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Live, Backstage & Unplugged with PGroove’s Brock Butler: A Trilogy of Tunes (Video)

If there is something that the world can never have too many of, it is brilliant songwriters. By its very essence, the poetic pen of a songwriter takes the vast landscape of personal emotions that are based upon thoughts or circumstances and provides a sweeping and boundary defying humanness to these. In so doing, he takes his thoughts to a place of transcendence — where others can listen, identify and share. To possess this ability goes beyond the ability to shred or melt faces, and while Perpetual Groove‘s Brock Butler is apt to do the latter on any given night, it is his ability as a lyricist that truly sets him apart as a unique and increasingly rare talent.

While in Huntsville, Butler sat down with Honest Tune to play a recent trilogy of songs that he had written and give a brief but personal glimpse into the situation and feelings from which the songs were spawned. 

The trilogy takes its listener from turmoil and loss to healing and redemption in approximately 20 minutes… and it is a beautiful journey. 

So sit back, relax, listen, watch and introspect as Honest Tune exclusively brings you Brock Butler: Live, Backstage & Unplugged, a Trilogy.    

 

Brock Butler: Live, Backstage & Unplugged, A Trilogy (Part I)

Brock Butler: Live, Backstage & Unplugged, A Trilogy (Part II)

Brock Butler: Live, Backstage & Unplugged, A Trilogy (Part III)

 

For more on Brock and Perpetual Groove, log on to www.PGroove.com

 

Yonder Mountain String Band: Live, Backstage and Unplugged (Video)

A few weeks ago, Yonder Mountain String Band hosted Harvest Festival on Mulberry Mountain. For the second year in a row, the event bore name of the Nederland, CO native quartet. Just in case anyone was in doubt of the outfit’s worthiness to such acclaim, Yonder proved it beyond any expectations by  sitting in with more bands than it would be prudent to name while also performing two three hour sets of their own. In short, to say that Jeff Austin, Adam Aijala, Ben Kauffman and Dave Johnston “had a busy weekend” would be quite the understatement.

In spite of their schedule, the four guys took time to sit down with Rex Thomson for an extended interview — to be released soon — and this, an acoustic serving of the Grateful Dead’s “They Love Each Other.” So sit back, relax, listen, watch and enjoy as Honest Tune exclusively presents Yonder Mountain String Band: Live, Backstage and Unplugged.

 

Yonder Mountain String Band: “They Love Each Other”

For more on YMSB, log on to www.YonderMountain.com

The Festy Experience: Exclusive Acoustic Sessions, part II (VIDEO)

A few weeks back we rolled into the middle of nowhere and in so doing, landed upon a diamond in the rough. It was The Festy Experience. With a picturesque setting, the site that was nestled in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountain range played host to not only some of the finest bluegrass, Americana and roots music, but also to an impeccable vibe where strangers greeted strangers with smiles, courtesy and warmness.

In the middle of it all was a beautiful large house that we asked artists to pass through for a series of exclusive acoustic sessions with Honest Tune. Fortunately, they agreed and what happened within those walls was pure magic.

In the first part of the series, we were graced with stellar performances from Emmitt-Nershi Band, Sarah Siskind and Toubab Krewe.

In this part, we will unveil even more magic from the weekend with exclusive performances of two songs from Brett Dennen, two songs from  The Wood Brothers and one tune from Jim Lauderdale.

 


 

Acoustic Sessions at The Festy : Jim Lauderdale

“The Tiger and the Monkey”

Acoustic Sessions at The Festy : The Wood Brothers

“Mary Anna”

Acoustic Sessions at The Festy : The Wood Brothers

“When I Was Young”

Acoustic Sessions at The Festy : Brett Dennen

“Make You Crazy”

Acoustic Sessions at The Festy : Brett Dennen

“Comeback Kid (That’s My Dog)”

 

For more on Brett Dennen, click here.
For more on The Wood Brothers, click here.
For more on Jim Lauderdale, click here.

 

 

The Festy Experience: Exclusive Acoustic Sessions, part I (VIDEO)

This past weekend, a diamond in the rough was found when we stumbled upon The Festy Experience. With a picturesque setting, the site that was nestled in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountain range played host to not only some of the finest bluegrass, Americana and roots music, but also to an impeccable vibe where strangers greeted strangers with smiles, courtesy and warmness.

In the middle of it all was a beautiful large house that we asked artists to pass through for a series of exclusive acoustic sessions with Honest Tune. Fortunately, they agreed and what happened within those walls was pure magic.

In this first part of the series, we are graced with stellar performances from Emmitt-Nershi Band, Sarah Siskind and Toubab Krewe.

Acoustic Sessions at The Festy : Emmitt-Nershi “This House”

Acoustic Sessions at The Festy : Toubab Krewe

Acoustic Sessions at The Festy : Sarah Siskind “Take Me”

Swamp Talk: an Honest Tune Interview with JJ Grey (VIDEO)

web-008.jpgWhat can be said about JJ Grey that hasn’t been said before? Bringing up Grey in conversation inevitably brings about partisan discussion. But, the conversations stay music focused, and for good reason. With Mofro’s stellar level of improvisational musicianship, the stage for delivery is laid neatly at JJ’s feet and he has run with it.

Aside from this, what is perhaps most compelling — and possibly dividing — about Grey is the fact that he fills the aforementioned space with integrity.

Sure, he is a soul singer, songwriter and musician, but there have been a lot of those. What sets Grey apart is his unique storytelling ability. His vocals are guttural, his stage presence is large, his soul shines even when it does so darkly and his overall sound is honest.

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Zach Deputy : Backstage & Unplugged at All Good Music Festival (VIDEO)

zach deputy12.jpgIn the world of one man bands, Zach Deputy has set himself apart from his competition. He has not done so through gimmicks or other trivial means. Rather, he has done so through honest – though sometimes hilarious – songwriting, funky sincerity in delivery and a discreet vocal prowess that is reminiscent of a blended Ray Charles/Aaron Neville milkshake.

A large mammal, Deputy has the stature of an offensive lineman with the demeanor and overall affect of a teddy bear. It is the latter that takes precedence in his music and also what makes him a guy to which one can be easily drawn.

While on the scene at All Good, Honest Tune’s David Shehi and Rex Thomson got Deputy out from behind his stage contraption and into his backstage tent with nothing but his acoustic guitar and voice for a soulful helping of “Dr. Doctor.”

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moe. : Live, Backstage & Unplugged at All Good (VIDEO)

moe lead.jpgWhat moe. has accomplished during a storied 20-year career is nothing short of mind-blowing. But it has come only as a result of hard work.

As pioneers of the jam industry and with improvisation at their core, they have done everything from launching festivals to engaging in multiple philanthropic efforts. In the process, they have amassed one of the most devoted followings in the scene. But the men of moe. do not like to focus on what they have done in the past. Rather, they look at “everyday as a new day,” as guitarist Chuck Garvey said this past Saturday. They also take successes on stride. When referring to the album that they hope to lay down soon, guitarist Al Schnier suggested calling it “S**t Sandwich” in tribute to the “diuretic flowing of songs” that have been “piling up” since their last studio effort.

While on the scene at All Good – and in between their three scheduled gigs for the day -  moe.’s string section (Schnier, Garvey and bassist Rob Derhak) sat down with Honest Tune to perform an acoustic rendition of one of their many gems, “New York City.”

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Gary Clark, Jr. : “Bright Lights” Live and Unplugged at Caravan (VIDEO)

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The music world can, at times, be filled with a disproportionate level of monotony. Sometimes it seems that no matter how hard one searches, he simply cannot find anything that is bold and fresh. But even when this is the case, those of us who eat, sleep and breathe music know that we will never give up in our quest for that sound.

It is usually during the quest that something happens like what happened a few weeks back when we stumbled into the magic that is Gary Clark, Jr., when covering the Bonnaroo Buzz tour in Louisville.

Witnessing Clark in Louisville was like watching a man who was dying into his music. With every vocal or six-stringed note, blues and soul oozed out of him just like the sweat from his brow that was rolling down his neck before eventually spilling onto the stage during momentous intensity. Though thoughts of Hendrix fleeted, they were immediately supplanted by the fact that what was going on was entirely original.

With a new EP set for release in August (Bright Lights on Warner Bros.) and the fact that we knew that we would be making his acquaintance again at Dave Matthews Band Caravan in Chicago, there was only one thing left to do… ask him to play for exclusively for us and you, our readers and Honest Tune family.  He obliged.

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Sippin’ Whiskey In the Kitchen with Cornmeal (Video)

IMG_6185.jpgCornmeal has sailed into their second decade of existence solidified as a five piece electric progressive bluegrass combo that charts its own course.Their blending of influences and inspirations, filtered through a bluegrass sensibility and an urge to explore, has given them an expansive sound that has brought them an army of fans.  Playing to ever growing crowds in a succession of bars, clubs and halls the quintet is reaping the seeds that they have sown over the years of relentless touring. All of this led up to their hometown show at Chicago’s House of Blues where Rex Thomson had a chance to speak with the band on the eve of their homecoming for a chat about everything from the environment to social media and so much more. And it all happened over sipped Kentucky bourbon…Woodford Reserve to be precise.

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Perpetual Groove: A look backward and forward on New Year’s Eve

pgint.jpgNo matter how it is sliced, 10 years is no drop in the time bucket. It is hard to believe that Perpetual Groove has been putting forth their brand of “trance arena rock” since the early Dubya days; when Katrina was just the name of some gal who always sat on the front row of fifth period math class.

Much has changed in the world since then, as it has in both the individual and collective band lives of these Athens-based lads though several things have remained true through it all: the fan base is committed, the musicianship is solid, and the camaraderie is steadfast.

With a new year upon us, PGroove took the time to reflect on both personal and professional times past, present, and hopes for the future.

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