Black Deer Festival: Friday

“…Zimmerman picked up the electro-acoustic and absolutely smashed it (and basically everything) with her slide guitar skill. Moment of the festival right there on day one…”

Emily Barker

“…An extended vulnerable note in Over My Shoulder was absolutely on point as it reverberated around the hall…”

Hannah Rose Platt

“…Platt’s pure, angelic voice ranged from precisely powerful to beautifully breaking, reminiscent of Jewel. …”

Sarah Darling & Kaity Rae

“…Darling’s vocals had an exquisitely pure tone reminiscent of Jewel or Sarah McLachlan…”

Album review: Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black

Little Bit sets the tone decisively with an unflinching bass line to ramp up the tension. The accusatory tone is warranted. The song’s topic is systemic racism, specifically police shootings: “poor kid they caught him without his license/that ain’t why they shot him/they say he was fighting/So?” No-one is fooled by the official narrative, but nor…