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Folkadelphia Session: Kevin Killen (playing with Samantha Crain on 7/19)

IMG_20130324_120719_342Throughout this week, we’ve be presenting new sessions from three exciting songwriters instead of our usual single release. It just so happens that we were lucky enough to record stripped-down sets from Amanda Jo Williams, Christian Lee Hutson, and Kevin Killen all on the same afternoon of Saturday, March 23rd. We’ve adored each of these musicians for a while now – playing them on radio show, seeing them in concert, following them online – so it was a bit of a coup to record them in one shot. Each approach the art of songwriting with a unique voice, perspective, and flair, but in the end and especially in this bare bones format, they all exemplify that vague “Folkadelphia” sound. Honest songs from honest folk.

We heard from Amanda Jo Williams and Christian Lee Hutson, now let’s listen to local boy Kevin Killen.

I’m not exactly sure when I first heard of him, but as I am a guy that is interested and active in Philadelphia’s folk and singer-songwriter scene, the likelihood of me encountering Kevin Killen was pretty certain. Killen’s presence in our brotherly city runs deep, it seems as if he has his hands in everything; if he’s not playing in various bands, producing and recording albums (currently, he’s working with local rootsies Tin Bird Choir), then he’s out performing his own music in the area and the country. He’s a busy guy.

Thanks to Kevin for swinging by the studio to track a few acoustic takes. I would recommend catching him at the Fire on Friday, July 19th when he supports Oklahoma swoon-inducing songwriter Samantha Crain.

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Folkadelphia Session: Christian Lee Hutson

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Throughout the week, we’ll be presenting new sessions from three exciting songwriter instead of our usual single release. It just so happens that we were lucky enough to record stripped-down sets from Amanda Jo Williams, Christian Lee Hutson, and Kevin Killen all on the same afternoon of Saturday, March 23rd. We’ve adored each of these musicians for a while now – playing them on radio show, seeing them in concert, following them online – so it was a bit of a coup to record them in one shot. Each approach the art of songwriting with a unique voice, perspective, and flair, but in the end and especially in this bare bones format, they all exemplify that vague “Folkadelphia” sound. Honest songs from honest folk.

We started off with Amanda Jo Williams this past Sunday and now we’ll hear from Christian Lee Hutson.

Christian Lee Hutson will never break up. At least that’s what the button he gave me says (also it’s the name of one of his EPs), but it feels true. He’s a faithful guy. He’s preaching from the pulpit at the end of the bar. The songs that make up his latest full length The Hell With It have the feel of having been scrawled on whiskey-stained napkins while the house country band plays us into the lonesome night. A mass for the brokenhearted. Hutson himself is not a somber fellow – in fact, he’s rather jovial and appreciative, which tinges the songs he sings with a kind of hopefulness, like things are about to turn around. I have faith they will.

Christian cut a few of his songs down to the core for our Folkadelphia Session – simply moving vocals and guitar playing. You might pour yourself something strong before streaming.

Check back on Friday for Kevin Killen’s Folkadelphia Session.

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Folkadelphia Session: Amanda Jo Williams

Photo by Mark Escribano
Photo by Mark Escribano

For the latest Folkadelphia Session edition, we’re going to try something a little different. Throughout the week, we’ll be presenting new sessions from three exciting songwriter instead of our usual single release. It just so happens that we were lucky enough to record stripped-down sets from Amanda Jo Williams, Christian Lee Hutson, and Kevin Killen all on the same afternoon of Saturday, March 23rd. We’ve adored each of these musicians for a while now – playing them on radio show, seeing them in concert, following them online – so it was a bit of a coup to record them in one shot. Each approach the art of songwriting with a unique voice, perspective, and flair, but in the end and especially in this bare bones format, they all exemplify that vague “Folkadelphia” sound. Honest songs from honest folk.

The first session we’ll hear comes from Amanda Jo Williams, the Philadelphia-via-Los Angeles musician who, at the end of May, released her fourth full-length record You’re The Father Of My Songs. With You’re The Father, AJW has succeeded in biting her thumb at all would-be musical comparisons and instead has created a group of songs that live on their own idiosyncratic plane of existence. We experience an auditory watercolor where the southern-country paintbrush has been dragged through the musical color palette and swirled all over the place. It’s prismatic, speckled with novel twists and turns, and unencumbered by genre baggage of convention. Here for our session, Amanda performs her songs, which includes an unreleased track “Dead Words,” assisted by Christian Lee Hutson on guitar.

Check back on Wednesday for Christian Lee Hutson’s Folkadelphia Session.