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Laurel Premo and Anna Gustavsson
Courtesy of Premo & Gustavsson

Take fiddle and banjo tunes of the United States and mix them with the music and dance tunes of Sweden, and there you have Premo & Gustavsson . Our Songs from Studio East series explores music that combines both contemporary and traditional music from around the world. Premo & Gustavsson fit that bill perfectly.

Mary Whalen

After three years of writing, arranging and recording, Red Tail Ring ’s Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo are out with their new album. It’s called Fall Away Blues . It blends new folk songs on subjects ranging from gun violence and fracking to our deepest relationships and changing sense of place. It also features some old traditional ballads and tunes.

www.stoneyworld.com

Musician Britney Stoney is a born-and-raised Detroiter and she's inspired by her hometown in all kinds of ways. She's especially influenced by the people she calls "hustlers and grinders," meaning everyday people who work hard and live good lives, regardless of their circumstances. Stoney says her mother is a great example of a grinder, who raised her as a single mom while working as a waitress and bartender. Here are a few lyrics from the song "Organ Donor:" "Now mama make her money...

Songs from Studio East: The Crane Wives

Aug 26, 2015
Benjamin Foote

The band members of The Crane Wives quit their day jobs this year and are making the jump from being a West Michigan band, to trying to make their mark on the national music scene. Their new album, Coyote Stories, is being released August 29. https://youtu.be/t8U3HWacZdA

Michael Hacala

The music industry has changed a lot over the past half-century, but a music venue in Ann Arbor that focuses on folk music has been able to survive through all those changes. As The Ark celebrates its 50 th anniversary this year, its leadership is now looking to the next generation of folk musicians to keep the venue around for the next 50 years.

Joel Mabus is a maverick in the folk music world, with a career so eclectic and varied he defies any easy pigeonhole.
Jeff Mitchell

Joel Mabus grew up writing, singing, and playing the blues in Southern Illinois. Though he grew up in the midst of Beatlemania, Mabus always felt drawn to the tunes of Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs, among others. He now lives in Portage, outside Kalamazoo, and has just released his new album, A Bird In This World .

http://www.laclabellemusic.com/

Lac La Belle is an acoustic duo that's bringing music of Appalachia and early Americana to the Motor City. Stateside’s Emily Fox sat down with the duo to talk about their latest album. You can listen to their conversation here:

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The Ark started the Ann Arbor Folk Festival in 1977. In nearly all of the past lineups , you'll find big names and local artists. The festival is happening this weekend at Hill Auditorium. Both the Friday and Saturday shows are sold out. So, if you didn't get tickets in time, or you can't afford them, or the roads are too bad, or you had no idea that this existed, or you are lazy, you can listen to all the artists here. (I've constructed this list based on the list the Ark released, which they say is subject to change.) Here's what you can hear on Friday: Pearl and the Beard

Shirley Collins/American Folklife Center/Library of Congress

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Great Lakes Folk Festival in East Lansing on Sunday will be the first stop of a traveling exhibit celebrating the 75th anniversary of a song collecting tour through the Upper Midwest.

The Lansing State Journal reports that it commemorates a trip that began in Detroit on Aug. 1, 1938, by 23-year-old Alan Lomax. He carried a recorder and movie camera to gather folk music. Lomax was in charge of the Library of Congress's Archive of American Folk-Song.
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Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio

An Ann Arbor neighborhood will host a one-of-a-kind front porch music festival this weekend. On Sunday, May 1 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., musicians who live in the citys Water Hill district will sit out on their front porch or lawn, and put on a show. Its called the Water Hill Music Fest, and more than 50 house in the neighborhood will participate. The newspaper Groundcover talked to the festivals founder, Paul Tinkerhess: As a musician Ive come to know other musicians who live in the...