Posts Tagged ‘Blues’





Peeping & Picklebacks



Mulled ciders, October baseball, and ironic pumpkin carvings… it must be October! We kicked off the month with Harmony Presents at the second annual Hawley Harvest Hoedown after having played their excellent Silk Mill concert series twice before. It was an excellent triple bill featuring ourselves, Caribou Mountain Collective, and the hometown Coal Town Rounders in the beautiful old Ritz Theater. A real gem with some sweet leaf peeping in the Poconos.

Post-show with promoter extraordinairre Jill Carletti

 

Next up we had a fantastic hometown throwdown at our old haunt, Rockwood Music Hall. It’s been a whirlwind since we last played in NYC, so we arranged a little pre-party with some our nearest and dearest to help us get back in the New York state of mind (thanks to the excellent bar Hill & Dale for the round of picklebacks). After a great time catching up with our people, we were geared up to play to an unbelievably warm and enthusiastic crowd. The night was topped off when our brother Bruce Harris emerged from the crowd to join us on “I Want Mo’.”
 

Pre-party Picklebacks


Our man Bruce on the horn


Then on down to our southern home away from home in Charlottesville, VA for the Levitt AMP series at the IX Arts Park. It was an incredibly cool space with all sorts of funky murals, giant bubble machines, a bullmastiff named Mozart, and was all put on by our good pals at WTJU, one of the finest radio stations in the land. It was a fluky winter day in October with chilly winds a temperatures below freezing, so we had to really amp ourselves up to play outdoors. The fans who stuck it out with us gave us more warmth and good vibes than the stage lights, and once our fingers loosened up, we had a big ol’ time. We were even joined by one of our old Oberlin buddies and former Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds alum Ryan Snow on trombone for a few tunes.

Color/Contrast at IX Arts Park


 

Meanwhile we’re still hard at work on our new recording, expect to hear some big things coming soon….

Playback in the Map Room


 

And finally – LET’S GO METS!!! (this message is approved by Andrew, not so much by Craig)

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Summer Bucket List


We’ve been lucky to be spending time in some cooler climes during these dog days of summer. A few days in the beauty of Vermont was just what the doctor ordered, and the Green Mountain State lived up to it’s hype as one of the best music scenes out there.

We returned to the legendary Nectar’s in Burlington for another Thursday night bacchanal, and then made our way to the ski mecca of Stowe to play the Rusty Nail. It’s a beautiful room with a killer sound system, but unfortunately we got the news when we walked in that the sound man was sick, and they couldn’t find a replacement! No worries, as our drummer/sound engineer extraordinaire Tony stepped up and navigated his way through a maze of cables and vague signal chains until they found someone to come in and run the board just before the downbeat. You never quite know what life on the road will throw at you, and we do our very best to hang in there and keep putting on the best damn show we can. With the brief downtime we had, we ran down the Vermont-summertime-bucket-list: lake swimming, back road driving, driveway b-ball, maple creemees, grilling, and tasty craft brews.

 

Next we took a roll through our old stomping grounds of Ohio with a show at the Music Box in Cleveland, not far from where Eben and Andrew first met at Oberlin College. It’s an awesome new venue right on the river, and we look forward to getting back there again before too long.

A roll towards Columbus brought us in-studio at the awesome independent radio station and NPR affiliate WCBE, in advance of our show at Natalie’s, which was a great room, great sound, great people, and GREAT pizza. This is coming from some jaded NY and New Haven residents who take their pies very seriously, but let me tell you, this place is the real deal and a wonderful supporter of the Americana music scene. Next up was the capital of the Keystone State and a stop at a fantastic new venue called the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center. They’re working real hard to coalesce the arts scene there and are doing all sorts of very cool programming beyond just music (including a live Halloween production of Rocky Horror!) so be sure to check them out if you’re in the area. We also had a chance to drop in for a live TV appearance at the local ABC affiliate (check out the footage here) for a performance and the requisite clowning around on set.

 

Then was a homecoming in the Hudson Valley, as we played for the third straight year at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. It was a magical few days with perfect weather and our main stage set was just a blast with the sun shining down on music lovers spread out all over the hill . And big thanks as always to our family at the Blue Camp (Davey, Josh, Mindy et al.) who are behind the scenes helping to run the show and always making sure that we’re well hydrated and properly relaxed.

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Neighbors Up North / Pride


You hear a lot about southern hospitality, but people aren’t talking enough about the good vibes coming from our neighbors up north. We just capped off our first tour to Buffalo and Ontario and good lord we could not have had a better time. We did a run of shows through Orillia, Toronto, and Peterborough, with the latter being the real highlight. So many thanks to Adam, Emily, Big Hank, and the Pine Box String Band for making a bunch of Yankees feel right at home. We received a bunch of comparisons to The Band, and considering it’s the hometown of Ronnie Hawkins, we’ll take that as a compliment of the highest order!

 

It was also a real case of kismet to be up in Toronto on their annual Pride Day shortly after the SCOTUS announced the ruling on same-sex marriage. There was a great energy in the air, and everyone was congratulating us on our country’s (long overdue) decision. It was a great time to be an American abroad and to feel pride in the progress of of our nation. #loveislove

 

There wasn’t much down time as we also squeezed in two video sessions with the Toronto Acoustic Sessions and the 1809 Sessions, so stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for some brand new moving pictures of the band. And you’re hearing it here first – we’re heading back to the studio this week! After reconfiguring the lineup and instrumentation one year ago, we’re feeling road ready and primed to bring you the best music to date. We can’t wait for you to hear what’s going down.

 


Fare thee well!

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