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Talent I Saw Live That Must Be Seen


Talent I Saw Live That Must Be Seen

This group is for you folks to tell me who you've seen live lately that you feel presenters should book. They can be songwriters,instrumentalistis, comedians, storytellers, anything. Famous is obvious..shoot for the less famous! Thanks...!

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Latest Activity: Sep 26, 2014

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Comment by wiffledust on September 26, 2014 at 8:33am

she is one of the best songwriters for sure, john!

Comment by John M. Cook on September 22, 2014 at 7:57pm

I'll keep this one short and sweet. Tomorrow will see the release of Lori McKenna’s newest work… her eighth solo record, Numbered Doors. The CD features 10 new songs recorded live and acoustic and is produced by long-time collaborator Mark Erelli. The album was tracked live with 5 songs done in a single day and most of the songs based on her incredible storytelling ability... as opposed to her more personal songs. The following video is the title track.

Comment by wiffledust on August 8, 2014 at 7:53am

good stuff, john!!

Comment by John M. Cook on August 6, 2014 at 9:28am

THE VESPERS – “Lawdy” (The Fourth Wall)

The Vespers are an Americana/folk/roots band from Nashville, TN. The band is made up of two brothers, Taylor and Bruno Jones, and two sisters, Callie and Phoebe Cryar. Bruno plays upright bass, guitar, a little banjo, ukulele, and mandolin. Taylor Jones plays drums, percussion, vocals, and mandolin. Callie plays guitar, ukulele, banjo, electric bass, lead vocals, and low harmony. Phoebe plays guitar, banjo, accordion, mandolin, ukulele, lead vocals and low harmony.

Sisters and Brothers, the band's third album, will be released in mid-2014.

Comment by John M. Cook on August 1, 2014 at 7:44pm

Noah Gundersen “Dying Now” – A White Session

Noah Gundersen was raised in a strictly conservative and religious home.  Although he is no longer religious, “The spiritual element of music is something I’m very much draw to and motivated by,” says Gundersen. “Religious imagery was a large part of my upbringing. It’s still beautiful, powerful and timeless. I believe in the elevation that music and art can bring to people, but I’m still trying to define myself as an individual outside of structures or organized religion. I’ve come to a place in my writing where I’m less focused on the outside forces of spirituality and more on how it relates inwardly to my own life.”

In February, Noah released the self-produced full-length CD “Ledges” which weaves together personal tales of faith, temptation, redemption, death, and doubt, offering the kind of perspective usually found in much older tunesmiths.  An impressive personal work, Ledges co-mingles the sensual and the sexual with the spiritual, often using religious and biblical imagery like Leonard Cohen to plumb the depths of everyday emotions and feelings.

“Much of the album was written toward the end of a period of being single and reckless,” he says. “I’ve lived a great deal compared to most people my own age. I’ve traveled the country playing music, doing what I love for a living. But, in terms of emotional experience, I’ve swept a lot of things under the rug. I started asking questions to people I respect about what it means to be a man and, in a larger sense, a decent human being. This record is the culmination of that process.”

His sister Abby plays violin, cello and piano and sings harmony.  The two have been playing together since he was 15 and she was 12… and it shows.  “The chemistry Abby and I have is unlike any other I’ve experienced in music” he says, pointing to the album closer, “Time Moves Quickly,” as a song she wrote the music for and plays piano on. “She’s an essential part of what I do.”

Video by Joel Sadler

Audio by Sarah Schutzki

Comment by John M. Cook on July 28, 2014 at 9:41pm


"Window" - The Shook Twins

One of my favorite discoveries at this year’s Folk Alliance International Conference were Identical twins, Laurie and Katelyn Shook… aka The Shook Twins.  Quirky, whimsical, amusing and damn fine players and singers… these girls have not only a unique sound, but the stage presence to draw you in and keep you interested.  Kyle Volkman and Niko Daoussis are the other two pieces of the main quartet… while Anna Tivel and Russ Kleiner are sometimes added to form a full band.

Central elements of the Shook Twins’ sound are a wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, electronic drums, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo drumming and their signature golden EGG. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic and electric instrumentation coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of percussive and ambient vocal loops, and Katelyn’s repurposed telephone microphone, set their sound apart, creating a unique and eccentric blend of folk, roots, groove and soul.

They are currently touring in support of the latest work… “WHAT WE DO.”

Comment by wiffledust on July 27, 2014 at 10:26am

thank you so much for this, john!!! 

Comment by John M. Cook on July 26, 2014 at 7:31pm

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

Jenny & Tyler (featuring Sara Groves & Virtual Choir)


I am not usually a big proponent of cover songs… but this is an exception.  In November of 2013 husband and wife duo Jenny & Tyler Somers released For Freedom: A Covers EP. Included in that EP is this cover of U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.


They are committed to compassion, charity and justice, evidenced, in part, through their ongoing support of International Justice Mission, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending human-trafficking throughout the world.   This EP benefits that organization.


Their original material is based on the entire human experience… both good and bad… such as love, joy, loss, doubt, pain and redemption.  Instead of glossing over personal and global problems, they wrestle with issues like poverty, injustice, and apathy, starting with their own hearts. 

Comment by wiffledust on June 14, 2014 at 11:46am

these are great, john….so appreciated!!!

Comment by John M. Cook on June 12, 2014 at 9:56pm



The music and songs of Peter Bradley Adams are low key, emotionally resonant, subtle, yet powerful.  They are also evocative and exquisitely poetic. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama… Peter earned a B.A. and Master's Degree in composition and eventually wound up in Los Angeles, where he worked as a freelance film and TV composer.  Peter's songs are obviously born from his intimate personal experiences, but are written and delivered in a universal voice that allows us to hear them as our own.  A lot of his work has found their way into indie movies and television shows.  Adams and fellow songwriter Caitlin Canty collaborated on a side project, Down Like Silver, who released a six-song EP of songs they wrote together. Adams launched his own record label, I Me Mine Records, in 2014 with his fifth solo album, The Mighty Storm, which was recorded in Nashville at the legendary RCA Studio A.  This video is of a performance of “I May Not Let Go” at WNRN's studio in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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