Brendan Benson has spent the past decade and a half curating a distinct and exciting sound, but his ascent hasn't been a smooth one. His debut album, 1996's One Mississippi, is considered a power-pop classic, but it sold poorly at the time of its release.
Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:14 pm
Fans of the trumpeter and bandleader Christian Scott may know that he's done a little acting, appearing briefly in feature films like Rachel Getting Married and Leatherheads. Fans of the HBO program Treme know that he not only appears on camera: His life story partially inspired the character Delmond Lambreaux, a jazz trumpeter who has left New Orleans to pursue a career in New York. In fact, in episode one of season two, the character Delmond and the real Scott appeared on screen together, "performing" in New York City.
Now one of the most respected singer-songwriters in the business, Kathleen Edwards released her second album, Back to Me, just months before this Mountain Stage performance in West Virginia in June 2005.
The Maidencreek Old Time Music Festival is featured on this week's show. Hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle welcome Betty Druckenmiller and Norm Williams, who share information about the festival's workshops, ranging from dulcimer and mandolin to old time fiddle and autoharp, taught by 15 different artists who will also perform during the evening concerts. This year's special guest is Ken Kolodner who, with his son Brad, will be teaching banjo master clinics as well as performing. The Maidencreek Old Time Music Festival will be held on Sunday, July 29 in Blandon, PA.
Welcome to the new modern. L.A. musician Nick Waterhouse and his band The Tarots are young revivalists who offer a contemporary spin on classic sounds. Waterhouse comes from a world of "record people" and grew up just down the road from The Distillery (an all-analog Costa Mesa recording studio which houses the old console from Muscle Shoals), so he was afforded the privilege of seeing how the music-making process used to work. Working in precise detail, he crafts and refines a sharp modern-vintage sound throughout his first album, Time's All Gone.
The blues may come in myriad shapes and sizes, but on the eve of 2012's South By Southwest music festival, it took the form of two sisters from Los Angeles: Jennifer and Jessica Clavin, who make up the core of Bleached. A rough-and-tumble garage-rock band, Bleached is one of many young punk-infused acts playing three-minute, three-chord bashers with sneering, unraveled immediacy. When played on stage, the band's music takes on a messy-but-fun live-wire buoyancy.