Art of the Song / Standing "O" Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Mid-Week Coffee Break is Colorado-based singer/songwriter Mary Beth Cross, whose most recent EP 'Feels Like Home' is currently under consideration for Four Grammys.

MARY BETH CROSS is an award winning singer, songwriter and musician. Her music is a soulful, intimate acoustic mix of original and classic tunes. Her new EP titled "Feels Like Home" incorporates traditional Bluegrass instruments into her arrangements. Mary Beth's originals are inspired by the stories of her family, the forests and farms of her Wisconsin upbringing, and Colorado, where she makes her home. 

FEELS LIKE HOME by Mary Beth Cross begins by welcoming you in from the rain to the warmth of the hearth with the Paul Simon classic "Kathy's Song". Before you know it, the rugs are rolled up and a dance floor is cleared. Mary Beth takes listeners to her grand- parents’ dairy farm back in the 1940s with "Threshing Time", a tune she co-wrote with her 85- year-old father. Airing fears, worry, and concern is still a part of family gatherings. The burdens are shared and then released with Gary White's "Long, Long Time". Mary Beth takes the Linda Ronstadt cover and places it in a bluegrass arrangement, giving it new breath. She then leads you slowly into the wee hours of the evening (to the bedroom) with "The Medley", and concludes with an original ditty welcoming the morning and the gift of a new day with "Cottonwood Creek". 

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/mbcross/

http://www.marybethcross.com 

http://www.marybethcross.com/music.html 

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: Mary_Beth_Cross_Full_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Mid-Week Coffee Break is Austin singer/songwriter Michael Fracasso.

Michael Fracasso is a genre-crossing artist incapable of repeating himself. His critically acclaimed work includes nine distinctive solo CDs, recorded duets with bothPatty Griffin and Lucinda Williams, an epic reinterpretation of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero,” memorable tributes to Woody Guthrie,Mickey Newbury and Townes Van Zandt, , two created alongside his gifted friend/producer/guitarist Charlie Sexton (Back To Oklahoma and World In A Drop Of Water). In 2011 he was short listed for the Austin Public Library Award for literary achievement. Fracasso’s oft-celebrated songwriting has reached new heights on his latest collection, Here Come The Savages. veteran recording artist Michael Fracasso has once again asserted himself as a miraculous American songwriter and truly exceptional singer, as well as a gifted interpreter of well-chosen covers. An authentic Texas musician born of Italian parents he spent years working the New York folk scene while mentored by the great Doc Pomus, Michael Fracasso follows a grand aesthetic compass found in a rare few.

http://www.michaelfracasso.com 

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/michaelfracasso 

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelfracasso12 

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: Michael_Fracasso_Podcast.mp3
Category:Singer / Songwriter -- posted at: 5:55pm MDT

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is spiritual musician, songwriter The Handsome Family.

Our guests this week on Art of the Song are Brett and Rennie Sparks, together known as the Handsome Family. The Husband and wife duo experienced unexpected worldwide fame when their song "Far From Any Road" was picked as the season 1 theme song for the HBO hit show, True Detective. Their songs have been covered by artists including Jeff Tweedy, Amanda Palmer, and Andrew Bird (who released an entire record of Handsome Family covers). With their unique mix of country instrumentation and intriguing surrealist lyricism, their music explores the unseen stories, people, and places of the American West. We spoke with Rennie and Brett in our Albuquerque studios.

Full interview with musichttps://www.standingoproject.com/interview/the-handsome-family/ 

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

Direct download: handsome-family-podcast.mp3
Category:Singer / Songwriter -- posted at: 3:53pm MDT

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