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Gregory Alan Isakov & Steve Varney do a duo version of The Stable Song, live at WNMC. They performed as part of a full group on Jan 19th at the City Opera House.

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WNMC Favorites from 2014: #2. The True Falsettos, Cadillacin'

WNMC Favorites from 2014: #2. The True Falsettos, Cadillacin' | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Joe Wilson & Kevin Gill's second full-length effort was even more popular down here than their first, but just missed taking the prize as our most played disc. True Falsettos work the realm of small band swing, western swing and other hot, hybrid style that thrived in the late 1930s and 1940s, and their originals are to the point where it is hard to distinguish them from the classic numbers they do. Keep and eye out for these guys and go seem 'em. Both Joe and Kevin have loads of projects and they need to be encouraged to falsettoize as much as possible.

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WNMC Favorites from 2014: #4. John Hammond, Timeless

WNMC Favorites from 2014: #4. John Hammond, Timeless | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Like Catherine Russell (#6) Hammond is the product of a great musical legacy: his father was the man who discovered the Count Basie Orchestra, who pushed Benny Goodman to integrate his band, who produced Billie Holliday's earliest (and best) recordings. Who produced Dylan. His father, in short, was one of great behind-the-scenes figures of 20th Century music. This John Hammond has built himself quite the music career, as well. He's a man who can channel (and subtly transform) Robert Johnson and Tom Waits, back to back, and make it seem natural. This live set from Rhode Island is not nearly as good as seeing him at InsideOut . . . but until that happens again, this is the next best thing.

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WNMC Favorites from 2014: #6. Catherine Russell, Bring It Back

WNMC Favorites from 2014: #6. Catherine Russell, Bring It Back | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

This was a particular favorite of mine (Eric's)--Russell does a great job with a traditional, but personal approach to standards and late-40s R&B, and seems to be able to dig out a forgotten gem or three on every album. Russell's father (Luis) was the leader of Louis Armstrong's big band for many years, and he mother (Carline Ray) was part of the all-girl International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Russell herself has been a backing vocalist for Steely Dan & David Bowie. A great musical legacy that definitely shines through. Her band features some of the best of the younger Midwestern trad players (like Jon-Erik Kelso and Matt Muinsteri) and they are no slouches, either.

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WNMC Favorites from 2014: #8. Link of Chain: A Songwriters Tribute To Chris Smither

WNMC Favorites from 2014: #8. Link of Chain: A Songwriters Tribute To Chris Smither | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Featuring Mary Gauthier, Jorma Kaukonen, Tim O'Brien, Peter Mulvey, Loudon Wainwright III and lots more. A bunch of greats pay tribute to a great songwriter who has often been in northern Michigan (and in WNMC's studio).

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WNMC Favorites from 2013: Luke Winslow King- The Coming Tide

WNMC Favorites from 2013: Luke Winslow King- The Coming Tide | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Cadillac native & original Earthwork artist, Luke moved to New Orleans about a decade ago and his music now reflects both that Earthwork background, and the music scene in New Orleans (he worked with John Boutte among many others). This is a great album. Full stop. "Though the New Orleans singer-songwriter is just 29, he blends jazz and blues from bygone eras with such immediacy that I can easily imagine him unstuck in time, traveling back to the heydays of ragtime, prewar gospel, and Delta blues. Winslow-King remains faithful to the hearts of these old styles even as he splices their genomes." --Chicago Reader

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WNMC Favorites from 2013: Portugal, The Man – Evil friends

WNMC Favorites from 2013: Portugal, The Man – Evil friends | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

WNMC's #1 Rock disc of 2013! Evil Friends is the seventh full length album by the Alaskan rock band Portugal. The Man. It is also Portugal's first collaboration with producer Danger Mouse.
"It took me maybe four or five good listens before Evil Friends stopped setting off my claustrophobia. Even with prolonged exposure, Evil Friends' ever-present busyness can be overwhelming; there's a lot-- and sometimes too much-- going on here. Still, even when their ambitions outpace their execution, Portugal deserve their props for continuing to overshoot the mark. Seven albums in, with a seemingly permanent mid-day slot at almost every decent-sized festival on either side of the pond and a big-name producer on their side, Portugal. The Man could've easily spent Evil Friends shedding complexities and doubling down on catchiness. The frequently overstuffed, occasionally scatterbrained album is far from perfect. But even when going for broke gets them into trouble, Portugal seem happy to get up there and overshoot the mark." nme.com.

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WNMC Favorites from 2013: Matuto – The Devil & The Diamond

WNMC Favorites from 2013: Matuto – The Devil & The Diamond | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Bluegrass, Brazilian forro and Brooklyn experimentalism. And that's just for starters! One of my (Eric Hines) very favorite releases of 2013, and they are coming to NMC on the last day of January, Needless to say, I am giddy. No kidding.

Matuto is emerging internationally as a festival main-stage sensation. Rolling drums and quicksilver accordion licks, earthy vibes and thoughtful reflections mingle on the latest refinement of their Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound, “The Devil and The Diamond” (Motema Music; release: May 14, 2013). http://matutomusic.com/

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WNMC Favorites from 2013: Organissimo-Dedicated

WNMC Favorites from 2013: Organissimo-Dedicated | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

“organissimo returns to the studio with a stunning collection of soul jazz for modern ears.  Loaded with greasy grooves, funky swirling Hammond organ, and gutsy guitar, Dedicated expands on the organissimo sound with new textures and a bold new focus.  The spotlight is on groove and Dedicated delivers.” http://www.big-o-records.com

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WNMC Favorites from 2013: Who Hit John? –Whistle on the Rail

WNMC Favorites from 2013: Who Hit John? –Whistle on the Rail | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

The old-timey train that chugs out of this station makes some curiously infectious stops, with rollicking New Orleans horns, back-porch rootsiness, Tom Waits-style storytelling and even a Latin-flavored detour. This eclectic five-piece Kalamazoo string band has churned out its finest album yet at La Luna Recording & Sound (Ian Gorman is the mastering engineer), with harmony- and fiddle-hued tales of riverboat gamblers, crooked trails, June bugs, digging graves and crying "when you're daddy's gone." - John Sinkevics, Grand Rapids Revue

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Video: Buck Clayton, 1961 - JazzWax

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In 1961, trumpeter Buck Clayton was in Belgium on tour with his All Stars—Emmett Berry trumpet, Earle Warren alto sax, Buddy Tate tenor sax, Sir Charles Thompson piano, Gene Ramey bass and Oliver Jackson drums.
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Dave Van Ronk: Down in Washington Square – review

Dave Van Ronk: Down in Washington Square – review | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

The bearded, ebulliant inspiration for the Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis deserves a revival, writes Robin Denselow. The Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis was inspired by the story of Dave Van Ronk, but the soundtrack album has only one track from the ebullient , bearded guitarist and singer who was a key figure on the New York folk scene for more than four decades, until his death in 2002. Van Ronk played blues, traditional songs and his own material, and was at his best heard live, as shown by this 54-song set. 

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Natacha Atlas and Samy Bishai: Les Nuits – review

Natacha Atlas and Samy Bishai: Les Nuits – review | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Moody vocals, throbbing electronics and a great reworking of James Brown keep this album atmospheric and varied, writes Robin Denselow
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WNMC Favorites from 2014: #1. The Accidentals, Bitter Sweet

WNMC Favorites from 2014: #1. The Accidentals, Bitter Sweet | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Yes, all Michigan at the top of the list. We're such homers! On this one more so than the others perhaps, since Savannah, the fiddle player in the Accidentals, is also one of our Late Nite hosts. They played a Louis-Armstrong-like 220 dates last year. They're still quite young. And they have our number one disc of 2014. Catch them while you can . . .

"As if their musical talents weren’t precocious enough for their young age (both come from musical families), they’re also accomplished songwriters, although Buist’s more melancholic, reflective offers take the lion’s share of the credits with particular highlights being the emotional vulnerability of the strings-brushed ‘Bulletproof Glass’, the anti-war themed ‘Blessed’ and ‘City Of Cardboard’ where she sings 'One day it’ll burn and the lesson you’ll learn is your paper holds nothing but words and records.'" --folking.com

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WNMC Favorites of 2014: #3. Blake Elliot & the Robinson Affair

WNMC Favorites of 2014: #3. Blake Elliot & the Robinson Affair | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Blake Elliot has been rocking the local scene for a couple of years now, and if you haven't seen her yet, you gotta. Like a lot of acts in Traverse City, Blake's range of influences is pretty broad . . . but, she is a singer powerful enough to front a dance band, but also subtle and controlled enough to go it alone. But what really seems to get Blake going are collaborations. This album is packed full of collaborators--the Accidentals, Billy Strings, E Minor and on and on--so it almost serves as a one-stop intro to the local music scene in TC.

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WNMC Favorites from 2014: #5. Billy Strings & Don Julin, Fiddle Tune X

WNMC Favorites from 2014: #5. Billy Strings & Don Julin, Fiddle Tune X | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

These two have already attained the status of local legends, so this one wasn't the revelation that their first disc was. We knew what to expect this time! And, no doubt, these two can make some serious music. Don is a seasoned musician, bandleader, arranger, composer, writer and teacher who has been doing interesting musical things in this town since forever. Billy Strings hit the town like a steel stringed whirlwind a few years back, inspiring weird visions of the lovechild of Doc Watson and Randy Rhoads. When they jammed at the NMC BBQ a couple years ago, sparks definitely flew, and a collaboration seemed almost inevitable. Now they are taking there act to stages across the country. Fiddle Tune X catches them both live and in-studio and more than let's you know why they're talking about these guys in Nashville and Austin and San Rafael.

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WNMC Favorites from 2014: #7 Mac DeMarco, Salad Days

WNMC Favorites from 2014: #7 Mac DeMarco, Salad Days | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

#7 Mac DeMarco, Salad Days (Captured Tracks), our top rock disc of 2014.
". . . therein lies ‘Salad Days’’ triumph. Sweet, soulful little man that he is, Mac knows better than to let his bellyaching get in the way of everyone else's good time — instead, he’s simply dialled down the quirk and written his best record yet." NME

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WNMC Favorites from 2014: #9. Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith

WNMC Favorites from 2014: #9. Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

What do you get when you bring a great Oakland saxman together with a bunch of Jimmy Smith tunes and some grooving New Orleanians? One really fine and really fun jazz album.


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WNMC Favorites from 2013: Mavis Staples - One True Vine

WNMC Favorites from 2013: Mavis Staples - One True Vine | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Coming off the huge success of her first collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy the Grammy winning You Are Not Alone Mavis Staples wanted to make their second album together both a continuation of the joyous spirit of the first, and an evolution. With new song offerings from Alan Sparhawk of Low, Nick Lowe, and three Tweedy originals, One True Vine is at once a darker and more uplifting album, anchored by reinventions of two 70s classics Funkadelic s "Can You Get to That?" and the Staples Singer s "I Like the Things About Me. "

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WNMC Favorites from 2013: Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City

WNMC Favorites from 2013: Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

The album received almost universal praise . . . it's darker than previous releases, and, well, it conforms more to the rock audience's expectations. If you think of VW as rock's new auteurs (a la Radiohead), then this is good. If you are tired of rock auteurs and would like someone to drive an oaken stake into that concept's heart, then this is a bit of a disappointment.
"Modern Vampires of the City is Vampire Weekend's third album, and it is a bustling world of voices and visions from the death of Henry Hudson to the Orthodox girl falling in love at an uptown falafel shop, from Hannah Hunt tearing up the New York Times on a distant beach to the lethal chandelier of "Everlasting Arms," from the ardent yearning of "Don't Lie" to the harmonized voice of hope in "Young Lion". Modern Vampires of the City has a grandeur and romanticism evocative of the city where it was conceived." Rolling Stone

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WNMC Favorites from 2013: Arcade Fire – Reflektor

WNMC Favorites from 2013: Arcade Fire – Reflektor | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Reflektor, the collective's much anticipated fourth long-player and first double-album, moves the group even further from pop culture sanctification with a seismic 13-track set that guts the building but leaves the roof intact. Going big was never going to be a problem, especially for a band so well versed in the art of anthem husbandry, and they're still capable of shaking the rafters, as evidenced by the cool and circuitous, Roxy Music-forged, David Bowie-assisted title cut, the lush, Regine Chassagne-led “It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus),” and the impossibly dense and meaty “We Exist."

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WNMC Favorites from 2013: Red Tail Ring- Heart’s Swift Foot

WNMC Favorites from 2013: Red Tail Ring- Heart’s Swift Foot | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp, and plain-old foot stomping. "We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be," says Beauchamp. "It informs how we write our original songs. There's a real energy exchange between the old and the new." –redtailring.org

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WNMC Favorites from 2013: Billy Strings & Don Julin, Rock of Ages

WNMC Favorites from 2013: Billy Strings & Don Julin, Rock of Ages | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
 

Far and away the most spun disc of the year at WNMC. Young guitar phenom, Billy Strings meets veteran mandolinist and improviser Don Julin. It’s a great match. Billy is a pretty damn good lead vocal, and surprise of suprises, Don more than holds his own on the harmony parts. "... A few originals, a few classic instrumentals and some good ol' bluegrass songs that have stood the test of time." –elderly.com

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Photos from California Banjo Extravaganza

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Bill Evans has shared some photos from his recent California Banjo Extravaganza. For the second year in a row, he brought a pair of prominent banjo pickers out west for a weekend of shows and workshops in northern California.

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A Film Nudge to Find the Folkie in You

A Film Nudge to Find the Folkie in You | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Tools for finding out more about the early 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene recreated in the Coen brothers film, “Inside Llewyn Davis.”“Inside Llewyn Davis,” the Coen brothers film set among Greenwich Village musicians in the early 1960s, is poised to generate a tidal wave of nostalgia — and stir interest among moviegoers who were unfamiliar with this milieu. It’s a safe bet that anyone who sees the film (opening next Friday) will want to know more about the folkie world that the Coens recreate so wittily and well. There are great ways to read, see and hear more about it.

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