Raphael Cutrufello, known through his project Hezekiah Jones, stopped by the 25 O’Clock podcast for another conversation with the always engaging Dan Drago. Although this is a music-centered podcast, it’s always fun when the cast really just shoots the bull with each other, which is exactly what the two did for over an hour. Cutrufello dives into why he really loves his garden, all the weird crap he digs up in his lawn, and how he really digs Glenn Miller and The Singing Nun. Listen to the conversation below. Continue reading →
Philly based Hezekiah Jones, the musical project of Raphael Cutrufello, are releasing their new album, In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw in November. The last we heard from Cutrufello on record was in 2011 on Have You Seen Our New Fort?, a collection of new and re-worked older material. Continue reading →
“Sing For Gene Shay” is a new tribute song to the “Dean of Folk DJs” Gene Shay in honor of his retirement this Sunday, February 1st as the host of WXPN’s Folk Show. Written, recorded and produced under the name of “Friends Of Gene,” 25 local musicians and a team of four producers and engineers came together to pay a loving tribute to Shay, who has been on the air for 50+ years hosting folk music in Philadelphia. Continue reading →
Today at Miner Street Recordings in Fishtown, Hezekiah Jones is recording a new song for Shaking Through, WXPN and Weathervane Music’s online audio and video initiative. Brian McTear, Executive Director of Weathervane and the owner of Miner Street, is producing the session.
Each session is curated, and Hezekiah was my selection for the episode that will run in April. Raphael Cutrufello—he’s “Hezekiah”—has assembled a five-piece band (including Andrew Lipke and Sisters 3) to perform a new song, “Borrowed Heart.” The song is part of a forthcoming musical score Raphael has been writing for one of his favorite movies, The Bride Of Frankenstein. Watching the band work together on the song is a fascinating process. As I am writing this, sitting in the studio control room, Raphael is recording his vocal parts while watching a section of the movie on a monitor in the studio control room. (The timing of the Raphael’s singing needs to perfectly match the film, requiring a handful of vocal takes.) Andrew Lipke and the background singers are rehearsing the harmonies he wrote for a section of the song; McTear is talking to the band about adding a keyboard while recording engineer Jonathan Low is listening to different mixes of the song (featuring an acoustic and an electric bass).
Below, some photos from the session today which will be released in mid-April.