Episode 73: Tyler Kyte of Dwayne Gretzky

Something slightly different today. We’ve talked to members of bands like Pink Talking Fish, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and even Dark Stark Orchestra, who by all accounts are tribute or cover acts that stick for the most part to one bands catalogue or in the case of PTF three bands. In Toronto and the surrounding area, there has been a ground swell of support over the last few years for a collective called Dwayne Gretzky, an ensemble that features a wide variety of covers in their shows. Sometimes, they even have theme nights like playing a 90s night, a Motown night etc. Dwayne, as they are known by their fans, recently played to a 3 thousand person crowd on New Years Eve. With a few dates coming up stateside, we decided it would be timely to catch up with Tyler Kyte the frontman and brains behind Dwayne Gretzky. 

To learn more about Dwayne, surf on over to dwaynegretzkyband.com

Tyler's playlist (please log into Spotify to hear it). 

Episode 72: Ryan Gullen of The Sheepdogs

The Sheepdogs' sound is a familiar one, and this is a band that wears their influence on their sleeves, and don't care. I've been following the career of The Sheepdogs for quite some time and we've shared many laughs along the way. Thats why I was excited to get bassist Ryan Gullen on phone to talk about their 6th studio album, and everything going on with them. Definitely blue collar types that love the music they write and play, and that genuine approach comes through in everything they do. If you've never heard of The Sheepdogs, you can check them out on all the music streaming services or at their website thesheepdogs.com. You'll want to check out their touring schedule and be sure to see them when they hit your town.

Show Notes:

First Song:  00:15 - I’ve Got A Hole Where My Heart Should Be

Interview Begins: 02:56

Episode 71: Ed Jurdi of Band of Heathens

When I sit down each week to compile The Sound Podcast's Weekly Mix-Tape playlist, the goal is always to find artists and songs that fit the general philosophy of music that we love. Meaningful, inspirational tunes, that are genuine in their creation, and authentic in their sound. Obviously the playlist is compiled from songs and artists that we already know and love, but sometimes, I come across a new artist that is new to me, that may in fact may not be new to anyone else. Such apparently was the case when we added Sugar Queen by The Band of Heathens last week. I didn't realize at the time, that the band had quite a large following and through there 13 years of writing and performing music they had honed their craft into quite a career. So I was elated to sit down with Ed Jurdi to talk about his band, The Band of Heathens, to learn more about them, their inspiration, and a whole lot more.

For more visit bandofheathens.com, and do check them out when they visit your town, or on your favorite music streaming platform. 

Show Notes:

First Song:  1:04 - Sugar Queen (Live)

Interview Begins: 06:04

Extro Song:  29:27 - Refugee (Live - Tom Petty cover)

Episode 70: Grayson Capps

I enjoy talking to solo performers, the singer-songwriter type, because there isn't anything more genuine, than a performer and their guitar. When you peel the layers of any song, ultimately it's that individuals ability to connect with their audience through their words, and the way they play their instrument that makes a lasting impact. I'm often in awe of the process, as much as the performance. So it was a treat to connect with Grayson Capps a man who you will soon hear doesn't take his craft too seriously, but is serious about what he does. 

I suspect we'll be hearing a lot more of Grayson Capps but he might be the type of artist you have to seek out. I believe thats time well spent, cause his music is just so great. For more on Grayson visit graysoncapps.com.

Show Notes: 

First Song:  00:37 - Scarlett Roses

Interview Begins: 05:00

Extro Song:  20:50 - Taos

Episode 69: Samantha Fish

Samantha Fish launched her career in 2009 and hasn't looked back. She has cemented her place amongst up and comers in the blues world, and has begun branching out, playing other genres quite capably. That's the thing these days, its hard to pigeon hole artists in one spot, and quite frankly as you'll soon hear, they don't necessarily want to placed in one specific bucket. She is a go getter, on the road, gigging and making a name for herself, as an original artist. When we caught up with Samantha, I asked about riding the wave of excitement that is certainly building around her....

Here are some gorgeous pictures of Samantha we took at her recent gig at the Sinclair in Boston. 

For more on Samantha Fish, visit samanthafish.com. 

Show Notes:

First Song:  00:47 - Belle Of The West (taken from Belle of the West) 

Interview Begins: 04:12

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Extro Song:  19:52 - Daughters (taken from Belle of the West) 

Episode 68: Red Roses, Green Gold with Director Rachel Klein

You've been listening to parts of Touch of Grey, Truckin', and Ripple taken from the musical Red Roses, Green Gold which features the music and lyrics of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. The musical has been getting rave reviews from both Deadheads and typical theatre goers alike, and so we thought, we'd sit down with Rachel Klein, the musical's director to get her take on the Michael Norman Mann book adaptation, the show, and how things are going down in New York. The conversation started when I asked Rachel if she was familiar with the Garcia/Hunter canon before she started working on Red Roses Green Gold...

For more information on Red Roses, Green Gold visit redrosesgreengold.com 

Show Notes:

First Song:  00:14 - Montage - Touch of Grey > Truckin > Ripple (from Red Roses, Green Gold) 

Interview Begins: 01:02

Extro Song:  Cumberland Blues - 24:23 (Grateful Dead May 2, 1970 Harpur College, Binghampton, New York) 

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Episode 67: The White Buffalo

You may not know the name, and if you do, you already know that this mysterious singer songwriter cloaks himself in an alias to stay as secretive as possible. Ironic, when you consider his songs are written and sung with such a genuine and authentic tone and mood. He is a modern day poet of the american landscape, and when we sat down to talk, I asked about just that, the potential political nature of his music, and the the reality with which he paints it. 

Visit the whitebuffalo.com for more. 

Show Notes:

First Song:  Avalon - 00:14 (from Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights) 

Interview Begins: 02:59

Extro Song:  Nightstalker Blues - 20:08 (from Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights) 

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Episode 66: Neal Casal

One of our favourites around these parts is Neal Casal. You know him as the ace guitar player with Chris Robinson's Brotherhood, but he's also the brains behind the Circles around the Sun project. We've had him on the show before and enjoyed our chat, so when news broke that there were new Circles Around the Sun dates coming, we tracked him down to talk about those dates, a potential new Circles record and of course his full time job with the CRB.  Our conversation started when I asked Neal about the Circles Around the Sun dates in January....

It's true, Neal is one of the hardest working men in the jam band scene. He takes his work seriously, and is a great follow on Instagram if you're into photography. If you're looking for more information on Circles Around the Sun head over to circlesaroundthesun.com. For more on CRB check out chrisrobinsonbrotherhood.com.

Show Notes: 

First Song:  Gilbert’s Groove- 00:36 (taken from Circles around the Sun: Interludes for the Dead) 

Interview Begins: 12:47

Extro Song: If You Had A Heart To Break - 25:38 (taken from Chris Robinson's Brotherhood: Barefoot in the Head) 

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Episode 65: Devon Allman

I remember watching the tribute to Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks and Col. Bruce Hampton put on at the Peach Festival last summer, thinking that this one event didn't do those three gentlemen especially Gregg and all he had done for us enough justice. Don't get me wrong, I thought the jam was magnificent, but I wanted more. We all did. So it was so great to hear that Gregg's son, Devon was organizing his own sort of tribute, as part of his new project with Duane Betts (yes, Duane, son of Dickie). I was psyched to get on the phone with Devon as soon as I heard the news, and luckily was able to track him down on Instagram. Since he is so prolific on social media our conversation started I asked how important the medium was for him.

Devon is no doubt doing his dad proud and we are excited to hear all about the December 8th gig, and how the entire Devon Allman Project comes together, and indeed the world tour.  To learn more about the Devon Allman project, and the upcoming tour dates, incluidng the December 8th show in San Francisco, visit devonallmanproject.com and be sure to catch them on the road wherever you are. 

Show Notes

First Song:  One Way Out - 00:50 (Taken from the Peach Festival performance 8-12-17) 

Interview Begins: 07:41

Extro Song: Lost - 26:22 (Taken from Devon's 2016 album, Ride or Die) 

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Episode 64: Karl Denson

You've likely heard of Karl Denson, the flutist and saxophonist who began his career with Lenny Kravitz, was involved in the Greyboy All-Stars and has guested with several other musicians both in a live and studio setting. He continues to expand his horizons with his own group, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and the Karl Denson 3. He is currently experimenting with a project he calls "Eat a Bunch of Peaches" where Karl Denson's Tiny Universe sprinkle their own versions of Allman Brothers songs into their set. 

Karl is just back from playing in Europe with the Rolling Stones. When we sat down, the conversation started when I asked what it was like to play with the Stones....

You'll definitely want to check out karldenson.com for music, upcoming tour dates and more.

Show Notes: 

00:49 - Sweet Melissa

11:47 - Interview

34:11 - Seven Nation Army

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Episode 63: Mapache

Once in a while, we get thrown music our way, we play it, and sometimes are absolutely stunned about the great music that is being made everywhere. Once you hear Mapache's self titled debut you will understand that they are the kind of band we love. The whole record is a throwback to that acoustic, harmonizing California sound made so popular in 60s by bands like Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Grateful Dead, Flying Burrito Brothers amongst others. Now if I tell you, the two guys in the band, Clay and Sam are barely in their twenties, you may wonder how they got to where they are. Who knows what the future holds for the dudes from Mapache, but I can tell you, I am psyched to see their story unfold, and listen to more great music.

For now head on over to mapachesounds.bandcamp.com to check out their music.

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Show Notes: 

00:41 - Mountain Song (From Spiritual Pajamas)

05:18 - Interview

41:36 - Chico River (From Spiritual Pajamas)

Episode 62: Karina Rykman

 

Fresh off of three shows with Everyone Orchestra and a Fall tour with Marco Benevento I recently had the chance to sit down with bassist Karina Rykman. While she isn't yet a household name, this up and comer is taking the scene by storm. When she isn't playing, you can catch her spinning records at bars, or hanging out at many of the shows we all go to, or wish we were at. When we did sit down, I started by asking how she got involved with Marco in the first place. 

We'll be keeping an eye on Karina, and you can check our her site karinarykman.com or marcobenevento.com for upcoming dates. 

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Show Notes:

00:41 - At The Show - Live Woodstock Session

06:51 - Interview

41:36 - Follow Karina - Everyone Orchestra Show - Live From The Brooklyn Bowl on November 10, 2017.

Episode 61: Bob Minkin

While we have the memories and the music, the fact that so many great moments in our scene's history have been captured on film in photos is another added bonus. More to the point, those that continue to document the ebbs and flows of the scene in photographs are doing incredible work. Thats the case for Bob Minkin who has spent decades following and photographing all of our beloved musicians and their fans. For him, it was a dream to move out to Marin County in northern California, to live amongst the community in its fiery core. And while he didn't make out west from Brooklyn until 1990, he had been dreaming of that very thing from an early age, and as he recounts, it all started back in '77. What's notable about Bob Minkin is that he continues to document the Marin County music scene and for that we should all be grateful.

If you have a chance, check out themusicneverstoppedbook.com and for more on Bob and his work visit minkinphotography.com

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Episode 60: Matt Butler of Everyone Orchestra

For many of us who have been fans of the music of this scene, it comes down to three very basic things; the community, the musicianship and the improvisation. So it’s a no brained that a project like Everyone Orchestra exists. It combines all three of those elements, so crucial to the jam band scene. I recently discussed the Everyone Orchestra concept with Matt Butler and our conversation started when I asked him to take us back to how the whole project began....

Learn more about Everyone Orchestra here!

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Show Notes:

Show Notes: 

00:57 - Jam - Recorded Live on November 4, 2017 in Sarasota Springs, NY

10:43 - Interview

40:57 - Sittin’ On Top Of The World - Recorded Live on March 11, 2017 in James Island, SC

Episode 59: Dave and Jake of Yonder Mountain String Band

You've heard all of the different terms for the new bluegrass music that's popular amongst the Jam Band community, whether it's new grass, progressive bluegrass, or jamgrass. Each of the bands in the re-emergence of this genre all bring a different flair to the table. The Yonder Mountain String Band, who have been at their craft since the late 90s have remained true to their original sound, though currently electrified. With Yonder Mountain String Band in town recently, I thought it only made sense to sit down and talk with two members, Jake and Dave about their sound, performing live, and much more.

We have a special photo gallery, of the Yonder Mountain String Band performance courtesy of Eric Fefferman Photography from their Lee's Palace show November 5, 2017. Click here, to check it out. 

For more on Yonder Mountain String Band, visit yondermountain.com.

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Show Notes:

00:42 - Deep Pockets - Recorded Live in Toronto on November 3, 2017

03:45 - Interview

25:18 - All The Time - Recorded Live in Toronto on November 3, 2017

Episode 58: Joel Cummins of Umphrey's McGee

When you do anything for 20 years with a group of people you spend a great amount of time travelling, sleeping, eating and working with, you begin to build not only a strong bond, but also a connection to whatever it is you are doing. Such is the case for Umphrey's McGee one of the most talked about bands in the scene. With their 11th studio album due out in January, I had the opportunity to sit down with Joel Cummins to talk about about that record "it's not us", and their 20th anniversary. If you know Umphrey's McGee, and know their music, you're bound to agree that "The Silent Type" may be one of their most accessible songs to date. In fact "it's not us" is filled with all kinds of music that really honed in on the band's songwriting ability and musicianship. Joel Cummins has been with the band since day one, and when we sat down to chat the conversation naturally started with questions bout being together for 20 years....

You can learn more about Umphrey's McGee at Umphreys.com

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Show Notes: 

00:46 - The Silent Type - Taken from Umphrey's McGee's upcoming record "it's not us"

04:14 Interview

40:26 Ringo - Taken from a live performance November 3rd, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin

Episode 57: Brad Barr of the Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers, are a pair of brothers originally from Rhode Island, who now make Montreal home. Andrew and Brad, are joined by Sarah Page complete this trio. While they have been at this new construct for about 6 years, you may remember their former group, The Slip. I first met the Barr Brothers almost 6 years to the day, and have watched, rather listened to the growth in the music ever since. 

You can learn more about to The Barr Brothers here!

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Show Notes: 

00:53 - Queens of the Breakers  - Taken from Queens of the Breakers
05:47 - Interview
31:32 - Defibrillation - Taken from Queens of the Breakers

Episode 56: Mark Karan

Had the opportunity to sit down with Mark Karan recently. For those of you who don't know, Mark rose to prominence in the Deadhead community after stints with The Other Ones and Ratdog. A Bay area musician, Karan currently keeps busy with many very cool projects. including LiveDead69, a solo record and generally jamming with cool individuals around the Bay area.

For more information on Mark Karan, you can visit his website here

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Notes:

00:14 St.Stephen taken from Youtube Video of 4-19-07 Performance

06:14 Interview 

31:05 Rock with Papa taken from Walk Through Fire 

 

Episode 55: Andy Falco of The Infamous Stringdusters

There's busy, and then there is the Infamous Stringdusters who have already played 110 shows this year and have at least twenty more to go as they run up to a New Years Eve gig in Aspen, Colorado. Amidst this torrid pace, they are set to release a collection of songs, a follow up EP to their first Undercover EP. This one, is slightly more eclectic than the first, covering songs by Marvin Gaye, Daft Punk, The Allman Brothers Band, My Morning Jacket and... the Cure.

While they are a band certainly rooted in Bluegrass music, as you'll soon hear, that is just a starting point to the kind of music the "dusters" as they are affectionately called want to make. I recently sat down and chatted with Andy Falco to get his take on the journey, the music and much more. Our conversation started when I asked if he envisioned sold out crowds and massive popularity in and outside the bluegrass community.... 

For more on Infamous Stringdusters visit infamousstringdusters.com.

More Links: 

Infamous Stringdusters on Youtube.

Infamous Stringdusters on Spotify.

Infamous Stringdusters on Facebook.

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Notes: 

00:47 - Just Like Heaven taken from Undercover Vol. 2

04:46 - Interview

43:26 - A Hard Life Makes A Good Song take from Laws of Gravity Live

Episode 54: Eric "Benny" Bloom of Lettuce

Lettuce a funk collective known for their infectious live performances, took a sonic turn last year at the Catskill Chill in Lakewood Pennsylvania and completed a set of music, a tribute to the late great Miles Davis one of their most beloved influences. Seven tracks from that performance will be released on October 13th, as part of a hand-picked live record called Witches Stew.

During a break in Lettuce's tour schedule I had the chance to catch up with trumpeter Eric Bloom to discuss the Witches Stew project, Miles Davis' impact on the music he and Lettuce make, and much more. I started by asking Eric about fitting into the band some six years since into his tenure... 

For more on Lettuce visit lettucefunk.com and be sure to check out Witches Stew when it becomes available on October 13th. 

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Lettuce on Youtube.

Lettuce on Spotify.

Lettuce on Facebook.

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Notes: 

00:41 - Shhh Peaceful - taken from Witches Brew 

11:07 - Interview 

31:07 - Mt. Crushmore - taken from a live performance in Dallas, Texas 9-22-17