Art of the Song / Standing "O" Podcast

Our guest on the final episode of the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Austin-based singer/songwriter Jaimee Harris.

Jaimee Harris is poised to become the next queen of Americana-Folk, a slightly edgier Emmylou Harris for the younger generation. 

Her new album draws comparisons to Patty Griffin, Ryan Adams, and Kathleen Edwards – all writers who know how to craft a heartbreakingly beautiful song with just enough grit to keep you enthralled. Harris writes about the basic human experience, in a way that is simple, poetic, and often painfully relatable.

"You keep comin over... I keep goin under..."

Harris isn’t afraid to get personal, but her vulnerability never veers into the self-indulgent. Each little confessional gem she puts out there is something the listener will connect to; these are things we’ve all felt, though many of us are less than likely to admit them. 

https://www.jaimeeharris.com/ 

Direct download: Jaimee_Harris_Podcast_1.mp3
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Our guest this episode on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Native Americana musician Cary Morin.

Described as “one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today,” Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America and beyond like no other. With deft fingerstyle guitar and vocals that alternately convey melodic elation and gritty world-weariness, Morin crafts an inimitable style often characterized as acoustic Native Americana with qualities of blues, bluegrass, jazz, jam, reggae, and dance.

“ ‘Cary Morin is a unique and brilliant guitar player, songwriter and singer, ‘ says renowned folk musician David Bromberg, extolling the virtues of one of his favorite players. ‘It’s hard to pick out what he does best.  As a guitar player, I have huge respect for Cary’s style and technique on the guitar.  If you haven’t heard him yet, you should. Try to remember that it’s only one guitar.’  “  - Dan Forte for Taylor Wood & Steel Magazine, June 2018.

Morin’s sixth release, When I Rise, follows close on the heels of an international tour that spanned the U.S. and reached as far as Italy, France, and Germany.  

 

https://www.carymorin.com 

Direct download: Cary_Morin_Podcast_1.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break are Kansas City musicians Sarah Lynn and Wyatt Brewer, together known as The N!te Owls

The N!te Owls are a Kansas City based alternative/folk duo. With influences ranging from The Lumineers, The Civil Wars, and In The Valley Below. The N!te Owls combine multiple instrument combos, with spot on harmonies and an ever changing style throughout the performance. Just months after forming, their Debut single "Color" received a Semi-Finalist placement in the "Song Of The Year" songwriting competition, and captured the attention of an A&R representative for Columbia Records. This lead to a major label showcase in Kansas  City's Power & Lite District. The duo has performed across 7 states, and have played a myriad of festivals including: "Crossroads Music Fest," "The Swift Mile Festival", and "The Plaza Arts Fair." Their Music has been distributed via MudStomp Records, with radio airplay in the US, Denmark, and Switzerland. Their single, “Wherever You Go,” was released August 25th, 2018. Their full album multi-genre album, “Synesthesia,” was released November 17th, 2018.

https://www.wyattbrewer.com/theniteowls/ 

Direct download: TheNiteOwlsPodcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is LA musician Kim Lenz. 

For the past 20+ years, Lenz was one of the most prominent female voices of the Rockabilly Revival movement. In 2019 she’ll release her new album Slowly Speeding, which represents a new direction for the LA-based songwriter and band leader. Featuring a more Americana-inspired sound and a renewed emphasis on lyricism and mood, Slowly Speeding will be released in February of next year. 
 
“I started out in the '90s making traditional rockabilly music,” writes Lenz. “But in my journey to understand how rockabilly and rock & roll came into being, I found blues, rhythm & blues, gospel, Western swing, and country music.” Somewhere between the rock & roll of Southern California and the country swing of Texas was where Lenz cemented the gritty, half-yodel sound that fills Slowly Speeding.
 
That feminist ideal of resilience rises again and again throughout Slowly Speeding. “Mother Earth played a big part in this project,” Lenz says. “Pine trees, willow trees, the stars, the moon, the ground cracking, wild oaks, thunderstorms, rivers, the sea... nature as a metaphor for strong emotion and the strength of women.” Sex, too, plays its part, as it would in any great love story. “I think all the love and sex and nature go hand-in-hand to cement the feel of this record,” Lenz explains.
 
 
Direct download: Kim_Lenz_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is young singer/songwriter Luna Keller

Seventeen years old Luna Keller grew up in a very musical family – her father playing several instruments like guitar, bass and piano, her mother playing the piano and singing. She has been singing in the local choir with her mum since being 8 and started to try out all kind of instruments at more or less the same age. However, it took her five years to fall in love with the guitar, which she learned to play with the help of her father. She started soon to write her first songs on her new found favourite instrument. Since then she uses her music to express herself and to channel her feelings and emotions – and has found her true passion.

http://lunakeller.com/ 

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/luna-keller/ 

 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: Luna_Keller_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 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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