Let’s test this thing, shall we? This one features our friend and Appalachian-dweller Dylan Shrader, who will be reviewing music in our upcoming first issue. We break the seal on our nifty music section with Shrader’s “Some Day” – recorded in a mountain cabin while in solitary (and voluntary) confinement. But he makes a better introduction than we do, so read on to the bottom and listen up for a treat.
Dylan Shrader is a multi-instrumentalist whose addiction to southern traditional music began while a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, employed as an audio technician for the Southern Folklife collection. Drawing inspiration from the earliest commercial bluegrass, late 20â€™s hillbilly music, the folk revivalists, San Francisco rock and roll, Chess-era electric blues and anything else that seems to have that untamed sense of control, Shrader is currently seeking refuge in a hundred-year old cabin in the western North Carolina wilderness composing original songs, and improving his folk-troubadourdom. Expect him back on the vibrant North Carolina pickinâ€™ circuit in the fall with the early-style bluegrass group the Ragweed Boys, a wealth of original singer-songwriter material and a number of other upcoming musical projects. This issueâ€™s selections reflect a number of distinct veins in contemporary American string-based music.