Even though the urban folk revival was more than a generation ago, and even though its big stars Dylan and Baez, for instance are pushing 70, the hopeful, utopian, socially conscious spirit of the thing lives on with considerable finesse in the work of post-70s folk singer-songwriters like Carrie Newcomer. Shes been making albums for New England roots stalwart Rounder for almost 20 years, and her latest, Before & After, comes on the heels of an ambassadorial trip to India the sort of peace-, justice- and arts-related effort she often ties in with her music. That applies to this tour, too: shes donating 10 percent of sales to the Center for Courage and Renewal. Newcomers new batch of songs sung in a dusky, soothing voice present just the sort of reflections on spirituality and living right that might prompt a person to do such things.
Thu., March 4, 2010