Flickr: d0602lstricThe black-eyed pea--more of a legume, really--has
a lonnng history of good luck, starting with the bible (i.e. Jewish New Year),
then migrating to Africa and then to the U.S. in the 1600s with the slave
trade. This staple crop of the south hit the big time during the Civil War, ... More >>
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.
Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic ... More >>