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!
It 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.
On 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.
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.
These were my favorites of a really solid year of music! It was tough to pick this top 10.
Vampire Weekend in the #1 spot is likely no surprise to you if you know me or read this blog. To me, there was no competition there. If you haven’t heard Modern Vampires of the City, try sitting down for a listen sometime, with an open mind. It saddens me that hype or reputation can sometimes turn people off of a band altogether, without a single note of the music being heard.
A big huge THANK YOU to everyone who reads this blog, leaves comments, likes posts, etc.
I really appreciate you! I hope I helped you discover something new in 2013…here’s to another year of great music!
This album is undeniably Willy Mason’s best yet. It’s no surprise that his words are brilliant, but the music is also incredibly dynamic…there’s experimentation here that we haven’t seen from him before, but the core strength of his vocals is still front and center. From start to finish, this album has guts and the lyrics hold weight. The tracks are individually compelling… and together, make a brilliant album that is one of the strongest releases this year.
While Willy Mason’s album Carry On is only officially out in the UK, we’ve gotten our hands on it here where Willy’s roots are – on the Vineyard. I suppose this is one of the perks of being a tight-knit, island community! Willy recently released this new music video for one of the tracks on the album, and it’s wonderful to see a familiar setting and familiar faces. “Pickup Truck” was filmed on the island, with Willy’s island friends…