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Above The Basement - Boston Music and Conversation

Above The Basement is a Boston based podcast hosted by Chuck Clough and Ronnie Hirschberg that features casual and candid discussions with local, national and international musicians, artists, producers and others from Boston and beyond. The conversations offer experiences from those shaping our music community and for whom music is a passion. You hear their stories, hardships faced and overcome...and why they love what they do. While music is the common thread, Above The Basement has evolved into conversations that harness human interest, culture and community, bridging into discussions about health, science, education and other aspects of life.
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Apr 20, 2017

Poet, songwriter, author and educator Regie Gibson has performed and lectured at schools, universities and theaters nationally and internationally.

His work has appeared in the New Line Cinema film Love Jones, based largely on events in his life. Regie works with world music band Atlas Soul, he is a former National Poetry Slam Individual Champion, has been regularly featured on N. P. R. and has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.

He currently teaches and inspires through his unique project - Shakespeare to Hip-Hop.

Apr 13, 2017

A special episode from the stage of The Sinclair. Bonnie Hayes sits with John to talk about  his evolution as a guitarist, musician, songwriter, record producer and author of his new memoir Change of Seasons. 

John is half of the best selling duo of all time Hall and Oates and is a member of both the American Songwriters Hall of Fame (2008) and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

Apr 6, 2017

Guitarist, musician, songwriter, record producer and author of his new memoir Change of Seasons. 

John is half of the best selling duo of all time Hall and Oates and is a member of both the American Songwriters Hall of Fame (2008) and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

Mar 30, 2017

Gary is the talented lead guitarist for the classic band BOSTON for over 30 years and has played with Sammy Hagar and Norman Greenbaum (Spirit in the Sky) among others.

In addition to his massive technical undertaking of managing the stage equipment on a BOSTON tour, including all of the back line and audio equipment, he plays with the band December People that play familiar holiday songs in the styles of the top bands of our time like Santana, The Who, BOSTON, ZZ Top, ELP, Journey, AC/DC, and Rush just to name a few.

Mar 23, 2017

This local band should be an inspiration to all those musicians stuck in their basement.  While these guys...well...are still there, their aspirations should soon help them rise them above it.
These 11 and 12 year olds are just starting out. Finn, Graham, Peter and Aiden play all original music and are working hard on their chops and songwriting. Ron and I thought it would be interesting to see how these fine young men tick, approach their music, their influences and plans for the future.  

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Mar 16, 2017

After 9 years of successfully running Musicfest NW in Portland, OR, Trevor moved to Boston to work with Crash Line Productions to manage booking for the Boston Calling Music Festival. Now in his third year, he continues to work with Musicfest NW as well as the Eaux Claire festival in Wisconsin.

The 2017 Boston Calling lineup is amazingly impressive with the likes of Tool, Mumford and Sons, and Chance the Rapper as well as Bon Iver, Sigur Rós, The XX, Run the Jewels, Solange, Weezer, Cage the Elephant, Tegan & Sara, Wolf Parade, Car Seat Headrest and Deerhoof among many others.

Mar 9, 2017

This is a very self indulgent episode - Ronnie and I have talked about our band The Butler Frogs and the fact that we have an album coming out Spring 2017.

We thought this would be a great time for us to become guests and have our occasional host Mr. Jonathan Beakley talk to the entire band before the release.

Joining the conversation is lead guitarist David Moore who you have met before in episode 011, bassist Tim Fiehler who is an institution around these parts and drummer Greg Mara who also plays with the band Boatyard Resin.

Mar 2, 2017

Drummer Jerome Deupree played in The Humans which toured with Squeeze and opened for legends like Patti Smith and Iggy Pop. He was also with Bourbon Princess, Joe Morris, The Coots and the then jazz group Either Orchestra.

In the late 1980’s he joined Mark Sandman and Dana Colley to form the great low rock band Morphine and he currently plays once again with Dana Colley and Jeremy Lyons with the band Vapors of Morphine.

Feb 9, 2017

For over 20 years guitarist, drummer and singer-songwriter Chad Hollister has headlined all over New England and has also opened for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Petty and has shared the stage with Phish, Warren Haynes and Blues Traveler to name a few.

Jan 26, 2017

An in-demand bass player, composer and teacher, Greg fronts his own indie band Lowman and jazz trio Sinistral as well as being a member of the phenomenal 'Gypsy Jazz' group Rhythm Future Quartet, Roving Soul and ManOnLand and performs with many others including John Funkhouser, Britt Conners and Bourbon Renewal and The Sonic Explorers.

Jan 12, 2017

Musician, teacher and the founder of Consenses, the artistic game of telephone that aims to form what she terms 'interpretive chains' that links all 5 senses. Music has been a chain in Sally’s own life, spending several years on the road with hundreds of shows highlighting her strong and thoughtful writing style and voice.

Jan 6, 2017

Boston based MB Padfield has the presence of a rocker and the grace of a singer-songwriter with an honest story to tell. She is a road warrior and not just because of her bedazzled Harley. We expect big things from her in the coming years.​

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.

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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.

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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.

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