The Bigger Picture

Smoke's Greatest Hits

by Bob Moses

Welcome to the archive site for the stories, columns, original video, audio and music from Smoke Music.... more

Five Gears in Reverse

by Bob Moses

Though they were the books of the summer, Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad share the dying-light c... more

Peg Simone's Haunting Secrets

by Bob Moses

Spend any summertime in the lowland South and it won’t be long until some Cracker Barrel Confucius allows as how it ain’t the heat, it’s the humidity, yessir, it surely is.... more

The Songs They Carried: Music at War

by Bob Moses

I once followed Metallica through a coliseum's fluorescent underground maze to a pitch-black stage.... more

Tim Buckley at Newport 68

by Bob Moses

Look backward to the past and events seem to gain speed and inevitability. Observe Tim Buckley and the passing milestones become blurs.... more

Watch & Listen

E.C. Ball's Gift To A Frowning World

Spiritual, haunted, rollicking and fiercely independent: Nathan Salsburg and a group of like-minded artists pay tribute to a singular voice from the Blue Ridge, E.C. Ball.

Alan Lomax in Haiti: A Personal Journey of Discovery

In 1936, a 21-year-old Alan Lomax, on his first solo ethnographic expedition, discovered a nation redefining its identity. He struggled with personal and technical challenges, but returned with 1,500 recordings and film — now available for the first time from Harte Recordings, the Lomax archive, and the Library of Congress.

Sing Murder

Lonely woods and lost loves, deadly encounters and a waiting noose… the dark history of the murder ballad. Exclusive video interview and three original performances from country-music hero Charlie Louvin, and a murder ballad playlist. Two of Charlie's recordings were recently nominated for Grammy Awards.