Farmer Dave Speaks of Love, Heartbreak, and Utopia

October 13, 2020
Marty Halpern

Multi-instrumentalist and shaman to the California music scene Farmer Dave Scher has released a four-song EP titled “Speak of Love,” his first solo release since 2009’s “Flash Forward to the Good Times.” While Farmer Dave is legendary both musically and artistically, his main output has been as part of bands such as Beachwood Sparks, The Skiffle Players, and Kurt Vile and the Violators. This offering affords Farmer Dave the luxury of an unfiltered platform to get his message out.

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It’s flooding in Texas…so The Greyboy Allstars made an album

August 14, 2020
Marty Halpern

Greyboy Allstars / photo: Josh Mintz

Covid shutdown or not, 2020 is proving to be a productive year for Greyboy Allstars. In July, the band released “Como De Allstars,” its first album of new material in seven years. In August, they re-released their 1994 debut album “West Coast Boogaloo” on vinyl. Had it not been for that famed Texas rain, “Como De Allstars” might not exist.

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Mike Dillon and some Rosewood

August 6, 2020
Anne Njoroge

Mike Dillon / photo: John Brant

“I’m a billy goat.”

That’s how Mike Dillon answered when asked what his musical personality was, and it makes a lot of sense. Goats are smart, agile, and hard to keep in one place…much like the multi-instrumentalist’s career.

Dillon holed himself up in a beautiful art studio in Missouri, converted from what used to be an old church building – it’s soul still there, pulling out the vibraphonists’s emotions. Along with his instruments, Dillon worked out his latest journey in life, and the songs come tumbling out, turning into his orchestral percussion compilation, Rosewood.

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Erik Deutsch: Live at LunAtico

July 10, 2020
Tim Newby

Live at LunAtico, the latest album from former Leftover Salmon and current Dixie Chicks (now The Chicks) keyboardist Erik Deutsch is a fitting goodbye letter to his longtime home of Brooklyn, New York; the album was recorded at LunAtico’s, a local club that served as home base for much of Deutsch’s jazz explorations in Brooklyn. After 14 years in Brooklyn, Deutsch was preparing to move Mexico City and scheduled a final two-night send-off at the Brooklyn club he had played so many times before, with a band comprised of some of his regular collaborators: Tony Mason (drums), Avi Bortnick (guitar), Mike McGinnis (reeds), Brian Drye (trombone) and Fred Cash (bass).  

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Here’s What’s Upstate

June 23, 2020
Marty Halpern

Upstate - photo: Patrick Capriglione

When Upstate released their second album, Healing, in February 2019, they knew they were going to tour to support it. What they didn’t know is that tour would allow their music to expand on stage to the point they wanted to release a live EP highlighting it. The result is Live at ArtsRiot.

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On the Road: A Tribute to John Hartford

June 5, 2020
Tim Newby

on the road a tribute to john hartford

Even if you’re unfamiliar with John Hartford, his presence looms large over roots and bluegrass music. On the Road: A Tribute to John Hartford gathers many of those bands who have been influenced by Hartford, as well as some of his peers, for a tribute to his legendary songwriting. To a generation of bands Hartford was an eccentric, pioneering musician – a guiding spirit who showed it was possible to infuse the traditional sound of bluegrass with the hippie ideals prevalent in the late 60s and early 70s. 

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Holy Hive: Float Back to You

June 1, 2020
Anne Njoroge

Holy Hive’s sound and friendships came together organically. The Brooklyn, NY-based trio comprised of singer/guitarist Paul Spring, drummer Homer Steinweiss, and bassist Joe Harrison like to call it folk/soul. The group’s debut full-length album, Float Back to You, sounds like it came to fruition just as their friendships did, and after listening to it for a spell, you hear it.

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David Myles: Leave Tonight

April 17, 2020
Anne Njoroge

Halifax, Nova Scotia’s David Myles is a singer, songwriter, and music aficionado; he has a great library of music to date his tenth album, Leave Tonight, has a theme and mood that feels like a journey through the seasons of life, reminiscing about the days of old.

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