Not Just Fiddlin’ Around
I believe music is about more than sound. Music is also about people, places, stories, and history–and knowing this context can make even sounds “themselves” infinitely more powerful. Therefore, instead of merely posting my own songs, I want to share the historical contexts, investigations, and creative processes that inspired and informed them.
If you’re a songwriter, musician, historian, folky, or just music-lover, I hope these articles inspire you to engage with America’s musical past on your own, whether on this website or beyond.
So please click on an article and start a conversation!
Launching “National Songwriting Contest” as Braver Angels’ new “Director of Cultural Engagement”
Bridging divides with bluegrass music.
Dealing with Nashville’s hidden Confederate history
The story of how the ACA saved my life, and a song asking Americans to save it.
History taught me to appreciate my mom and buy her a better gift!
They used to be superstars, but now they’re prisoners of silent cases: The lives of museum instruments.
Lost loves and lost soldiers: the story of a Civil War song we can’t forget.