Tuesday, April 1, 2014

tunes on tuesday 4-1: aoife o'donovan, rogue band of youth, neil young, loney dear, tim o'brien & company

Tunes on Tuesday is a fun project. Each week I'll try to bring you five videos or audio files, each one focusing on a song, group or collaboration that just might pique your interest! If you have someone for possible spotlight then shoot me a private e-mail and we'll give it a listen. Hope you enjoy Tunes on Tuesday! 

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Aoife O'Donovan is a Boston native, now living in Brooklyn. She formerly was lead singer for the group Crooked Still and now strikes out on her own. She's collaborated with incredible musicians like Chris Thile, Yo Yo Ma, Alison Kraus, and even performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra and toured with Garrison Keillor and Prairie Home Companion.  Listen to her amazing voice as she performs Red and White and Blue and Gold from her newish album Fossils.


A lot of great music continues to come out of North Carolina and Rogue Band of Youth adds to the state's musical treasure trove. The trio just added a new self-titled LP to their discography this week.
Based in Carrboro, RBOY is getting some great notices. The Daily Tarheel calls their harmonies "masterful", Resound Magazine touts their harmonies as "flawless" and Indy Weekly describes the band as a  "folk-derived, harmony-heavy trio and their music as "adorned with textural swooshes and orchestral swells." Enjoy the first song off this full-length recording, Fair Shake, and then head to their Bandcamp page and give a listen to the whole album. This is a group to watch!


Seems I've got an acoustic bent to my selections this week so I'm throwing in a super-great electric song and performance here. One of the best concerts I've ever attended was in 1978 when Neil Young and Crazy Horse rolled through during their Rust Never Sleeps tour. It was amazing, the performance was high-energy, the songs thrilled and it was classic, awesome Neil. Here's a video clip from the tour....Cinnamon Girl.  To follow the tour up with an album release and full-length movie too - those were the best after-concert souvenirs ever!


Loney, Dear is a Swedish singer/songwriter whose name is actually Emil Svanängen and this toe-tapper is I Am John from his 2007 CD released on SubPop records. This is the unofficial video he made because frankly, the "official" video is pretty awful and gets in the way of the music. Emil toured with Andrew Bird in 2009, his first exposure in the US.


Though there's a fair amount of controversy and confusion over who actually can claim Hey Joe as their own, Jimi Hendrix undoubtedly has title to the best-known version. The earliest recording of the song was by Billy Roberts of The Leaves back in 1965 (Billy Roberts and Scottish singer/songwriter Len Partridge performed this song together at their gigs throughout Edinburgh as early as 1956) and the song got a real boost when recorded by David Crosby and The Byrds in 1966.  In 1967, Jimi Hendrix released his version on Purple Haze, the same year that Cher released it as a single. One claimant said that the song is actually a traditional Scottish tune. No matter what the origin, it's a memorable song and this video I'm sharing is a really fun one. Recorded live in Glasgow, Scotland, this is Tim O'Brien on vocals and mandolin, with Jerry Douglas on dobro, John Doyle on acoustic guitar and Todd Parks on bass.

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September Violets said...

I'm having a nice browse through your blog Bev! I just enjoyed reliving my high school years with Neil Young ... that album featured prominently during our art class. I also loved Hey Joe with Tim O'Brien ... I'm definitely going to show that to my son who plays guitar (just waiting for him to finish a homework assignment). Thanks for sharing these great videos! Wendy x

Viv@within the Frame said...

Thanks for your music links I love Tim O'Brien . Have you ever managed to catch The Transatlantic Sessions (BBC) on YouTube there are some great performances.