Nothing can stand in the way of true love or at least that’s what we’re led to believe. In fact, it seems, that many obstacles on this earth can block the meeting of two lovers. Such is the case in “Little Satchel,” a song composed by North Carolinian fiddle and banjo player Fred Cockerham. Continue reading →
This month indie-alt-Americana icon Neko Case released her latest album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. The story of the record is pretty well encapsulated in its title, but you can hear Case dig into the depression and heartache that gave birth to this new collection of songs in this recent interview with World Cafe’s David Dye. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show with her New Pornographers bandmate A.C. Newman can be found at The Electric Factory‘s website; below, watch the music video for Case’s “Man.”
On his Nonesuch Records debut, Sam Amidon‘s restrained warble traces folk music back to the roots of traditional songs like “I Wish I Wish” and “As I Roved Out” while simultaneously recasting modern pop songs “My Old Friend” (Tim McGraw) and “Shake it Off” (Mariah Carey) in a new, heart-wrenching light. Bright Sunny South will be released on May 14th but you can stream it in full at Pitchfork Advance here. Sam Amidon performs at Johnny Brenda’s with Alessi’s Ark on June 16th; tickets and information can be found here. Stream “My Old Friend” below.
Folk singer Sam Amidon will make his Nonesuch Records debut on May 14th with Bright Sunny South, not long before he makes a stop in Philadelphia for a show at Johnny Brenda’s. South falls in line behind the Vermont native’s 2010 album I See the Sign and includes a pair of covers (Mariah Carey’s “Shake It Off” and Tim McGraw’s “My Old Friend“) alongside shape-note hymns and other traditional compositions. Amidon requested the production assistance of his long-time cohort Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett who, in addition to having worked with The National and Sharon Van Etten, also curated last year’s Burgundy Stain Sessions in New York City, which were featured on World Cafe. Tickets for Sam Amidon’s June 16th concert with Alessi’s Ark go on sale tomorrow, April 24th, at noon. More information can be found here. Below, watch Amidon perform his cover of “My Old Friend” live, stream the album version and download “I See the Sign” from his Burgundy Stain Session here.
This week for our My Morning Downloads, we’re featuring performances from the Burgundy Stain Sessions concert series. The World Cafe with David Dye recently featured performances from these sessions last week on the show. Keyboardist and songwriter Thomas Bartlett, who performs as Doveman, is the both host and accompanist for the Burgundy Stain Sessions series held at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. The sessions are intended to be an informal, fun and intimate in-the-round live concert experience where the musicians play backup to each other as well as perform their own material. Some of the musicians featured during these sessions included Glen Hansard, Hannah Cohen, Sam Amidon, Trixie Whitley, and Loudon Wainwright III. You can download a five song sampler here. Below, download Amidon’s “I See The Sign.”