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ISOAS Media Group (Beyond a Song) is headed by Executive Producer Richard Reardin. The In Search of a Song radio show was created in 2005 in Bloomington, Indiana, morphing into 'Beyond a Song' in 2016, and features interviews with world class musicians about the art of songwriting.

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Beyond a Song: Jim Nunally (Part 2)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with Bay Area musician, composer, record producer, and teacher Jim Nunally. This is part 2.

Prx_nunally_2_240x240_small JIM NUNALLY (Part 2)PUBLISHED ON PRX  9 / 7 / 2018 - BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB  TRAUMA PRODUCTIONS ,  and  VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Host Rich Reardin talks with Jim Nunally about his life and music.

A San Francisco Bay Area-native, Jim is musician, composer, record producer, and teacher. His third-generation traditional music roots began in Arkansas with his guitar-playing grandfather who taught Jim’s father, who in turn taught Jim. This pedigree contributes to his unmistakably traditional sound.
In 2007 Jim released his first solo CD Gloria’s Waltz, dedicated to his wonderful mom. It features all songs his mother likes.
Jim has released two instructional DVDs. The Art Of Rhythm Guitar: Strums, and his latest DVD, Walks and Runs, are based on over 25 years of experience teaching at music camps.
In 2005 Jim appeared alongside John Reischman on Tone Poets produced by David Grisman.
He performs with The Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally Band, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Bangers and Grass, Dix Bruce, Keith Little.

Musical selections include: One Morning In May, Something I Don't Want To Know, Life In The Garden,  Arms Full of Empty, The Legend of the Ghost Rider, So Wrong, What About You

For more information, visit BEYOND A SONG.COM

Beyond a Song: Jim Nunally (Part 1)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with Bay Area musician, composer, record producer, and teacher Jim Nunally.

Prx_nunally_1_240x240_small JIM NUNALLY (Part 1)PUBLISHED ON PRX  8 / 31 / 2018 - BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB  TRAUMA PRODUCTIONS ,  and  VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Host Rich Reardin talks with Jim Nunally about his life and music.

A San Francisco Bay Area-native, Jim is musician, composer, record producer, and teacher. His third-generation traditional music roots began in Arkansas with his guitar-playing grandfather who taught Jim’s father, who in turn taught Jim. This pedigree contributes to his unmistakably traditional sound.
In 2007 Jim released his first solo CD Gloria’s Waltz, dedicated to his wonderful mom. It features all songs his mother likes.
Jim has released two instructional DVDs. The Art Of Rhythm Guitar: Strums, and his latest DVD, Walks and Runs, are based on over 25 years of experience teaching at music camps.
In 2005 Jim appeared alongside John Reischman on Tone Poets produced by David Grisman.
He performs with The Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally Band, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Bangers and Grass, Dix Bruce, Keith Little.

Musical selections include:Pancho and Lefty, A White Sport Coat, She Loves You, Your Tone Of The Blues, Dark Of The Night, Tear Drops In Your Eyes, Wildwood Flower, Glorias Waltz, Revenuer's Gun, Across the Great Divide, The Roving Gambler

For more information, visit BEYOND A SONG.COM

Beyond a Song: Sons Of Bill (Part 2)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with James Wilson about his life and music with "Sons of Bill" This is part 2 of a 2 part interview.

Sob_small SONS OF BILL (Part 2)PUBLISHED ON PRX 8 / 3 / 2018 - BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB  Trauma Productions ,  and  VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Host Rich Reardin talks with James Wilson about his life and music with "Sons of Bill".

Formed in 2005 in Charlottesville, Virginia by brothers Sam Wilson, James Wilson, and Abe Wilson, along with friends Seth Green (bass) and Todd Wellons (drums), Sons of Bill (the three Wilson boys' father was Bill Wilson, a musician and professor emeritus of philosophical theology and Southern literature at the University of Virginia, thus the name of the band) developed a graceful and powerful blend of literate, R.E.M. and Wilco-like Americana folk-rock. A debut album, A Far Cry from Freedom, was independently released in 2006, followed by the Jim Scott-produced One Town Away in 2009. The critically acclaimed Sirens arrived in 2012, with an EP, The Gears, showing up two years later in the spring of 2014. The Ken Coomer-produced Love and Logic was released in the fall of that same year. 

Musical selections include: Firebird 85, In the Morning, Santa Anna Winds, Big Unknown, Green To Blue, Easier, Where We Stand
For more information, visit BEYOND A SONG.COM

Beyond a Song: Sons Of Bill (Part 1)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with James Wilson about his life and music with "Sons of Bill"

Sons_of_bill_1_prx240__small SONS OF BILL (Part 1)PUBLISHED ON PRX 8 / 3 / 2018 - BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB  Trauma Productions ,  and  VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Host Rich Reardin talks with James Wilson about his life and music with "Sons of Bill"

Formed in 2005 in Charlottesville, Virginia by brothers Sam Wilson, James Wilson, and Abe Wilson, along with friends Seth Green (bass) and Todd Wellons (drums), Sons of Bill (the three Wilson boys' father was Bill Wilson, a musician and professor emeritus of philosophical theology and Southern literature at the University of Virginia, thus the name of the band) developed a graceful and powerful blend of literate, R.E.M. and Wilco-like Americana folk-rock. A debut album, A Far Cry from Freedom, was independently released in 2006, followed by the Jim Scott-produced One Town Away in 2009. The critically acclaimed Sirens arrived in 2012, with an EP, The Gears, showing up two years later in the spring of 2014. The Ken Coomer-produced Love and Logic was released in the fall of that same year. 

Musical selections include: Light a Light, Sweeter sadder farther, Life in Shambles, Old and Gray, Good Mourning (They Can't Break You Now), Before The Fall, Signal Fade, The Song is all that Remains
For more information, visit BEYOND A SONG.COM

Beyond a Song: Ahmet Zappa (Part 3)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Hosts Rich Reardin and Professor Andy Hollinden talk with Ahmet Zappa and Joe Travers about 'The Roxy Performances' (Part 3)

Zappa_3_prx_240x240_small AHMET ZAPPA (PART 3): PUBLISHED ON PRX 5 / 4 / 2018 BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB ,  AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO and  VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Hosts Rich Reardin and Professor Andy Hollinden have a conversation with Ahmet Zappa and Joe Travers about Frank Zappa's "The Roxy Performances" 7 CD set that was released in February 2018.

Fourty three years ago in December 1973, Frank Zappa played a series of legendary concerts at the famed Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Considered a high-water mark of his career, owing to the incredible, virtuosic performances of himself and his stellar band The Mothers, the five shows – across three nights – included a private invite-only performance/soundcheck/film shoot followed by back-to-back doubleheaders. A few days later, continuing this incredibly prolific week, Zappa brought his band and camera crew to Ike Turner’s Bolic Sound in Inglewood for a filmed recording session. In typical Zappa fashion, he recorded it all. 

On February 2, 2018, Zappa Records/UMe will release The Roxy Performances, a definitive seven-CD box set that collects all four public shows from December 9-10, 1973, and the December 8th film shoot/soundcheck, each presented in their entirety for the first time, along with bonus content featuring rarities from a rehearsal, unreleased tracks and highlights from the Bolic Studios recording session. This complete collection, totaling nearly eight hours, documents the Roxy shows as they happened and presents brand new 2016 mixes by Craig Parker Adams from new 96K 24 Bit transfers of the multi-track masters. The set is rounded out with a 48-page booklet that includes photos from the performances, extensive liner notes by Vaultmeister Joe Travers, essays from Zappa family friend, Australian writer Jen Jewel Brown, and American singer/songwriter Dave Alvin, who give their firsthand recollections about the shows, and a selection of archival press reviews. Those who digitally pre-order the box set will receive an instant grat download of “RDNZL.” Culled from the very first show on December 9, the track is a live version of the classic song featuring the never-before-heard 2016 mix that exemplifies the sonics of the new box set. Pre-order The Roxy Performances now: http://ume.lnk.to/FrankZappaRoxy

“This is one of my favorite FZ line-ups ever. This box contains some of the best nights of music Los Angeles has ever seen with their ears at an historic venue," says Ahmet Zappa, who co-produced the collection along with Travers, “Hold on to your hotdogs people. This box is the be-all-end-all. This is it. This is all of it. It’s time to get your rocks off for the Roxy.” 

While portions of these concerts have been released in various formats over the years – first in 1974 on the album Roxy and Elsewhere, which mixed material from the shows with performances recorded in different locations months later, followed by 2014’s Roxy By Proxy, which featured Zappa’s 1987 digital mixes of tracks from various shows, and most recently the 2015 film Roxy The Movie and its accompanying soundtrack – the shows have never been released in their entirety until now. 

The Roxy Performances capture Zappa and The Mothers in peak condition as they play to rowdy sold-out crowds in the intimate, just-opened venue in their hometown Los Angeles following the release of Over-Nite Sensation. The extraordinary band was one of Zappa’s best with keyboardist George Duke, bassist Tom Fowler, trombonist Bruce Fowler, tenor saxophonist and vocalist Napoleon Murphy Brock, percussionist Ruth Underwood and drummers Ralph Humphrey and Chester Thompson all flawlessly in lockstep as Zappa led them through his musically adventurous compositions filled with complicated time signatures and sudden tempo changes. As the Los Angeles Times remarked in their review, “The content of any show starring Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention is unpredictable. But the quality of the show is predictable. I have seen this satirical rock group many times and every show has been excellent. True to form, the group performed sensationally at the Roxy on Sunday night.” The (long-defunct) Los Angeles Herald-Examiner was equally impressed: “This time around Zappa, the counter-culture’s John Cage, has assembled a remarkable group of musicians. Tim Fowler on bass, his brother Bruce on trombone, Ralph Humphrey on drums, and George Duke, whose keyboard skills almost upstaged the leader himself. Percussionist Ruth Underwood kept up with the band’s frenetic pace without missing a single swat of the gong, and she was incredible.”

The material expertly performed across the five shows consisted mostly of songs from 1969 and beyond and included a dizzying array of stylistic diverse tracks from Uncle Meat, Hot Rats, Waka/Jawaka and Over-Nite Sensation. The shows also include a number of live favorites like “Village Of The Sun,” “Pygmy Twylyte,” “Cheepnis,” “Penguin In Bondage,” “Echidna’s Arf (Of You),” and “Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing.” Many of these ended up on Roxy & Elsewhere

Jen Jewel Brown and Dave Alvin give a glimpse at what it was like to be at these historic shows in their richly detailed essays in the liner notes that accompany the recordings. Alvin reflects about meeting Zappa on the Isle of Capri in 1982 while on tour with his band The Blasters and how Zappa’s eyes lit up when he told him he saw him at the Roxy. “You were at a Roxy show?,” he beamed. He goes on to write, “The Roxy Mothers were a grand combination of high art, low art, masterful technique and razor sharp humor with a touch of wild abandon.” In Brown’s reflection, Frank and Gail’s personal friend tells about what it was like for a young girl from Australia to witness Zappa on the Sunset Strip in the ‘70s and paints a vivid picture about what the shows were like. “This material shows an absolutely sleek beast at its prime,” she pens, adding, “This is a cultural record and there’s some prime Zappanalia here. Frank had put the crippling disasters of December ’71 behind him and was plunged headlong into some of the most beautiful music and zestful, open-hearted engagement with life imaginable.”

Musical selections include: Inca Roads, Montana, Nanook Rubs It, I Love Monster Movies, Cosmic Debris

This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific. 

For more information, visit BEYOND A SONG.COM

Beyond a Song: Ahmet Zappa (Part 2)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Hosts Rich Reardin and Professor Andy Hollinden talk with Ahmet Zappa and Joe Travers about 'The Roxy Performances' (Part 2)

Zappa_2_prx_240x240_small AHMET ZAPPA (PART 2): PUBLISHED ON PRX 4 / 27 / 2018 BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB ,  AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO and  VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Hosts Rich Reardin and Professor Andy Hollinden have a conversation with Ahmet Zappa and Joe Travers about Frank Zappa's "The Roxy Performances" 7 CD set that was released in February 2018.

Fourty three years ago in December 1973, Frank Zappa played a series of legendary concerts at the famed Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Considered a high-water mark of his career, owing to the incredible, virtuosic performances of himself and his stellar band The Mothers, the five shows – across three nights – included a private invite-only performance/soundcheck/film shoot followed by back-to-back doubleheaders. A few days later, continuing this incredibly prolific week, Zappa brought his band and camera crew to Ike Turner’s Bolic Sound in Inglewood for a filmed recording session. In typical Zappa fashion, he recorded it all. 

On February 2, 2018, Zappa Records/UMe will release The Roxy Performances, a definitive seven-CD box set that collects all four public shows from December 9-10, 1973, and the December 8th film shoot/soundcheck, each presented in their entirety for the first time, along with bonus content featuring rarities from a rehearsal, unreleased tracks and highlights from the Bolic Studios recording session. This complete collection, totaling nearly eight hours, documents the Roxy shows as they happened and presents brand new 2016 mixes by Craig Parker Adams from new 96K 24 Bit transfers of the multi-track masters. The set is rounded out with a 48-page booklet that includes photos from the performances, extensive liner notes by Vaultmeister Joe Travers, essays from Zappa family friend, Australian writer Jen Jewel Brown, and American singer/songwriter Dave Alvin, who give their firsthand recollections about the shows, and a selection of archival press reviews. Those who digitally pre-order the box set will receive an instant grat download of “RDNZL.” Culled from the very first show on December 9, the track is a live version of the classic song featuring the never-before-heard 2016 mix that exemplifies the sonics of the new box set. Pre-order The Roxy Performances now: http://ume.lnk.to/FrankZappaRoxy

“This is one of my favorite FZ line-ups ever. This box contains some of the best nights of music Los Angeles has ever seen with their ears at an historic venue," says Ahmet Zappa, who co-produced the collection along with Travers, “Hold on to your hotdogs people. This box is the be-all-end-all. This is it. This is all of it. It’s time to get your rocks off for the Roxy.” 

While portions of these concerts have been released in various formats over the years – first in 1974 on the album Roxy and Elsewhere, which mixed material from the shows with performances recorded in different locations months later, followed by 2014’s Roxy By Proxy, which featured Zappa’s 1987 digital mixes of tracks from various shows, and most recently the 2015 film Roxy The Movie and its accompanying soundtrack – the shows have never been released in their entirety until now. 

The Roxy Performances capture Zappa and The Mothers in peak condition as they play to rowdy sold-out crowds in the intimate, just-opened venue in their hometown Los Angeles following the release of Over-Nite Sensation. The extraordinary band was one of Zappa’s best with keyboardist George Duke, bassist Tom Fowler, trombonist Bruce Fowler, tenor saxophonist and vocalist Napoleon Murphy Brock, percussionist Ruth Underwood and drummers Ralph Humphrey and Chester Thompson all flawlessly in lockstep as Zappa led them through his musically adventurous compositions filled with complicated time signatures and sudden tempo changes. As the Los Angeles Times remarked in their review, “The content of any show starring Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention is unpredictable. But the quality of the show is predictable. I have seen this satirical rock group many times and every show has been excellent. True to form, the group performed sensationally at the Roxy on Sunday night.” The (long-defunct) Los Angeles Herald-Examiner was equally impressed: “This time around Zappa, the counter-culture’s John Cage, has assembled a remarkable group of musicians. Tim Fowler on bass, his brother Bruce on trombone, Ralph Humphrey on drums, and George Duke, whose keyboard skills almost upstaged the leader himself. Percussionist Ruth Underwood kept up with the band’s frenetic pace without missing a single swat of the gong, and she was incredible.”

The material expertly performed across the five shows consisted mostly of songs from 1969 and beyond and included a dizzying array of stylistic diverse tracks from Uncle Meat, Hot Rats, Waka/Jawaka and Over-Nite Sensation. The shows also include a number of live favorites like “Village Of The Sun,” “Pygmy Twylyte,” “Cheepnis,” “Penguin In Bondage,” “Echidna’s Arf (Of You),” and “Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing.” Many of these ended up on Roxy & Elsewhere

Jen Jewel Brown and Dave Alvin give a glimpse at what it was like to be at these historic shows in their richly detailed essays in the liner notes that accompany the recordings. Alvin reflects about meeting Zappa on the Isle of Capri in 1982 while on tour with his band The Blasters and how Zappa’s eyes lit up when he told him he saw him at the Roxy. “You were at a Roxy show?,” he beamed. He goes on to write, “The Roxy Mothers were a grand combination of high art, low art, masterful technique and razor sharp humor with a touch of wild abandon.” In Brown’s reflection, Frank and Gail’s personal friend tells about what it was like for a young girl from Australia to witness Zappa on the Sunset Strip in the ‘70s and paints a vivid picture about what the shows were like. “This material shows an absolutely sleek beast at its prime,” she pens, adding, “This is a cultural record and there’s some prime Zappanalia here. Frank had put the crippling disasters of December ’71 behind him and was plunged headlong into some of the most beautiful music and zestful, open-hearted engagement with life imaginable.”

Musical selections include: Echidna's Arf (Of You),Cheepnis (percussion),Penguin In Bondage,Tmershi Duween,Don't You Ever Wash That Thing,Don't Eat The Yellow Snow - Session and Radio Edit

This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific. 

For more information, visit BEYOND A SONG.COM

Beyond a Song: Ahmet Zappa (Part 1)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Hosts Rich Reardin and Professor Andy Hollinden talk with Ahmet Zappa and Joe Travers about 'The Roxy Performances' (Part 1)

Zappa_1_prx_240x240_small AHMET ZAPPA (PART 1): PUBLISHED ON PRX 4 / 20 / 2018 BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB ,  AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO and  VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Hosts Rich Reardin and Professor Andy Hollinden have a conversation with Ahmet Zappa and Joe Travers about Frank Zappa's "The Roxy Performances" 7 CD set that was released in February 2018.

Fourty three years ago in December 1973, Frank Zappa played a series of legendary concerts at the famed Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Considered a high-water mark of his career, owing to the incredible, virtuosic performances of himself and his stellar band The Mothers, the five shows – across three nights – included a private invite-only performance/soundcheck/film shoot followed by back-to-back doubleheaders. A few days later, continuing this incredibly prolific week, Zappa brought his band and camera crew to Ike Turner’s Bolic Sound in Inglewood for a filmed recording session. In typical Zappa fashion, he recorded it all. 

On February 2, 2018, Zappa Records/UMe will release The Roxy Performances, a definitive seven-CD box set that collects all four public shows from December 9-10, 1973, and the December 8th film shoot/soundcheck, each presented in their entirety for the first time, along with bonus content featuring rarities from a rehearsal, unreleased tracks and highlights from the Bolic Studios recording session. This complete collection, totaling nearly eight hours, documents the Roxy shows as they happened and presents brand new 2016 mixes by Craig Parker Adams from new 96K 24 Bit transfers of the multi-track masters. The set is rounded out with a 48-page booklet that includes photos from the performances, extensive liner notes by Vaultmeister Joe Travers, essays from Zappa family friend, Australian writer Jen Jewel Brown, and American singer/songwriter Dave Alvin, who give their firsthand recollections about the shows, and a selection of archival press reviews. Those who digitally pre-order the box set will receive an instant grat download of “RDNZL.” Culled from the very first show on December 9, the track is a live version of the classic song featuring the never-before-heard 2016 mix that exemplifies the sonics of the new box set. Pre-order The Roxy Performances now: http://ume.lnk.to/FrankZappaRoxy

“This is one of my favorite FZ line-ups ever. This box contains some of the best nights of music Los Angeles has ever seen with their ears at an historic venue," says Ahmet Zappa, who co-produced the collection along with Travers, “Hold on to your hotdogs people. This box is the be-all-end-all. This is it. This is all of it. It’s time to get your rocks off for the Roxy.” 

While portions of these concerts have been released in various formats over the years – first in 1974 on the album Roxy and Elsewhere, which mixed material from the shows with performances recorded in different locations months later, followed by 2014’s Roxy By Proxy, which featured Zappa’s 1987 digital mixes of tracks from various shows, and most recently the 2015 film Roxy The Movie and its accompanying soundtrack – the shows have never been released in their entirety until now. 

The Roxy Performances capture Zappa and The Mothers in peak condition as they play to rowdy sold-out crowds in the intimate, just-opened venue in their hometown Los Angeles following the release of Over-Nite Sensation. The extraordinary band was one of Zappa’s best with keyboardist George Duke, bassist Tom Fowler, trombonist Bruce Fowler, tenor saxophonist and vocalist Napoleon Murphy Brock, percussionist Ruth Underwood and drummers Ralph Humphrey and Chester Thompson all flawlessly in lockstep as Zappa led them through his musically adventurous compositions filled with complicated time signatures and sudden tempo changes. As the Los Angeles Times remarked in their review, “The content of any show starring Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention is unpredictable. But the quality of the show is predictable. I have seen this satirical rock group many times and every show has been excellent. True to form, the group performed sensationally at the Roxy on Sunday night.” The (long-defunct) Los Angeles Herald-Examiner was equally impressed: “This time around Zappa, the counter-culture’s John Cage, has assembled a remarkable group of musicians. Tim Fowler on bass, his brother Bruce on trombone, Ralph Humphrey on drums, and George Duke, whose keyboard skills almost upstaged the leader himself. Percussionist Ruth Underwood kept up with the band’s frenetic pace without missing a single swat of the gong, and she was incredible.”

The material expertly performed across the five shows consisted mostly of songs from 1969 and beyond and included a dizzying array of stylistic diverse tracks from Uncle Meat, Hot Rats, Waka/Jawaka and Over-Nite Sensation. The shows also include a number of live favorites like “Village Of The Sun,” “Pygmy Twylyte,” “Cheepnis,” “Penguin In Bondage,” “Echidna’s Arf (Of You),” and “Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing.” Many of these ended up on Roxy & Elsewhere

Jen Jewel Brown and Dave Alvin give a glimpse at what it was like to be at these historic shows in their richly detailed essays in the liner notes that accompany the recordings. Alvin reflects about meeting Zappa on the Isle of Capri in 1982 while on tour with his band The Blasters and how Zappa’s eyes lit up when he told him he saw him at the Roxy. “You were at a Roxy show?,” he beamed. He goes on to write, “The Roxy Mothers were a grand combination of high art, low art, masterful technique and razor sharp humor with a touch of wild abandon.” In Brown’s reflection, Frank and Gail’s personal friend tells about what it was like for a young girl from Australia to witness Zappa on the Sunset Strip in the ‘70s and paints a vivid picture about what the shows were like. “This material shows an absolutely sleek beast at its prime,” she pens, adding, “This is a cultural record and there’s some prime Zappanalia here. Frank had put the crippling disasters of December ’71 behind him and was plunged headlong into some of the most beautiful music and zestful, open-hearted engagement with life imaginable.”

Musical selections include: Cheepnis, Pygmy Twylyte, St. Alfonsos Pancacke Breakfast, Father Oblivion, Tuning and Studio Chatter, Village of the Sun, I'm The Slime, The Dog Breath Variations. RDNZL.
This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific. 

For more information, visit BEYOND A SONG.COM

Beyond a Song: The Reverend Shawn Amos (Part 2)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with Los Angeles singer/songwriter and bluesman extraordinaire, The Reverend Shawn Amos. (This part 2 of a 2 part interview)

Prx_shawn_amos_2__240x240_small THE REVEREND SHAWN AMOS (PART 2) : PUBLISHED ON PRX 3 / 16 / 2018 - BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB ,  AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO ,  AFRICA SASA ,  and  VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM  
Host Rich Reardin has a conversation with Los Angeles singer/songwriter and bluesman extraordinaire The Reverend Shawn Amos.   Shawn is the son of a nightclub singer mother who performed under the name Shirley May, and is the youngest son of Famous Amos chocolate chip cookie founder Wally Amos.  Shawn isn't really an ordained priest, but he preaches through his blues music with firey 21st Century Freedom songs about Peace, Love, and Understanding. with many successful studio albums to date, Shawn also performs with his band around the country, and owns his own company, the Amos Content Group.   Before we get into the interview, let's hear some of his  music, this is Reverend Shawn Amos.
From West Coast clubs, to Deep South joints, to European festivals, to YouTube, to the podcast universe, the Reverend Shawn Amos’ message of joyful blues is reaching an ever-increasing flock. The Rev’s distinctive blend of black roots music, R & B, and stripped down rock n’ roll brings a bracing, soul-deep musical experience to audiences starved for authenticity, for connection. “I derive a lot of satisfaction bringing people joy,” he says.
His third studio album, The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down, expands that mission. This time out, he spices up the mix with 21st century Freedom Songs, socially conscious soul, a stripped-down cover of Bowie’s “The Jean Genie” that slyly reveals the glam nugget’s blues bones, and an austere version of Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding?” that turns the post-punk gem into modern gospel. At the center of James Saez’ (Social Distortion, The Road Kings) no-frills production, the Rev’s voice and harp tie everything together in a stirring, celebratory whole, both beholden to history and refreshingly timely.  “It’s the oddest birth of any album I’ve made,” the Rev says.  “It has a particular depth.”
This sonic evolution is partly the result of over 100 dates in 2016-17, supporting his chart-topping The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You. On the road, the Rev took risks, listened to his heart, and honed his chops. In the midst of that came the seismic election of 2016, and the subsequent altering of the American landscape. All of the above significantly impacted the Rev as a father, citizen, musician, and African-American man, and all of it can be heard on The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down.
“When we toured the South in May of 2017, I could feel things changing post-Trump,” he says. “I was listening to a lot of Staples Singers, especially [acclaimed 1965 LP] Amen. The degree to which I was aware of my race was distracting, striking, hard to ignore. It was powerful being in the South and listening to protest music, to freedom songs conceived to fuel a movement, with no thought toward commercialism.” One can hear the Staples, as well as Curtis Mayfield, in Breaks It Down’s debut single “2017” (video now at 9K+ YouTube views), which calls for unity and compassion in the face of intense division.
“I was listening to a lot of MLK speeches, and reading him,” the Rev says. “I wanted to be immersed in black history, in a resistance movement of the past.” This included recording a moving a cappella rendition of the traditional “Uncle Tom’s Prayer” at the historic Clayburn Temple in Memphis, singing on floorboards where protesters once painted signs for the Civil Rights Movement. After taking his eldest child to the Civil Rights Museum – “to introduce her to her history,” he says – and absorbing Dylan’s 1962 cover of Bukka White’s harrowing “Fixin’ to Die,” the Rev penned and recorded “Does My Life Matter,” a brutally honest, necessary blues, encompassing despair, anger, and grace. The Rev admits, “That song freaked me out a bit. It’s more pointed than anything I’ve ever done.”
Serendipity played a role in the creation of The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down. When old friend and producer-drummer extraordinaire Steve Jordan (X-Pensive Winos, Neil Young, John Mayer, hundreds more) guested on the jaunty pop-blues “Ain’t Gonna Name Names,” he introduced the Rev to bassist Larry Taylor (Tom Waits) and drummer Steve Potts (Booker T. & the MG’s), who enliven several cuts. And while passing through Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the Rev and his stalwart live band decided to tour the illustrious FAME studios. In the 60s, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James and many others cut seminal sides at FAME, in a racially inclusive environment unheard-of for its time and place. The tour turned into a four-hour impromptu recording session, yielding “The Jean Genie,” and album opener “Moved,” co-written by longtime sideman, guitarist Chris “Doctor” Roberts.
Prior to his creation of the Reverend persona in 2013, folks knew Shawn Amos as producer (Solomon Burke’s Live in Nashville, and Shout! Factory box set Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones), content creator for companies looking for ways to tell their stories on the internet, and Americana singer-songwriter who’d grown up in a dramatically dysfunctional L.A. home, a story the Rev serialized as Cookies & Milk in the Huffington Post.
By the time he set out to record The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down, his life had changed dramatically. For starters, he was a newly single man, a painful development audible in the darker numbers of the Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down. The Rev also became Artistic Director of Vibrato Jazz Grill in Los Angeles, owned by longtime friend Herb Alpert, co-founder of the legendary A & M record label.
“It’s a full-circle experience,” the Rev says of the Vibrato gig. As the son of entrepreneur and William Morris agent Wally “Famous” Amos, the Rev says, “I grew up on the A & M lot.” And back in his producer days, the Rev oversaw the reissue of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass’ catalog, and a remix of the classic Whipped Cream & Other Delights album. At Vibrato, the Reverend Shawn Amos regularly performs, and curates everything from jazz, to Great American Songbook evenings. 
The Rev brings it all back to the people in 2018, supporting The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down with his biggest tour yet, from West Coast, to Europe, to East Coast. With new episodes of his Kitchen Table Blues podcast and webseries to boot, the Rev will be plenty busy sharing the vision, keeping the faith, and spreading the gospel of his joyful blues.


Musical selections include: 2017, Does My Life Matter, Moved, Ain't Gonna Name Names, (What's So Funny About) Peace Love and Understanding, Joliet Bound, New York City 1964 (A Letter Home), Hold Hands

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Beyond a Song: The Reverend Shawn Amos (Part 1)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with Los Angeles singer/songwriter and bluesman extraordinaire, The Reverend Shawn Amos. (This part 1 of a 2 part interview)

Prx_shawn_amos_1__240x240_small THE REVEREND SHAWN AMOS (PART 1) : PUBLISHED ON PRX 3 / 9 / 2018 - BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB ,  AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO ,  AFRICA SASA ,  and  VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM  
Host Rich Reardin has a conversation with Los Angeles singer/songwriter and bluesman extraordinaire The Reverend Shawn Amos.   Shawn is the son of a nightclub singer mother who performed under the name Shirley May, and is the youngest son of Famous Amos chocolate chip cookie founder Wally Amos.  Shawn isn't really an ordained priest, but he preaches through his blues music with firey 21st Century Freedom songs about Peace, Love, and Understanding. with many successful studio albums to date, Shawn also performs with his band around the country, and owns his own company, the Amos Content Group.   Before we get into the interview, let's hear some of his  music, this is Reverend Shawn Amos.
From West Coast clubs, to Deep South joints, to European festivals, to YouTube, to the podcast universe, the Reverend Shawn Amos’ message of joyful blues is reaching an ever-increasing flock. The Rev’s distinctive blend of black roots music, R & B, and stripped down rock n’ roll brings a bracing, soul-deep musical experience to audiences starved for authenticity, for connection. “I derive a lot of satisfaction bringing people joy,” he says.
His third studio album, The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down, expands that mission. This time out, he spices up the mix with 21st century Freedom Songs, socially conscious soul, a stripped-down cover of Bowie’s “The Jean Genie” that slyly reveals the glam nugget’s blues bones, and an austere version of Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding?” that turns the post-punk gem into modern gospel. At the center of James Saez’ (Social Distortion, The Road Kings) no-frills production, the Rev’s voice and harp tie everything together in a stirring, celebratory whole, both beholden to history and refreshingly timely.  “It’s the oddest birth of any album I’ve made,” the Rev says.  “It has a particular depth.”
This sonic evolution is partly the result of over 100 dates in 2016-17, supporting his chart-topping The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You. On the road, the Rev took risks, listened to his heart, and honed his chops. In the midst of that came the seismic election of 2016, and the subsequent altering of the American landscape. All of the above significantly impacted the Rev as a father, citizen, musician, and African-American man, and all of it can be heard on The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down.
“When we toured the South in May of 2017, I could feel things changing post-Trump,” he says. “I was listening to a lot of Staples Singers, especially [acclaimed 1965 LP] Amen. The degree to which I was aware of my race was distracting, striking, hard to ignore. It was powerful being in the South and listening to protest music, to freedom songs conceived to fuel a movement, with no thought toward commercialism.” One can hear the Staples, as well as Curtis Mayfield, in Breaks It Down’s debut single “2017” (video now at 9K+ YouTube views), which calls for unity and compassion in the face of intense division.
“I was listening to a lot of MLK speeches, and reading him,” the Rev says. “I wanted to be immersed in black history, in a resistance movement of the past.” This included recording a moving a cappella rendition of the traditional “Uncle Tom’s Prayer” at the historic Clayburn Temple in Memphis, singing on floorboards where protesters once painted signs for the Civil Rights Movement. After taking his eldest child to the Civil Rights Museum – “to introduce her to her history,” he says – and absorbing Dylan’s 1962 cover of Bukka White’s harrowing “Fixin’ to Die,” the Rev penned and recorded “Does My Life Matter,” a brutally honest, necessary blues, encompassing despair, anger, and grace. The Rev admits, “That song freaked me out a bit. It’s more pointed than anything I’ve ever done.”
Serendipity played a role in the creation of The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down. When old friend and producer-drummer extraordinaire Steve Jordan (X-Pensive Winos, Neil Young, John Mayer, hundreds more) guested on the jaunty pop-blues “Ain’t Gonna Name Names,” he introduced the Rev to bassist Larry Taylor (Tom Waits) and drummer Steve Potts (Booker T. & the MG’s), who enliven several cuts. And while passing through Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the Rev and his stalwart live band decided to tour the illustrious FAME studios. In the 60s, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James and many others cut seminal sides at FAME, in a racially inclusive environment unheard-of for its time and place. The tour turned into a four-hour impromptu recording session, yielding “The Jean Genie,” and album opener “Moved,” co-written by longtime sideman, guitarist Chris “Doctor” Roberts.
Prior to his creation of the Reverend persona in 2013, folks knew Shawn Amos as producer (Solomon Burke’s Live in Nashville, and Shout! Factory box set Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones), content creator for companies looking for ways to tell their stories on the internet, and Americana singer-songwriter who’d grown up in a dramatically dysfunctional L.A. home, a story the Rev serialized as Cookies & Milk in the Huffington Post.
By the time he set out to record The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down, his life had changed dramatically. For starters, he was a newly single man, a painful development audible in the darker numbers of the Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down. The Rev also became Artistic Director of Vibrato Jazz Grill in Los Angeles, owned by longtime friend Herb Alpert, co-founder of the legendary A & M record label.
“It’s a full-circle experience,” the Rev says of the Vibrato gig. As the son of entrepreneur and William Morris agent Wally “Famous” Amos, the Rev says, “I grew up on the A & M lot.” And back in his producer days, the Rev oversaw the reissue of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass’ catalog, and a remix of the classic Whipped Cream & Other Delights album. At Vibrato, the Reverend Shawn Amos regularly performs, and curates everything from jazz, to Great American Songbook evenings. 
The Rev brings it all back to the people in 2018, supporting The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down with his biggest tour yet, from West Coast, to Europe, to East Coast. With new episodes of his Kitchen Table Blues podcast and webseries to boot, the Rev will be plenty busy sharing the vision, keeping the faith, and spreading the gospel of his joyful blues.


Musical selections include: The Jean Genie, Thank You Shirl-ee May, The Bottle Always Brings Me Down, Brothers Keeper, Something Inside Me, Hollywood Blues, Will You Be Mine, We've Got To Come Together.

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Beyond a Song: Radney Foster (Part 2)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with Nashville singer/songwriter Radney Foster. (Part 2 of 2)

Foster_3_prx_small RADNEY FOSTER (Part 2) : PUBLISHED ON PRX  11 / 18  / 2017  
BEYOND A SONG
 originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA   and is sponsored by:
  THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB   ,  AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO   ,  AFRICA SASA  and
 VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM  

Host Rich Reardin has a conversation with Nashville singer/songwriter Radney Foster . As a young musician straight out of Texas, Radney Foster spent the lengthy drives in between tour stops reading the likes of John Steinbeck, Larry McMurtry, and Harper Lee. Over 30 years of artist cuts later, there is no question that he himself is an established storyteller. Whether it’s navigating the ever-changing music industry or battling a sudden, terrifying illness – Foster definitely has a story to tell.
In late Fall 2015, the legendary songwriter got the diagnosis every musician fears-- a severe case of pneumonia and laryngitis. However, for someone who’s been producing songs for almost 40 years, the desire to write doesn’t fade along with the voice. During a grueling six week period of vocal constraint, Foster’s creative side emerged in the form of a short story inspired by the song, titled “Sycamore Creek,” and the idea for Foster’s newest endeavor was born.
For You To See The Stars is a project comprised of two parts – a book and a CD. The book is a collection of short stories published by Working Title Farm. Though the stories are fiction, they are informed by Foster’s upbringing on the Mexican border in Del Rio, TX. The story that most closely resembles memoir, “Bridge Club,” is a humorous and poignant retelling of the song “Greatest Show on Earth,” a recollection of playing music with family and friends on the back porch on a Saturday night.
While it’s evident that Texas has always been an inspiration for his music, in For You To See The Stars, Foster explores various landscapes, both physical and emotional, from the story of a retired spy in New Orleans, to the tale of a Dallas lawyer wandering the Rocky Mountains in search of redemption, to a post apocalyptic parable of a world in endless war.
The beauty of this CD/book combo lives within Foster’s extensive imagery, which not only further expands the meaning behind Foster’s songs, but gives the reader a look at the thought process behind his songwriting. “For me, the goal of writing is always to touch that one person so much that they wonder how I got a peek into their living room--how I understood exactly what they felt. More than just rhyming or having a pretty melody, I try to express a part of the human condition that can make someone want to laugh, cry, make love, or all of the above.”
Although the literature can be enjoyed independently, each story is uniquely coupled with a song. The 10-track album, also titled For You To See The Stars, features nine new songs and a special re-recording of “Raining on Sunday,” the song Foster co-wrote with Darrell Brown, which became one of Keith Urban’s top Billboard singles. The album was recorded at the historic Nashville studio Sound Emporium and was produced by award-winning Will Kimbrough, who also plays multiple instruments and sings on the record.
For You To See The Stars is Radney Foster’s eleventh album. Foster has written eight number one hit singles, including his own “Nobody Wins,” and “Crazy Over You” with duo Foster & Lloyd. His discography contains countless cuts by artists ranging anywhere from country (Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to contemporary (Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Los Lonely Boys). Although highly recognized and accomplished in the music world, Foster is a true renaissance man. In addition to For You To See The Stars being his first book, Foster recently starred in the world premiere of "Troubadour,” at Atlanta’s Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre.  He also appears in the upcoming feature film, Beauty Mark.
For You To See The Stars is Foster at his classic storytelling best, both as a seasoned singer/songwriter and a soulful writer of prose. Although both components stand alone as separate pieces of art-- they are meant to be enjoyed together for a reason. When coupled, the book and CD give fans a deeper insight into the subconscious of Foster’s storytelling. Journalist Peter Cooper puts it best, “Radney Foster writes with uncommon depth of emotion, humor, empathy, and clarity. I’m going to ask him how he does it, and if he tells me I’ll let you in on his secret. Until then, it’s best that we read, wonder, and revel.”

Musical selections include:   Went For A Ride, It Ain't Done With Me, All That I Require, Howlin', Rock n Roll Slow Dance, Not In My House, For You To See The Stars, Greatest Show On Earth.

This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific.  

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Beyond a Song: Radney Foster (Part 1)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with Nashville singer/songwriter Radney Foster. (Part 1 of 2)

Foster_1_prx_small RADNEY FOSTER : PUBLISHED ON PRX  11 / 11  / 2017  
BEYOND A SONG
 originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA   and is sponsored by:
  THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB   ,  AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO   ,  AFRICA SASA  and
 VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM  

Host Rich Reardin has a conversation with Nashville singer/songwriter Radney Foster . As a young musician straight out of Texas, Radney Foster spent the lengthy drives in between tour stops reading the likes of John Steinbeck, Larry McMurtry, and Harper Lee. Over 30 years of artist cuts later, there is no question that he himself is an established storyteller. Whether it’s navigating the ever-changing music industry or battling a sudden, terrifying illness – Foster definitely has a story to tell.
In late Fall 2015, the legendary songwriter got the diagnosis every musician fears-- a severe case of pneumonia and laryngitis. However, for someone who’s been producing songs for almost 40 years, the desire to write doesn’t fade along with the voice. During a grueling six week period of vocal constraint, Foster’s creative side emerged in the form of a short story inspired by the song, titled “Sycamore Creek,” and the idea for Foster’s newest endeavor was born.
For You To See The Stars is a project comprised of two parts – a book and a CD. The book is a collection of short stories published by Working Title Farm. Though the stories are fiction, they are informed by Foster’s upbringing on the Mexican border in Del Rio, TX. The story that most closely resembles memoir, “Bridge Club,” is a humorous and poignant retelling of the song “Greatest Show on Earth,” a recollection of playing music with family and friends on the back porch on a Saturday night.
While it’s evident that Texas has always been an inspiration for his music, in For You To See The Stars, Foster explores various landscapes, both physical and emotional, from the story of a retired spy in New Orleans, to the tale of a Dallas lawyer wandering the Rocky Mountains in search of redemption, to a post apocalyptic parable of a world in endless war.
The beauty of this CD/book combo lives within Foster’s extensive imagery, which not only further expands the meaning behind Foster’s songs, but gives the reader a look at the thought process behind his songwriting. “For me, the goal of writing is always to touch that one person so much that they wonder how I got a peek into their living room--how I understood exactly what they felt. More than just rhyming or having a pretty melody, I try to express a part of the human condition that can make someone want to laugh, cry, make love, or all of the above.”
Although the literature can be enjoyed independently, each story is uniquely coupled with a song. The 10-track album, also titled For You To See The Stars, features nine new songs and a special re-recording of “Raining on Sunday,” the song Foster co-wrote with Darrell Brown, which became one of Keith Urban’s top Billboard singles. The album was recorded at the historic Nashville studio Sound Emporium and was produced by award-winning Will Kimbrough, who also plays multiple instruments and sings on the record.
For You To See The Stars is Radney Foster’s eleventh album. Foster has written eight number one hit singles, including his own “Nobody Wins,” and “Crazy Over You” with duo Foster & Lloyd. His discography contains countless cuts by artists ranging anywhere from country (Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to contemporary (Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Los Lonely Boys). Although highly recognized and accomplished in the music world, Foster is a true renaissance man. In addition to For You To See The Stars being his first book, Foster recently starred in the world premiere of "Troubadour,” at Atlanta’s Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre.  He also appears in the upcoming feature film, Beauty Mark.
For You To See The Stars is Foster at his classic storytelling best, both as a seasoned singer/songwriter and a soulful writer of prose. Although both components stand alone as separate pieces of art-- they are meant to be enjoyed together for a reason. When coupled, the book and CD give fans a deeper insight into the subconscious of Foster’s storytelling. Journalist Peter Cooper puts it best, “Radney Foster writes with uncommon depth of emotion, humor, empathy, and clarity. I’m going to ask him how he does it, and if he tells me I’ll let you in on his secret. Until then, it’s best that we read, wonder, and revel.”

Musical selections include:   Raining On Sunday, Crazy Over You, Since I Found You, Nobody Wins, Love Someone Like Me, Godspeed (Sweet Dreams), Folding Money, A Real Fine Place To Start, Sycamore Creek.

This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific.  

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Beyond a Song: Billy Strings

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with singer/songwriter and guitar virtuoso Billy Strings.

Strings_240x240_small BILLY STRINGS : PUBLISHED ON PRX  11 / 3  / 2017  
BEYOND A SONG
 originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA   and is sponsored by:
  THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB   ,  AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO   ,  AFRICA SASA  and
 VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM  

Host Rich Reardin has a conversation with singer/songwriter and guitar virtuoso Billy Strings . Billy Strings eats, sleeps and breathes bluegrass music, and despite his young age people marvel at his jaw-dropping talent. Formerly of Traverse City, Michigan, Billy grew up fascinated by guitar, and was honored recently as "Instrumentalist of the year"by the prestigeous International Bluegrass Music Association. As a virtuoso instrumentalist, Billy has been turning heads everywhere as he tours the US. I caught up with Billy before a concert in Indianapolis Indiana, so before we get into the interview, let's hear some of his music, this is Billy Strings.
Billy Strings eats, sleeps and breathes bluegrass music, and fans of the Michigan-bred bluegrass guitar whiz have long marveled at the instrumentalist’s jaw-dropping versatility.
The IBMA Momentum Award: 'Instrumentalist of the Year'
Now, that musicianship has officially been acknowledged by his peers.
Apostol, formerly of Traverse City, was honored last week as an “Instrumentalist of the Year” by the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association during its Momentum Awards show that took place during the World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, N.C.
“It means a lot to me to be included in a community of such great musicians,” said Billy Strings, aka William Apostol. “I’ve been lucky enough to be accepted into this world of acoustic music. To get acknowledged for the work I’ve put in on the road for the last few years feels pretty good.”
Apostol, 24, who moved late last year from Traverse City to Nashville, has long turned heads with his virtuosity on acoustic guitar – not only as a member of the Billy Strings & Don Julin band but also more recently as a solo artist with his own band and collaborating with a variety of renowned musicians.
“I really just eat, sleep and breathe bluegrass music and I always feel so lucky to have cut my teeth on it,” the Ionia-bred musician told Local Spins. “I have to thank my Mom and Dad for that.”
The IBMA’s Momentum Awards focus on “artists and industry people who are in the early stages of their bluegrass music careers.” Performance awards are presented annually to one band, one vocalist and three instrumentalists.
The award spotlighting Billy Strings as an important emerging artist came as a bona fide surprise, with Apostol learning about it via text while he was home “relaxing on a rare day off” from touring. A representative from his booking agency, Crossover Touring, went on stage and accepted the award on his behalf.
Apostol said he’s not sure what impact winning such an award might have on his career, which continues to move forward.
“I’m not sure what it will do for me to be honest, I’ve never won one before,” he said. “I guess we’ll see. If nothing more, it will look nice up on the mantle.”
In June, Apostol released a six-song solo “Billy Strings” EP, and has been touring nearly non-stop across the country all year. (Listen to a track from that EP here, with a video below.)
This week, he plays the Albino Skunk Music Festival in South Carolina, followed by shows later this month in North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont and New York.
“We’re constantly touring, but when I’m not playing on stage or driving to the next gig, I am spending time with my girlfriend or working up original songs with the band and practicing at home,” he said.
“We are planning to record an album January-ish. That’s all. It’s nose to the grindstone and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Musical selections include:
 
While I'm Waiting Here, Salty Sheep, Doing Things Right, Dealing Despair, Slow Train, Meet Me At The Creek.


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Beyond a Song: Keith Johnson (Part 2)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with legendary audio recording innovator, recording and mastering engineer Keith Johnson.

Johnson_2_prx240_small KEITH JOHNSON (Part 2) : PUBLISHED ON PRX  10 / 13 / 2017  
BEYOND A SONG
 originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA   and is sponsored by:
  THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB   ,  AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO   ,  AFRICA SASA  and
 VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM  

Host Rich Reardin has a conversation with legendary audio recording innovator, recording and mastering engineer Keith Johnson . Keith Johnson has served for over 40 years as Reference Recordings Technical Director, recording and mastering engineer. He has recorded and released over 140 compact disc, LP and surround sound titles, spanning the genres of classical, jass, world and blues music. He has spent over 50 years developing a reputation for innovative thinking, technical achievement and musicianship that has elevated him to a position in the audio industry occupied by only a handful of visionaries. He is a true audio legend, having designed and patented numerous innovative products in the professional and consumer fields, including the revolutionary HDCD encoding process.
The Reference Recordings Sound comes from his singular methods and equipment, almost all hand-built or extensively modified by him. His microphone techniques range from purist to complex, depending on the musical forces and the performing space involved.
He received the GRAMMY® for Best Surround Sound Album in 2011. And, to date, has received 8 additional nominations for Best Engineered Album Classical, and a host of other industry awards and nominations, including the prestigious Audio Engineering Society Silver Medal Award in 2008. Given in recognition of outstanding development or achievement in the field of audio engineering, other recipients of the Silver Award include: Ray Dolby, Paul Klipsch, Robert Moog, and Willi Studer.
Multi-channel processing for large screen sound is currently a great interest for Johnson. He is also investigating and consulting on hearing physiology and hearing correction. He plays keyboard instruments and is a competitive middle distance runner.

Musical selections include:   Guitar_sonata_in_E_major_III_sherzo- ettore_desderi, It Was A Very Good Year, Time After Time, Poker Face, Sing a Song.     

This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific.  

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Beyond a Song: Keith Johnson (Part 1)

From ISOAS Media | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with legendary audio recording innovator, recording and mastering engineer Keith Johnson.

Johnson_1_prx240_small KEITH JOHNSON (Part 1) : PUBLISHED ON PRX  10 / 6 / 2017  
BEYOND A SONG
 originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA   and is sponsored by:
  THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB   ,  AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO   ,  AFRICA SASA  and
 VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM  

Host Rich Reardin has a conversation with legendary audio recording innovator, recording and mastering engineer Keith Johnson . Keith Johnson has served for over 40 years as Reference Recordings Technical Director, recording and mastering engineer. He has recorded and released over 140 compact disc, LP and surround sound titles, spanning the genres of classical, jass, world and blues music. He has spent over 50 years developing a reputation for innovative thinking, technical achievement and musicianship that has elevated him to a position in the audio industry occupied by only a handful of visionaries. He is a true audio legend, having designed and patented numerous innovative products in the professional and consumer fields, including the revolutionary HDCD encoding process.
The Reference Recordings Sound comes from his singular methods and equipment, almost all hand-built or extensively modified by him. His microphone techniques range from purist to complex, depending on the musical forces and the performing space involved.
He received the GRAMMY® for Best Surround Sound Album in 2011. And, to date, has received 8 additional nominations for Best Engineered Album Classical, and a host of other industry awards and nominations, including the prestigious Audio Engineering Society Silver Medal Award in 2008. Given in recognition of outstanding development or achievement in the field of audio engineering, other recipients of the Silver Award include: Ray Dolby, Paul Klipsch, Robert Moog, and Willi Studer.
Multi-channel processing for large screen sound is currently a great interest for Johnson. He is also investigating and consulting on hearing physiology and hearing correction. He plays keyboard instruments and is a competitive middle distance runner.

Musical selections include: Prelude_aloys_fornerod, Goin' Down To The Roadhouse, Rhee Waahnee, 14_romances_op.3414 songs, op.34 no.14 vocalise in e minor, What the Blues Means to Me, LA - The Siren In The West.         

This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific.  

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Beyond a Song: Gregg Allman (Part 2)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin discusses the life and music of the late, great, Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band. This is the final (Part 2) of a two part series.

Allman_3_prx_240x240_small GREGG ALLMAN (PART 2) : PUBLISHED ON PRX  8 / 25 / 2017  
BEYOND A SONG
 originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA   and is sponsored by:
  THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB     AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO   ,  AFRICA SASA  and
 VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM  

Host Rich Reardin  talks about the life and music of the late, great keyboardist/singer/songwriter Gregg Allman Gregory Lenoir "Gregg" Allman (December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter. He was known for performing in the Allman Brothers Band. Allman grew up with an interest in rhythm and blues music, and the Allman Brothers Band fused it with rock music, jazz, and country at times. He wrote several of the band's biggest songs, including "Whipping Post", "Melissa", and "Midnight Rider". Allman also had a successful solo career, releasing seven studio albums. He was born and spent much of his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee, before relocating to Daytona Beach, Florida.

He and his brother, Duane Allman, formed the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, which reached mainstream success with their 1971 live album At Fillmore East. Shortly thereafter, Duane was killed in a motorcycle crash. The band continued on, with Brothers and Sisters (1973) representing their largest sales. Allman began a solo career with Laid Back the same year, and was perhaps most famous for his marriage to pop star Cher for the rest of the decade. He had an unexpected late career hit in the song "I'm No Angel" in 1987, and his seventh solo album, Low Country Blues (2011), saw the highest chart positions of his career. Throughout his life, Allman struggled with alcohol and substance abuse, which formed the basis of his acclaimed memoir My Cross to Bear (2012). His final album, Southern Blood, is scheduled to be released September 8, 2017.
Allman performed with a Hammond organ and guitar, and was recognized for his soulful voice. For his work in music, Allman was referred to as a Southern rock pioneer[1] and received numerous awards, including several Grammys; he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. His distinctive voice placed him in 70th place in the Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time".
Musical selections include:   Need Your Love So Bad,Stormy Monday,Little Martha,Midnight Rider,Blue Sky,Melissa,Ain't Wasting Time No More,Wasted Words,Can't Take it With You,I'm No Angel,These Days.

This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific.  

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Beyond a Song: Gregg Allman (Part 1)

From ISOAS Media | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin discusses the life and music of the late, great, Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band.

Allman_1_prx_240x240_small GREGG ALLMAN (PART 1) : PUBLISHED ON PRX  8 / 18 / 2017 
BEYOND A SONG
 originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by:
 THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB ,  AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO ,  AFRICA SASA and
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Host Rich Reardin talks about the life and music of the late, great keyboardist/singer/songwriter Gregg AllmanGregory Lenoir "Gregg" Allman (December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter. He was known for performing in the Allman Brothers Band. Allman grew up with an interest in rhythm and blues music, and the Allman Brothers Band fused it with rock music, jazz, and country at times. He wrote several of the band's biggest songs, including "Whipping Post", "Melissa", and "Midnight Rider". Allman also had a successful solo career, releasing seven studio albums. He was born and spent much of his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee, before relocating to Daytona Beach, Florida.

He and his brother, Duane Allman, formed the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, which reached mainstream success with their 1971 live album At Fillmore East. Shortly thereafter, Duane was killed in a motorcycle crash. The band continued on, with Brothers and Sisters (1973) representing their largest sales. Allman began a solo career with Laid Back the same year, and was perhaps most famous for his marriage to pop star Cher for the rest of the decade. He had an unexpected late career hit in the song "I'm No Angel" in 1987, and his seventh solo album, Low Country Blues (2011), saw the highest chart positions of his career. Throughout his life, Allman struggled with alcohol and substance abuse, which formed the basis of his acclaimed memoir My Cross to Bear (2012). His final album, Southern Blood, is scheduled to be released September 8, 2017.
Allman performed with a Hammond organ and guitar, and was recognized for his soulful voice. For his work in music, Allman was referred to as a Southern rock pioneer[1] and received numerous awards, including several Grammys; he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. His distinctive voice placed him in 70th place in the Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time".
Musical selections include: Shapes of Things, Down In Texas, Hey Jude, Whipping Post, Layla, Midnight Rider, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed

This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific. 

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Beyond a Song: Tim Carbone (Part 1)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with songwriter, musician, violinist, and producer Tim Carbone from the band Railroad Earth. This is part 1 of a 3 part interview.

Carbone_1_prx_240x240_small TIM CARBONE (PART 1) : PUBLISHED ON PRX  3 / 24 / 2017
BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO ,  and VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Host Rich Reardin talks with songwriter, musician, violinist, and producer Tim Carbone from the band Railroad Earth .
After 34 years of experience creating music as an artist, songwriter, session musician and producer Tim says he may not be up to playing music live for the rest of his life but you will have to pry his dead, clammy hands off the mixing console. Safe to say producing records is his passion.
Mostly known nowadays as the violinist for the roots/jamband Railroad Earth, Tim produced his first record in 1986 and since then has lent his talents to records all around the United States.
As a producer Tim has helped create dozens of albums for some of todays leading, up and coming artists on the Jamband – Americana scene.

Musical selections include: Railroad Earth, Like a Buddha, Mighty River, Give That Boy A Hand, Bird In A House, The Good Life.

This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific.

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Beyond a Song: Tim Carbone (Part 2)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with songwriter, musician, violinist, and producer Tim Carbone from the band Railroad Earth and The Contribution. This is part 2 of a 4 part interview.

Carbone_2_prx_240x240_small TIM CARBONE (PART 2) : PUBLISHED ON PRX  3 / 31 / 2017
BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO ,  and VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Host Rich Reardin talks with songwriter, musician, violinist, and producer Tim Carbone from the band Railroad Earth .
After 34 years of experience creating music as an artist, songwriter, session musician and producer Tim says he may not be up to playing music live for the rest of his life but you will have to pry his dead, clammy hands off the mixing console. Safe to say producing records is his passion.
Mostly known nowadays as the violinist for the roots/jamband Railroad Earth, Tim produced his first record in 1986 and since then has lent his talents to records all around the United States.
As a producer Tim has helped create dozens of albums for some of todays leading, up and coming artists on the Jamband – Americana scene.

Musical selections include: Hard Road, Crossing The Gap, When Will I See You Again, Real Man's Car, Black Elk Speaks, Seven Story Mountain

This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific.

For more information, visit BEYOND  A SONG.COM

Beyond a Song: Tim Carbone (Part 3)

From ISOAS Media | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with songwriter, musician, violinist, and producer Tim Carbone from the band Railroad Earth and The Contribution. This is part 3 of a 4 part interview.

Carbone_3_prx_240x240_small TIM CARBONE (PART 3) : PUBLISHED ON PRX  4 / 7 / 2017
BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO ,  and VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Host Rich Reardin talks with songwriter, musician, violinist, and producer Tim Carbone from the band Railroad Earth .
After 34 years of experience creating music as an artist, songwriter, session musician and producer Tim says he may not be up to playing music live for the rest of his life but you will have to pry his dead, clammy hands off the mixing console. Safe to say producing records is his passion.
Mostly known nowadays as the violinist for the roots/jamband Railroad Earth, Tim produced his first record in 1986 and since then has lent his talents to records all around the United States.
As a producer Tim has helped create dozens of albums for some of todays leading, up and coming artists on the Jamband – Americana scene.

Musical selections include: Been Down This Road, Little Bit O' Me, The Great Boot, Which Way World, Time Waw Only Yesterday, Colorado, Steady Ride.

This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific.

For more information, visit BEYOND  A SONG.COM

Beyond a Song: Tim Carbone (Part 4)

From ISOAS Media | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with songwriter, musician, violinist, and producer Tim Carbone from the band Railroad Earth and The Contribution. This is the final episode of a 4 part interview.

Carbone_4_prx_240x240_small TIM CARBONE (PART 4 Final) : PUBLISHED ON PRX  4 / 14 / 2017
BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO ,  and VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Host Rich Reardin talks with songwriter, musician, violinist, and producer Tim Carbone from the band Railroad Earth .
After 34 years of experience creating music as an artist, songwriter, session musician and producer Tim says he may not be up to playing music live for the rest of his life but you will have to pry his dead, clammy hands off the mixing console. Safe to say producing records is his passion.
Mostly known nowadays as the violinist for the roots/jamband Railroad Earth, Tim produced his first record in 1986 and since then has lent his talents to records all around the United States.
As a producer Tim has helped create dozens of albums for some of todays leading, up and coming artists on the Jamband – Americana scene.

Musical selections include: Come Around, Samsara, Better Days, Back This Way, Not This Time, Year of Jublilee.

This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific.

For more information, visit BEYOND  A SONG.COM

Beyond a Song: Jon Stickley Trio (part 1)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host executive producer Rich Reardin talks with flat-picking guitarist extraordinairé, Jon Stickley about his life and music. Also the music of his unique group "The Jon Stickley Trio"

Stickley_1_prx_240_small THE JON STICKLEY TRIO (PART 1) : PUBLISHED ON PRX  2 /3 / 2017
BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO ,  and VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Host and executive producer Rich Reardin talks with Jon Stickley of the 'Jon Stickley Trio' about his life and music.

Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying and cinematic instrumental trio, who’s deep grooves, innovative flatpicking, and sultry-spacy violin moves the listener’s head, heart, and feet. “It’s not your father’s acoustic-guitar music—although Stickley’s pop showed him his first chords when he was 12 years old. Instead, Stickley’s Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres—all thoroughly integrated into a personal style,” writes Guitar Player Magazine.

Premier Guitar says, “Stickley’s trio… is not a traditional bluegrass group by any means… they are just nimble and ambitious enough to navigate EDM-style breakbeats as effortlessly as the old timey standard ‘Blackberry Blossom.’”

“Stickley is a super-resourceful acoustic guitarist who uses the instrument in many surprising ways and whose timing is just flawless. Fiddler Lyndsay Pruettputs deep thought into her flowing solos, plus she adds little flourishes and sudden stops that elevate the music,” proclaims Nashville’s Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst.

Jon Stickley Trio announces a change in lineup beginning in January 2018 with new drummer, Hunter Deacon, who is both classically trained and boasts heavy jazz influences. Hailing from the ever-hip Knoxville, Tennessee, Hunter studied with drummer Keith Brown and received a BM in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Tennessee. Deacon then went on to complete a six month residency at a jazz club in Hangzhou, China where he performed seven nights a week. Since his return, he’s played with Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, toured the country with Sam Lewis, and performs with guitarist Mike Baggetta.

Stickley says about the seemingly sudden lineup change, “we’re really excited to add Hunter’s vibe to the mix, his creativity and willingness to experiment were two things that drew us to him, and Lyndsay and I were quickly surprised and inspired by what he’ll bring to the table.”

With inspiration ranging from from Green Day to Duran Duran to Tony Rice to Nirvana, Grateful Dead, David Grisman and beyond, the Trio is making waves with their unique sound. Along with releasing two full length albums and one EP in the past few years, the Trio has zig-zagged the nation, playing over 120 dates in 2017 alone. They are road tested and band geek approved!

Dave King (of The Bad Plus) joined forces with Jon Stickley Trio to produce 2017’s Maybe Believe and 2015’s Lost At Last (which The New York Times called “both respectful and free”) in the band’s hometown of Asheville, NC at the esteemed Echo Mountain Recording Studio. The Trio slipped a self-produced 5-track EP, Triangular, into the mix in December of 2016.

“In a time when a lot of instrumental music feels more like math than art, Jon Stickley Trio reminds us of the pure joy that can be created and shared through music,” says Greensky Bluegrass’ Anders Beck.

Stickley says, “The Trio feels fresher and hotter than ever, we’ve hit our stride in terms of creating tunes that are uniquely us and that’s a really exciting place to be musically. Not to mention we are so stoked to get back to many of our favorite festivals and clubs, and even more excited to play some the ones we’ve always dreamed of. 2018 will, without a doubt, be our best year yet!”
Musical selections include: Pamlico Sound, Point to Point, Plain Sight, Slopes, Echolocation, Darth Radar, The High Road.

This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific.

For more information, visit BEYOND  A SONG.COM

Beyond a Song: Jon Stickley Trio (part 2)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host executive producer Rich Reardin talks with flat-picking guitarist extraordinairé, Jon Stickley about his life and music. Also the music of his unique group "The Jon Stickley Trio"

Stickley_2_prx_240_small THE JON STICKLEY TRIO (PART 2) : PUBLISHED ON PRX  2 /10 / 2017
BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO ,  and VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Host and executive producer Rich Reardin talks with Jon Stickley of the 'Jon Stickley Trio' about his life and music.

Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying and cinematic instrumental trio, who’s deep grooves, innovative flatpicking, and sultry-spacy violin moves the listener’s head, heart, and feet. “It’s not your father’s acoustic-guitar music—although Stickley’s pop showed him his first chords when he was 12 years old. Instead, Stickley’s Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres—all thoroughly integrated into a personal style,” writes Guitar Player Magazine.

Premier Guitar says, “Stickley’s trio… is not a traditional bluegrass group by any means… they are just nimble and ambitious enough to navigate EDM-style breakbeats as effortlessly as the old timey standard ‘Blackberry Blossom.’”

“Stickley is a super-resourceful acoustic guitarist who uses the instrument in many surprising ways and whose timing is just flawless. Fiddler Lyndsay Pruettputs deep thought into her flowing solos, plus she adds little flourishes and sudden stops that elevate the music,” proclaims Nashville’s Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst.

Jon Stickley Trio announces a change in lineup beginning in January 2018 with new drummer, Hunter Deacon, who is both classically trained and boasts heavy jazz influences. Hailing from the ever-hip Knoxville, Tennessee, Hunter studied with drummer Keith Brown and received a BM in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Tennessee. Deacon then went on to complete a six month residency at a jazz club in Hangzhou, China where he performed seven nights a week. Since his return, he’s played with Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, toured the country with Sam Lewis, and performs with guitarist Mike Baggetta.

Stickley says about the seemingly sudden lineup change, “we’re really excited to add Hunter’s vibe to the mix, his creativity and willingness to experiment were two things that drew us to him, and Lyndsay and I were quickly surprised and inspired by what he’ll bring to the table.”

With inspiration ranging from from Green Day to Duran Duran to Tony Rice to Nirvana, Grateful Dead, David Grisman and beyond, the Trio is making waves with their unique sound. Along with releasing two full length albums and one EP in the past few years, the Trio has zig-zagged the nation, playing over 120 dates in 2017 alone. They are road tested and band geek approved!

Dave King (of The Bad Plus) joined forces with Jon Stickley Trio to produce 2017’s Maybe Believe and 2015’s Lost At Last (which The New York Times called “both respectful and free”) in the band’s hometown of Asheville, NC at the esteemed Echo Mountain Recording Studio. The Trio slipped a self-produced 5-track EP, Triangular, into the mix in December of 2016.

“In a time when a lot of instrumental music feels more like math than art, Jon Stickley Trio reminds us of the pure joy that can be created and shared through music,” says Greensky Bluegrass’ Anders Beck.

Stickley says, “The Trio feels fresher and hotter than ever, we’ve hit our stride in terms of creating tunes that are uniquely us and that’s a really exciting place to be musically. Not to mention we are so stoked to get back to many of our favorite festivals and clubs, and even more excited to play some the ones we’ve always dreamed of. 2018 will, without a doubt, be our best year yet!”
Musical selections include: Blackburn Brothers, Goa, Valse De Wasso, Palm Tree, Octopickin, Rice Dream, Manzanita.

This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific.

For more information, visit BEYOND  A SONG.COM

Beyond a Song: Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with Josh Peyton of 'Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band'.

Peytonprx240_1_small REVEREND PEYTON'S BIG DAMN BAND: PUBLISHED ON PRX  12 / 28 / 2018 - BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUBAIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO ,  and  VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Host Rich Reardin talks with Josh (Reverend) Peyton of 'Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band' about his life and music.

Reverend Peyton's band performs their own band of alternative country that is primarily influenced by country blues. The leader of the Big Damn Band, which is actually a three piece band is Josh Peyton.  Josh grew up listening to his fathers blues rock albums, and after getting ahold of an electric guitar and an amp at age 13 he formed his first band with his brother Jamie Peyton on drums, and a friend of theirs on bass. Not long after that he discovered country blues and fell in love with the style. Josh's budding career was almost cut short thought, after a performance at his high school graduation left him in extreme pain in both of his hands. He was diagnosed with tendonitus, and as a result he had to abandon music for a year until he could undergo surgery to correct the problem. While he was recovering he met his future wife Breezy. Discovering they had common musical tastes, Breezy began writing songs with Josh and Jamie, and eventually the band started touring and they decided to make music a full time endeavor. They released their first album in 2004, it was called the "Pork and Beans Collection'. And that was followed by a new album every year for the next few years including, the 'Big Damn Band Sampler', 'Big Damn Nation', 'The Gospel Album', 'The Wages', 'Poor Until Payday', 'So Delicious', and 'The Front Porch Sessions'.
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Musical selections include: Clap Your Hands, Poor Until Payday, Pot Roast and Kisses, We Deserve A Happy Ending, In a Holler Over There, So Good, It Is or It Aint, Sure Feels Like Rain, Miss Sarah

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Beyond a Song: Tyson Meade (Part 1)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with singer/songwriter and 'Godfather of Alternative Rock', Tyson Meade. (Part 1)

Meade_1_prx240__small TYSON MEADE (PART 1): PUBLISHED ON PRX  3 / 15 / 2019 - BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUBAIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO ,  and  VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Host Rich Reardin talks with singer/songwriter and 'Godfather of Alternative Rock', Tyson Meade

Often cited as The Godfather of Alternative Rock, Meade was the vocalist for Norman, OK based rock band Chainsaw Kittens, along with Defenestration. Meade was cited by Kurt Cobain as an influence, friends The Flaming Lips covered Tyson's song 'She's Gone Mad,' and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins credits the Chainsaw Kittens as one of his favorite bands, writing Meade during the recording of the SP album 'Gish' to express his appreciation. Meade released his debut solo album, 'Kitchens and Bathrooms,' in 2005, following with the albums 'Motorcycle Childhood' and 'Tomorrow In Progress,' with the latter being recorded and produced during Meade's extended stay in Shanghai, where a young violinist named Haffijy reignited Meade's passion for music. Meade was eager to explore a further musical collaboration with Haffijy. “I became very curious as to how he might score a song still in development, one that I had no preconceived notions about, one that I had just written — though I had not written any songs in some years at that point,” Meade says. “I was now driven to write a song.” The result was “Stay Alone” which became the catalyst for the entire China project.  Meade played the song for some of his Western music friends, including fellow Norman-based, alt-rockers the Flaming Lips (who covered the Chainsaw Kittens’ “She’s Gone Mad”), Jimmy Chamberlain of Smashing Pumpkins, Maria McKee, and Other Lives (Meade has previously collaborated with Other Lives’ Jesse Tabish and the Flaming Lips’ Derek Brown on a project called Winter Boys).  After hearing “Stay Alone,” these friends became interested in being a part of this unique, cross-cultural project and have agreed to contribute to this record as well. Meade will return to Shanghai this July and begin work with various high schools and universities both there and in the United States for the project. His goal is to write and record at least a dozen tracks, which he will release as an album next year. A series of live performances is also in the works. “I lived in China for five years and every Chinese person that I ever encountered is wonderful,” says Meade. “They love America and Americans and I would love for America to love them back. I want the people who hear this project to hear their jubilation for living and for mankind in general.” Tyson Meade is an American musician, painter, writer, and teacher from Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Meade has recorded more than a dozen critically acclaimed records for major and indie labels since 1984 with his bands Defenestration and the Chainsaw Kittens, whose 1991 debut SPIN magazine described as “The Smiths meets the New York Dolls meets the devil.” He’s also released records as a solo artist and has contributed songs to the soundtracks for “Hellraiser III,” “Clerks” and “Bug.” The new album, 'Robbing The Nuclear Family,' is out early 2017 on Jett Plastic.

Musical selections include: Jump Punks, When We Were, Postcard From Heaven, Watch the Hearts Break, Moneywagon, Pop Heiress Dies, High In High School

For more information, visit BEYOND A SONG.COM

Beyond a Song: Tyson Meade (Part 2)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Host Rich Reardin talks with singer/songwriter and 'Godfather of Alternative Rock', Tyson Meade. (Part 2)

Meade_3_prx240__small TYSON MEADE (PART 2): PUBLISHED ON PRX  3 / 22 / 2019 - BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUBAIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO,  and  VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Host Rich Reardin talks with singer/songwriter and 'Godfather of Alternative Rock', Tyson Meade

Often cited as The Godfather of Alternative Rock, Meade was the vocalist for Norman, OK based rock band Chainsaw Kittens, along with Defenestration. Meade was cited by Kurt Cobain as an influence, friends The Flaming Lips covered Tyson's song 'She's Gone Mad,' and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins credits the Chainsaw Kittens as one of his favorite bands, writing Meade during the recording of the SP album 'Gish' to express his appreciation. Meade released his debut solo album, 'Kitchens and Bathrooms,' in 2005, following with the albums 'Motorcycle Childhood' and 'Tomorrow In Progress,' with the latter being recorded and produced during Meade's extended stay in Shanghai, where a young violinist named Haffijy reignited Meade's passion for music. Meade was eager to explore a further musical collaboration with Haffijy. “I became very curious as to how he might score a song still in development, one that I had no preconceived notions about, one that I had just written — though I had not written any songs in some years at that point,” Meade says. “I was now driven to write a song.” The result was “Stay Alone” which became the catalyst for the entire China project.  Meade played the song for some of his Western music friends, including fellow Norman-based, alt-rockers the Flaming Lips (who covered the Chainsaw Kittens’ “She’s Gone Mad”), Jimmy Chamberlain of Smashing Pumpkins, Maria McKee, and Other Lives (Meade has previously collaborated with Other Lives’ Jesse Tabish and the Flaming Lips’ Derek Brown on a project called Winter Boys).  After hearing “Stay Alone,” these friends became interested in being a part of this unique, cross-cultural project and have agreed to contribute to this record as well. Meade will return to Shanghai this July and begin work with various high schools and universities both there and in the United States for the project. His goal is to write and record at least a dozen tracks, which he will release as an album next year. A series of live performances is also in the works. “I lived in China for five years and every Chinese person that I ever encountered is wonderful,” says Meade. “They love America and Americans and I would love for America to love them back. I want the people who hear this project to hear their jubilation for living and for mankind in general.” Tyson Meade is an American musician, painter, writer, and teacher from Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Meade has recorded more than a dozen critically acclaimed records for major and indie labels since 1984 with his bands Defenestration and the Chainsaw Kittens, whose 1991 debut SPIN magazine described as “The Smiths meets the New York Dolls meets the devil.” He’s also released records as a solo artist and has contributed songs to the soundtracks for “Hellraiser III,” “Clerks” and “Bug.” The new album, 'Robbing The Nuclear Family,' is out early 2017 on Jett Plastic.

Musical selections include: Tinniest of Guys, Violent Religion, O.G., P.S. Nuclear Forest Dance Song, Moonbeams, He's the Candy, Grandson's of the Empire, Motorcycle Boy #3

For more information, visit BEYOND A SONG.COM