Thursday, March 05, 2015

The North Country - Never There (Pt I)


Washington, DC - I've got a soft spot in my heart for any artist that finds creative ways to honor popular music's rich history. We have that in spades today. Storytellers THE NORTH COUNTRY have a new richly nuanced sound that looks back across its shoulder at both recent and far-flung pasts.

Today we debut the band's new track "Never There Part I" from There Is Nothing To Fear (Apr 20 release). The name of the band is an homage to Bob Dylan's  "Girl From The North Country" from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963.)

Like Dylan's stolid song of love and loss, there is a quiet progression on this track - it plods lightly moving towards the light and we are witness to it all. The North Country have drafted a new, precise spell-of-a-song; one that's  full of wonder and restraint. It just goes to show that while there's but a few undiscovered islands of creativity out there, there's still hope all around. Follow the link below to peruse their back catalog. Waiting anxiously for the new one!

Definitely One To Watch - The North Country are Jonathan Parker, Ilia Kobrinsky, Andrew Grossman, Michael Hernandez, Shaun Dubick, and Leah Gage.

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Brothers In Yarn

Brothers in Yarn is equal parts band and book club. Known for his work as the frontman in Golden Bloom, Shawn Fogel found a new way to approach songwriting that incorporates both the community of a reading group and the inspiration of immersing himself in a different kind of art. During 2015, he is reading one book a month, and inviting friends and listeners to do so with him. By the end of the month, he’s going to have written and recorded a complete song inspired by the book. After struggling with writer’s block while making Golden Bloom’s new album and realizing that he hadn’t had the chance to read a book in a long time, Fogel made a resolution to connect his writing and reading—and to use his home studio to do so. “The idea of reading a book a month, and writing and recording a song inspired by that book each month would not only force me to bring reading back into my life, but force me to learn how to use my home studio and set aside regular time for writing new music,” he says.


Brothers in Yarn is going to both revisit books Fogel has found inspirational in the past—for example, January was Matilda—and explore new books. He’s already chosen some of the selections, but is also planning on crowdsourcing suggestions. By alternating new material with material he already loves, Fogel is both awakening previous writing lives within himself and trying to spark new ideas. For January’s song, “A Million Tiny Arms,” he writes specifically of the magic and inspiration of Matilda herself: “A miracle for modern times/ A walking work of art/ Nature without nurturing/ Perfect from the start/ Parented by pages of/ The books they tore apart…Moving minor mountains with a million tiny arms.” Fogel digs deeper than the images on the page to connect with the emotions beneath them. Brothers in Yarn isn’t just songs about books: the songs are about who the readers are while they are reading, and who they become after knowing characters like Matilda.

By blending his interesting in music and books, Fogel is extending an invitation to his audience to participate. Though arguably one of the most important parts about engaging with art is discussing it with other people who love it, the act of reading and listening is often passive. Fogel’s project invites people to become active. By helping select the books he writes about, audience members will have a personal stake in the music. Fogel has also proposed discussion about the books: “I might post some questions or discussion prompts on social media and see if anyone wants to engage in our cyber book club.”


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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Trapper Schoepp & The Shades - Dream

Playing on a short tun of dates this week with The Jayhawks, Milwaukee's red hot Trapper Schoepp have had quite a year in 2014. Among their many, many live show accomplishments, we were delighted to have us in The Garden for a One on One video session recording in New York City. Here the band performs a newer song, Dreams. This is really just a tease, the full session goes live on The Outlaw Roadshow tomorrow.

About the Artist: Trapper Schoepp has the ear of a troubadour, the eye of a journalist and the heart of a young poet. He began writing songs at a tender age with startling facility, distilling rock, folk and country traditions into tunes that are at turns spirited and melancholy. Themes ranging from pride of place, love and adventure shine with surprisingly sophisticated metaphors for a songwriter so young.  

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The Neptune Theatre
Seattle, WA
Jan 07
Aladdin Theater
Portland, OR
Jan 08
The Fillmore
w/ The Jayhawks
San Francisco, CA
Jan 10
w/ The Jayhawks
Los Angeles, CA
Jan 11
Belly Up
w/ The Jayhawks
Solana Beach, CA
Jan 12
w/ The Jayhawks
San Juan Capistrano, CA

MORE GREAT VIDEO TO COME: All footage shot for this year's Outlaw Roadshow in New York are the work of Ehud Lazin of SBGIt has been a joy to work with someone as passionate about new music and historic performances as we are. We want you to share Ehud's videos to the world! (Editor's Tip: The SBG YouTube channel is AWESOME.)

Monday, December 29, 2014

K Phillips - Run For Shelter

Phillips practicing in The Garden - photo by Tim Slusher

Hailing from Austin, TX and bringing with him the howling ghosts of music's past Screamin' K Phillips could be the most underrated live act in America today. We were delighted to have him back with us in New York City - and of course, we recorded a bunch of live stuff with him playing in The Garden. This is just a tease. The full K Phillips session will go live over at TheOutlawRoadshow shortly, we just wanted to get you excited..

K Phillips is accompanied in the session by collaborator Daniel Thomas Phipps, who we came to know and love from his work with Phillips' deft backing band The Concho Pearls. Daniel Thomas Phipps recorded his own session which has been one of the fan favorites so far in 2014. You can watch that here.

MORE GREAT VIDEO TO COME: All footage shot for this year's Outlaw Roadshow in New York are the work of Ehud Lazin of SBGIt has been a joy to work with someone as passionate about new music and historic performances as we are. We want you to share Ehud's videos to the world! (Editor's Tip: The SBG YouTube channel is AWESOME.)