Carrboro's very own New Town Drunks playing music from their debut CD and New Orleans style soul from Brother Joscephus. Plus, bootleg recording of Eilen Jewell at Shakori Hills.
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Spent Saturday at the Shakori Hills Festival with my girlfriend. It was the picture perfect day. Sunny but not hot. Dry. Early enough that there weren’t many bugs out although we kept getting advised to get naked and check for ticks. We arrived around 3:30 in the afternoon, just in time to hear Eilen Jewel play her set. I’d been playing her Letters From Sinners And Strangers CD for months and have become a big fan of her combination of folk and early jazz sound. She’s got a new CD out too, called Sea of Tears, which I bought at Shakori but have not had a chance to listen to yet. But her live performance was really enjoyable. I got a bootleg of a couple of her songs and have uploaded her closing number, which was a medley of Bessie Smith tunes, which I thought was a fantasic choice and she did a great job on them.
New Town Drunks
The New Town Drunks latest release, The Ballad of Stayed and Gone, sounds amazingly like the guy at the end of the bar who tells such great stories you don’t care if they’re true or not. At it’s heart, the music feels like an Americna singer/songwriter duo but by the time you’ve added in the pedal steel, the trombones, the toy piano, and carnie calls, it feels like a movie soundtrack. Diane Koistinen takes the leads vocal while Berto Cofresi plays most of the music and occasionally backs up Diane on vocals. Nathan Golub takes on pdeal steel duties. Highlights for me are “Double Sunglasses Sunday,” “Itch,” and “Sometimes Mariana.”
From their bio:
Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra is a 12-piece explosion of righteousness that blends New Orleans party music, Soul in the style of Ray Charles and Al Green, a good helping of jam-bandy Roots Rock and a righteous splash of good, upbeat Gospel without the religious overtones (We like to call it secular gospel).
In the group’s short history they have already made a big splash in the NYC music scene, sharing the stage with New Orleans stalwarts such as the Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bonerama, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars and Eric Lindell. They’ve sold out legendary venues such as the Highline Ballroom and BB King’s.
The Revolution began expanding into other regions in April, 2009 playing 13 shows in 12 days during Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Since then the group has performed in 10 states and developed a strong presence in several markets up and down the eastern seaboard. Many followers have attended recent Revivals in Vermont (Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Red Fox Inn), Boston (Harper’s Ferry), Long Island (Stephen Talkhouse, Great South Bay Festival), Philadelphia, Dewey Beach, Winston-Salem, Asheville (Bele Chere Festival), Atlanta (Smith’s Olde Bar), Birmingham and New Orleans (Blue Nile & Tipitina’s during VooDoo Fest).
Each BroJo tune has been meticulously arranged for the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra: The three-piece horn section (the Shepherds of the Wind), the gospel choir (the Voices of Reason), and the most righteous rhythm section (the Guardians of the Groove) lay it down for Brother Joscephus to sing about the pain, joy and wisdom that is in his heart.
The core group is twelve pieces, but the Revolution has been known to expand to over sixteen (adding members to the gospel choir, fiddle, mandolin and percussion) and plans are in the works to incorporate an entire orchestra to back up the 12-piece core.