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Friday, December 30, 2016

Workman Song - The Outlaw Roadshow Video Session!



Every creative scene needs fresh blood flowing through it and there's just so much magic here in this new Outlaw Roadshow video session, I think you might find yourself surrendering to it on first listen. Sean McMahon is Workman Song. The Northampton, MA songwriter - the star of this set is someone on the rise. And certainly someone you are going to want to be watching on the path ahead in 2017. 

McMahon challenges listeners on faith, he unveils secrets with his audiences - and figuratively emerges like a butterfly. What exactly powers him remains to be seen. 

Sean entered our lives this fall in New York and immediately mesmerized his audiences and we became fast friends. He's wildly gifted - far beyond his years. With lyrics that transfix and spell the audience, his presentations are essentially incarnations. Having sharpened his teeth in Streets of Laredo, an act he still plays bass guitar with, his wild heart truly emerges with each note as Workman Song. 



One To Watch - A session can be plugged in, wired deep, psychedelic and filled with fuzz (see his latest, Rock and Roll), or thoroughly unplugged and laid bare as hell - as here in this video session. In his Outlaw Roadshow video solo debut, Workman Song joins the paintings from gifted artist Felipe Molina.   


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MORE TO COME: All footage and production (how about that sound??!!) 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! 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Matt Bartlett - The Outlaw Roadshow Video Session!


Yahooo! Some cowboys wear black hats and some where white. Others wear ironic fishing caps and those dudes also play with exceptional New York City rock bands.. 

It was incredible to be surrounded by so many musical friends in NY; we're lucky that it's always so good like that. Well wasn't I surprised to see our friend Matt Bartlett (from Outlaw mainstays Skunkmello) walk in to play on his lonesome! 

Best Live Acts - In all seriously, Skunkmello are one of the most entertaining sets in New York City these days. After residencies and capacity shows in some of the city's favorite venues, they released one of the year's best country-rock fusion efforts in Hot Chicken. And whether unplugged or rocking - this is probably one of the most fun live acts to see in the country, they are witty and engaging from the first note to the very last. 




In his Outlaw Roadshow video solo debut, Matt Bartlett is flanked by the incredible original paintings from celebrated artist Felipe Molina.


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MORE TO COME: All footage and production (how about that sound??!!) 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! 

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Harmaleighs - The Outlaw Roadshow Video Session!




So excited to share this one with you! Each year a number of national acts join the fold - the Outlaw Roadshow family - perhaps my favorites this year were The Harmaleighs. The Nashville duo offer some of the best harmonies in the game and their ascension in the worlds of Americana, Pop and Folk have made them winners in their Nashville scene - and just about everywhere else the road roams. 

A conversation over music and a glass of wine with co-creators Haley Grant and Kaylee Jasperson could last all night long. They really are artists in every sense of the worlds, creating love on the stage as they go and sharing their vision for the world. Joined in this session, recorded in New York City, by the talented Myles Baker - this is one of the best audio treats of the season.  

The Harmaleighs are really good at bending ears and quieting loud rooms. After pulling off a few mesmerizing numbers - which serve to silence the bar crowd, pulling the audience out of their lives - Kaylee and Haley begin to deliver funny, self-effacing stories from the road and living out of an automobile. (This is an illustration in dedication and affection.) The room leans forward to hear more and the music commences. 





In this amazing session in The Garden, The Harmaleighs sit in a virtual gallery with the original paintings of celebrated artist Felipe Molina on all sides.

Touring behind their latest album, the appropriately titled, "Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush," The Harmaleighs promise new dates in 2017. We would love a new record as well. No matter where they may roam, they will always have a home to return to with The Outlaw Roadshow!


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MORE TO COME: All footage and production (how about that sound??!!) 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! 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Corey James Bost - The Outlaw Roadshow Video Session!

Shows like The Outlaw Roadshow with multiple artist sets unfolding, one after the next, always have their celebrated high moments and their heroes. This is one of them. 


Nashville blue-collar heartthrob Corey James Bost has been a journeyman player for most of his years, traveling across the country to play with some of music's biggest names before settling into the country's music capital and calling it home.

Bost is an honest, embracing storyteller. Often the fiery protagonist in his own stories, Bost sometimes writes about the lessons learned in youth - education that can only understood, however, with time. Several of his songs focus on his relationship with family and place. Raised in Florida as a boy, Bost can just as easily be found writing about the journeys on the musical road. 

In-between songs, he stops and shares a laugh with folks about anecdotes from the road and life's foibles. Moments later, he launches into a song with dramatic narratives so deep he causes audience members (who are nodding along with lyrics they have never heard before) with tears in their eyes. This is unique talent.  




Working on new songs and his latest adventure, Corey James Bost needs to be heard. His latest album is appropriately titled, Heritage, and each listen brings us closer to the truth. The only question for this listener - is whether it's Bost's heritage or my own. The delivery is so utterly human. These are everyone's songs. 

In this masterful and all-too-short video session, Corey James Bost shares three such tales. He is flanked on all sides by the masterful original paintings of celebrated artist Felipe Molina.  


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MORE TO COME: All footage and production (how about that sound??!!) 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! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Alan Wuorinen - The Outlaw Roadshow Video Session!


One of the great things about having so many talented music friends is they never cease to amaze you. Such is the case with Alan Wourinen, the singer of The Longwalls. While we weren't able to get the whole band in the New York City lineup this year, Alan did make the trip and performed a stellar set of solo numbers for us on stage and in this video. Crowds were impressed.

One of the East Coast's best sounds / Sneaky Good! - Alan and the band play dark pop songs influenced by cultural tides, historical figures and social ephemera and this set was no different. The Longwalls last two full-length albums, The Gold Standard and Kowloon are two sides of the same study of coins - demonstrating just how good they really are. This January, The Longwalls dropped a live album you need to hear (here!)

Alan, who just so happens to be one of my favorite radio show guests (The Outlaw Roadshow radio program airs weekly) plays four songs in this amazing video session. It begins with Sargasso of Space, a song celebrating a 1955 sci-fi novel by Andrew North (the pen name of Alice Mary Norton - a woman way ahead of her time.) In the video Wourinen is surrounded by the paintings of artist Felipe Molina




THE LONGWALLS
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MORE TO COME: All footage and production (how about that sound??!!) 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! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Brandy Zdan - The Outlaw Roadshow Video Session!


The scene you are about to see was written a full year ago but unfolded just this fall in New York City. Let that sink in for just a bit while I offer up some mood music.

Brandy Zdan dropped one of America's best full-lengths in 2015 after many years of performing and working with and for others. For the better part of the last decade, the native Canadian — now living in Nashville, TN— has garnered acclaim as half of the gothic folk/roots duo Twilight Hotel, with two albums, 2008’s Highway Prayer and 2011’s When the Wolves Go Blind, nominated for prestigious Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammy), as a formidable multi-instrumentalist (touring and recording with the Americana all-girl band the Trishas), and even as a solo artist (with LoneStarMusic hailing her 2013 Lone Hunter EP as “a one-woman tour de force.”)  

Brandy appeared at last year's Outlaw New York with Texas legend K Phillips (the Counting Crows national opener who also now calls Nashville home) and she was immediately invited back to perform. It was utterly amazing to see how much the music from her 2015 album evolved and grew in that span. What you are watching here is one of the best music acts in America performing for friends - it doesn't get ANY better than this. 



In this amazing video session, we see Brandy and the band execute in the midst of the works by paintings of artist Felipe Molina




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MORE TO COME: All footage and production (how about that sound??!!) 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! 



Thursday, December 15, 2016

James Maddock & David Immerglück - The Outlaw Roadshow Video Session!


As a music writer and an event promoter, there is no greater satisfaction than to discover, to curate, or to foster a moment that true happiness occurs in. You are about to share in such a memory today.  

James Maddock is one of contemporary music's greatest storytellers. That's likely because the soul at the center of his artistic storm is completely unique.. his voice is the conduit from someplace deep. Since 1999, James Maddock’s boldly vulnerable songwriting, honeyed rasp, and distinct folk and Americana aesthetic have garnered acclaim from icons, peers, and tastemaking outlets like NPR, American Songwriter, Relix Magazine, and CMT Edge.  

It's been an absolute pleasure becoming friends with David Immerglück, the brilliant Counting Crows anchor player, who fans lovingly call "Immy." One of the best strings man I have ever seen, he is certainly one of the top mandolin players in the game today, effortlessly taking any song to a special place. Flanked by a number of young musicians, Maddock and Immerglück watched the video sessions unfold before stepping up to perform themselves. The results are stunning. 





In this fiery video session, we get to see just how much fun two great friends can have when they get together for a live sit down. Background art by the sensational painter Felipe Molina, the wine is from Standing Sun Wines


Jimmy & Immy Live at Rockwood Music Hall
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MORE 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! 



Saturday, December 10, 2016

Sean Barna - The Outlaw Roadshow Session!


Songwriter Seán Barna has become a steadfast supporter of The Outlaw Roadshow and like so many of our musically-inclined friends, he has journeyed to each of our cities and elected to take part in the tradition, time and again. New York this year was no different. Except, well, maybe it was. Barna is at a creative crossroads. Having shifted his focus inside the last year to new goals and a new set of songs, he arrived for his Garden session video shoot excited to report his long-awaited new album is now, finally, ready. 

Pictures of An Exhibitionist will be unveiled in February. The release marks a fresh start for the talented singer who has a chameleon soul and an absolutely huge heart. A mesmerizing story-teller, you can picture Barna here or in a different time. His songs and presentation are classic tellings of the human experience. We're mighty glad to have him in the Outlaw family. For the first time ever, check out this session!



In this video session, we get an intimate look at Sean Barna's songs (both old and new). The balladeer is surrounded here by original paintings from the talented Felipe Molina


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MORE 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! 



Friday, December 09, 2016

The Roosevelts cover Counting Crows

We've only just begun to unveil videos recorded in our Garden Studio in Manhattan. Just days ago we uncloaked the magic sit-down from Nashville's The Roosevelts

So not scheduled in our New York City lineup, who do you think was visiting Gotham (erm New York) for a show, the very same night of our video filming!!?) Yes..., The Roosevelts! (boom)



The guys came, we caught up on stories and they recorded THIS VIDEO SESSION. They even saw a few other bands play. These memories of bands meeting and enjoying the experience together. New friends. These memories are among my favorite of each Roadshow. Cleary they were inspired as well. That is according to Roosevelt co-founder Jason Kloess, who writes the following and shared this video moment...




Jason writes: I wanted to share this video of us at Highline Ballroom in NYC; the evening we hung out with y'all. We had such a blast with you that we decided to do a cover of "Long December". This is actually the 3rd or 4th Counting Crows cover we've done over the years as they've had such a huge impact on our lives and music development. August and Everything After is constantly played in the van and still holds up to anything released currently, which speaks volumes to the production and the songs themselves.

It doesn't get any more real. 
The Roosevelts. 
Counting Crows. 
The Outlaw Roadshow!


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High Fascination - The Outlaw Roadshow Video Session!


BREAKING SOUNDS - In their first appearance at this year's Outlaw Roadshow New York in October, High Fascination, wowed audiences - but perhaps most importantly, they appeared to have wowed all the musicians and players in the crowd. The band have been a mainstay on The Outlaw Roadshow radio program in throughout the Summer. The band's  2016 - music blogger Ryan Spaulding having found their music submission in his inbox. 

"This band is building a really kind of lovely pop aesthetic that is reaching people. Out front in pop but they clearly have an appreciation of folk and of the history of music. Andrew Weiss (singer, songwriter) is very clever," said Spaulding "We're working with so many great bands, so this shouldn't be taken lightly: I'm expecting really big things from these guys on the road ahead. They're really talented players with so much out in front of them and we're damn lucky to have found them." 




One To Watch - In this session, High Fascination; Andrew Weiss, Mark McIntyre, Eddie Matthews, Amir Mortezai and Sam Gautier, are surrounded by the original paintings from artist Felipe Molina


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MORE 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! 



Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Brothers In Yarn - The Outlaw Roadshow Video Session!



Brothers in Yarn was, at first, equal parts band and book club. Known for his work as the front man in Golden Bloom, BIY brainchild 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. Each month last year, Fogel read a book with friends and then debuted a song inspired by the book within 30 days. Already an exceptional songwriter, this is Fogel's most ambitious project to-date (and an exercise in creativity that would serve to challenge and stretch Fogel's artistic barriers.) 

“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,” Fogel says.

Best of 2016 Album Selection! - The results, now available on the brand new Brothers in Yarn debut album, are remarkable. Recorded almost entirely by Fogel in his home studio, punctuated by the powerhouse drumming of Jason Hammel (Mates of State), and mixed by Greg Giorgio (The National, The Head and The Heart), this debut Brothers in Yarn is Fogel’s most adventurous work to date. This is really just an incredible music concept made real one that should be listened to time and again!





What's even more special? Fogel wrote and crafted the songs by his lonesome, so in order to bring them to life in the live setting for The Outlaw Roadshow and for this video session, he had to quickly train others to play along. Fogel is joined in this video session by gifted East Coast players Matthew Girard and Scott Thompson. The trio here are surrounded by the paintings of artist Felipe Molina!


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MORE 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! 


Friday, December 02, 2016

The Roosevelts - The Outlaw Roadshow Video Session!




The Roosevelts have become one of my favorite sounds of 2016. The band, anchored by founders Jason Kloess and James Mason, entered our lives in Nashville this September and joined us once again in New York City in late October to record this video session which captures their infectious grooves and perfect tone. The songs are from their new album, "The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn," - it's a must-have, breakout effort.

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return.’ It’s the closing line from a song my grandmother used to sing to me as a child,” says Mason. (The song, titled “Nature Boy,” was made famous by American Jazz singer Nat King Cole in 1948.) “The melody and words have stayed with me all these years and the sentiment within ties perfectly to the theme of this new record,” explains Mason when asked about the inspiration behind the album title. For the first time ever: check out this Outlaw session which starts out with the band's latest single, "Belly of The Beast!"





In Nashville we ate good barbecue and drank beer with these fine gents. In New York, we got to sit down with the band and watch other acts play before they jumped in and recorded one of their own. In the video, The Roosevelts are surrounded by the paintings of artist Felipe MolinaWe think you're going to love this band!

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MORE 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!