The history of the buzzed-about Boston band Lake Street Dive dates back before its show-stopping appearance in Another Day, Another Time, the Showtime documentary celebrating the making of Inside Llewyn Davis. It goes back even farther than the band's one-camera street-corner video version of "I Want You Back," which has more than a million views on YouTube.
Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 4:13 pm
After a sweetly harmonized "Tryin' Times" from 1970 by Donny Hathaway and a rocking version of "Compared to What" by Gene McDaniels ("The president, he got his war / Folks don't know just what it's for"), Rene Marie pauses to ask two questions: "Do you remember when it was not unusual for jazz composers to write about social issues? What happened?" There's a pause, and then Carla Cook says off-mic, "The '80s." The audience hears her and laughs.
On a day when Americans and others celebrate Irish heritage, KCRW welcomed falsetto-voiced Irishman James Vincent McMorrow to the studio. Post Tropical is his new album, and you can immediately feel the influence of soul records written by the likes of Donny Hathaway and D'Angelo — although as McMorrow told us, it was actually recorded on a pecan farm in South Texas. Hear the results in this song, "Cavalier."
Cathie Ryan grew up in Detroit to Irish immigrant parents. Her father sang, and her mother kept the family record player spinning with Irish music and American country music. In the summer, she visited grandparents in Ireland, who were steeped in the nation's traditions and folklore. Ryan lived in the New York City area for a long time, but eventually relocated to Ireland, which she now calls home.