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Podcast: Aaron English on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch~One hour LIVE radio performance/interview

Aaron English photo courtesy of Angel Mountain Media

“In an episode of the Fox TV drama Bones last year, a character made a mix of “the six greatest break-up songs” and gave it to a heart-broken colleague. The mix featured songs from alternative-pop stars such as Sia, Mazzy Star, José González, Antony and the Johnsons…and a lone unsigned artist by the name of Aaron English.

Seattle-based piano-man Aaron English has been steadily building a buzz in the U.S. since 2006, thanks to two self-released albums and three national tours with his seven-piece ensemble, The Aaron English Band.”

Prolific, soulful, and compelling, Aaron English has integrated the far corners of the world into his music, and the deepest parts of the human psyche into poetry. The remarkable combination is not to be missed – whether it’s on a big stage or the back porch. Go. – Fran Snyder, ConcertsInYourHome.com

Seattle’s Aaron English is one of the most talented piano men I have ever encountered and one of America’s finest songwriters…English may prove to be the most relevant songwriter of the year. His work on the timeless american (fever) dream is pure contemplative genius – Ryan Spaulding, rslblog.com

 

I’m listening to Aaron English’s “God Bless You and Your Man” for the umpteenth consecutive time and it sounds really good to me…I think if he were on a major label this is the kind of song that would get top priority. I can’t wait to hear more of his stuff! – Jim Nelson, A Taste of Triple A

…perhaps the single best line I have heard on an album this year… “…but you play hard to forget…” …The lyric, from “Sleight of Heart” is simple, beautiful and launches a grand melody for the chorus with English’ vocals perfectly counterbalanced by Leah Siegel and Scott Adams… This is all I could ever want from music. – Windhawk, NBT Independent Serephine Musica

…a talented new artist in a class with other stylistically challenging singer-songwriters such as Peter Gabriel, Joseph Arthur, and Perry Blake…potent lyricism, eloquence, and beautiful sublime melodies that reach much deeper than simple pop songs… – Mark Newman, Progression Magazine

 

Podcast: Fire in the Pines on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch~One hour LIVE performance/interview

  • *Fire in the Pines is (from left)
  • Matt Lochman- Dobro /Mandolin /Banjo /Vocals
  • Nick Lochman- Upright Bass /Vocals
  • Ben Worley- Lead Vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Harmonica
  • Dave Sims Jr (seated)- Drums
  • Chris Nelson- Electric Guitar/Vocals
  • *(not available for this show was band member Totter Totter- Baritone Sax/Soprano Sax/Flute/Vocals)

“Without taking away from their originality, one could easily suggest that Fire In the Pines’ music could live comfortably in Neal Young’s song library.”- Eric Morales | BobcatFans/SMTX

“…the spontaneous and loose way in which the six players interacted was a thing of beauty.”- Anna Van Voorhis | The Mac Weekly

“…what you hear on the album is pretty much an instance of time, an event that actually occured. Songs were played and recorded from start to finish, just as they were in the old Motown/Phil Spector days.”- Eric Morales | BobcatFans/SMTX

“When you have a wind instrument virtuoso like Totter Totter, the guitar work of Chris Nelson, the drumming precision of Dave Sims Jr. and the vocals of Ben Worley added to the multi-talented Lochmans you got yourself a genuine phenom, a treasure, and a good time.”- Hap Mansfield | San Marcos Mercury

 

Podcast: Zahatar on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch – One hour LIVE radio performance/interview

Christopher Grano, Sarah Hoskins and Scott Stewart after their LIVE radio performance/interview on KRFC 88.9FM

Zahatar is comprised of Christopher Grano on violin/fiddle, Sarah Hoskins on cello/djembe, and Scott Stewart on viola. The band is currently sponsored by NoCo Artists, a new nonprofit in northern Colorado promoting music and art created by living persons.  The term “Zahatar” refers to a timeless spice blend from the Middle East. The band Zahatar presents its debut performance, bringing modern spice to timeless tunes. Zahatar arranges all of its own music, pulling themes from the Celtic tradition, Chinese and Spanish folk melodies, bluegrass, pop/rock, film soundtracks, ragtime, the Classical era, and more!

Click this link to find out more about NoCO Artists foot stomping May event, Saturday May 24th at 7 pm, featuring Zahatar which has been officially endorsed by Charles de Lint, urban fantasy author of international fame. The theme is a musical recreation of his novel “The Little Country,” for which the author wrote several Celtic melodies that have been transcribed for string trio, percussion, Celtic harp, and pennywhistle by members of Zahatar for this performance. Readings from the author’s book will be interspersed with each song, to create a story-enhanced song cycle. Being in a beautiful historic Carnegie library will create a one of a kind celebration of books and music. We have also joined forces with the talented local artist Scott Laumann who will convert the performance space into a theme matching art installation piece that will be open for the public to view the week of the concert! Join the artists for food and drinks immediately following the performance. “

Podcast: Ian McFeron & Alisa Milner on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch~One Hour LIVE FM Radio Performance/Interview

Alisa Milner and Ian MdFeron | Photo courtesy of Dawn Shaw

Ian McFeron broke into the Seattle music scene when discovered by “The Mountain” in Seattle (AAA-formatted KMTT at 103.7 FM) shortly after releasing his debut album, Don’t Look Back (2003). Within months, the first single “Love Me Twice” edged out songs by Modest Mouse, Bob Schneider, The Bo Deans, and Ray LaMontagne in The Mountain’s “New Music Throwdown,” a weekly competition where listeners vote for their favorite of two new songs. Ian has shared the spotlight with international and national artists such as Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith, Shawn Mullins, Brandi Carlile, Amos Lee, Sister Hazel, Mike Doughty, Hayes Carll, Missy Higgins, Julia Fordham, The Hothouse Flowers, and Jars of Clay.

A prolific songwriter whose lyrical prose and fervent work ethic has drawn comparison to Bob Dylan and Ryan Adams, Ian McFeron has released a steady stream of albums: Don’t Look Back (2003), A Long Way To Freedom (2005), Fistfight With Father Time (2006), Let It Ride (2007), Love Me Blue (2009), and Summer Nights (2011). His seventh, full-length album Time Will Take You (released April 2, 2013) was recorded and mixed in just two weeks at Studio G! in East Nashville, TN. Produced by Doug Lancio (Grammy nominated producer for Patty Griffin), the album features musical performances by Lancio as well as Ryan Adams and the Cardinals’ drummer Brad Pemberton and pedal steel player Jon Graboff – as well as Nashville-based piano and organ player Micah Hulscher and fiddler and harmony vocalist Alisa Milner, and bassist and harmony vocalist Norman Baker, (both from McFeron’s road band).

Americana.uk rates Time Will Take You nine out of ten with a glowing review from Rudie Humphrey. “With a jingle of tambourine we get a likely candidate for album of the year – simple as. There is absolutely nothing, and I do mean nothing not to like,” he writes. Read his review here->

From the beginning, McFeron dedicated himself to building audiences the old fashioned way: on the road. Traveling from city to city, state to state, nation to nation, McFeron performs an average of 200 shows a year spread throughout the United States and Europe, inspiring listeners with his beautifully crafted songs and honest narratives. On the road, McFeron is often joined by Alisa Milner, a Texas-style fiddler, cellist, and harmony vocalist and long-time friends Norman Baker and Mark Bateman on bass and drums.”

 

Photo courtesy of Dawn Shaw

 

Podcast: KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch~ Justin Roth, Danielle Ate The Sandwich, John Mieras and Lara Ruggles

Justin Roth, Lara Ruggles, Adam Bender (Sound), Danielle Ate The Sandwich and John Mieras. Photo credit: AngelMtn.com ©2014

Enjoy this LIVE one hour music/interview radio show with FOUR singer/songwriters in-the-round including  Justin Roth, Danielle Ate The SandwichJohn Mieras and Lara Ruggles.

About the Artists…..

Justin Roth is a nationally touring singer/songwriter and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist who combines an artful blend of hooks laid on a bed of brilliantly inventive guitar technique, bridging contemporary and indie/alt folk. He has toured with John Gorka and opened for some of the finest singer/songwriters, including Shawn Colvin, Martin Sexton, Darrell Scott, and David Wilcox. His guitar playing has earned him shared stages with some of the greatest fingerstyle players of today, such as Tommy Emmanuel, Andy McKee, and Pat Donohue. Roth’s fan-funded fourth solo album, Now You Know, which he recorded, produced, played and sang every single note himself in his home studio, was recently voted as one of the Top 100 Folk Albums of 2011 by Roots Music Report. “Fans of Leo Kottke or Michael Hedges will find themselves right at home with [Roth's] intricate guitar work…beautifully written lyrics.” – San Francisco Art Magazine More info at http://justinroth.com

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Danielle Ate the Sandwich is the stage name of nationally-recognized independent folk musician and songwriter, Danielle Anderson. Danielle has shared the stage and collaborated with acts such as Pomplamoose, Lauren O’Connell, Leo Kottke and Mumford & Sons. Beginning her career at small shows and open mic nights in Fort Collins, Colorado, Danielle has toured nationally since 2009, playing for a loyal fan base of online followers. Her videos on youtube have gained millions of combined views and have given Danielle the opportunity to write and play music full time. Danielle Ate the Sandwich has recorded four independent albums. Her 2010 release, Two Bedroom Apartment, reached number 5 on iTunes’ top selling singer/songwriter charts. In June 2012, she released a new, full length, studio album, Like A King. Danielle currently lives in Fort Collins, CO.

Denver’s Westword describes Danielle as, “cripplingly enchanting with lyrics telling the story of a generation coming of age in an age of uncertainty.”

The Denver Post says, “Danielle Anderson is a tender singer-songwriter, a brazen humorist, a fearless young woman. Performing as Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Anderson wields a ukulele, a guitar and her own words to tell stories about people.

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John Mieras is an independent singer-songwriter from Colorado. He moved to Boulder and completed a masters degree in choral music following a degree in music education. His formal training was augmented early on by picking bluegrass fiddle tunes with his beloved grandpa, Papa who always said, “I taught Johnny 3 chords and he took it from there.” John was on to writing his own songs that very day.

John was always interested in songwriting and patterned his early music after his heroes, Lennon & McCartney. His current favorite influences include new stars of alt and indie folk, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Gregory Alan Isakov, Anais Mitchell, and Storyhill.

John is most recently a finalist in the Great American Song Contest, singer-songwriter category with his song, “Yesterday (I Wish There Was a Way)”.

John finds inspiration in his family, students, songwriting friends, and the mysterious beauty of music.

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Lara Ruggles lived an isolated adolescence in rural Arizona. Loneliness, unrequited love, and the influence of imposing landscapes were central inspirations behind her first songs. Lara’s music is intensely soulful and unafraid to acknowledge the dark places within the range of the human emotional experience. She engages with her audiences in an unabashedly genuine way, telling raw stories and allowing her own vulnerability to be a point of connection and empowerment. In 2011 Lara released her debut EP, Out of an Eggshell and in 2012 she was a finalist in the Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. Lara is currently recording her debut full-length album in partnership with grammy-winning producer/engineers Steve Vidaic and Mike Yach, to be released on Immersive Records early next year.

The Colorado Music Buzz said, “An incredible lyricist and expressive singer with both power and beauty, Lara Ruggles as composer is fearless, taking some of her songs into a mostly unexplored, even modern classical, landscape. Lara’s an accomplished Pianist, Guitar player, and Folk Artist to be reckoned with – by cracking open her debut Out of an Eggshell. With broad natural talent, her songs flow melodically and emotionally, captivating the listener into the aura of her passionate sphere with her voice…lush and evocative.”

The Tucson Weekly said, “It was recently announced that Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair Tour, which rounded up some of the biggest female musicians of the day a decade ago, is being revived in 2010. While she’s not yet big enough to warrant an invitation, Colorado singer-songwriter Lara Ruggles would fit the bill well. Her slightly ethereal songs, backed by her piano- and guitar-playing, fit nicely into the template forged by McLachlan (and Tori Amos, Jewel and the young Joni Mitchell)—and she sings the hell out of them.”

Podcast: SHEL on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch Radio Show-Dec. 2013

SHEL is Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza. “Four sisters who make up the folk-pop group SHEL are breaking the “girl band” mold. They look different. They sound different. And they’re seen in a different light…” ~DENISE NEIL – The Wichita Eagle

“Ethereal harmonies, out-of-the-box melodies and remarkable musicianship”.M Music & Musicians – Folk Forward – The Next Generation

“(SHEL’s debut) is filled with virtuoso instrumental flights, other-worldly harmonies and evocative, atypical lyrics …”The Tennessean

“Infectious pop-folk-with-a-subtle-hint-of-indie songs.” ~Lucky Magazine

“They don’t just play the hell out of their instruments with great passion, they do so flawlessly as if they were born mutated with these instruments attached to their hands.”MartianLeaks.com

“Hypnotic arrangements that reward your attention…a debut album that sets the stage for an enticing career.”American Songwriter

 

Podcast: Shelley King on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch Radio Show

Cary Morin, Shelley King, Steve Amedee
and John Magnie after their radio show

“The music of Shelley King draws from and blends a spectrum of roots music styles, but one word succinctly describes it: soulful. Be it R&B, folk, blues, country, bluegrass or rock — or combinations of and variations on those themes — she delivers the goods straight from the heart with a voice that’s splendidly rich and warm and as big as all outdoors. Writing “a proverbial trunk full of instant hits and yet-unheard classics,” as the Austin Chronicle describes her songs, King has risen from the vibrant music scene in the Texas capital city to charm fans across North America, Europe and Japan, win two Austin Music Awards, and be named the Texas State Musician for 2008. And now she truly finds her sweet spot on her aptly titled new album Welcome Home. Recorded and co-produced with John Magnie, Tim Cook and Steve Amedée of The Subdudes — rated by All Music Guide as “stellar musicians of the swampy jazz-rock-blues New Orleans persuasion” — it’s a roots music tour de force where the spirit of the church meets the soul and spices of the South and the many moods and modes of the human heart.

On a unique collaboration between Shelley King and members of The Subdudes (John Magnie, Tim Cook and Steve Amedée), King and her long-time musical heroes produced and performed together on the studio album, Welcome Home. What resulted is an instant classic! King’s lustrous soothing voice and soulful songs are at the forefront of this recording supported by layers of effortless “subdudes” harmony and superb musicianship. The first single, “Summer Wine,” received radio airplay around the world.”

Photos Gallery: Bohemian Nights at New West Fest 2013

Check out our photo gallery from Bohemian Nights at New West Fest featuring great artists including Leon Russell, The Samples (Sean Kelly), Wendy Woo, Otis Taylor and many others.  A big THANK YOU to everyone involved, especially the GREAT workers at the Bohemian Foundation and all of the wonderful volunteers  whose efforts enabled 70+ GREAT colorado bands to perform to thousands for FREE on 8 stages over three days this year!  What a great way to COME TOGETHER!

Event photography by Angel Mountain Media.

Podcast: Michael Kirkpatrick on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch

“Singer. Songwriter. Folk and Rock musician. Michael Kirkpatrick is a modern day minstrel. He sing about nature, dreams and sensuality. The original music comes to you straight from Michael’s soul–unfiltered, passionate and true. Michael often covers other artists material, but only after finding that special character that makes the song his own.”

 

 

Podcast: Escape Goats on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch Radio Show

“Joe Schicke, Marty Rein & Steve Amedee of  The Escape Goats bring us  all original rock and soul…like a goat with a head full of steam charging across the field.  They meld their rock with blues, pop, ox tail funk, and country soul.   Joe Schicke writes most of the music, plays all the guitar and sings. He is known for his work with Reba Russell and Minivan Blues Band. The crop of tunes he wrote for this recording range from jug band-boogie to garage rock, and provide a sometimes hard-boiled, often impulsive twist on well-tread blues themes.  Steve Amedee is the drummer for the Subdudes and the Three Twins. He also sings his bum off.  Marty Rein is The Bass-man. He plays with the Three Twins as well. “

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