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.
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Jefferson Hamer performs “Helena.”
Filmed in front of a live audience during the 2015 Winter Hoot at the Ashokan Center.
To learn more about The Winter Hoot, watch Beehive Productions' Ear To The Ground featurette.
Sean Rowe performs his song "Desiree", filmed and recorded live at Caffè Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY - January 2015.
To learn more about Caffe Lena, watch Beehive Productions' Ear To The Ground featurette, available December 16, 2015.
Jim Gaudette & The Railroad Boys perform their song "Ink My Name", filmed and recorded live at Caffè Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY - January 2015
To learn more about Caffe Lena, watch Beehive Productions' Ear To The Ground featurette.
Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alec Spiegelman (Cuddle Magic) performs “Better for You.”
Kentucky-born cellist and composer Ben Sollee likes to keep moving. Over the six years following the release of his debut record, Learning to Bend, Sollee and his rugged cello, Kay, told an unconventional story. Seeking a deeper connection to communities on the road, Ben packed his touring life on to his bicycle in 2009. Since then he has ridden over 4,000 miles. He kicked off 2014 with the release of his score for the documentary film Maidentrip. In March, he performed at Carnegie Hall as part of a tribute to Paul Simon.
A time traveler, a timeless artist, Amy Speace’s voice and songs serve as a bridge from the past to the present in folk music.
Whitney Monge, having started as a street performer, is now a young but seasoned professional. She writes all her own introspective lyrics and music, and has created a sound reminiscent of Tracy Chapman. Joined by Anthony, Christian and Matthew, her music fills the room like a juicy rumor.
From busking in the Pike Place Market to performing at large festivals, Whitney brings a wonderful sound to every audience.
Whitney Lyman's love for teaching music, and passion for this art form shows in her cross-genre musical range from folk, to indie rock, and pop which makes listening easy on the ears. Lyman is a singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist from Seattle bringing a blend of influences from a traditional world of folk, baroque chamber music, indie rock, and dream pop creating surreal soundscapes and cinematic visuals. During this episode of Band in Seattle, Whitney performs "Laser Beam", which is the song that sparked her career back in May of 2014.