Chenango Sessions Ep. 70: Tony Lucca

My guest this week on the Chenango Sessions is a fellow Michigan native, Tony Lucca, whose path as a singer-songwriter has been unusual, to say the least. Tony started in the public eye as a cast member on the Mickey Mouse Club, at the age of fourteen. From there, he moved to Los Angeles with…

Chenango Sessions Ep. 69: Tim Eriksen | Shook Twins | Jonathan Pinkey

Our first set of recordings this week is from Tim Eriksen, who set up a microphone for us on the front porch of his home in Amherst, Massachusetts. Tim is probably best known for his work on the Cold Mountain soundtrack or for his 2010 Grammy nomination with Afro-Cuban pianist Omar Sosa. He’s an ethnomusicologist,…

Chenango Sessions Ep. 68: Holler Fest

Every year in late August, I head to a small organic farm in the Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan for their annual Holler Fest. I’ve been going since its inception fourteen years ago, and that’s even where I met my wife, Sarah. This year, of course, is unusual. I’d planned to be at Frog Holler…

Chenango Sessions Ep. 67: Corner House

This week on the Chenango Sessions, we revisit an 8 July 2019 performance by the Boston-based quartet, Corner House. The band was traveling from Rochester to Lancaster, and stopped through Binghamton for the night. We recorded this set after breakfast around a single mic in Sarah’s and my living room. There’s nothing quite like sitting…

POSTPONED – Corner House (Chenango Sessions)

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19. NEW DATE T.B.D. Abiding by a love for adventure, Corner House finds purpose and solace in the beauty of earth and music. Clinging whole heartedly to studied traditions, the Boston-based band writes and arranges music liberally comprised of Irish, Scottish, Appalachian Stringband, and Bluegrass influences. — www.cornerhouseband.com The singular roots music…

POSTPONED – Chris Merkley (Chenango Sessions)

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19. NEW DATE T.B.D. Chris Merkley has performed more than a thousand shows, from the streets of Paris to venues throughout Europe and across the United States.   He has released nine albums with a variety of groups, including the songwriting duo Merkley & Morgan; his high-octane Bluegrass and Country Blues globetrotting band,…

Westbound Situation (Chenango Sessions)

Westbound Situation blends the precision of classical chamber music, the rhythmic drive of bluegrass, and the colorful expression of jazz into a new style of chamber music—chambergrass. The quartet—comprised of Grant Flick on violin, Matt Davis on banjo, Zach Brown on cello, and Jacob Warren on bass—mixes composition and improvisation seamlessly into their entirely memorized…

Jaerv (Chenango Sessions)

The award-winning Swedish quintet Jaerv presents an extroverted, vigorous and heartfelt folk music with influences from both jazz and pop music. Together, the five members have created a homogeneous, vivid sound which has established Jaerv on the folk music scene as well as in many other forums. Rooted in multiple musical traditions, Jaerv offers a…

“Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe (Chenango Sessions)

He’s been a newspaper editor, ethnomusicologist, author, tall ship captain, outdoor leader and award-winning music producer. He’s been called “The Mark Twain of traditional American music,” and has travelled more than a million miles on the back roads of our nation, gathering, learning, singing and promoting the music of our diverse cultural experience. He’s “Ragtime” Jack…

Debra Cowan & John Roberts (Chenango Sessions)

With their eloquent voices and expert musicianship, John Roberts and Debra Cowan bring to life songs seldom heard on TV or radio these days. Drawn from both the folk tradition and the work of contemporary songwriters, many of these songs tell of the timeless joys and sorrows of human experience. They offer windows into where we’ve come from and…