Daily Distraction: Read Chris DeVille on Michael Hurley

Take a few minutes to read a local treasure writing about a folk legend

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Michael Hurley performs in the No-Fi Cabin at the 2010 Nelsonville Music Festival.

On Friday, Michael Hurley will release his first new studio record in 12 years, The Time of the Foxgloves. The beloved, nearly 80-year-old folk musician nicknamed "Snock" issued his debut album on Folkways Records in 1964, when he was a staple in the Greenwich Village folk scene in New York City.

Ohio music lovers may know Hurley best from the multiple sets he plays each year (in non-COVID times) at the Nelsonville Music Festival. 

Over at Stereogum, Columbus writer Chris DeVille has a great piece on Hurley's life, career and The Time of the Foxgloves, which is the site's Album of the Week. "You don’t have to know any of that history to appreciate The Time Of The Foxgloves. All you have to do is pull up a chair and listen," DeVille writes. "Despite its hi-fi origins, the album is pleasingly raw and homespun; it makes me feel like I’m sitting on a porch somewhere sweltering with Snock, just soaking in off-kilter bluesy folk tunes, sipping on something sweet. ... Snock and friends ease their way through each song like they’ve got all the time in the world and nowhere better to be. It’s wonderful."

DeVille ends the piece with gratitude for Hurley; we should be similarly grateful for DeVille. Do give it a read, and preview Hurley's "Little Blue River" below.