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Ivan Neville of Dumpstaphunk

April 23, 2021

Dumpstaphunk have been honing their brand of New Orleans funk for the past 17 years. Of course it helps that Ivan and Ian Neville both have the sound in their bloodlines, but this entire outfit is more than just the sound of funk past, it's actually way bigger than those original roots. On their la…

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Stanton Moore of Garage a Trois

April 16, 2021

Garage a Trois, made its debut some 22 years ago with Mysteryfunk, to wide acclaim in 1999 and then evolved into several different configurations before a hiatus in 2015 after releasing " Always Be Happy, Stay Evil". GAT was always a side project for drummer Stanton Moore, Guitarist Charlie Hunter …

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Andy Stepanian of Leon III

April 9, 2021

For those who are unfamiliar, Leon III is primarily made up of Andy Stepanian and Mason Brent who were in Charlottesville based Wrinkle Neck Mules. I only bring up their former band as a point of reference for the kind of music they used to make, an Americana blend of honky tonk, and th…

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Dani Rabin of Marbin

April 2, 2021

For the unfamiliar, Marbin are a four piece jazz rock or more accurately jazz fusion outfit, featuring Dani Rabin on guitar and saxophonist Danny Markovitch the principles for whom the band is named. Their blend of harmonics, grooves, and stellar solos make this a band to check out! Since Marbin is…

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George Porter Jr.

March 26, 2021

Crying for Hope is the new George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners album. This is actually the first Runnin’ Pardners record since 2015 and that release was an EP. That isn’t to suggest the Meter’s alumnus and bass player George Porter Jr. hasn’t been busy, but this configuration at least has been o…

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Chris Pandolfi

Feb. 12, 2021

Chris Panfolfi is the banjo player in The Infamous Stringdusters, but his latest solo project is a little different than what you'd come to expect from this newgrass stalwart. It fuses Chris' passion and playing of the banjo with his penchant for production. In all, it's a fascinating listen one th…

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Greg of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Feb. 5, 2021

It’s been a weird year to say the very least for bands and musicians who have been unable to tour like they have in the past. For funky jam band outfit Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, who released their 5th album Presto in late January of 2020, they had to significantly pivot their plans for the year. L…

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Delvon Lamarr

Jan. 29, 2021

Not sure about you, but I’m a sucker for a good groove, especially one that involves the Hammond B3. When I first heard the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio a few years back now, I wasn’t only impressed with their vintage sound akin to Jimmy James or Booker T and the MGs, but also the idea that their sound…

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Dec. 3, 2020

Describing the aesthetic that is Lespecial isn’t the easiest of tasks. On the surface, they are a power trio, who add samples, synths and several other elements to their sonic landscape. Digging deeper, you figure out there music is quite complex and while extremely progressive, has definitive impr…

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Joe May of Pluto Gang

Nov. 26, 2020

Pluto Gang is a 6 piece band from Charlotte, North Carolina and they have a super interesting story, one that probably would have been told very differently if not for COVID-19, the pandemic and the lockdowns. In fact, the irony is that the pandemic may have sped things along for the band, in terms…

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Peter Anspach of Goose

Nov. 23, 2020

Rising stars Goose got on the COVID-19, pandemic, isolation train pretty quickly back in the spring, and created a virtual summer event called "Bingo Tour" that consisted of four shows and six additional days of activities for their community and fans all live streamed for a fee in late June.. Thos…

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Mike Gantzer of Aqueous

Nov. 19, 2020

I’ve been a fan of Aqueous for quite some time and have always been impressed with Mike Gantzer’s approach to the band’s evolution. With the Covid-19 pandemic still in our midst, bands like Aqueous are short on options to play live and make a living. So with the release of the Ardmore concert, I de…

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Horseshoes And Hand Grenades

Nov. 13, 2020

If this pandemic, and the general malaise of 2020 has taught me anything, it is to be prepared for just about anything. So when word broke earlier this week that we would be getting some new music from Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, sooner rather than later, I was psyched to hook up with Adam Greuel…

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Holly Bowling

Nov. 5, 2020

I had the chance to catch up with Holly Bowling yesterday ahead of her Wilderness show in Colorado, to talk about amongst other things her forthcoming record “Seeking All That’s Still Unsung” full of exclusively Grateful Dead songs and her piano interpretations of those songs and lots more. First S…

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Steep Canyon Rangers

Oct. 29, 2020

Grammy award winning Steep Canyon Rangers recently released their first album of 2020 Arm in Arm. I say that somewhat tongue and cheek, because this latest release follows two great releases in 2019 North Carolina Songbook and Be Still Moses. The album which was recorded over several days at the So…