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changing mandolin strings

changing mandolin strings

changing mandolin strings

changing mandolin strings

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concerts: slingshot cash @ the speakeasy

concerts: slingshot cash @ the speakeasy

concerts: slingshot cash @ the speakeasy

concerts: slingshot cash @ the speakeasy

concerts: slingshot cash @ the speakeasy

Slingshot Cash, latest lineup, played their first show at the Speakeasy in Carrboro last Thursday. They’re sounding damn good these days, and it was a pleasure to hear the way old songs get made new with new contributors, and all the new stuff, as well. You should go see them.

Full set here.

chatham county line electric holiday show @ haw river ballroom

chatham county line electric holiday show @ haw river ballroom

chatham county line electric holiday show @ haw river ballroom

johnny irion @ haw river ballroom

chatham county line electric holiday show @ haw river ballroom

chatham county line electric holiday show @ haw river ballroom

So lovely — warm and fun and full of singalongs, this was the first of CCL’s annual Electric Holiday Show that I have been to, but I will not miss another one.

Full set is here.

americana revue at the station: sst and steph stewart

americana revue @ the station: sinful savage tigers

american revue @ the station: steph steward & the boyfriends

I’d missed the last two Americana Revues at the Station, their second Thursday of the month residencies for bands — Sinful Savage Tigers took over for the Magnolia Collective last November, and in both December and January I had elsewhere jobs that kept me from being there. Last night’s Cradle show, however, started early and ran on time, so I was perfectly on time to see most of Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends’ set — Steph has a gorgeous voice and her collaborators are fantastic musicians, and the last time I’d seen her I’d been freezing to death in the Nightlight for a Gambling the Muse show, so I got to appreciate her in relative warmth this time, and I dug her set.

americana revue @ the station: sinful savage tigers

americana revue @ the station: sinful savage tigers

I haven’t seen SST in a few months, since they’ve been hibernating and working on their follow-up to The Last Night Of The Revels, and they sound as great as always. A nice mix of older and newer stuff, and last summer’s addition of Omar Ruiz — TACKLE OMAR — on fiddle really fleshes out their sound. Their music just flat-out makes me happy, even the sad songs, and it’s always a pleasure to take photos of them.

And not to get all sentimental, but the Thursday night shows at the Station were the first place in the Triangle scene I really felt like a part of something, instead of someone looking in at the cool kids, and it’s always nice to have that feeling, to see people I love and hug them and catch up. It was good.

studio session: effingham

studio session: effingham

studio session: effingham

Last night I got to Durham too late to see the Save Our Arts show with the Beast, Mount Moriah, and Megafaun (sold out! Good on them) so I trundled back to the Thrill and spent the evening hanging out with Jeremy Blair and Effingham, who are recording their first full-length in the Cowboy’s studio. (The Cowboy’s house has the best light in the world.) A bunch of the kids in Magnolia Collective came over and did backing vocals; and then everyone rumbled through a sloppy, hilarious, brilliant cover of “Lucille”.

I love studio work so much.

More behind the jump; even more here.

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interview: mipso trio

shakori hills fall 2011: mipso trio

Yesterday I had the undeniable pleasure of sitting down, in a noisy Weaver Street Market, with the three guys who make up fast-rising North Carolina Americana band Mipso Trio. Joseph Terrell, Jacob Sharp, and Wood Robinson will be headlining at the Cradle on Saturday night, with Overmountain Men and Jim Avett. (Details: Saturday 1/14, doors 8PM and show 8:30PM, $8/$10.) I caught Mipso play a wild and unrestrained set to a packed crowd back in October in Shakori, and it was a genuine delight to get to ask a band, in their early days, where they’ve been and where they’re going. All three of the Mipso guys are terrifically charming and funny, in addition to being great musicians, and I had a blast chatting with them and with their manager, Mitch Collman.

If you can’t make the Cradle — like I can’t — you can catch Mipso on WUNC’s the State of Things tomorrow; the band will be on about 12:40. And without further ado (this was a lot of ado), Mipso Trio on majoring in impractical things, writing their new album, why kids’ records are great, and the best place to eat in Chapel Hill after midnight.

bnko: So I was going to ask … y’all met at Carolina, and you said something about classes. Are you still at Carolina?

Joseph Terrell: We’re still at Carolina.

bnko: How did you meet? Are you all in the same department? Are you all in the music department?

JT: I’m a minor, that counts. Wood’s a jazz student. We (Joseph & Jacob) met on a college visit trip, actually, and played music, we had instruments with us.

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