celebrating the holiday by helping others and holding benefit concerts. So instead of chocolates and … 0

Sounds Local: A cathartic jumping off point

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

It was through songwriting that Robin Lane achieved success. But more than providing her with a career, song writing saved Lane’s life. And now, Lane is working with other women to tell their stories through song and, in … 0

Sounds Local: CD releases — from basement music, to middle age, to a one-man band, to cutting-edge bluegrass to lyrical lullabies

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The year has just begun and here at Sounds Local we have already seen the arrival of some excellent new music. There are even more releases on the horizon, so read on to get the lowdown on these … 0

Sounds Local: Whiskey Treaty Roadshow

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Remember the Whiskey Treaty festivals at the Arts Block in Greenfield a couple of years ago? All that fine music and fine whiskey? Well the good news is that the Whiskey Treaty lives! The Whiskey Treaty Festival, which … 0

Sounds Local: Messy moments, complex feelings

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Last month, Carolyn Walker of Amherst released her second CD, “Incarnadine,” a collection of 10 emotionally charged songs wrapped in melodies that you can get lost in, delivered in a voice that is pure and clean. Walker will … 0

Sounds Local: Too slow, too sparse or too weird

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dave Houghton has been writing songs for the past 25 years but had yet to release a solo album until a couple of months ago. Houghton had always presented his songs in a band format — first with … 0

Sounds Local: Sonya Kitchell embraces a bold, new sound

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sonya Kitchell first burst onto the local music scene in 2001. She was 13 at the time and was already writing her own songs and singing them in her warm, soulful voice. Three years later, at 16, she … 0