Tuesday, April 22, 2014

tunes on tuesday 4-22: trischka, barn birds, monkees, rodrigo y gabriela, fotheringay

Tunes on Tuesday is a fun project. Each week I'll try to bring you some fun 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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The banjo legend, Tony Trischka just released his 17th album, this one titled Great Big World. Widely regarded as one of the best and earliest innovators of banjo stylings, this bluegrass artist started his musical journey in Syracuse, New York. He was inspired to pick up the banjo when he first heard the Kingston Trio and has been playing and performing steadily now for over 45 years. Tony has performed and recorded with an endless list of great musicians, has been recorded for movie soundtracks and is a regular featured radio guest on musical programs including Mountain Stage and Prairie Home Companion. He's also known as one of the best banjo teachers around!

The Barn Birds is a duo with an awesome vocal blending. Jonathan Byrd is a native of Chapel Hill/Carrboro, North Carolina where he tried the rock band thing for a while then gave it up for a more successful acoustic run. He has been writing songs and recording for 10 years and proudly says that each album is recorded within a day's time, just 6-10 hours! He met Chris Kohesh, who has been with the popular Northwestern region group, Misty River for 14 years, at a song writing workshop in 2007. The two sang and toured together for a number of years around the Northwest and Midwest regions and then recorded an album in 2011. Jonathan still frequently tours NC as a solo artist.  This song is Close Enough to Touch from their self-titled cd, released in 2013.

The Monkees TV show only aired from 1966-1968 and the record releases ended in 1971, but their fans love them still.  Mike Nesmith was the only Monkee to be involved in the music from the beginning of their 5 year stint but eventually all four earned the right to take over the music that was released under the Monkee name. Remarkably, in 1967 Monkee albums outsold both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones! Here is What Am I Doing Hanging 'Round taken from one of their TV episodes.

Rodrigo y Gabriela - The Russian Messenger from their newly released album 9 Dead Alive  Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero met and began playing music together as teens in Mexico City, Mexico. Feeling like they were being held back in their native country they moved to Dublin, Ireland and played on the streets and everywhere else they could, becoming increasingly popular there. Eventually they moved to the US, settled on the West Coast and made their musical debut here in 2006. They've recorded 8 albums and collaborated on the movie soundtracks of Puss in Boots (Shrek sequel) and Pirates of the Carribean (On Stranger Tides).

Fotheringay was formed in 1970 by the fabulous Sandy Denny after her departure from Fairport Convention. They did a great version of Bob Dylan's Too Much of Nothing on their self-titled album, the only studio album that they recorded together. Also in the short-lived band were Trevor Lucas of Fairport Convention and Gerry Conway, who is best known as backup for Cat Stevens and Jethro Tull, and is a current member of Fairport. Sandy sadly passed away in 1978 and holds the honor of being the only singer to guest with Led Zeppelin (The Battle of Evermore).

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