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Daytrotter: Brett Dennen

If you’ve heard any of Brett Dennen’s recordings, I’m sure you got a sense of how FUN his music is right away…but seeing him live is a real treat. There’s something very FREE about him up on stage. I’m usually someone who’s really turned off by vocals that aren’t spot on (off key stuff bothers me), but with Dennen, it’s almost like he’s just dancing around and through the tune with his voice. Add that to his sweet demeanor and he’s got the audience in the palm of his hand. See him live when you can (maybe in Fall River on November 23rd!), but until then, check out his live Daytrotter session that was posted today.

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Brett Dennen

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Lyric Of The Week

Tom Rush – “Child’s Song”

This song wasn’t written by Tom Rush, but he does a damn great version of it. I was editing our mvy LIVE last week and I pretty much got sucked into listening to all 2 and 1/2 hours of his recent performance at the Narrows Center for the Arts. This was one of the last songs he played and I was very familiar with it, because my father used to sing it to me when I was young. It’s such a SAD, SAD song… but so beautiful…

“Goodbye momma goodbye to you too pa
Little sister you’ll have to wait a while to come along
Goodbye to this house and all it’s memories
We just got too old to say we’re wrong
Got to make one last trip to my bedroom
Guess I’ll have to leave some stuff behind
It’s funny how the same old crooked pictures
Just don’t seem the same to me tonight”

Tom Rush
Listen to the performance in the mvyradio archives

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LIVE: Girlyman


I’m back from a glorious vacation and feeling wonderful. The night before I left for the trip, I went to see Girlyman at the Narrows Center For the Arts in Fall River, MA. It was truly one of the most memorable shows I’ve ever attended. My whole family came with me to the show and the five of us sat right up front… arriving JUST before the group came onstage (in our typical rushed fashion). Thank goodness we didn’t miss a note because their first song was one of our favorites – “Easy Bake Ovens”. 

Throughout the show, I kept looking back at my sister, then over to my Dad, and then back to the stage shaking my head in disbelief. My family was just as blown away as I was. Girlyman puts on an unbelievable live show. The Atlanta-based trio is Ty Greenstein, Nate Borofsky, and Doris Muramatsu. Together they create some of the most beautiful harmonies I’ve ever heard. Their thin instrumentation was recently filled out a bit by the addition of a fourth member – drummer JJ Jones. The four were able to quietly awe us and then bring it up a notch to wow us. I loved the bigger sound.

The show was a perfect mix of new and old tunes. Aside from the goosebump-inducing harmonies, I was most impressed by the passion with which every member performed. It was almost as if they could emotionally place themselves back where they were when they first wrote each song. Maybe it was the 157th time they sang it, but it felt like the first.

If you like folk music, enjoy harmonies, or just appreciate intimate performances, I strongly suggest you check out Girlyman live. You will not be disappointed.

Girlyman
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