The Key Studio Sessions: Greg Sover

Things started heating up for local singer-songwriter Greg Sover somewhere around 2015. The nimble guitarist had begun work on his debut LP, Songs of a Renegade, and connected with a group of musicians that not only helped the recording project, they leveled up his gigs in the regional live scene as well. Bassist Garry Lee, guitarist Allen James and drummer Tom Walling are the trio at the core of coffee house scene favorites Deb Callahan Blues Band, and paired up with Sover’s husky vocal delivery and howling licks, the energy is explosive.

This year, Sover followed his debut up with the Jubilee EP, a short and sweet set that sees him breaking beyond the blues rock pigeonhole he’s often placed in and dabbling in expansive reggae, anthemic pop, and string orchestrations.

That’s not to say, however, that blues aren’t at the core of what Sover does. Continue reading →


The Week Ahead: Shannen Moser, Dream Syndicate, Stratus Quartet, Greg Sover and more

Shannen Moser | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

Welcome to 2018, and welcome to our new concert picks! To aid in your advance planning, we’ll be coming at you weekly with a roundup of shows not to miss for the next seven days — hence, The Week Ahead. This week, indie folksinger Shannen Moser kicks off the Lame-O Records residency at Boot & Saddle, while string-laden new music ensemble Stratus Quartet plays World Cafe Live, bluesman Greg Sover hits The Twisted Tail, plus six other shows. Dig in below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Greg Sover at World Cafe Live, Joshua Stamper and Crossing Choir at Crane Arts

Greg Sover | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Philly rocker Greg Sover will be tearing it up at World Cafe Live tonight, where he’ll debut a new song called “My City.”  Serving as a tribute to our wonderful dwelling of brotherly love, the song features a variety of Philly artists as well as vocal talent from children at the North Light Community Center. All proceeds from the event will benefit North Light, so the night just got even better. Find info on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to his cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine” below. Continue reading →


Greg Sover, Jesse Hale Moore, and Vita and The Woolf will play the XPN Local stage at Philly Folk Fest

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Although the Philadelphia Folk Fest is a couple months away, they’ve still got some artists to announce. Thankfully, our good friend Helen Leicht is in on the action, announcing her XPN Local showcase for August 19th from noon to 2 p.m. The showcase (hosted by Leicht) features some of the best up-and-coming locals in the scene, including blues rocker Greg Sover, smooth singer-songwriter Jesse Hale Moore, and electro-rock trio Vita and The Woolf.

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Listen to the 8th Annual XPN Local Home for the Holidays featuring Lizanne Knott, Greg Sover, Sharon Little and more

Every year, I round up a group of my favorite Philadelphia-area musicians and go to East Norriton’s Morning Star Studios to record the XPN Local Home for the Holidays special. This year’s show was the 8th annual edition, and was broadcast on XPN this past Tuesday, December 20th. Continue reading →


The Week Ahead: Kelela, Matt Cappy, Combo Chimbita, Diet Cig and more

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Combo Chimbita | photo by Itzel Alejandra Martinez | courtesy of the artist

Even on a slow week, you’ve still got fourteen amazing concerts to choose from — that’s how you know you’re living in a great music city. From Kelela at the TLA tonight to Greg Sover at the Sellersville on Sunday, here’s what’s going on in and around Philly over the next seven days. Continue reading →


56 scenes from the 56th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer |

Music, art, creativity and community — this is the stuff that’s in the air at the annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, from the mainstage headliners to the sidestage workshops to the famed Dulcimer Grove and the bustling campground scene. This year, the festival was packed with sounds and songs from big names Graham NashOld Crow Medicine Show, and Taj Mahal; local favorites Black Horse MotelLadybird, No Good Sister, and The End of America; and Helen Leicht’s annual XPN Local Showcase featuring Jesse Hale Moore, Greg Sover Band, and Vita and the Woolf.

And then, of course, there are the pick-up players at colorfully constructed campsites, the folks strumming acoustic guitars while lounging in hammocks, the budding artists making sketchbook illustrations and watercolors of the action. Philly photographer Lisa Schaffer has been a Folk Fest fixture for as long as we’ve known her, and this year she presents us with the sights she saw; 56 images for the 56th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival.  Continue reading →


Get ready to plan your weekend: the Philly Folk Fest schedule is in!

Old Crowd Medicine Show |

Stop your waiting and start your planning, because the Philadelphia Folk Festival schedule has arrived.

Taking place in a week and a half in Upper Salford, the festival boasts an incredibly jam-packed weekend. With headliners Old Crow Medicine Show, Graham Nash, and Taj Mahal — as well as local Philly faves such as Vita and the Woolf, Greg Sover, and Jesse Hale Moore — it’s going to be a grand weekend of folky tunes. Continue reading →


Tiny Desk Philly – 2017 – Page One

Pianist Joshua Fialkoff performed his melancholy, gospel-inspired “Oh Fortunate One.”

Local blues man Greg Sover filmed a version of “Preacher” off of last year’s Songs of a Renegade live at Rittenhouse Studios.

Rapper James Weldon, who we interviewed recently on The Key, shared his minimalist “Free My Soul” track featuring C Jae.

Raven Katz sang her sublime “Inside Out” behind a stack books and candles with Aaron Liao on bass.

Backed by a looped vocal beat, singer Aisha Fukushima shared her powerful “Missing You.”

Benjamin Dasher performed “The Body Keeps the Score” next to an illuminated fish tank.

The End of America pulled “Empty Sea” from last year’s debut LP for their atmospheric video.

Americana outfit Canyon Ride surrounded themselves with desks for “Winter Drums” off of this year’s Wasting Time With Ghosts.

APHRA‘s electronic allure is undeniable in her double-desk clip for “Honey.”

Modern rockers The Bigness chose “Liars” from Time Traveler for their very tiny desk video.


Crammed into the corner of a bedroom, Justin Patrick Foley blazed through “(This Thing Called) Hope.”

Patrick Donovan and E-Hos teamed up for an acoustic version of “Gone.”

Very Bad Vibes turned in a silly-string covered version of “Masking Tape.”

Surrounded by a collection of vintage-looking knickknacks, Baby & Shylow highlight their beautiful harmonies on “Gravity.”

Folk favorites Maitland keep things simple in the video for “Mother’s Touch.”

Solo troubadour Thom McCarthy strummed his way through “Killers of the Wild” from last year’s Marvin the Giant.

West Philly’s Driftwood Soldier perform a retelling of “John Henry” behind and, magically, on a desk.

Americana quartet Black Horse Motel submitted a spirited take of “Where the Money Comes From” from their new Parable EP.

Acoustic duo Chickabiddy are joined by a crowd friends in the video for indie-folk tune “OH OHIO.”

Situated behind a makeshift desk of gear and kegs, Brittany Luna & The Tall McCartneys shared their catchy new song “Can’t Give You Love.”

Hip hop outfit Hardwork Movement took a jazzier road on this in-the-round take of “Becca’s Jam.”

Eastside Astroknots put on a commanding rap/rock/blues performance of “Old Medicine.”

That Dream Was Our Life struck his signature melancholy, intimate tones on “A Second Sight For All That Hurts You.”

Hip hop collective ILL DOOTS performed “Black Matter” with Elle.Morris at Studio NOYO.

With just a plant, paper, and pencil on her tidy desk, Emily Mineo performed her song “Wall.”

Local accountant Joe James The Wheel shared his unique guitar playing in his video for “Way:WayWard.”

Surrounded by twinkling lights, The Harrer Sisters performed their Americana-rock song “Razorback.”

Lisa Jeanette introduced us to her piano desk a mini Lego desk in the video for “Interference.”

A cat makes a cameo in Kerecz’s acoustic guitar video for “Another Day.”

The Barn Swallows filmed a version of “Why Oh Why” from their self-titled album.

Emily Drinker picked up her mini six-string for a lounge-pop performance of “Cloudy.”