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Watch Max Garcia Conover cover Strand of Oaks’ “Leave Ruin”

photo via Root Down in the Shadow
photo by Jeff Coon

For Root Down in the Shadow’s latest Cover Club session, New England artist Max Garcia Conover covered “Leave Ruin” by Philadelphia-by-way-of-Indiana songwriter Strand of Oaks. Although Max hails from Portland, Maine, he has always felt a strong connection to Philadelphia ever since listening to Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly” as a kid. Max also has a strong connection with other Philly songwriters such as Kurt Vile, Small Houses, and Strand of Oaks, which is evident in his beautiful cover. Continue reading →

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Hezekiah Jones debuts a new song, “Spare The Wicked,” to kick off Cover Club Season 3

Hezekiah Jones photo by Lisa Schaffer Photography
Hezekiah Jones photo by Lisa Schaffer Photography

Local folk act Hezekiah Jones is gearing up to release a new album titled In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw, which will be out sometime in November. In the meantime, they stopped by Root Down In The Shadow to play a couple of songs to kick off Season 3 of their Cover Club series.

The group performed a track off the upcoming record, “Spare The Wicked.” It is a slow, warm tune that will delight anyone who enjoys a bit of fiddle with their music. Continue reading →

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Unlocked: Watch Dom Angelella play a stripped-down version of “St. Tom’s”

Photo courtesy of RootDownInTheShadow |http://www.rootdownintheshadow.com/
Photo courtesy of RootDownInTheShadow | http://www.rootdownintheshadow.com/

In our review of DRGN King’s Baltimore Crush yesterday, we referenced the heavier nods to surf sounds on this record, which is definitely prevalent on the sure-to-be crowd pleaser “St. Tom’s.” Well, way back in February Dom Angelella did a Cover Club session at Nomad Recording Studio featuring a cover of The Dead Milkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl,” which you can read about here. What we didn’t highlight before was this super-stripped down version of “St. Tom’s,” the second track from the singer’s hometown-focused record. Continue reading →

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Watch Brad Hinton and Katie Frank cover Tin Bird Choir for latest Cover Club episode

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 1.24.48 PMFor their most recent installment of the Cover Club series, local music blog Root Down in the Shadow welcomed acoustic folk singer, Brad Hinton.  Hinton is no stranger when it comes to covering songs by other Philly artists.  He is the organizer for Philly Sings Philly, an event that takes place each week in November which has artists from around the Philly area cover each other.  Hinton has been covered during both Club sessions and Philly Sings Philly sessions, so it only seemed natural that he received a Club series session of his own.

In the video below, Hinton is joined by Katie Frank of The Pheromones to perform a cover of Tin Bird Choir’s “Take Me With You When You Go.”   On his own, Hinton’s vocals achieve a clean, crisp sound and the addition of Frank during the choruses adds another layer to the song that really gives it that folky-bluegrass affect.

Watch the full Cover Club video below and don’t miss Brad Hinton perform live this Saturday at Steel City Coffeehouse alongside Bethany Brooks.

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Ladybird honor the Jersey Corn Pickers in a new Cover Club video

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Ladybird | photo via www.rootdownintheshadow.com

Local blog Root Down in the Shadow continues its Cover Club series, this week with bluegrass trio Ladybird.  This installment was filmed at the monthly “Church of Kong” showcase at Nodding Head Brewery and features a video of the group covering “Just Get Through” by Jersey Corn Pickers.  Filming on location was a bit of a change for the series’ producers who usually invite bands into a studio, but Dan McGurk says the setting worked to Ladybird’s advantage:

Doing a Cover Club recording at a live event such as Church of Kong, doesn’t allow all the safeguards that an in studio session would allow, but with three talented ladies like those of Ladybird it’s amazing how smooth the recording went.  Re-listening to the set later, there wasn’t a pang for an edit or re-take.  Ladybird is natural when performing and capturing the live event was probably the best way to do their session.

Take a look at the video below, filmed by Michael Southerton and Paul Lorenz and edited by Bob Sweeney.  Ladybird will perform at Boot & Saddle tomorrow, May 30th.  Tickets and information can be found here.

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Watch The Fleeting Ends cover Ween’s “Tried and True” for Root Down In The Shadow

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Photo via rootdownintheshadow.com

Philly music blog Root Down in the Shadow continues it’s Cover Club series with The Fleeting Ends tackling “Tried and True,” a single from Ween’s 2003 album Quebec. The band told Root Down’s Dan McGurk that Ween was an influence from early on:

Ween has been with us for so long we can’t remember when it was we got into them.  It was definitely a young age. Goofy songs like ‘Mister, Would You Please Help My Pony?’ and ‘Waving My Dick In The Wind’ immediately caught our attention along with more serious songs like ‘I Don’t Want It’ and ‘The Mollusk’.  Ween expressed freedom in every song and showed no fear.  They are truly original.  We feel privileged to have been able to experience them and their songwriting.

Check out The Fleeting Ends take on “Tried and True” and compare it alongside Ween’s original version.

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Christopher Davis-Shannon reworks Brad Hinton’s “Mourning Dove” for Cover Club series

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Photo by Jeff Coon

Christopher Davis-Shannon is the featured artist in Cover Club, a new weekly series series from local blog Root Down in the Shadow. The concept is spotlighting  a Philadelphia musician who covers one of their peers on Monday, and showcases an original track on Thursday.

This week that spotlighted musician is Davis-Shannon, a bassist in the jazz and singer-songwriter circuit who has performed with Angel Ocana, the Kelli Campbell Trio and others. “Mourning Dove” is a grass-roots folk song by fellow local Brad Hinton, and it is organic, simple and twangy in just the right way. Root Down describes Davis-Shannon as a musician into “honoring eras past”, and “Mourning Dove” is perfect old time finger pickin’ music. Watch Root Down’s video, recorded at Break Neck Studios, below.