“What am I now/ if I don’t have you?,” asks Toy Soldiers’ vocalist Ron Gallo in “When I Tripped Into You” (from the band’s debut, Whisper Down The Lane). Why would you ever ask such a thing, Ron? Don’t you already know by now that you’re the ringleader of our favorite foot-stomping, hand-clapping, banjo-strumming roots-rock band to come out of South Philly in recent years? And who said you don’t have us in the first place? I mean, we invited you over to our studio for a recording session and everything. Doesn’t that mean anything to you? In fact, the real question is, what are we if we don’t have you? We do still have you, don’t we Ron? Answer us! Don’t make us pull the jealous-lover routine and storm onto the stage tonight at The Note during your XPN Welcomes show with Laura Veirs, The Watson Twins, and Sisters 3 to ask you in person. You know we’ll do it!
Every weekday at 1 p.m., Helen Leicht highlights a new song by a local artist during her XPN Middays program (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.). Tune in (or listen online) to hear today’s pick of the day, as well as plenty of other songs from the many musicians Philadelphia has to offer.