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 […]Read more "Roots and Roses"
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/Read more "Old School Record Review #51- Twisted Pine and The Stray Birds at the Green River Festival"
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 […]Read more "Top 5 Gillian Welch Songs"
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 […]Read more "The MOVE Music Festival, Albany, NY, Part One of Two – Friday, April 24, 2015"
This week on Old School Record Review, The Sorry Devils Skyped into the show both from Portland, Oregon and an undisclosed location in Montana. Their album Peace in the Valley was the main topic of discussion, but, as usual, there were some fun tangents including The Band, whiskey and battle rapping. Download Podcast Here Stream […]Read more "Old School Record Review #36- The Sorry Devils"
George and Stephanie McCorkell of The May North Skyped into the podcast to talk with Dave about the band’s current album, By a String, Enjoy their sweet melodies and smokin’ instrumental musicianship as tales of life in the North Country unfold. By a String is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and cdbaby. Download Podcast […]Read more "Old School Record Review #29- The May North"
This week on Old School Record Review, Benny Zanfagna of Red Tail Hawk called into the show to discuss the band’s EP, Magnetic Malaise. The boys went deep on this one, delving into plant allies, proper word use, the nature of consciousness and, of course, several tracks from the record. Magnetic Malaise is available through […]Read more "Old School Record Review #25- Red Tail Hawk"
This week on Old School Record Review, Jefferson Grizzard called into the show to talk about his album, Learning How to Lie. With gospel flavors provided by the McCrary singers and a high level backing band of Nashville session musicians, Jefferson has created an album of true roots/blues/Americana music. The album is available through his […]Read more "Old School Record Review #22- Jefferson Grizzard"
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 […]Read more "Old School Record Review Interview Series Ep. #20- Liz Frame and The Kickers"
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly twenty years since Tom Petty released Wildflowers. Looking back on an album like this really took me back to my teenage years of discovering roots rock and Americana/folk. Shouting out “Let’s roll another joint” was an often repeated occurrence in 1994-1995. This album is well worth a listen. […]Read more "I Fucking Love That Band Ep# 10 Tom Petty-Wildflowers"
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 […]Read more "Old School Record Review Interview Series Ep. #13 Tim Whalen of Ray Murray & The Bomb Squad"
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 […]Read more "Old School Record Review Interview Series #10- Traverdan"
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 […]Read more "Old School Record Review Interview Series Episode 6- North and South Dakotas"
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 […]Read more "Old School Record Review Interview Series Episode 4- Henry’s Rifle"