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Up and coming artists who have caught my attention.

LIVE: Ryan Montbleau Band

  

photo by Rich Gastwirt ((www.stageshooter.com))

Friday night at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, Ryan Montbleau got his band back together for an incredibly memorable night of music. Montbleau was joined by the group’s original core members (James & Jason Cohen, Laurence Scudder and Matt Giannaros) as well as Lyle Brewer on guitar and Yahuba on percussion. 

These 7 guys spent countless hours together over the years…touring the country in a Sprinter van and recording Montbleau’s songs while an ever-growing fan base followed their every move. It was clear that a flood of memories were hitting Montbleau up on that stage, but he decided to skip the story telling and let the music speak for itself. 

For one nearly 3-hour long set, RMB favorites came one after another, much to the sold out crowd’s delight. Stand out moments included “Stretch”, “Draw the Line”, “Honeymoon Eyes”, “Grain Of Sand”, “You Crazy You” > “I Can’t Wait” and an epic “Here Et. All” encore. Songs from the new album Growing Light were sprinkled in along with a few covers…the Talking Heads’ “Naive Melody” was clearly a crowd favorite. 

The room was filled with a palpable energy as fans danced alongside many familiar faces, celebrating this tight unit of a band. As the crowd roared and the guys got together for one final bow, it sank in that this is truly the closing of a chapter in Montbleau’s career…and for the RMB family too.

It was a bittersweet evening, and a fitting farewell for a great group of musicians and fans.

Ryan Montbleau Band

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TPS Sessions: Jemima James

The music scene on Martha’s Vineyard sure does slow down in the offseason, but we find ways to keep busy! Over the winter, I asked some local musicians to record a bit of music and conversation with me at Phil daRosa‘s Oak Bluffs studio – The Print Shop. I also reached out to some local photographers to come by and capture these in-studio interviews. We’re calling the recordings “TPS Sessions” and I hope you enjoy them!

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jemima singIt was a honor to have Jemima James join me in the studio to talk about her 40-year songwriting career and play a few tunes from her latest album, Nothing New. Scroll down a little further for clips from our conversation.

“It’s You”

“Nothing New”

“Golden Boy”

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jemima talkingOn Nothing New, Jemima has her sons Willy & Sam Mason playing bass and drums respectively. A slew of other island musicians joined in too, including Kate Taylor, Brad Tucker, Wes Nagy, Geordie Gude, Charlie Esposito, and Nina Violet.

INTERVIEW CLIPS:

Jemima tells me about her music roots:

A bit about the band she recorded her album with:

TONIGHT at Featherstone Center for the Arts, it’s the Jemima James Variety Show with MANY special guests performing outdoors from 6:30 – 8:30pm (kid and pet friendly!).

And be looking forward to a new release from Jemima in the near future…this fall she plans to record another album of some older songs she’s reworked and a few that are completely new.

Hear Nothing New on bandcamp
Jemima on Facebook

photos by Anthony Esposito
audio recorded by Phil daRosa
at The Print Shop, Oak Bluffs

 

group shotJemima James, Jess Phaneuf and Phil daRosa

More from TPS Sessions, coming soon!

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LOCAL: Ross Livermore Band

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“Work Song”

Like so many other up-and-coming acts, the Ross Livermore Band believes a lot of their strength lies in their live performance. So they’ve decided to offer us a little taste of that experience each month, for an entire year. Every month, this Boston-based band has been offering a free download of a live recording and along with it, a polished music video. A treat for the ears and eyes!

Some of these singles are cover songs, done with a unique flavor that’s all their own. Others, like this one, are written by the band and really showcase their energetic, FUN vibe. Seems like “Work Song” is a pretty fitting track for this time of year, when we’re all getting swept away in another busy summer season…

Check out MANY more videos from RLB HERE!
Ross Livermore Band
RLB On Facebook

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TPS Sessions: Jellybone Rivers

The music scene on Martha’s Vineyard sure does slow down in the offseason, but we find ways to keep busy! Over the winter, I asked some local musicians to record a bit of music and conversation with me at Phil daRosa‘s Oak Bluffs studio – The Print Shop. I also reached out to some local photographers to come by and capture these in-studio interviews. We’re calling the recordings “TPS Sessions” and I hope you enjoy them!

ROB_laughRob Myers, aka Jellybone Rivers, has spent many many years on Martha’s Vineyard as a fixture of the island music scene. You may have seen him behind a drum-set, for bands like Good Night Louise, The Hammerheads and Master Exploder. He also fronts the band Kahoots and has recently been honing in on some solo material that focuses on positivity. Below are some tunes that he played for me, and you can scroll down to hear a piece of our conversation.

“Chip Away”

“Thank  You”

“What To Do”

ROB_withJessAlthough Rob recently became a father (congrats!), he’s still heavily involved in the island’s music scene. Keep an eye out for him! And you can check out a recent Vineyard Gazette article he was featured in HERE. ROB_hands

INTERVIEW CLIPS:

Rob talks about an inspirational Positive Psychology course he took and how the song “Chip Away” came to be:

Kahoots
Good Night Louise

photos by Anthony Esposito
audio recorded by Phil daRosa
at The Print Shop, Oak Bluffs

ROB_groupPhil daRosa, Rob Myers and Jess Phaneuf
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LOCAL: Will Dailey

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Boston-based musician Will Dailey has a new album on the way called National Throat (how cool is that album title??). In 2011, Dailey signed onto a big record label and it didn’t take long for him to realize that wasn’t his path. Last year he revealed a Mission Statement  announcing that he was once again a completely independent artist. In fact, National Throat was funded by his fans. Hear the lead single “Sunken Ship” below and check out the video for more about how this album was made.

Will Dailey

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LOCAL: Mally Smith

Last month, I had the honor of sitting front row center at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge for an incredible night of music and I’m still reeling from the experience. Many weeks worth of Monday night open mic winners went head to head in the Main Event! and myself and two other judges had the difficult task of slowly eliminating all but one winner. I’m excited to introduce you to some of these incredible artists!

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Mally Smith was probably the most quiet performer of the Lizard Lounge Main Event. But as we leaned in to hear her soft voice and delicate finger picking, we were treated to some magical moments. There’s something almost hypnotizing about Mally’s sound. She has a new album out called Mally Smith & The Fertile Void. This is one of my favorite tracks:

Mally Smith

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LOCAL: Bethel Steele

Last month, I had the honor of sitting front row center at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge for an incredible night of music and I’m still reeling from the experience. Many weeks worth of Monday night open mic winners went head to head in the Main Event! and myself and two other judges had the difficult task of slowly eliminating all but one winner. I’m excited to introduce you to some of these incredible artists!

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In the very first round of the Open Mic Main Event, two great songwriters went against each other and it was an insanely tough decision to kick off a night filled with tough decisions. Bethel Steele was one of those songwriters to impress us in the first round, and while she didn’t move on, she certainly left an impression.

Bethel Steele

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