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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Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Polyethnic Slamgrass, Part 3(b)

May 27, 2020
Tim Newby

This is part three (b) of three of author Tim Newby’s inside look into the writing of his latest book, Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival and the time he spent with the band on tour.  Make sure to check out part one, part two, and part three (a).

The band had a few days off and I headed home to Baltimore before rejoining them at the North Shore Performing Arts Center in Skokie, Illinois, just north of Chicago. The after-party found me on the bus at 1 am signing books for many of Vince’s friends who had come that night. 

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Quarantine Time, New Music, and Pink Moons with Adam Greuel

May 7, 2020
Tim Newby

Adam Greuel, guitarist and singer for Horseshoes & Hand Grenades had recently released his first solo album, Low Income Porridge, at the beginning of March. Then the world got sick and closed down for business.  Greuel took that quarantine time at home that was imposed on us to become inspired. 

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Quarantine Life, part 3

May 1, 2020
Slide & Banjo

For the most part, our planet is still hunkered down. For better or for worse, certain states are starting to slowly try to get back to normal. But, performing arts venues of all sorts are the type of business that’s still on lockdown. Here’s part three of our feature on musicians and how they’re handling stay-at-home orders. Check out parts one and two if you haven’t.

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Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Polyethnic Slamgrass, Part 3(a)

April 23, 2020
Tim Newby

This is part three of three of author Tim Newby’s inside look into the writing of his latest book, Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival and the time he spent with the band on tour.  Read part one and part two here.

In the fall of 2017, Leftover Salmon embarked on a brief acoustic tour at intimate venues on the East Coast, dubbed the Living Room Tour.  Each night the band dug deep into their catalog and rediscovered long-forgotten songs not played in years.

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Quarantine Life, part 2

April 12, 2020
Slide & Banjo

Welcome to part two of Quarantine Life, featuring artists from Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth and more! It’s been interesting watching how the music world has responded to life off the road. Sure, tours have been canceled, and festivals have been rescheduled. What we’re seeing, though, is the bands and artists we love have adapted. Aside from a clear obsession with Joe Exotic and the Tiger King, we’re still seeing them live, but via stream – sometimes nightly.

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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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Quarantine Life, Part 1

April 3, 2020
Slide & Banjo

Since the world shut down a few weeks ago and all live music events have come to a stop we have been wondering what those in the music industry have been doing with their time at home.  We reached out and asked our friends, favorite bands, and people in the questions below to find out what they have been doing while living the Quarantine Life.

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Road to Home: Notes On the Freedom of Both

March 30, 2020
Bill Payne

I’m sitting outside in the sun. A few days ago, the ground was covered in snow. It is in the mid-40s, mid-afternoon, here in Montana, the beginning of spring. Listening to a symphony of birds chirping and chattering in the trees near where I’m sitting, the song of a chickadee adds to the chorus every now and then, their music coming in waves, stopping abruptly, unmasking the silence beneath, then starting up again as if on cue.

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