This week we'll be featuring singer-songwriters that will be appearing at FAIRfest 2013 this weekend. These will include Mike Mangione (photo), Alex McMurray and Pieta Brown. We'll hear a brand new interview with Mike Mangione who will be appearing with his band, The Union, this Saturday at 1pm at the Main Stage outside the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. We'll also explore music of award winning, New Orleans songwriter, Alex McMurray who will appear on the Main Stage on Saturday at 7pm. We'll round out the show with songs from Iowa's own Pieta Brown who will grace the Main Stage at 3pm on Sunday. Plus, songs by Edie Carey, Barnaby Bright, Ben Kyle, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Arthur Alligood, The Sea The Sea, Jann Arden, Derek Trucks, Jesse Colin Young, Loudon Wainwright III, Norah Jones, David Crosby, Sonny Landreth, The Jayhawks and Amos Lee.
This week our feature is the new-folk duo: The Sea, The Sea (left). Bandmembers Mira Stanley and Chuck Costa intertwine smokey harmonies and tasty melodies with upbeat lyrics and sweetheart chemistry to create something esquisite. Last year they won the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival National Songwriter's contest and recently appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage show. We'll play cuts from their yet to be released debut album in advance of their June 13th show at Cafe Paradiso. Other music this week will include up and comers Alex McMurray (FAIRfest 2013), Dawes, Caleb Hawley, Barnaby Wright, Kim Richey, Arthur Alligood, Brooke Miller, and Aoife O'Donovan plus Tedeschi Trucks Band, Bill Kirchen, Dwight Yoakam, Foster & Lloyd, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, Chris Isaak and Lyle Lovett.
This week we will feature Pieta Brown, one of the many performers scheduled for Fairfest 2013, June 20-23 in Fairfield. She'll be performing on the main stage Sunday, June 23rd at 3pm. We'll feature selected cuts from Pieta's latest CD recorded in Nashville with Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits fame) and hear a recent interview about her tour with Mark Knopfler and Pieta's deep appreciation for Fairfield and its musical community.
We'll also hear new music by Kim Richey, Edie Carey, Great Divide, Josh Garrels and Dawes. Plus hidden gems by Michael Martin Murphey, Norah Jones, Vince Gill, Riki Lee Jones, Jackson Browne, Jimmy LaFave, Jonathan Edwards and Allison Krauss.
On our show this week we'll be featuring the brand new album from Chicago blues legend: James Cotton. Mr. Cotton is at the top of the list of all-time blues harmonica players and has been the inspiration for many over the years. James himself, began playing at the age of 9 and learned directly from Sonny Boy Williamson II. Now, at age 77, he is still blowing strong and his brand new album, Cotton Mouth Man, features guest appearances by Keb Mo', Greg Allman, Joe Bonomassa, and Delbert McClinton. We'll feature the new album plus the usual Roots Rock Roadhouse ear candy by Tedeschi Trucks Band, Robben Ford, Robert Cray and much more!
This week our feature is singer-songwriter Mathew Santos. A classically trained, musical chameleon, with a voice that will thrill the spots from your leopard skin boots. Mathew first appeared in Fairfield at the behest of American Idolist, Caleb Hawley. Since then he's come back for two smokin solo gigs with an amazing keyboard player, named Matt. We'll feature a cross-section of his songs both young and old; rockers and ballads, in advance of his appearance this week at Cafe Paradiso. Plus new music by James Cotton ( the blues legend), Aoife O'Donovan, Arthur Lee Land (local fav), Dawes (folk rock), Trampled By Turtles (mountain music), Great Divide (Chicago soul) and the Vespers (folkabilly) not to mention the usual hidden gems by your Roots Rock Roadhouse favs.
Anais Mitchell, her music and a tea time chat about her tour, her traveling 'band' of musicians, and her amazing, highly acclaimed 2012 album: Young Man in America and her 2013 collection of British folk songs called: Child Ballads. Plus an intimate Q&A on her unique vocal, guitar and performance styles.
Not to mention KRUU in-studio performances of her songs. All this in celebration of Anais' appearance at Cafe Paradiso on Monday May 20th.
Plus new music from Lucinda Williams and Holly Williams (Hanks Williams' grand daughter). Plus some hand picked gems from Amos Lee, Eric Clapton, Dan Fogelberg, Robert Cray, Jimmy LaFave and John Hiatt.
This week we'll feature Drew Nelson, a storytelling songwriter and multiinstrumentalist who mixes Americana and roots-rock with traditional folk styles. Drew has toured across North America and Europe, performing solo and opening for popular folk-rock artists like Melissa Etheridge and John Gorka. He placed high in the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s prestigious songwriting contest and appeared at the Kerrville Folk Festival later that year. In support of his new album, Tilt-A -Whirl, Drew was showcased at the 2012 International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis and toured both North America and Europe. When Drew is not on the road, he enjoys hot yoga and working as an amateur luthier, building guitars and octave mandolins. Drew will be appearing at Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids on May 9th.
This week we'll feature Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem; both their music and an interview. Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem are a 12-year old brew of band chemistry, life experience and musical evolution. Simultaneously loose and tight, their playing seems to tick by invisible radar; it’s exciting, cathartic, and fun. The band is: Rani Arbo (fiddle, guitar), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, uke), Anand Nayak (electric and acoustic guitars) and Scott Kessel (percussion). Scott Kessel (Rani's husband) has a percussion rig that is 95% recycled and features a cardboard box, tin cans, caulk tubes, and a vinyl suitcase in lieu of a bass drum. All the band members sing, and their four-part harmonies soar, whether on a haunting Appalachian ballad, a Springsteen rocker, or a Bahamian a capella song.
In celebration of Willie Nelson's 80th birthday we will be highlighting his 50 yrs of music including songs from his just released, brand new album, called Let's Face The Music. The new CD features covers of country, pop and jazz standards backed by his longtime road band. We'll also feature some of Willie's classic songs, hits and duets.
Aside from being a world famous country artist, Willie has crossed over, on many occasions into the world of pop music and jazz. He is also an animal rights activist, a published author, has appeared in over 30 films, founded a biodiesel company and campaigned for the legalization of marijuana. What a man, what a life. Come celebrate with us; 80 years of Willie Nelson.
This week we will feature the brand new John Denver Tribute Album called, The Music is You: A tribute To John Denver. The album marks 15 years since the tragic death of John Denver and 40 years since the release of his hit song Rocky Mountain High. I'll play several tracks from the album including songs covered by Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dave Mathews, Kathleen Edwards and Brandi Carlile. Featured tracks include Emmy Lou Harris and Brandi Carlile on a rootsy makeover of Take Me Home, Country Roads and Lucinda Williams in a stark thank you tune called This Old Guitar, an ode to the instrument that gave both Denver and Williams their careers.