This is long, a bit sloppy but ultimately a lot fun…TWSS (the running joke of the evening.) Recorded at a house concert in the Fox Den in Piedmont, this podcast features live tunes and some hilarious conversation with Bay Area acts Lapel and Static and Surrender.
Debbie Neigher, along with various supporting members, is Lapel, a dreamy synth-pop band that blew us away. It was nice to deviate a bit from our standard acoustic rock/folk/Americana format and we urge everyone to check out their debut album “Periphery.”
Static and Surrender frontman Jeff Campbell has been a longtime friend of Renee and Irish Greg dating back to the KFOG years. His latest project Static and Surrender has him teaming up with brothers Adam and John Schuman, a trio that write effortless songs with beautiful harmonies. In between jello shots and irreverent banter the trio managed to squeeze in exquisite covers of Bowie, STP and the Zombies along with a bunch of originals.
Please enjoy this fun episode with the wonderful T Sisters, recorded at a private house-concert/Blue Bear School of Music benefit in a beautiful Victorian in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill. This one features a few gorgeous originals plus covers of the Beatles and a stunning opening number originally by Chumbawamba.
This is the sisters second appearance on the show, this time to talk about the upcoming release of their EP “We Are Bound” which was produced by Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers who also appear on the EP.
What a thrill to host the insightful, hilarious and very talented John Craigie as our latest guest on the podcast. John brought great stories, songs and bellbottoms to the Haight Street Art Center and delighted a SOLD OUT crowd with tales from the road and some beautiful music.
Special thanks to Peter Finch for co-hosting while Renee was on vacation.
We love when we can bring music together with all the fabulous art at the Haight Street Art Center, the semi-permanent home of our show. So it was recently when we hosted Howlin’ Rain at our our annual pre-Hardly Strictly Bluegrass bash which alo happened to be our second birthday.
Howlin’ Rain are tight with poster artist Marq Spusta, a contemporary poster artist who is part of the “Family Devalues” exhibit that is currently showing at the center. The band and Marq collaborated on the event poster that was made available at the show.
The fabulous Easy Leaves and their wonderful brand of California country kicked things off, followed by a quick chat with Marq about his art and finally Howlin’ Rain closed out a very special evening.
Thanks to all those that came out and to you for listening to this podcast.
What a total pleasure to have the legendary John Oates on our show. He treated the completely sold-out crowd to a few songs off his new album “Arkansas” including the title track, a Blind Blake cover and the classic folk tune “Stagger Lee.” John talked about the early days of Hall & Oates and played a few numbers from the duo’s earlier albums.
After two sold out shows at the Fillmore we were delighted to be joined by the Wood Brothers for a completely jam packed show at the Haight Street Art Center. Brothers Chris and Oliver along with percussionist Jano Rix treated the audience to tunes off their latest album “One Drop of Truth” and two stunning covers including Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me”
As a special added bonus we were treated to a guest appearance by renowned rock poster artist Emek who’s exhibit “ARTIFACTS: The Rock Art of EMEK – A Career Retrospective” is currently showing at the center. Emek is the poster artist of choice for bands like the Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Queens of the Stone Age.
Due to timing issues we couldn’t get John Oates to do a full audience show for our podcast this time around but he promises to do one (solo) when he returns to the Bay Area later this summer with Hall & Oates. Irish Greg did get to catch up with him backstage at the Great American Music Hall and they discussed the music legend’s new album “Arkansas” and John played a couple of tunes from it too. Thanks to Howlive for the audio/visuals and especially to Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival for help setting this up.
Taking our show on the road again, this time we landed at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael with Oakland’s own T Sisters and our old pals Hillstomp from Portland, Oregon. Fall in love with the T’s beautiful harmonies and wonderful covers of the Grateful Dead, Lady Gaga and Chumbawamba and rock out to the raw hill country blues stomp of Hillstomp, a band we first discovered playing in the bushes of Golden Gate Park some 10 years ago.
Before their nighttime show in the Grate Room at Terrapin Crossroads on Saturday 1/20, we’re thrilled to be hosting the T Sisters (trio) and Hillstomp in the bar for a FREE matinee at 4pm. RSVP here. If you’re not on Facebook please leave a message below if you plan on attending.
Oakland’s T Sisters embody harmony. It’s in their blood, bones, and history. Erika, Rachel and Chloe have been singing and writing music together since childhood. You’ll be blown away by their effortless melodies and gorgeous tunes.
Portland Oregon junkbox blues duo Hillstomp is infamous for digging through the dumps and forgotten backwoods of American music, recycling traditional elements into a refreshing and distinctive brand of do-it-yourself hill country blues stomp.
Please join us in the afternoon, have some dinner afterwards and stick around for the show in the Grate Room that night. What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday in Marin.