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.

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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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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 

 

Episode 53: Jackie Greene

Jackie Greene is one of those artists who you hear and think, "hey this guys sounds great, who is it"? And then when you find out who it is you say to yourself, “oh yeah, that guy, he’s awesome”. There is no question that Jackie has a knack for writing songs with a story. His talent as a storyteller is only surpassed by his ability to play and sing those genuine songs he creates. If you know his work, you know I’m right, if you’ve never heard him, have a listen to our conversation, and some of his music.

To learn more about Jackie's tour dates and his new EP Modern Lives check out jackiegreene.com.

 

Episode 52: Greg of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong are all about raw, emotional fun. I really dig their sound and you will to. Like most jam bands today, they blend all kinds of genres but they are rooted in a very sassy funk groove. We recently sat down with front man Greg Ormont to talk about their upcoming release Pizazz and a whole lot more. The conversation started just after I watched their Lockn' set, and I asked Greg to recall how awesome that set was......

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Episode 51: Jay Blakesberg

Something a little different today as we sit down with rock n' roll photographer Jay Blakesberg. If you're a fan of The Grateful Dead, The Jam Band scene or frankly rock music since the 80s, you have no doubt scene Jay's work in Relix and Rolling Stone Magazine, never mind the dozens of album covers and books he has done. He is an absolute treasure and a man full of many incredible stories. With a book, Eyes of the World: Grateful Dead Photography (65 - 95) on its way, and several other ambitious projects coming soon, we decided to sit down with Jay to uncover his story and a whole lot more. 

You can check out Eyes of the World: Grateful Dead Photography here!

You can check out Rock Out Books here

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Episode 50: Eli and Rob from Dopapod

If you like you like the Jambands that rock hard, but are indescribable in terms of one true sound, you're already well aware of Dopapod. Blending deep grooves, with hard hitting percussion and catchy guitar licks, creative keyboard playing, wild song structure and interesting lyrics. The genre actually doesn't matter these guys are totally cool and really fascinating.

Don't forget to check them out at dopapod.com for news about Megagem and their tour schedule. You definitely want to see them when they hit your town. 

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Episode 49: Jason Crosby

If you don’t know the name, you should, because he’s played with just about everyone in the Jam band community, and the bigger community. From Eric Clapton to Robert Randolph, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir amongst others. Crosby’s resume looks like a who’s who of rock hall of famers and potential ones. A multi-instrumentalist who has done his duty both on the road and in the studio, we sat down with Jason Crosby to learn more about his latest release Cryptologic. 

For more information on Jason Crosby click here! You'll definitely want to check out his discography and tour schedule. You can order his new record here

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Episode 48: Trevor Steer of Organ Freeman

This band's name in and of itself should evoke fun and frivolity, but giving Organ Freeman a listen will no doubt get you up and dancing. The three piece organ based trio brings a frenzied soul and funk attack that I'm sure you'll appreciate. We recently had the chance to sit down with Trevor Steer the chief protagonist (given that he's the keys and organ player) in Organ Freeman recently, to get his take on the project and their new album Respect My Art. We started by asking him how their sophomore release's sound was so different from their first record.... 

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Episode 47: John Kadlecik

When I sat down with John, I wasn't entirely sure how the conversation would go, and certainly wasn't sure how he'd respond to some of the questions I had. There is no doubt he is an extremely talented guitar player and vocalist, but stepping into the shoes or at least performing the work of Jerry Garcia on a regular basis is no easy feat. Couple that with the ferocious tour schedule and constant playing, I suspected John was going to be a touch ornery. Turns out, he was awesome and incredibly giving of his time and knowledge of his craft. 

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Episode 46: Andrew Altman of Railroad Earth

We recently caught up with Andrew Altman the bass player for Railroad Earth to talk about the misconceptions about the band, the new grass revival, recording a record with Warren Haynes and much more. It was a robust conversation that started when I asked Andrew about the rigours of being on the road A LOT.....

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