The third annual S.H.I.F.T. Showcase is headed for Underground Arts on April 4. Started by local musician Ginger Coyle in 2013, S.H.I.F.T., which stands for “Super Human Indie Female Troubadours,” celebrates female musicians and artists while giving back to Girls Rock Philly, an organization that empowers young women through music. Continue reading →
The video blowout started around 10 this morning and continued hourly until the final video from Vita and the Woolf was released at 2. Along the way we heard Ali Wadsworth’s power-packed vocals covering The Districts’ “Stay Open,” with local rockers Satellite Hearts acting as her backing trio. Her own take is just as driven and distinct as The Districts’ singer, Rob Grote, and Sattelite Hearts accompanies with their own harmonies as well. Continue reading →
Philly’s Ali Wadsworth dropped by WXPN studios last night to chat with Dan Reed for the Like A Version segment and perform a solo acoustic cover of Big Star’s classic, “Thirteen.” As Ali noted on social media, it was her first time performing guitar and singing in public, but she pulls it off nicely, putting her own Wadsworthian spin on the songs by building each verse in energy until we hear her signature soulful belt by the conclusion. Give a listen to it along with (most of) the interview below. Continue reading →
Philly singer-songwriter Ali Wadsworth has been an integral part of the local music scene since moving to Philly from Vermont in the early Oughts. After performing with Dan Schwartz of Good Old War in their band Unlikely Cowboy for a couple of years, Wadsworth has since been performing solo and has been an indispensable back up singer. She’s a force of energy and singer that keeps a lot of bands sounding fresh and soulful, and she’s capable of singing everything from folk to rock, and jazz to blues. Continue reading →
April 22nd was Earth Day and also the 50th birthday of the very talented Jim Boggia! Perfect reason to have Jim stop by my show on the Leicht Lunch to sing a song for Earth day!
Jim and Ali Wadsworth came in sang “Nature’s Way” by Spirit for Earth Day and an amazing cover of “Love Hurts” (the Graham Parsons and EmmyLou Harris version). Jim and Ali sang this song live at Steel City Coffeehouse on Saturday night and Jim was so excited he finally found the perfect person to sing this duet with him. Since it was his birthday he wanted to celebrate with XPN listeners. You can check out the song, and the entire performance on my show, below.
The video was recorded outdoors, with the band surrounded by brick walls and Christmas lights. Singer Dan Bruskewicz’s voice maintains the whiskey-soaked rasp that’s become characteristic of Kong, and the arrangements Only Band in Illyria add a tender edge to the song.
The video comes in anticipation of TJ Kong’s EP, Kong, due out this Friday April 18. Their EP release party is happening the same night at Johnny Brenda’s, and T.J. Kong will be joined by Ali Wadsworth and Pine Barons. Find tickets and info for the EP release show here. Watch the video from the Random Tea Sessions recording below.
This past Groundhog Day, a lineup of Philly musicians paid tribute to classic 90s records, capped by Ali Wadsworth and Satellite Hearts doing Pearl Jam’s Ten from front to back. The record just showed up on Bandcamp as a name-your-own-price download; listen below, and take it home with you here. Ali Wadsworth backed by Satellite Hearts will open for TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb’s album release show on April 18th; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Flannel shirts and ripped jeans are making a comeback tonight at Boot & Saddle’s 90s tribute with Philly folk artists Ali Wadsworth, Hezekiah Jones and Foxhound. Wadsworth, who released her soulful, twangy 10-piece self-debuted album in October, will tap into her inner-90s child to perform her renditions off of Pearl Jam’s Ten. Jones, who’s self-described as sounding like “post-apocalyptic White Album, as covered by Sufjan Stevens” will put his folky spin on Lemonhead’s It’s a Shame About Ray, while Foxhound will transition their usual Americana-folk sound into songs from Nirvana’s Unplugged, two days after Kurt Cobain’s birthday. Tonight’s homage starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here; check out some vintage recordings of each of these artists performing locally in the 90s below.
Folk / roots outfit Spirit Family Reunion bring their energetic performance to Ardmore Music Hall tonight. With gospel, Americana and bluegrass influences coursing through their songs, the New York-based band kicks up the dust with expert fiddling and banjo playing, capped off by rousing foot stomping and hollering. Tickets and information for the show can be found here. Watch them perform “Green Green Rocky Road” below.
Members of the Philly folk scene will pay tribute to a few essential 90s records at Boot & Saddle on February 22nd. Ali Wadsworth, who just released her own debut LP in 2013, will put her spin on Pearl Jam’s 1992 debut Ten. Hezekiah Jones will take a crack at The Lemonheads’ seminole It’s a Shame About Ray, while Foxhound (Chris Kasper and Kiley Ryan) will perform Nirvana’s Unplugged. Tickets and information for the 21+ event can be found here. Check out songs from each album below.