is a bi-monthly magazine
and world music
based in Baltimore, Maryland
. The magazine offers extensive reviews of folk music recordings
, and concerts
as well as in depth profiles of musical artists and venues
. They also maintain a schedule of concerts and festivals
of folk music performances in North America
in their "gig guide" which is available within the magazine or through their web site. Other features include, "The Horse Trader" classified ads, and a "Wireless" discussion of whats on the air waves.
originated in 1983 as a publication titled Fairport Fanatics
, a fan magazine
for the British
band Fairport Convention
created by T.J. McGrath of Fairfield, Connecticut
. In 1987 Paul Hartman took over as editor
, renamed the magazine Dirty Linen
and expanded its scope to cover genres of rooted music
from many countries and cultures.
Now based in Baltimore, Maryland, the magazine grew with direction from Hartman and his wife, Susan (who also served as co-editor of the magazine for many years). The photocopied fanzine became a glossy color publication in the early 1990s. Dirty Linen began international distribution and gained sales in North American chains such as Borders Books & Music, Barnes & Noble, and Chapters.
In September 2007, Dirty Linen announced a merger with Visionation, Inc., publishers of Blues Revue and the e-zines BluesWax and FolkWax. The merger was greeted enthusiasticly by both parties who announced plans for new projects for Dirty Linen such as the inclusion of a sampler CD for subscribers, and planned growth for all four of Visionation's roots music publications, including entry into radio and cable markets and sponsorship of music festivals.
A number of writers for the magazine also provide music content elsewhere on the web: