Above The Basement - Boston Music and Conversation

Above the Basement offers casual and candid discussions with musicians, artists, producers and others from Boston and beyond. The conversations offer experiences ​from those shaping Boston's music community and for whom music is a passion. You'll hear their stories, hardships ​​faced and overcome...and why they love what they do.
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Dec 28, 2016

Bonnie is the Songwriting Chair at Berklee College of Music in addition to her own work in bands and as a solo artist. She wrote Have A Heart that was on Bonnie Raitt's muti-platinum and grammy winning album Nick of Time. She has also written for the likes of Cher, Adam Ant, Bette Midler and David Crosby.

This is Part Two.

Dec 21, 2016

Bonnie is the Songwriting Chair at Berklee College of Music in addition to her own work in bands and as a solo artist. She wrote Have A Heart that was on Bonnie Raitt's muti-platinum and grammy winning album Nick of Time. She has also written for the likes of Cher, Adam Ant, Bette Midler and David Crosby.

Also she is awesome. This is part one of a two part episode.

Dec 8, 2016

Singer, songwriter and guitarist with The Adam Ezra Group, Adam's songs and live performances are amazing. But equally impressive is his nonprofit organization RallySound, whose mission is to inspire communities, grassroots activism and civic engagement by helping create and organize socially conscious live music events.

Dec 3, 2016

This is a short SOTC with hosts Chuck Clough and Ronnie Hirschberg.  

Dec 1, 2016

Speech and Language Pathologist by day, Carla Ryder sings with The Mudhens, Miriam, The Carla Ryder Band and also has her solo project. With numerous songwriting accolades and 6 albums under her belt, she has toured extensively and developed a loyal and enthusiastic following from New England to the Pacific Northwest.

Nov 17, 2016

A graduate of Berklee College of Music's Music Production and Engineering program, Matt is the founder and Executive Director of New England’s first professional nonprofit recording studio The Record Co. whose goal is to build a sustainable, nationally recognized music scene in Boston.

Nov 10, 2016

Boston-based singer/songwriter, a former busker with a powerful voice and great guitar chops, Katrin made her way to share the global stage with Chris Isaak, John Sebastian, Boz Scaggs, Huey Lewis, John Mayall and Joan Armatrading.

Nov 3, 2016

Fiddle player and psychologist, for over 30 years Bob Childs has been making violins and is the namesake for the world class ensemble Childsplay – where every fiddle player in the group plays a Bob Childs violin.

Oct 27, 2016

Dalton Sim began his career in Somerville, MA managing Guster out of their apartment back in 1995. He has gone on to manage many other talented artists including Dispatch, Father John Misty, fun., Alexi Murdoch, Ben Kweller and others with Nettwerk Music Group.

Oct 19, 2016

Flutist Ona Jonaityte is a fantastic player and teacher and a member of the Vento Chiaro Woodwind Quintet. 

Currently a piccolo player with the Indian Hill Symphony, she has also performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, New World Symphony, Boston Lyric Opera and Lithuanian Opera.

Oct 8, 2016

Singer-songwriter Ali McGuirk has made quite a name for herself this past year or so with her amazing singing voice and fabulous band backing her up. Steve Morse in The Boston Globe named her one of sixteen artists to look forward to hearing in 2016. She just finished her first self-titled EP.

Oct 6, 2016

Bruce is a New England institution and has been in various bands including Bruce Marshall and The Clue and was a member of the Toy Caldwell Band. He has opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, The Outlaws, The Beach Boys...the list goes on and on. His current bands include The Bruce Marshall Group as well as The Nor'easters and he is also half of the Montgomery and Marshall acoustic duo with bluesman James Montgomery.

Sep 22, 2016

David G. Moore, also known across the pond as Malin, is a prolific singer and songwriter and the talented lead guitarist in the band The Butler Frogs. David recently released a new album called High Tide Adventures.

Ron and I are proud to call David our friend and we can’t say enough about his talents. We had a nice conversation where we talked about his history and thoughts on recording and we were fortunate to have him play a song at the conclusion of our conversation from his earlier album Never The First To Jump called Goodbye Before The Sun.

Sep 15, 2016

The State of the Conversation with hosts Chuck Clough and Ronnie Hirschberg. We discuss how things are going, what we hope to do and our current projects.

Sep 8, 2016

Drummer, guitarist, singer and songwriter extraordinaire Will Davies joins us this time around. Will is currently with the band Big Giant but has been in numerous other bands you may have heard of including New Million Box, The Elderly and Kingsley Flood.

Mr. Davies is also a pretty smart guy and he is currently getting his masters in psychotherapy. We had a great conversation with Will and we were also fortunate enough to have singer Andrea Kremer join us. Andrea is also the proprietor of a music-marketing agency called Shake and Howdy.

Aug 24, 2016

Guitarist Perry Bakalos heads The Perry Bakalos Group and is a member of the award winning band Atlas Soul. Perry is also an electrical engineer and has his own recording studio called Erudite Effects.

Mr. Bakalos has been a great help to Ronnie and I trying to get our recording rig up to speed but his improvisational skills on the guitar are what really blow us away.

You can check out his music and all his other projects at

You will hear a cut off of his Essential Hazzard album called Chasin’ Pigeons from his former band of the same name and at the end of the conversation we’ll play a cut from Atlas Soul’s Gypsy Wind called This Won’t Take Long.

Jul 26, 2016

Britt Connors is a fantastic singer-songwriter and guitarist. She came out with her first solo album in 2010 called The Bad Side of Good. She is now playing with her “yall-ternative” band comprised of some of Boston's most in-demand musicians called Bourbon Renewal. Their most recent album is called Warmer Season and was released to a sold out crowd at the venerable Club Passim. Check her out at

Jul 25, 2016

Jen is a talented singer-songwriter and pianist who combines funk, jazz, latin and pop.  We sat with her to talk about what makes her songwriting come together, her influences, baking skills and mutual affinity for all things bovine...

Jul 14, 2016

Artist and violinist, Siri grew up in an artistic family in Seattle and has played the violin since the age of 7. She has played with the Boston Pops and many other Boston freelance orchestras and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center with the American Symphony. 

Our friend and sometime drummer Jonathan Beakley fills in for Ronnie Hirschberg this time around as Ronnie is in the studio working on a documentary soundtrack.

As you will soon hear, we met Siri under somewhat unusual circumstances at a Butler Frog gig. Our conversation covers a lot of ground – her upbringing in a very musical family, her thoughts on how she approaches music, art and life in a joyful way.

Jun 30, 2016

Radio DJ and Renaissance woman, Sam is a seasoned radio vet and has been on the radio dial all over New England and is currently on WCTK Cat Country at 98.1 FM and also at WATD on the South Shore at 95.9 FM.

Chuck Clough and guest host Jonathan Beakley (sitting in for Ronnie Hirschberg) spoke with Sam at Woods Hill Table in Concord Massachusetts to talk about her radio heritage, the state of terrestrial radio and other projects she plans on beginning this year.

Jun 16, 2016

Flynn Cohen is an acoustic guitarist from the American folk band Low Lily – formerly called Annalivia. Flynn has performed all over the world with many notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music including legendary Irish accordion player John Whelan, as well as solo and duo shows playing music from his four solo albums. 

We sat with Flynn at Woods Hill Table in Concord, Massachusetts and discussed how he came to Boston, how he approaches writing and his many musical travels from Cleveland to Boston to Brattleboro, Vermont.

Jun 15, 2016

Performer, composer, session bassist and the leader of The Alison Keslow Group, she has shared the stage as well as recording credits with many artists, including Joan Armatrading, Jerry Marotta, Tony Levin, John Sebastian and Mindi Abair.

Alison has two solo albums - "Between Earth and Sky" released in 2003 more recently in 2014 "Bass Dharma".

Alison is currently on the summer faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston and is co-owner with her husband of Sudbury School of Music in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

When we began discussing who to have on as our first guest on Above The Basement we immediately thought of Alison.  Apart from being our friend, she is an amazingly impressive player and composer and is in high demand in the Boston music scene.  

During our conversation, we talked about her Boston Music Award nomination, how she came to Boston through Berklee College of Music, her past and current projects and her thoughts on writing, working and her musical meditation.


Jun 15, 2016

The first conversation with hosts Chuck Clough and Ronnie Hirschberg.  They discuss how Above the Basement came to be, what they hope to do and their current projects.