On a fall evening in October 2013, California-based duo Misner & Smith played to a packed house at Seattle's' Empty Sea Studios - a craftsman house turned into a recording studio and listening room. Now, you can experience that concert "better than live" through this HD concert film.
With multiple cameras and CD-quality sound, this episode of Live From Empty Sea brings the intimate listening environment into your living room.
On October 25, 2013, California-based duo Misner & Smith played to a packed house at Seattle's' Empty Sea Studios - a craftsman house turned into a recording studio and listening room. Now, you can experience that concert "better than live" through this HD concert film.
Hailing from Anacortes and Seattle Washington, Spoonshine features the songwriting collaboration between Jacob Navarro (mandolin, guitar, vocals) and William Cook (upright bass, guitar, vocals), with support from Kelly Van Camp (drums). Spoonshine's songs often reflect on life between the farm, the sea, and the mountains that surround their Northwest home.
Still Green is the latest release from Patty Larkin. The album chronicles a personal journey in her life and through a time that brought hurdles and emotional struggles. For solace, Patty carved out a small spot in the sand on the Outer Banks of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Much of Still Green was written in a primitive beach shack and the album speaks loudly for a fresh approach to sound and life from a legendary singer/songwriter. Patty Larkin brings her music down-Cape to our Boston studios for one night in a special live event.
Greg Trooper is a singer/songwriter who has released 12 albums since 1986. Raised in the shore town of Little Silver, NJ he became enthralled by the greater New York area's rich music scene. He discovered a sort of holy musical trinity in the work of Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams, with their guiding lights of passion, literary dexterity and plain-spoken honesty. It's one reason Trooper's music feels equally informed by Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk and Nashville twang.
Moving from songwriter to symphony, resulting in a haunting landscape of beautiful swells, dramatic tension and space, North Carolina based Humble Tripe shines on their latest album, The Giving.
California-based singer/songwriter, guitar and banjo-man, Joe Stevens is a third-generation professional musician in a long line of restless westward moving souls. From his roots as an awkward kid with a debilitating stutter, through dark years of alcohol and drug addiction, Joe’s music touches on themes at once specific and ubiquitous, portraying the human condition distilled — where one person’s story is truly everyone’s story.
Pretend Sweethearts’ new record Becoming the Tender Animal, is loaded with transcendental folk delicacies. With a populist heart, a Sufi spirit and the incurable vagabonding predisposition, the songs draw their essence from many wells. This isn’t cutesy, derivative, middle-class “bluegrass” – this is 21st century folk music passionately articulating hope, despair and vision amid the roots and detritus of contemporary music. Brianna Blackbird and Drew de Man are from opposite ends of America.
Sean Hayes was raised in North Carolina and grew up listening to the teen staples such as the Smiths, the Police and Led Zeppelin. A childhood friend named Michael Horowitz eventually turned him onto Irish music and bluegrass (Horowitz is now based in Seattle and known for his gypsy jazz playing). Hayes’ current songs are an amalgam of rock, folk and soul. “I don’t really write from genre, just from an emotional spot,” he says.
Attending a Milk Carton Kids concert is rewarding on many levels. The first thing you notice are the duo's gorgeous harmonies. The second thing that stands out is the pair's deft acoustic guitar playing. The songs are both new and timeless, a fresh take on the music of Simon & Garfunkel. And, as if all that wasn't enough, the MCK's between song conversations are simply hilarious... sarcasm as art.