Hailing from Seattle and Bellingham, Washington, Big Sur brings a brand of folk music that's dark, pretty, and often orchestral, with a New Orleans funeral procession sense of joy. The songs are often painfully autobiographical, and reminiscent of the music of Frank Black – howling and playing with dark themes that should hurt more than they do.
Big Sur's music finds comfort in the most intimate and fragile moments and lets words break like heirloom porcelain figurines, but the songs carry hope and nod to the Southern-Gothic characters of old country.
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.
Round up a country band and an early R&B group with three lead vocalists, weave in a hefty amount of vocal harmony and witty turns-of-phrase, and let ‘em rock out like The Band.
Hailing from New York, this six-man, one-woman band blends bluegrass, country, rockabilly, and a sucker punch of punk for a rubber-meets-the-road roots sound. Many of their songs tow a thin line between serious and satire. But don’t let irreverence fool you; These accomplished musicians create artistic arrangements that feature harmonies worthy of Gram and Emmylou, and a virtuosic chicken-pickin’ guitar that belies their geographic origin.
Cory Branan performs his song "Survivor Blues" for a handful of friends. Be sure to listen to the lyrics, as they are truly powerful. Audio by David Axelrod. Camerawork by Beth Brinker. Editing by Wigby.
Lula Wiles perform “Traveling on” in this B-SIDE, filmed and recorded in June, 2016 in Saranac Lake, NY by Beehive Productions as part of their Ear to the Ground series.
Lula Wiles perform “Mama” in this B-SIDE, filmed and recorded in June, 2016 in Saranac Lake, NY by Beehive Productions as part of their Ear to the Ground series.