Along with a revival comes restructuring, a concomitant re-evaluation of canons and an attempt to erect new pillars to uphold the tenets of modern practitioners. And so it goes with our New Weird Americans and freak-folkers. Folk renewal is hardly novel, but with the latest batch of beards and buskers comes an unexpected emphasis on championing the influence of lost souls, those strummers and singers who blipped off the radar after barely even registering in the first place. But with a host of weathered faces seizing the moment, it's hard to tell if the accolades are deserved or simply a young'un's attempt to escape the... More >>>