Tag Archives: Folk

Paulie Pesh – “Making of a Song: Shining Stars” [VIDEO]

Paulie Pesh

Paulie Pesh is complex LA folk band whose albums Shining Stars and Post Mortem enchant you with their comfortable yet creative harmonies, and delight you with their array of instruments (including the violin, viola, trumpet and clarinet). In addition to Paulie Pesh and his wife (Cristal Peshkepia – backup vocals), band members include Philip Roosevelt (electric guitar), Philip Glenn (violin), Jazmin Rampas (violin), Yena Lee (viola), Marissa Peshkepia (clarinet), Adam Portocarreo (trumpet), and Jason Chavez (bass), among others.

According to Pesh, after returning from a two-month tour with his wife in the summer of 2010 he became excited by incorporating brass, woodwinds, and strings into his music.  In order to create such complex pop songs he had to recruit family and friends.  Explaining the logistics of the band Paulie says, “We actually have anywhere from 8-14 players to be accurate. I rely on friends, family and new talent and just whoever I can get. I usually just send out a mass text or e-mail and just sort of wait for a response. It’s worked out great that way. There are so many committed people to this project. That is another reason why it works.”

Paulie Pesh Post Mortem

Chris Schlarb produced their newest EP Post Mortem. The new tracks orbit in the galaxy of stars such as Paul Simon and Randy Newman, and the title song sways amid horns, keys and plucked strings.  Check out the video by Paulie, Making of a Song: Shining Stars to get a feel for the look and sound of this talented new band.

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

New Faces Nite at The Basement in Nashville, TN with Emily Davis, Jeffrey James, Stephanie Nilles and more! [SHOW/NEW MUSIC]

I’ve been going to a lot of shows recently.  I’ve been to five venues in the last four days; one festival and four concerts.  Am I tired?  No.  Am I sick of music?  No.  Am I nuts?  Well, that has yet to be proved or disproved, so we’ll leave that question out of the mix for now.  What you should know is that on most Tuesday nights, The Basement in Nashville has New Faces Nite, a free show with great bands.   In case you missed it, that’s a FREE show with GREAT bands.

This week was another example of a stellar New Faces Nite at The Basement.  First up was Emily Davis, an acoustic folk rock artist from El Paso, TX.  With the tough job of opening the night, Emily used her strong vocals and “darkly optimistic” lyrics to warm up the crowd.  Second of the night was a new local rock artist named Jeffrey James.  Jeffrey and his backing band called The Professional Children took the stage and released a blend of blues and soulful rock from his latest EP called Goin’ Back Down.  The album was produced by Nashville veteran Lex Lipstiz, who said, “Jeffrey James has one of those classic soul voices.  With his bigger than life stage presence and commanding vocal delivery, he definitely sells you on every word… I think it’s only a matter of time before he’s a huge star.”  Well, I think that’s about one of the biggest compliments you can get from a producer, so if you like rock with a little country, blues, and soul thrown in the mix, check out Jeffrey James.  These artists had good music and played well, but I would like to highlight the crowd favorite of the night.

Photo by Kellie Coughlin.

Stephanie Nilles is not your typical jazz-infused punk folk artist.  If you want to listen to something fresh, but are tired of all the Ingrid Michaelson, Grizzly Bear, and Feist indie band imitations, her music is sure to wake you up.  New Faces Nite at The Basement was my first time hearing Stephanie Nilles, and it’s been awhile since I’ve heard an artist be so creatively bold with their music on stage.  She has taken her training as a classical pianist and developed an amazing jazz and blues style filled with her own unique embellishments for each song.  Rolling Stone has even said, “she’s like ‘Ella Fitzgerald on speed beating the shit out of Regina Spektor.’  Whoa!  There’s a review that won’t go in one ear and out the other.  Even if you have your own personal preferred style of music, I think that her music is powerful enough that you can appreciate it at the least, especially if you’re a musician.  Check out the song “For a High Life Commercial” by Stephanie Nilles.

Photo by Leonard Lopp.

She’s different, but brilliant in a twisted sense that maybe she writes from thoughts that you have had, but didn’t exactly want to communicate because of what people would think about you.  I think this is a huge part of Stephanie’s music.  She also has the musical talent to back up anything she sings in that dirty Regina Spektor tone of hers.  These also aren’t your typically structured songs either, with syllables that land when they want and fully diminished seventh chords that appear in thoughtlessly considered, appropriate places.  Stephanie communicates what she wants when she wants to, and it’s thoroughly entertaining every time.  Check out another one of her songs called “Cool Aid Stand.”

If you’ve been having as much fun listening to Stephanie Nilles as I have, check out more of her music at www.stephanienilles.com.  The other bands that played that night (that I didn’t get to see) were Boom Forest, I Believe in Hotpants, and Haley Dreis.  I’ll be on the look out to cover some of these artists at a later date.  Until then, keep supporting independent music!

By Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC

The Man Whom – The Greatest Event [NEW MUSIC]

The Man Whom is the moniker for Wexford-based singer songwriter, producer/composer and multi-instrumentalist Ian Doyle. The Greatest Event is his debut Album. With the help of musicians and friends, Brian Hassett (bass), Christian Best (drums), Doyle and his band retreated to the seclusion of a house in Kilrane Village and worked intensely to record the majority of the album. The piano parts were …subsequently recorded in the local arts centre.

Further contributions to Doyle’s album include polished string arrangements written by composer Peter Fahey and performed by the Mamisa Quartet, as well as local guitarist Clive Barnes who played peddle steel for the current single Over and Under.

For the finishing touches, Doyle went to Exchequer Studios, Dublin with producer Brian Crosby and mixing engineer Phil Hayes who shaped and honed the original recordings. The result is an album which is the sum of its parts, held together by a shoestring and interwoven with the goodwill of creative, talented friends.

WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID :

Hotpress 4.5/5

Sing Till There’s No Songs Left’ features emotive harmonies, uplifting brass, and swagger in spades. ‘Over And Under’ brims with good vibes, while ‘Leavin This Town’, with its unsettling melancholy, is a handsome tune with a lyrical edge that makes it relevant to these forlorn times. The string-tinged and choral ‘Easier To Run’ is almost illegally heart-breaking, while the restrained ‘Call All The People’ climbs with uncanny power, with Doyle taking it to higher and higher levels of elation. ‘Puppeteers’ is a long-held favourite of mine and ‘Til It’s Gone’ wraps it all up so you want to start all over again. The Greatest Event has enough charm and inventiveness to fill your head and nourish your soul. Eat it.

The Sunday Times ****
A slick production with accomplished musicians, elaborate scores and scrupulous string arrangements. Call all the People has the heartfelt passion of an anthem, including melodic bursts of melancholia, while Sing Till There’s No Songs Left, I know your Face, and Over and Under, the current single, strike all the right chords.

News of the World on Sunday ****
This debut album from Wexford man Ian Doyle takes the joyousness of Sufjan Stephens and the unusual phrasing of Villagers, filtering those elements into an eventful listen.

The Irish Times***
“New name, fresh approach, adventurous songwriter: that’s Wexford’s The Man Whom (aka Ian Doyle) for you. Songs such as I Know Your Face and The Man Who Knew Too Much display Doyle’s nifty craftsman- like process, while Call All the People and Autopilot highlight a working knowledge of the kind of music and musings that have gained him comparisons to Villagers and Neil Young. Out of the blue, then – another new, good Irish singer-songwriter”.

for more check out http://www.themanwhom.com

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Dear Creek – “Dear Creek” [MUSIC]

Dear Creek

Dear Creek is a folk duo from Winchester, Virginia, who is accompanied by the Barefoot Wanderers, a collection of at least ten other artists, each of whom pitched in to make Dear Creek’s self-titled album a true masterpiece.  Combining folk with blues and jazz, the guitar with the harmonica and dulcimer, and flawless vocals with impeccable production Dear Creek and the Barefoot Wanderers create an incredible album. I really like track 2, Sunflower Seeds.

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Reigndear – Hurse [MUSIC]

Reigndear

 

Reigndear are a 3 piece experimental psychedelic folk band officially founded in Taiwan, January 2007, by South African brothers Kent Dylan & Wesley Jay as well as lifelong friend and multi-instrumentalist/producer Johnny Atterbury. Reigndear are a band who believe in the profound effects of music and they create a blend of music that is best described as “a nostalgic look at the present through the past & future” Starting January 2009 Reigndear began touring as a live duet in and around the greater Johannesburg area playing acclaimed venues such as The Bohemian, Tanz Cafe & Voodoo Lounge. In December 2009 Reigndear left Johannesburg for the sunny shores of Cape Town for four months, where they have been playing gigs at venues such as Zula, The Purple Turtle, Boo Radley’s & The Royal Albert Hall.  The band also released their first EP that same year and continued to travel to Taiwan and the United States to work on and promote their music.

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

Ryan Adams – Lucky Now [NEW MUSIC]

Ryan Adams officially shared the first single off his upcoming Glyn Johns produced LP, Ashes & Fire, in the form of “Lucky Now” a beautiful, sparse acoustic tune washed in light drums, a melodic electric guitar solo, and some piano from Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ ).

Stream the (all-analog) recording below

Ryan Adams - Lucky Now

The full album now with official cover art is available to pre-order on vinyl, CD, or with “Ryan Adams 3D glasses” here.

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

Jonathan Wilson – Gentle Spirit [NEW MUSIC]

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Wilson completed a solo album titled, Frankie Ray in 2007. The record was never officially released. Since, Wilson has recorded the full length album, Gentle Spirit, which will be released in 2011 on Bella Union. Gentle Spirit features many special guests including Barry Goldberg, Chris Robinson, Gary Louris, Andy Cabic, Otto Hauser, Josh Grange, Gary Mallaber, Z Berg, Adam McDougall, Johnathan Rice, among others. In July 2011 Wilson will will perform and collaborate with Jackson Browne and Dawes on several shows in Spain. Wilson was invited to perform on the 2011 benefit concert for Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) at Shoreline Amphitheater. Joining Wilson is Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, John Hall, The Doobie Brothers, Jason Mraz, Tom Morello, Kitaro, Sweet Honey In The Rock and others. In 2010 and 2011, Wilson collaborated with Erykah Badu in the studio on several songs, only one of which was officially released. Wilson also appeared as a special guest with Erykah Badu at her 2011 Coachella performance.

Wilson currently maintains his recording studio, Five Star Studio, in Echo Park, Los Angeles, which he relocated from its original location in Laurel Canyon in 2009. The space is renowned for its sound and analog recording equipment. In 2010, Wilson produced and collaborated with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy on a series of songs for release on Spiritual Pajamas Records, a boutique 7″ label associated with Folk Yeah Presents. Wilson co-produced and played on the new solo record by J. Tillman of theFleet Foxes which was mixed by Phil Ek, whose album credits include Built to Spill, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, Modest Mouse, The Shins, etc. Wilson recorded and produced Dawes’ debut album, North Hills, at his Laurel Canyon studio. Wilson recorded and produced Dawes’ second album, Nothing Is Wrong, in 2010 at Five Star Studio. As part of Wilson’s project, What You Need Is What You Have, The Songs of Roy Harper, Wilson has produced songs performed by Will Oldham, Andy Cabic,Chris Robinson, Benji Hughes, Dawes, Jenny O., Johnathan Rice, Josh Tillman, and others. Wilson also produced Jason Boesel’s album, Hustler’s Son, and Mia Doi Todd’s album, Cosmic Ocean Ship. Wilson has also recorded and/or produced many other artists in his studio, including Gerald Johnson, James Gadson, and Josh Tillman.

Wilson is credited with revitalizing the Laurel Canyon music scene with the help of his many friends and is featured in the 2009 book Canyon of Dreams by rock historian Harvey Kubernik. Wilson had hosted private jam sessions at his compound in Laurel Canyon that involved Andy Cabic, Pat Sansone and John Stirratt of Wilco, Gerald Johnson, Johnathan Rice, Gary Louris and Mark Olson of The Jayhawks, Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, David Rawlings, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jacob Dylan, and other notable artists who’ve played professionally with and/or in Electric Flag, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Van Morrison, The Cars, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Miller Band, and Pearl Jam. The jam was founded by Wilson and Chris Robinson.

For more info & Tour Dates etc check out http://songsofjonathanwilson.com/

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

Caleb Hawley – Harlem, NY [NEW MUSIC]

Caleb Hawley is a pop folk artist from New York that brings more than catchy melodies and incredible talent to his music.  Caleb combines soul and passion into his music to surround his voice, humor, and songwriting.  After seeing him play this spring, I was hooked.  That’s because his intricate guitar playing and incredible sense for melody and groove in songs is far above average.  Hawley continues to impress people with his music by receiving honors in the New York Songwriters Circle Contest (2008 and 2009), the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (2009), the Telluride Festival (2010), and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2010).  He has written and produced three albums in his career as a songwriter, and he continues to tour the country playing a variety of venues and festivals.

The real inspiration to be a songwriter came after Caleb graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Jazz Composition.  He then decided to fully pursue his passion and moved to New York City.  He has since shared the stage with industry greats such as Mark Cohn, Rusted Root, Dave Matthews Band, Shawn Mullins, and Edwin McCain.  Caleb Hawley can cover a wide range of music because of his talent and influences.  While one song may seem as relaxed as James Taylor, another may capture the soul and passion from a singer like Stevie Wonder.  Add riffs and rhythms that you might find in music like John Mayer or Dave Matthews, and you have Caleb Hawley.  Seeing him perform was definitely one of my favorite shows in the last six months.  He gave his audience energy, joy, and laughter from the first song to the last.

Caleb Hawley may have talents like some other artists mentioned above, but he has his own original style and sound.  He is an outstanding guitarist that is capable of producing riffs rarely heard by his contemporaries.  You can tell he hears the whole song when he writes it because the feel is so dialed in.  From his first album titled “Greatest Hits” to his latest “We All Got Problems,” you will hear the cleverness and the excellence that is Caleb Hawley.  From personally purchasing and listening to his second album “Steps,” I definitely recommend that you check him out.  Listen to Caleb Hawley’s music and see his tour schedule here.

By: Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC

Dovekins Live at The Basement in Nashville, TN [SHOW]

Dovekins is not just any folk band from Denver, CO.  They are a five piece folk band with unlimited creativity and talent on banjo, guitar, accordion, piano, upright bass, percussion, flute, trombone, trumpet, and mandolin to name a few.  With a solid rhythm section, dialed in harmonies, and great music all around, their live show is a must-see.  From experience, you will be captivated by the level of musicianship and creativity that this band brings to the stage.  I saw them just last week at The Basement (below the infamous Grimey’s new and pre-loved music store) in Nashville, TN.  I also recommend checking out the record store, if you ever step foot in Nashville.  Check out this live video of Dovekins performing “More Charlie More!”:

As you can see, this is no ordinary folk band.  Their websites boast of an elaborate sailing story that brought the band together, but Dovekins really did form following a sailing trip gone awry.  It all started three years ago in Colorado when different music scenes from Fort Collins and Denver got together.  The musicians were used to playing at their local venues, but were brought together when one shut down.  New friendships formed and they soon ended up in Hawaii.  They met a captain named Robin Lee Graham who needed a crew to help sail his boat called Dove from Honolulu to Seattle.  Despite the repairs made to Dove before its departure, they had to turn back during their trip because of it’s condition.  The band flew to Seattle, hitchhiked home, and started Dovekins with the songs they wrote in Honolulu.  Let’s be glad that this adventure worked out however it did because it’s truly inspiring to watch these guys (and girl) in their art.  From live set list changes, to jumping around on stage, you can tell that Dovekins is not only incredibly comfortable with their music, but they are also outstanding musicians and performers.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy “The Dalles,” from their debut album “Assemble the Aviary.”

Their influences range from friends and hometown bands to established acts like Fleet Foxes and Dirty Projectors.  They have released two albums, “Assemble the Aviary” and “(A)Live.”  Their second and latest album “(A)Live” was recorded at The Fort Collins Tour De Fat 2010.  There are some killer songs on both of these albums.  You’ll find upbeat dancing songs like “The Dalles” and relaxing folk beauties like “Raining Buttons.”  I definitely recommend that you buy them, if you haven’t already.

By: Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC

Chairs Missing Live at Soda Bar in San Diego, CA [Photos]

Chairs Missing Live at Soda Bar in San Diego, CA

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Check these guys out! Don’t forget the FREE downloads

Photography By: Shane Suski |Ambassador of Photography | San Diego, CA| @shanewithmwl | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC