Brian Carroll Jacob Furr's Trails and Traces is a beautiful yet heartbreaking album.
With the 26th annual Dallas Observer Music Awards just around the corner -- in fact, voting is open right now -- we're looking to spend the next several weeks taking the opportunity to highlight some of the nominees for this year's awards. And when we say that these artists are the "best," don't just take our word for it: We polled 150 local music experts to pull together the nominees this year, so they come on pretty good authority.
Like so many other once-solid genres, folk music's boundaries have become fluid, and that's made for some interesting times in the past decade or so. Sure, Dylan plugged in back in 1965, but he didin't have a kick-drum! While the sounds of this year's DOMA Best Folk Act finalists vary in many ways, there's an important thread which ties them all together in the most folkie of ways: These artists spin a yarn and weave a tale with the best of them. The story is king in folk music, and that will never change.More »