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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Leslie Mendelson Bares Her Soul

April 5, 2020
Marty Halpern

Leslie Mendelson. Photo: Shervin Lainez

Leslie Mendelson was blessed with a unique vibe and a pure voice. She doesn’t have to turn her dial up much past three to reach nearly unattainable vocal levels. The thought of her over-singing seems improbable. Mendelson is set to release her third album, If You Can’t Say Anything Nice on April 17. While talking with her about her upcoming release, she had the same easy-going spirit to her that comes through in her music.

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Adam Greuel: Low Income Porridge

March 25, 2020
Chris Castino

Adam Greuel is a special person.  The conditions that existed in the universe to create him, I’ll never understand, as much as I’d love to regularly recreate them. He seems to have these three characteristics in abundance: courage, generosity, and curiosity.  To be a successful musician these are the three things you need to have. Adam has the courage to step on stage and lay it on the line – no holding back.

And any musician will tell you that generosity is a thing that feels like encouragement to whoever you might be sharing the stage with. The generous player always gets invited back. 

Curiosity is what put him in the room or at the festival to hear all sorts of good, live music at an early age. But on his latest album titled Low Income Porridge (Casimir Gold Records) his curiosity has manifested.  Beyond the widespread success of his band Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Adam is now producing records for other artists and for himself. Because, well – courage…generosity…curiosity.  And it’s at work on this collection of original tunes.

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