Indie hip-hop artist, rapper, songwriter and contemporary painter, Boston, MA native Moe Pope is a talent. His lyrics reflect his story - touching on community, fatherhood, love and the human condition.
Formerly with Bay Area-based hip-hop band Mission he returned to Boston to form Electric (aka Electric Company) and later formed Project Move.
In 2010 with Boston producer Rain he released the critically acclaimed Life After God and is currently collaborating with 2016 BMA Producer of the Year The Arcitype with his project STL GLD.
This is part two of our conversation with Blue Man Group. We sat with resident General Manager Jonathan Screnci, Blue Man Mike Brown, and drummers Kyle Harris and Kevin Asmus before a performance at The Charles Playhouse.
We come in just as Jonathan walked into the room to join us about an hour into our talk.
Blue Man Group is a dynamic mix of art, music, comedy and technology. Founded in 1991, this pop culture phenomenon has been seen by over 35 million people all over the world.
Inspiring, brilliant and groundbreaking, the Blue Men - while not saying a word - celebrate life through connection, unique absurdity, visual art and of course, music.
We spoke with Resident General Manager Jonathan Screnci, Blue Man Mike Brown, and drummers Kyle Harris and Kevin Asmus before a performance at The Charles Playhouse.
We talk about rehearsing, auditioning and the evergreen magic that is Blue Man Group.
This award winning singer-songwriter, actor and artist is a force to be reckoned with. Ruby's deep, unique voice is surprising at first, but she soon pulls you into her resonant sound with powerful lyrics and amazing vocal range.
Ruby pays homage to Leonard Cohen, Andy Warhol and Roy Orbison in our conversation about singing, acting, writing, learning and growing.
So this is our 50th episode and Ronnie and I decided to have a State of the Conversation.
What an amazing year! We've been downloaded in all 50 states (again, a nice round number) and in over 50 countries (we sense a trend here...).
We can't say enough how much we appreciate our listeners and the positive feedback we've received. We've been fortunate to have some unbelievable talent on the show with unique stories and wonderful performances from all walks of music - classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock, singer-songwriter...it's becoming a long list.
We strive to introduce our listeners to local artists who have made their mark on the Boston music scene and at the same time bring nationally recognized artists to the conversation who have a connection to Boston in unique ways.
The rest of 2017 is filling up with more brilliant artists, performers and Boston movers and shakers - we hope you get a chance to discover what they have to offer.
Charles Haynes is a drummer, producer, musical director and strong believer in the power of listening. He learned this through constant gigging at one of Boston oldest family owned jazz clubs in Boston, Wally’s Café.
Charles has toured with Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, MIA and Queen Latifah among many others and is the owner of Herd Studios – a boutique mixing, mastering and recording studio in Boston. You can read more about it at herdstudio.com
In this episode we talk about importance of listening and trust and how allowing space between musicians on stage can create magic.
This year marks the bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, local environmentalist, scientist and artist. After talking with the founder of the Walden Woods project, Don Henley, it becomes clear that Thoreau influences us all now more than ever 200 years later.
During college in the late 60s, it was Emerson's work that initially ignited Don Henley's songwriting interest. And it was Thoreau's political, environmental and social justice work that resonated with Don, influencing his life and music.
Whether he is known to you as the cofounder of The Eagles, singer, drummer or prolific songwriter, Don Henley is actively helping to carry Thoreau's messages forward to new generations through his work with the Thoreau Institute at Walden.
We spoke with him about this mission at The Walden Woods Project's Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods Library.
Songs or portions thereof included: Train in the Distance, Take a Picture of This and Praying for Rain off of his 2015 solo album Cass County.
As we were sitting at The Thoreau Institute Library in Lincoln, Massachusetts waiting for Don Henley to arrive we were having a nice chat with Thoreau Scholar Jeffrey Cramer and decided to turn on the mics and have a quick discussion about Thoreau.
Jeff is the Curator of Collections at the Walden Woods Project's Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods Library and is the editor of annotated editions of both Walden and The Maine Woods as well as the author of several other award winning books. His essays and other writings have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The Literary Review, and The Christian Science Monitor among others.
There is a quote on his website at jeffreyscramer.com from Jim Flemming, of Wisconsin Public Radio that says "Jeffrey Cramer lives and breathes Thoreau. He may know more about the bard at Walden Pond than anyone else alive."
After seeing that what could we do but take advantage of this opportunity and pester him with questions.
Seeing Walter and his band of merry musicians play live is a visceral experience not to be missed. With a mix of Dr. Teeth, Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, they bring legit musical chops, original songwriting and a magical artistry to the stage.
We thought this might be an interesting one and we were not disappointed.
We had a really fun time with these wonderful people – and we mean that – these are great people. With lots of cursing, laughing and crazy stories – we think you are going to enjoy this one.
If you have never seen or heard Martin play live, you should get tickets to his current tour immediately. With prolific songwriting, unique percussive guitar and beautifully soulful singing chops, Martin's music rises to the surface from deeper themes of unity and optimism.
This is a quick preview of a conversation we had with Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys where they talk about scoring an amazing movie called Some Freaks – which was written and directed by Ian Macallister MacDonald.
Dr. Lisa Wong is a musician and pediatrician, a violinist and educator, a wife, mom and mentor. From Hawaii she came to Harvard and has remained a New Englander and leader in music-medicine, and in a broader sense an expert thinker in the convergence of Art and Science.
As President of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra for 20 years, Lisa has performed in and managed the 90 piece multitalented group of healthcare worker / musicians, and during her tenure worked on countless concerts for causes that affect all of us.
Lisa has the ability to connect people through her own creativity and help make change happen through the arts.
A performance at the famous Club Passim recorded June 30, 2017 in Cambridge, MA.
Fellow Berklee College of Music grads Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns and Chris 'Gooch' Bloniarz have a sound that is difficult to describe – it definitely has bluegrass roots but leans towards what we’ll call Porch Rock.
Playing guitar, banjo and mandolin, their voices are very distinct and blend together to build an ethereal landscape of sound that surrounds you.
Track 01 - Pigeons
Track 02 - Canary
Track 03 - Dog Song
Track 04 - Large Regardless
Track 05 - Constellations
Track 06 - Beautiful Pain
Track 07 - It's Getting Late
Track 08 - Something Worth Having
Track 09 - Board That Plane
Track 10 - Green Line
Track 11 - Catacombs
Track 12 - Moonshiner
We have been major fans of Honeysuckle from the moment we saw them on The Sinclair stage opening for The Ballroom Thieves. Fellow Berklee College of Music grads Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns and Chris Gooch Bloniarz have a sound that is difficult to describe – it definitely has bluegrass roots but leans towards what we’ll call Porch Rock. If no one else has coined the phrase we will take full credit.
Their harmonies, musicianship and unexpected arrangements will blow you away. Playing guitar, banjo and mandolin - while their voices are very distinct they blend together to build an ethereal landscape of sound that surrounds you.
Jewel is a singer-songwriter, actress, author, mother and wellness advocate. Among her numerous accolades she has earned four Grammy Award nominations and sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Her newest project is called Never Broken. It is a road map that helps people develop mindfulness, reduce anxiety and promote wellness. You can read all about it on her new website www.JewelNeverBroken.com. She also recently published the New York Times bestseller, Never Broken - songs are only half the story.
Jennifer Kimball was ½ of the critically acclaimed band The Story in the early 90's, which was a springboard for her career as a solo artist.
With her beautifully personal lyrics and haunting instrumentation, her latest album Avocet is something everyone should hear.
This album is wonderfully written and arranged and includes several incredible Boston musicians. It is directly because of these fine people that Jennifer began recording this album.
An accomplished flatpicker, singer and songwriter, Andy is one of the many knowledgable musicians at The Music Emporium in Lexington Massachusetts – an amazing guitar shop that offers some of the finest old and new acoustic instruments on the East Coast.
Andy is their bluegrass guitar and dreadnought specialist and is a part of the incredibly prodigious bluegrass music scene in Boston.
He is also a photographer and has shot numerous music videos for a number of musicians in the Boston area.
Josh Bhatti is with The Bowery Presents in Boston - a concert promotion and venue management organization that runs multiple venues in Boston including The Royale, Great Scott, Fete Music Hall in Providence, and the venue where we sat for our conversation - The Sinclair.
As talent booker for The Sinclair he is not only passionate about good music but also strives to provide a great listening experience.
When Keith Lockhart left Cincinnati for Boston to lead the Pops and take over John Williams tenure, he was 35 years old - the same age as Arthur Fiedler at his start.
In his 23rd year conducting the Boston Pops, Keith has made his own mark on a classic American institution. Unique collaborations with internationally acclaimed artists and communication with the city of Boston during times of celebration and times of hardship... these are Keith's strengths.
We spoke about his years with the Pops, current plans and some ins and outs of conducting and directing this amazing ensemble. Ben Folds came to Symphony Hall during the week of our conversation and Keith spoke about this collaboration in particular.
We had a good chat and hope you enjoy listening and learning more about our city's Pops Maestro.
R&B Boston native Jesse Dee has been described as a guitar-playing soul man and a modern day trailblazer inspired by the old school.
His great singing voice is complemented by his guitar riffs and a fantastic backing band. We offer two songs off of his studio albums: Reap What You Sow from Bittersweet Batch and On my mInd, In My Heart from the album of the same name.
Bonnie Hayes is our guest host.
Mark Ethier is a musician and entrepreneur who co-founded innovative company called iZotope. As a matter of fact this was recorded in their amazing space in Kendall Square in Cambridge Massachusetts.
Izotope is an audio technology company that's obsessed with great sound. Their award-winning software products are used by musicians, music producers, and audio post engineers to enhance the sound of everything from today's top music tracks to major motion pictures and TV shows. iZotope's audio repair suite, RX, even won an Emmy for engineering developments so significant that they fundamentally changed the way television is produced.
We wanted to give a quick preview of a conversation Ron and I had with Keith Lockhart – conductor of the Boston Pops and share a few words he had to say about Ben Folds. Ben joins the Boston Pops for the first time since 2012 to perform his hits and the Boston premiere of his critically acclaimed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.
It’s a short one but Keith has some nice things to say about the great Ben Folds….
Singer songwriter and musician Ashley Jordan was busking in Harvard Square at the early age of 13, and has become a name to watch on the country music scene. She has opened for Trace Adkins, Sam Hunt, Chase Rice, Rusted Root, Jason Mraz, Christina Perri and Howie Day.
A Massachusetts native, Ashley's beautiful voice paired with her original and earnest songwriting has won her numerous accolades - including a first round Grammy nomination in 2015.
Darden Smith is a veteran songwriter with 15 albums under his belt, with frequent touring, writing and performing his mix of Americana, country and rock. In addition to this he has an amazing project called SongwritingWith:Soldiers that pairs professional songwriters, in retreat settings, with active duty and veteran military members to write songs based on their experiences of combat and returning home.
A solo acoustic performance at the famous Club Passim recorded April 11, 2017 in Cambridge, MA.
The talented and multifaceted Austin TX musician has the unique ability to bring out the creativity in anyone, and to harness a person's own story and meld it into their song. He is a veteran songwriter with 15 albums under his belt, with frequent touring, writing and performing his mix of Americana, country and rock.
Track 01 - Sierra Diablo
Track 02 - Love Will Win The War
Track 03 - Against The Grain
Track 04 - Soul Searching
Track 05 - Love Calling
Track 06 - I Say A Little Prayer
Track 07 - Can You See The Moon
Track 08 - Angel Flight
Track 09 - Nobody Knows
Track 10 - Everything
Track 11 - Midnight Train
Track 12 - Loving Arms