Skyline Sessions – Better Late than Never!

So, as many of you know, when I’m lucky enough to host musicians for the intimate house shows, we try and do a quick 1 to 2 take video, in the style of La Blogtheque and the Ballard Sessions before us. My incredibly talented cousin Dan put the finishing touches on our last four, and I’m so, so excited to share them with all of you.

I’m so blessed to be able to host these shows, and even more grateful for these videos as a reminder of how perfect each of these nights are. So, to you I give:

#6 and #9 – Simon Balto

Simon really is an unbelievable talent, his layered folk ballads are reminiscent of Baez and Dylan, Guthrie and Prine. There is a deeply satisfying component to each of his songs – a reminder of home, woodsmoke, and the first traces of your breath as winter begins to settle. We filmed ‘Foothills”, a brand new, and exceptionally beautiful song as well as ‘The Cut’ off of Simon’s tremendous album “The Roads that Make Men Weary” (skip to 1:00 if you don’t want the endearing mess up at the beginning).

#7 – Luray

Luray, the project of Shannon Carey (sister to S. Carey) – is a really beautiful foray into ambient Americana. Delicate banjo and soft, subtle vocals wrap you up and wash over you. I can’t get enough of her debut album “The Wilder”. This track, ‘Lullaby’ is from that record, and we filmed it late at night after her beautiful show with Mike Noyce.

#8 – Kris Orlowski

I’ve long been a fan of Kris’ enchanting folk-pop, and this new song ‘Carolina’ has everything I love about Kris, with little traces of an almost Ryan Adams – esque sound woven in. I really love this one, and enjoyed watching 200 some odd people spellbound watching this one when Kris opened up for Noah Gundersen the next night. Don’t sleep on his new album, coming out soon. It’s going to be excellent.

Hopefully we’ll be announcing a few new shows soon, and have some videos to go with them. Subscribe to our channel on Youtube, check back on Facebook, and come make some new friends with us as the weather gets warmer. Love you all!

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Saturday Morning.

So, it’s been a bit since I’ve done a proper post. I’ve been running around in circles trying to set up some new shows, do some work on the blog itself, make everything prettier, you know the drill. Because of that, there’s a lot of music that has been in my ears nonstop, and I thought I should probably do my job and share all of the things I’ve been loving lately with you!

First, I’m really obsessed with the work that SerialBox does, and this video from a few months ago with Madi Diaz is a really perfect blend of folk/pop/blues sensibilities that has been a favorite way for me to start my mornings.

Noah Gundersen released his first full-length album a few weeks ago, entitled ‘Ledges’, and it’s almost certainly going to be one of, if not my favorite album of the year. The way Noah commands your attention, every note, every breath – it’s something you don’t find very often. Noah and his sister Abby filmed this White Session a few weeks ago, and well, not surprisingly, it’s stunning.

 

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of S. Carey (and his sister, who performs as Luray). The first single from the new S. Carey album is entitled “Fire-scene”, and the song itself, as well as the video released along with it, is absolutely beautiful. There is a winding, delicate sense of melody and care in Sean’s music that I find myself coming back to incredibly frequently.

 

Well, everything Gregory Alan Isakov does is close to perfect, and everything Kevin Ihle films is wonderful – so this version of “Amsterdam” before his show in Colorado is unsurprisingly excellent.

 

I posted another Ballard Session with Bea Troxel a while back, but I thought I should post this one too. Something about her voice, her songwriting, just catches my heart in my throat, and it’s so, so perfect.

 

Speaking of bands that can do no wrong, this video from TYPHOON performing “Caesar/Reed Road” in Boston reminds me how much I can’t wait to see them at some point on their upcoming/current tour. Such a tremendous live show.

 

Alright. Enough links. For now.

For those who missed my last post – I have the wonderful opportunity to host a Music Means Family show with the incredible Kris Orlowski (who’s opening for the sold out Noah Gundersen show) and a set from the talented Gia Margaret. We’re going to be cozying in on Tuesday, March 4th at 7:30, over at 914 California. 10 dollar suggested donation, BYOB, a chance to make new friends. I’d love to see you there. Check out this video from Kris below – and enjoy your Saturday!