Art of the Song / Standing "O" Podcast

Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Massachusetts singer/songwriter Thea Hopkins

"Attention, landslide! The discovery of "Love Come Down" (6 tracks) by Thea Hopkins may have the same effect as "Astral Weeks" by Van Morrison, or "Lorca" by the late Tim Buckley. Nothing less"-- Patrick Dallongeville https://www.paris-move.com/reviews/thea-hopkins-love-come-down/

With her 4th album, “Love Come Down,” Boston performing songwriter Thea Hopkins has achieved an elegance of sound that lives up to her poetic prowess. A talent the Washington Post called “a standout writer,” she has created, in just six tunes, a seamless song journey that begins with a gentle invocation (“Love Come Down”), ends with a lullaby (“Until Then”) and gracefully travels to a few dark American landscapes in between. From love ballad to social history, every song is personal.

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

https://www.theahopkins.com 

 

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: Thea_Hopkins_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Texas folksy duo and Kerville staples Him & Her.

Him & Her is currently promoting their third album release, “Him & Her Do Texas Women” (2018). Him & Her is a bluesy, jazzy, folksy duo playing primarily original music, featuring singer-songwriter Brenda Freed on vocals, and guitar or piano and Michael D’Eath (“DEE-uth”) on diatonic or chromatic harmonica. Couple Michael’s tasty harmonica playing with Brenda’s soulful & versatile voice and you get a powerful sound that delights house concert, theater and festival audiences. The duo becomes a trio with Duke Davis on upright bass. Him & Her also plays as a full band adding percussion, lead guitar and backup vocals. Him & Her devotes their creative energies to performing, recording, songwriting, musical arrangement, teaching and having a good time with live audiences. Find out more at www.HimandHerTX.com.

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

www.HimandHerTX.com 

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: Him_and_Her_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Austin Americana staples Band of Heathens.

Americana stalwarts The Band of Heathens recently went into their hometown studio in Austin, TX deciding to record their own version of the classic Ray Charles album A Message From The People. In a time where the downtrodden need a voice again, the Heathens have delivered the message paying homage to one of the most important voices in American song history.

https://www.bandofheathens.com/ 

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/band-of-heathens-2-podcast/ 

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: Ed_Jurdi_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is steel pan virtuoso Jonathan Scales.

Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument. In his hands, the sonic palette of an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical resorts is radically expanded to mimic the role of horns, piano, vibraphone or marimba due to his stunning, virtuosic technique. He’s got a new album coming out featuring a pantheon of top-notch players, many of whom Scales grew up listening to and idolizing. I’d love to connect him with you for a conversation on The Standing O Project to discuss his new album as well as how it’s themes of loss, perseverance, and triumph reflect Scales’ own journey as an artist who has honed his craft while to taking bold musical risks.

Scales’ latest release, PILLAR—his sixth album, and fourth release on taste-maker label Ropeadope—is a testament to the grit and tenacity he possesses. The record features an incredible cast of special guests, including banjo pioneer Béla Fleck, bassists Victor WootenOteil Burbridge and MonoNeon, trumpeter Christian Scott, Tunde Adjuah, saxophonist Jeff Coffin, keyboardist Shaun Martin and percussionist Weedie Braimah. 

http://www.jonscales.com 

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: Jon_Scales_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Massachusetts singer/songwriter Greg Klyma.

Road-tested troubadour. Relentless songwriter. Greg Klyma is keeping the American folk tradition alive with his enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals. He rolls in off the road, pulls out a guitar, and proceeds to take us back to the basics: family, love, gratitude, and laughter.

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

http://klyma.com

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: Greg_Klyma_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Ethio-American vocalist, singer/songwriter, and composer Meklit Hadero.

Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, singer-songwriter and composer, making music that sways between cultures and continents. Known for her electric stage presence, innovative take on Ethio-Jazz, and her fiery, emotive live shows, Meklit has rocked stages from Addis Ababa (where she is a household name) to San Francisco (her beloved home-base), to New York, London, DC, Montreal, Nairobi, Chicago, LA, Arusha, Rome, Zurich, Rio Di Janeiro, Seattle, Cairo, and more.

Her fame in Ethiopia skyrocketed in 2015 when her TED talk went viral in the country and her music videos began playing daily on multiple Ethiopian television stations. She goes back to Addis Ababa regularly to perform.

Meklit's album - When the People Move, the Music Moves Too - was released June 23rd on Six Degrees Records, receiving rave reviews and quickly reaching #4 on the iTunes World Music Charts, #1 on the NACC World Charts and #12 on the World Charts in Europe. It was also named one of the 100 Best Albums of 2017 by the Sunday Times UK, one of the Best Soul Albums of 2017 by Bandcamp and amongst the 10 Best Bay Area albums of 2017 by KQED. These 11 songs were deeply inspired by Mulatu Astatke (the Godfather of Ethio-Jazz). Back in 2011, he told Meklit, "find your contribution to Ethio-Jazz and keep on innovating!" Produced by multi-GRAMMY winning artist/songwriter Dan Wilson (Adele, John Legend, Dixie Chicks), the album also features world renowned musicians Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the violinist/whistler Andrew Bird. 

http://www.meklitmusic.com 

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: Meklit_Hadero_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Texas singer/songwriter John 'Pops' Dennie.

John Dennie, Pops,  is a gifted storyteller who has a knack for developing plot lines in the space of four minutes. One part grit and one part silk, his songs always seem to push the right buttons, eliciting memory and emotion as only the very best music can. He has spent a lifetime stewarding America's musical roots including blues, jazz, gospel, folk, country and rock and roll. His latest studio effort represents the convergence of a wide variety of old and new influences including Neil Young, John Fulbright, Towns Van Zandt, John Hiatt and Delbert McClinton. 

https://www.johndennie.com 

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

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: John_Pops_Dennie_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is singer/songwriter and Guthrie collector Barry Ollman.

Chances are you’ll never have heard of Barry Ollman. Not unless, that is, you happen to be a music collector. His father a Midwest correspondent for Billboard from 49-75, Ollman grew up immersed in music, not to mention gathering an impressive collection of autographs. This was the spark of what would see him become perhaps the definitive collector of Woody Guthrie, an obsession that has also encompassed the social movements of the time as well as Guthrie’s contemporaries, musical and otherwise. He’s also on the board of the Guthrie Foundation.

As well as being a music collector, Ollman’s also a musician, performing as a folk singer-songwriter since the late 60s. In the 90s, introduced by his photographer brother, Ollman met and became friends with Graham Nash, one of his longtime heroes. Fast forward to the present and this, Barry’s debut recording, the opening track of which, the waltzing ‘Imogen’s Lament’, features Nash on harmonies. It’s a song inspired by Imogen Cunningham, one of the great photographers of the 20th century and serves as a tribute to and lament for the passing of old school photography with the arrival of the digital age. Being something of a well-regarded snapper himself, Nash also provides the album’s back cover photo.

Nash isn’t the only familiar name here. Another of Ollman’s mates happens to be E Street band bassist Garry Tallent, who duly turns up on four tracks here, providing both bass and guitar on the strutting ‘Banker’s Holiday’, which takes a swipe at the profession behind the economic collapse.

http://www.barryollman.com 

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: Barry_Ollman_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Colorado singer/songwriter Katey Laurel.

Katey Laurel's new EP Daydream, her first release of new music in three years, represents the first step in the artist’s return to music. While written prior to her divorce, songs like “Lifeboat,” “Invisible” and the title track carry almost a haunting sense of premonition, as though Katey was subconsciously aware of the cracks in the foundation and the quake to come. Produced by Warren Huart and featuring her friends Mike Morter (formerly of Churchill) on mandolin and Dave Preston as a guest vocalist on “Lifeboat”, it is her most intimate and acoustic work to date.

For true artists who experience trauma and loss, it’s uncanny how the experience serves to deepen and purify their artistic expression. Katey Laurel has already earned a loyal following by writing solid melodies and relatable lyrics. Coming out on the other side of crisis with Daydream—along with that refreshing sense of transparency and vulnerability only gained through fire—it’s inevitable that we are about to hear her most profound work yet.

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

http://www.kateylaurel.com 

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: Katey_Laurel_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Kansas City singer/songwriter John L Keck.

John is a songwriter who creates lyrics with the intent of capturing emotion and moments in time that we can travel to and experience first-hand—much like a photograph captures the fleeting of an instant. With one foot in the South and one in the Midwest, John's music is a modern blend of traditional Americana and a willingness to be Undefined.

"People who haven't heard me play ask me what kind of music I make.  I want to answer them, and not be rude, but it's difficult to give a 30 second elevator pitch on something you plan to work on your whole life... I don't set out to do 'one thing', so I've started saying 'I write songs for people who love Van Gogh's paintings'.  I realize that's not an answer, but I want to have a conversation about what I've written.  Even if it means we only get to have it with our eyes while I perform. I want to provoke thought and connect with people. I would also love to see if I can get you to dance, laugh and cry a little." - John L Keck

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/john-l-keck-podcast/ 

http://www.johnlkeck.com 

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: John_L_Keck_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:01pm PST