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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”

jess and jemima

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

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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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TPS Sessions: Garrett 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!

GARRETT_playinGARRETT_studioGarrett James is from upstate NY but has been coming to Martha’s Vineyard for the past few summers to do what a lot of young people do – work and make some extra money. This past winter was his first on the island and he found it an incredibly useful time to lock himself away to write, create, and plan for a busy summer. I had a great time getting to know Garrett and his songwriting process a little better…below are three original songs he played for me and you can scroll down for a few clips from our conversation.

“Country Music Keeps On Truckin”

“Burlesque House”

“Wish You Could Stay”

INTERVIEW CLIPS:

We discuss his songwriting process for “Country Music Keeps On Truckin”:

Garrett talks about how theater has influenced him:

GARRETT_talkingGarrett is playing out and about quite a bit this summer so watch for him! This month he’ll be playing in Oak Bluffs at Park Corner on Thursdays and Offshore Ale on Saturdays. Full list of dates HERE.

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

 

 

 

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Jess Phaneuf, Phil daRosa, Garrett James, Danielle Mulcahy

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LOCAL: The Pit Stop

Songwriter’s Night

For the past several months, I’ve been helping out a struggling little room on the Vineyard called The Pit Stop. Once a tire shop, this building is now an 85 capacity listening venue where people like me can put on shows. For the past few weeks, I’ve helped my friend AK book and promote”Songwriter’s Night” on Thursdays. I’ve not had much experience doing this sort of thing, but oh boy, what an experience it has been!

Between location, competition, and lack of any marketing budget, The Pit has not seen too many crowded shows over the summer. We had hopes that September would bring the locals out of the woodwork, but last night, over an hour after “doors” at 8pm, the count on the audience was actually zero. The owner, myself, and the four musicians who showed up to play stood in a circle and talked, kept things light, despite certain disappointment. Rick O’Gorman, a long time Vineyard folk singer who was a last minute addition to the bill said, “I’ll play for you guys, I don’t care”. And play for us he did – old folk songs and originals about love and life, all fingerpicked and sung in a warm, soft, comforting voice.

Slowly, a few people trickled in and sat to enjoy the music. Some came specifically for Phil daRosa, so he jumped up after Rick. Another local, Alex Karalekas, followed with a song or two and then our visiting songwriter Seamus Galligan got on stage. Seamus is currently living in the New Bedford area, and he was previously performing in a duo with Ellie Cowan. He told us a bit nervously that he hadn’t played solo ever before. He proceeded to kill it, with beautifully written, thoughtful tunes and a simply angelic voice.

As we sat to hear the last of the planned performances, none other than the Vineyard’s own Brad Tucker literally did a duck and roll into the room. Never one to be shy (and admittedly a few drinks into his night), Brad got up and played a few songs. He was joined by Rick and then he accompanied Alex, for one of the best versions of “Broken Tree” I’ve heard in a while (if you’ve seen AK play, you know what song I mean). At this point in the evening, the “crowd” had shrank to about two people, but Brad grabbed a stand up bass and accompanied Phil for a few funkier tunes.

All told, about 19 people ended up coming out. And of course those who did show up were treated to something quite unique. Something you can feel in your bones. Something that certainly isn’t happening on Circuit Avenue. Something that people say they want on this island, but don’t seem to have the energy, time, or money to support. I keep wanting to call The Pit Stop a magical place…but it sounds a bit cheesy. Magic does happen there though. And I think anyone who’s been to a recent musical performance (and especially those who were in attendance for The Ape Woman rock opera last week) would agree.

Next Thursday we’ve got two well known Cape musicians playing for us – Will Evans of Barefoot Truth and John Beninghof of The Old Silver Band. Come to the show and see what I mean. Last night Brad Tucker admonished the audience, urging them to DO SOMETHING to help keep this room alive. Beyond needing people to fill the seats, we need volunteers, we need ideas, we need donations, we need positive energy. We need the word to be spread! And there are very easy ways you can help with that last part, right now:

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Want to get involved? Got an idea? Contact us!
thepitstopworkshop@gmail.com
508 693 4219
facebook.com/pitstopworkshop


As we’ve been saying since the start – Viva La Pit Stop!

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Song Of The Day

Phil DaRosa – “Better Way”

‘Philly D’ (as his friends refer to him) lives here on the Vineyard and frequently plays at local bars… but anyone who’s not completely trashed can see that this is a talented artist who’s growing out of the bar scene quickly. With his solid debut album, Better Way, and his growing itch to produce some new material, my guess is that Phil DaRosa will soon be saying goodbye to his days of taking requests for Jason Mraz. Here’s the title track of his album:

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