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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

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues [NEW MUSIC]

Montezuma : Album opener,  A song about self absorption, loneliness and selfish notions of immortality.

Bedouin Dress : 2nd Track, “It’s about the idea of taking and not giving anything back, that’s at the heart of a number of songs on the album” – Robin. Almost didnt make it on the final album.

for me the highlight on the album.

Sim Sala Bim : Track 3, Written on a trip  to Big Sur, Heavily influenced by Roy Harper with a 12 string guitar resonant throughout the song.

Battery Kinzie : Track 4, “Its was the last thing we did and done quickly” – Christian. “I Wrote this a couple of years ago and always thought it as more of a solo song. It has a simple Dylanesque melody and i couldnt think of a good band arrangement for it.”

Plains/Bitter Dancer : 5th Track, Described by Robin as “Smile-type studio experiment” starting with layered vocal and simple guitar lick, growing into an epic, ornate and symphonic piece, inspired in part by “Kathy Cruel” a song covered by Bert Jansch. “Its my Grim Reaper song” – Robin.

reminds me in part of recent Midlake. that could just be the flute and layered harmonies. judge for yourself.

Helplessness Blues : 6th Track, The Paul Simon influence comes to the fore in this cut. the second half of the songs was completely re-recorded changing from the mellow vibe of Fleetwood Mac “Albatross” to a much more soaring ending.

The Cascades : 7th track, Instrumental and a reminder of Robin’s love of Morricone.

Lorelai : 8th track, Beach Boys meets Paul Simon combining to make something in the vein of “Norwegian Wood” or “Forth Time Around”. “It’s about friendship, how allegiances change over time. I was thinking of Skye and the summer we were 17. We’ve known each other a long time” – Robin.

Someone You’d Admire : 9th Track One of the newest songs. mostly Robin on Guitar and single vocal. “There’s always two people in you, The Devil and The Angel, Which one will you turn out to be” – Robin

The Shrine/An Argument : Track 10, The albums central piece, 8 minutes of sweeping, tender, mornful and resigned genius. “It describes 4 stages of a break up – Contemplation, anger, frustration and solitude.” – Robin

Blue Spotted Tail : Track 11, “That’s one of the songs on the album that deals with a universal feeling. To me, there’s no reason we’re here. but that doesn’t make it any less incredible and creativity is at least an expression of our humanity. In the face of any thoughts about what we’re actually here for, then our ability to create is the only answer for me” – Robin

Grown Oceans : Album closer, 1st single. Written by Robin as a mellow reflection only to be transformed into somethinf more transcendent by Christian’s vocal arrangement. “It’s like a dream of where you’d like to end up after going through all the turmoil. Somewhere there’s peace  and peace of mind, something you’d like to find at the end of a long journey” – Robin


All quotes taken from recent Uncut interview with Robin and the band.

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

Blue Sky Black Death – Secrets [MUSIC]

Sit back and enjoy this track by Blue Sky Black Death off their album, “Slow Burning Light”. This is definitely a good one to play when you’re about to go to sleep. Please click the image above to hear more of their music.

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Go Periscope – “Crush Me” [VIDEO]

Jumpin’ beat to get the weekend started off. Go Periscope brings the disco vibe back with Crush Me. Click the image above to hear more from them.