petal shop - oh! revelation and I declare

here are two tracks from the upcoming LP 'the scope' by detroit folk duo petal shop. old timey tunes with modern themes, delivered in charming harmonies. hints of percussion add puncuation to these fast paced fiddle and banjo songs.

petal shop was nice enough to answer three interview questions, a first for the modern folk music of america. so here is that:

-MFMOA- what are a couple of your favorite albums, ones you constantly come back to, and listen to over and over again?

-PS- there's always been plenty of roger miller in our rotation. the best album that really gives you an idea of what we've always loved about him is called simply, 'the genius of roger miller'.
    iris dement's 'my life' is a personal classic and lyle lovett's 'pontiac' will never, never grow old.

-MFMOA- how do you feel about the fact that modern technology has made it possible for anyone with the will to do it to record, produce, and distribute their music?

 -PS- you always hear about how the demise of the music industry has made the game more democratic, but it's true. as producers of a musical product, our overhead continues to shrink while our ability to reach fans directly only increases. we can record, distribute and tour from one record without having to sell out stadiums in every city. since millions of dollars don't have to change hands in order for a band to be successful, that means that so many more bands are able to carve out a piece of the listener base and set up camp. it's been great for folk music because it means that the music really can stay where it belongs, among people who truly feel a connection to it.

-MFMOA- what are a couple of your favorite cities and venues that you have played on your tours?

-PS- whenever we leave detroit, we always love to swing through the south. we've played some great shows in san antonio and dallas when we hit texas. There's an amazing spot called 'the cove' in san antonio that has a stage set set up at the end of three or four rows of long tables that stretch the length of the room. there's a family band that plays there every weekend called
'the lavens' that are just great. we've been treated like family in atlanta and little rock. we've loved philly when we've been there and chicago always treats us well. the old town school of folk music is an amazing institution. we always find a reason to like each city more and more whenever we return. we start to see the same fans at the shows and they end up showing us an angle of town that we'd never have found on our own. we love the road . . .

thanks for your responses petal shop. i love roger miller too. 'the scope' is due for release on november 11th, and is available online here. look for them touring through your town. the modern folk music of america.


here is a new collaboration with zach barbery, thought up late at night on the porch. zach plays bass and some of the guitars.

the modern folk music of america.

uncle bengine and the restraining orders - comes in nines and jesse lee & daniel d

i'm proud to feature a couple tracks from the upcoming full-length release by harrisonburg, va's uncle bengine and the restraining orders, 'comes in nines'. whiskey soaked tales of love and loss with a driving groove and very nice musicianship all around. a good mix of weepers and rockers.

i've got a couple preview tracks here, including the title track, and 'jesse lee & daniel d', a standout ballad that shows a sweet taste of what this record has to offer. It will be available for purchase november 8th here and here. you can also check out their previous releases at those sites or at funny/not funny records. if you live in the harrisonburg area, they put on a good show and will probably be playing a bar or basement or maybe on a porch near you sometime soon. the modern folk music of america.

brent emanuel - flea market (video)

i found this cool video of brent emanuel playing his tune 'flea market' in a yard in asheville, nc, with a dog.

i featured a collection of brent's recordings called '22 bad love songs' last winter. its not too late to go back and download it. the modern folk music of america.

golden brown and creatures

two new tunes from an album called 'crawdad song', recorded on a tascam porta one with three working tracks. 'creatures' was written mainly by zach barbery

you can download the album at my bandcamp. the modern folk music of america.

damnson brothers - live in portland - rollin in my sweet baby's arms

thought i'd up some new stuff by the damnson brothers from their recent hitch hike to portland where they recorded a live album. the lead off to this rippin' show here is a traditional appalachian folk tune called "rollin in my sweet baby's arms". just gonna lay 'round the shack till that mail train comes back.


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