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Wed, Jul 3, 2013 4:19 pm

The Family Roots Festival is exactly what it sounds like: an event to get together with family and friends and have good-natured fun.

This past weekend, the festival ran for its third year at Smoke Rise Ranch.

With a vibrant mix of music, art and friendly people, it went off without a hitch, at least as far as the attendees knew.

"Now you see what we have to deal with," chuckled Raye Sanborn, a co-founder of the festival along with her husband Brian.

Raye was speaking of the difficulties they had providing the visiting bands with their hospitality requests.

Tue, Jul 2, 2013 3:02 pm

Ohio native Patrick Sweany has been performing his brand of roots/blues/rock music since the 1990s, with shows throughout the U.S. and several critically acclaimed albums under his belt. This Friday, he returns to Marietta's Adelphia Music Hall. WOUB's Mark Hellenberg talked with Sweany about the show and his new album, Close to the Ground.

Mon, Jul 1, 2013 10:43 am

Enjoy these photos from the grand opening celebration of Jorma and Vanessa Kaukonen's Psylodelic Gallery at the Fur Peace Ranch in Pomeroy, Ohio, on June 29, 2013.

The art gallery is built inside a grain bin and features 1960s art and relics.

Jorma Kaukonen, best known for his work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 12:52 pm

WOUB's Bryan Gibson talks with Mike Elliott, a stalwart of the Athens music scene, and Josh Antonuccio of 3 Elliott Studio about Checkered Pastures, the debut album by Elliott's new band Supernobody, featuring a who's-who of local musicians.

Wed, Jun 26, 2013 1:30 pm

Athens County music fans are about to get the "Royale" treatment from Stuart's Opera House. This Friday, the venue's Free Summer Concert Series kicks off with the "funkin' kings of rock and soul," The Royales. The show is being held in conjunction with Final Fridays, Nelsonville's monthly gallery hop and arts event.

Tue, Jun 25, 2013 9:59 am

Over the past few years, there have been a number of 30-something artists emerging into solo careers after the breakup of the successful string bands of their youth.

The Watson siblings and Chris Thiele from Nickel Creek come to mind, as do Mike and Ruthy from the Mammals, and most recently, Aoife O'Donovan from Crooked Still. 

Many of these musicians came from a fertile musical background and were raised listening to, playing and singing traditional and folk songs.

Mon, Jun 24, 2013 9:28 am

On this episode of Crossing Boundaries Extra, host Mark Hellenberg talks with Canadian singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan, who performs a handful of songs with guitarist Chris Gauthier at the 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival.

MacLellan, who performed on all three stages at this year's NMF, has won several East Coast Music Association awards and was the Solo Artist of the Year at the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Here, she and Gauthier share stories and tunes on the porch of a rustic log cabin at Hocking College's Robbins Crossing.

Mon, Jun 17, 2013 11:37 pm

2013 is turning out to be a banner year for Athens music, with great new releases from Hex Net, Leah Nairn and Supernobody. Now you can add local surf-rockers The D-Rays to that list. WOUB's Bryan Gibson talks with bassist Missy Pence about the band's debut LP and upcoming record release show at The Union.