I’ve made nods to Frank Fairfield several times over the last couple years on this site, but wanted to take a moment to truly shed some light on this enamoring figure. In early 2008 I somehow stumbled upon a bizarre podcast called Pathways of the Gramophone. This radio show (now defunct) was a highly eclectic program that showcased old folk and world music. It was narrated and curated by one, Frank Fairfield. After some research I discovered Fairfield was a player in his own right. These days Frank is releasing records of original and traditional music and touring the world alongside such acts as Fleet Foxes. I had the chance to meet and see Frank play in LA last March and again last night at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Fairfield is on tour currently supporting Cass McCombs. Click here to view the schedule.
“Fairfield is worthy of your consideration, even if you’ve never heard or considered the old-time music. He plays with a rare integrity, offering up his life in a way that does exactly what folk music must do– it relates the world as the singer sees it, mixing sadness with sweetness, excitement with low-down and miserable depression. This has nothing to do with genre; hip-hop, jazz and rock all feel this way, too. Like the best of it all, Fairfield’s music seems inexorably real and entirely necessary.”
– Grayson Currin, Pitchfork
“Nine Pound Hammer”
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