The 2009 International Folk Alliance, in its 21st year, was held this past weekend in Memphis, Tenn. The conference presents an interesting look at folk and traditional music from a historical/academic perspective, as well as a networking opportunity for many up and coming artists, particularly singer-songwriters. Bigger names like Roger McGuinn (keynote address) and James Burton were on the bill; and Albert Lee could be found haunting up and down the halls of the downtown Marriott.
American Songwriter got a late start on Thursday but made it in time for one of our favoritesRandall Bramblett, New West recording artist. Randall’s a jack of all trades, a staple on the Athens, Ga. music scene, who can sometimes be found playing sax with Widespread Panic or his old buddy Chuck Leavell. Seeing Randall solo – on acoustic guitar and vocals – is a treat not to miss though. Bramblett has a sincere and natural charm when he performs and hearing him do his own songs takes you straight back to a summer afternoon, sitting on a long porch under a big oak somewhere in Georgia, sipping your sweet tea.