Roots and Roses

Something More Than Free Jason Isbell Southeastern Records, 2015 Americana artists are a dime a dozen.  The field is as crowded as that of the 2016 GOP hopefuls, and sometimes it can feel just as stodgy and unimaginative.  How long can a genre go back to the well of its influences – the cadences and […]

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Old School Record Review #51- Twisted Pine and The Stray Birds at the Green River Festival

Matt Rector guest hosts the podcast this week and hooked up with two wonderful bands at the Green River Festival: Twisted Pine and The Stray Birds Download Podcast Here Stream Podcast Here Download in iTunes Stitcher Twisted Pine Website- http://www.twistedpinemusic.com/ The Stray Birds Website- http://www.thestraybirds.com/  

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Top 5 Gillian Welch Songs

by Noah Kucij Call it acoustic roots-rock or slowgrass or modern folk, but the music of Gillian Welch (pronounced like the gills on a fish, as she sometimes tells audiences in a conspiratorial stage whisper) is less interesting to classify than it is to hear.  She’s better known for the traditional elements of her sound […]

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The MOVE Music Festival, Albany, NY, Part One of Two – Friday, April 24, 2015

The MOVE Music Festival is now in its fourth year of bringing emerging, independent acts to Albany, NY for one weekend of frenetic musical overload. Managing to more-or-less make good on one of their taglines of “100 Bands, 10 Venues, One Incredible Weekend,” this past Friday through Sunday, the festival organizers may still be faking […]

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Old School Record Review Interview Series Ep. #20- Liz Frame and The Kickers

This week on Old School Record Review, Boston based singer-songwriter Liz Frame of Liz Frame and The Kickers called into the show to discuss her band’s EP, Justine. With a knack for universal storytelling and powerful vocals, Liz has often been compared to artists like Lucinda Williams, Sheryl Crow and Natalie Merchant. You can purchase […]

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Old School Record Review Interview Series Ep. #13 Tim Whalen of Ray Murray & The Bomb Squad

Dave headed up to Saratoga County to catch up with Tim Whalen of Ray Murray & The Bomb Squad. Two men sitting down  with some fine bourbon and talking music, politics and religion always seems to be a excellent recipe for an entertaining podcast. Tim’s  Americana/roots style, mixed with his lyrical explorations of the darker […]

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Old School Record Review Interview Series #10- Traverdan

Dave interviewed folk/alt country musician Traverdan(Travis Nelson) and discussed his EP Shadows on the Street. They covered everything from Travis’s early influences and songwriting approach to the inspiration for and meaning of his songs. It was a tremendous conversation and Travis’s  willingness to be completely open about his passion and drive for creating music was […]

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Old School Record Review Interview Series Episode 6- North and South Dakotas

Dave headed up to Ballston Spa to catch up with the North and South Dakotas. The North and South Dakotas are an Americana/Roots band featuring excellent vocal harmonies and multiple lead instruments. They discussed what inspires the band to create original music, their arranging process, the rewards/challenges of the recording process and where they see […]

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Old School Record Review Interview Series Episode 4- Henry’s Rifle

Dave Keneston got together with the whiskey barrel banjo blues slinging John Alfred Pipino, aka Henry’s Rifle. They explored John’s influences, creative process, upcoming album and his overarching philosophies on music. Download Podcast Here Direct Download Here Download in iTunes Photography courtesy of Sarah Winner photography. Link to her page All music used in episode […]

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