Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jesse Sykes Discusses The Creation Of "Marble Son"

This is my interview with Jesse Sykes regarding her new record, Marble Son, which was recorded with her band, The Sweet Hereafter. For me, three simple words come to mind when I listen to Marble Son: spellbinding, entrancing, and expansive. It's a master work for Ms. Sykes, as well as an incredibly rewarding gift to her followers and admirers. As a fan, I wanted to learn more and share it all with readers. Here's our conversation:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Red Heart The Ticker Share The Story Of "Your Name In Secret I Would Write"

Red Heart the Ticker is Robin MacArthur and Tyler Gibbons. As a duo, they have released two previous albums: 2009’s Oh My!  Mountains Below and 2005’s For The Wicked. For their new album, Your Name In Secret I Would Write, Red Heart The Ticker have crafted an inspiring and remarkable collection that spans generations, and, as you will read, it also has a great story.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pharis And Jason Romero Generously Share Much More Than Simply "A Passing Glimpse"

Pharis and Jason Romero met in 2007 at an old-time fiddle jam and have been making music and building banjos together ever since. They both had been playing music for decades, and they were each drawn to early country, old time, blues, bluegrass, and fiddle-banjo music. In addition to performing and recording their own music, Jason and Pharis also build a wide variety of exquisitely beautiful and finely crafted banjos at their family run company, the J Romero Banjo Company, in Horsefly, British Columbia.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chris & Stefanie of Big Harp Discuss "White Hat"

Big Harp is the husband and wife duo of Chris Senseney (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Stefanie Drootin Senseney (bass, vocals). Stefanie has toured with bands including Bright Eyes, The Good Life, and She & Him, and Chris has played in Art in Manila. The Los Angeles-based act's brand new record, White Hat, is a fantastic mix of indie, pop, folk, and classic country. The album has just been released this week by Saddle Creek Records.

I recently had the opportunity to correspond with the duo regarding their musical experiences, biggest influences, sources of inspiration, and their creative process as a married couple and as parents.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Lydia Loveless On "Indestructible Machine"

Drawing from classic country, punk rock, pop, and gospel, 21 year-old Lydia Loveless has delivered a highly addictive and very rewarding sophomore album called Indestructible Machine. Ms. Loveless arrived on the scene with her debut, last year's The Only Man, and while she was still recording that record, she already began to shape the tunes that would ultimately become Indestructible Machine.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Interview: Michael Connolly Opens Up The "The Mandolin Casefiles"

Literally while Hurricane Irene was hitting the east coast and touching ground in Brooklyn, I was digging through an incredible set of promotional releases from Devon Leger and the good people at Hearth Music that got me so excited, I was compelled to fire off an email pleading to interview one of the artists. This ignited a spirited and mutually enthusiastic set of emails back and forth (maybe more spirited for me since the rain and wind of the hurricane was sweeping down my street), in which we not only made arrangements for an interview, but we also struck a common bond: the mandolin.

Monday, September 5, 2011

An Interview With Asheville, N.C.'s Red June

Red June is an acoustic trio from Asheville, North Carolina which includes Will Staughan on steel guitar, Natalya Weinstein on fiddle, and John Cloyd Miller on guitar. The band has been receiving an impressive, and well-deserved amount of acclaim lately for their mixture of bluegrass, country, roots, and rock sensibilities. As the group's excellent debut album, Remember Me Well, continues to circulate and increasingly generate more appreciation for the band, Red June are not a collective to sit still.