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Alison Brown Quartet - Under the Five Wire

Grammy award winning virtuoso banjoist Alison Brown blends bluegrass and jazz to create a unique and extremely entertaining sound. In town as part of the Best of Bluegrass events in Lexington, we met up with Alison and the band for this amazing session shot on the Legacy bike trail.

For more information about Alison Brown and to buy some of her fantastic music, you can go to http://compassrecords.com/alison-brown

To learn more about the Legacy Trail, you can visit their website at http://mylegacytrail.com/

You can also find out more about Best of Bluegrass on the web at http://www.bluegrasslex.com/
 

Coralee & the Townies - Always, Darlin

Lexington, Kentucky staples and honky tonk soul extraordinaire Coralee & the Townies perform their unique blend of Americana music with heartfelt lyrics, dynamic female vocals, and solid driving rock n roll musicianship. Coralee is an engaging, warm, and personable artist who ensnares casual onlookers and often turns them into die-hard fans.

We met up with the band for an impromptu session in the middle of Triangle Park downtown. Coralee sent the word out about an hour or so before the shoot for any friends and fans to come on out to take part in the session. The result was this fantastic improvised choir of beautiful people. What a great moment. Enjoy!

"Always, Darlin" is available as a free downloadable single from the band's bandcamp page http://coraleeandthetownies.bandcamp....  While you're there, do yourself a favor and purchase their EP too if you haven't already.

To keep track of Coralee and the Townies, like them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Corale...

Special thanks to WUKY for playing Coralee's music on the radio and for helping to spread the word http://www.wuky.org/

This session was shot at Triangle Park in downtown Lexington http://triangleparklexington.org/
 

Wooden Wand - Alpha Dawn

James Jackson Toth (aka Wooden Wand) is a walking encyclopedia of popular music, avid vinyl record collector, and just all around good guy. He also happens to be one of the most prolific and consistently fantastic modern songwriters out today, and we're hononed to call him our friend. Wooden Wand was our very first official Shaker Steps session, and James graciously allowed himself to be our guinea pig in this whole crazy adventure. We've had some equipment upgrades since then, and we've just generally become more proficient with our craft since our first shoot, which is why we wanted to do another session with Wooden Wand and do it right.

We met at one of Wooden Wand's favorite places to hang out and buy new music, CD Central. He performs a new song "Alpha Dawn" in the parking lot behind the record shop in front of a mural by Dronex. That constellation isn't gone... not yet.

Enjoy!

For more information about Wooden Wand and for links to buy his music, check out his website at http://www.woodenwand.org  

Visit CD Central's website at http://www.cdcentralmusic.com  

Special thanks to WRFL for helping to spread the word http://www.wrfl.fm/  

For information about Dronex visit http://www.dronexinc.com  

Small Batch - House of Cards

The term "small batch" usually refers to high quality bourbon that has been produced by mixing the contents of a small number of select barrels. The blend of a relatively few barrels actually creates something better than each individual single barrel could produce by themselves. The whole blended "small batch" is greater than the sum of its singular parts. What a great symbolic name for a bluegrass/americana "super group" like Small Batch. Made up of Melissa (aka Tree) Jackson, Reva Williams, and Warren Byrom. Each accomplished singers and songwriters in their own right. Add in solid foundation Scott Wilmoth on bass and Robby Cosenza on drums/percussion, and you've got... well... the beauty that you hear here.

We met up with Small Batch at an old historic church in Bourbon County called Hopewell Presbyterian Church. The congregation has been around since the late 1700s. Led by Melissa "Tree" on this one, the band plays their song "House of Cards" about temptation. A fitting song for this old country church setting. Enjoy!

Go "like" Small Batch on Facebook to keep up with them https://www.facebook.com/SmallBatchMusic  

For more information about the history of Hopewell Presbyterian Church, check out the following website http://kybackroads.blogspot.com/2008/...  

Special thanks to WRVG for helping to spread the word and who will be posting an interview with the band soon. http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/wrvg/  

Gangstagrass - Bound to Ride

Abandon all preconceptions ye who enter here. Do yourself a favor and listen with an open mind. While at first glance bluegrass and hip hop music seem like polar opposites or in some way mutually exclusive genres, they do in fact connect at some of their deepest roots. Take a critical listen to the early string band, jug band, and blues music of the Southeast like Ma Rainey, The Mississippi Sheiks, or Bukka White. Bluegrass music was essentially forged in the Appalachian Mountains through the mingling of old English/Irish ballads with African American rhythms and lyrical themes. A true cross pollination of people, music, and ideas. Gangstagrass takes these recently divergent vines and ties them back up again. Giving this kind of music new life with whole new possibilities.

We met up with Gangstagrass at Gratz Park in downtown Lexington before their show at Natasha's Bistro & Bar for the kickoff to the week long Best of Bluegrass events in town all leading up to the Festival of the Bluegrass. They perform their song "Bound to Ride."

Enjoy!

For more information about Gangstagrass, check our their website.

To learn more about Best of Bluegrass, please visit their website.

Special thanks to Gratz Park where this session was shot.

Adam Faucett - Possum

An incredibly powerful singer and piercing songwriter, Adam Faucett is mesmerizing. He's an engaging personality and his music is beautiful, raw, and deep. It was a real honor for us to do a session with him.

We met up with Adam at Natasha's Bistro and Bar for some green tea, curry chicken, good company, and some of the most heartfelt music we've had the priviledge to film before his eventual show there that evening. He performs the currently unreleased song "Possom" for his Shaker Steps session. If there is any justice in this world, Adam Faucett and his music will be going places... big places. We'll be happy to keep listening as his journey continues.

Check out Adam's website for more information or to buy some of his music or at least go "like" him on facebook

Special thanks to Natasha's Bistro and Bar

Tim Eriksen - Follow the Birds

"In his chilling Shaker Steps video, Tim Eriksen and the Trio de Pumpkintown open up with the intro "Brethren Sing" in the Sacred Harp tradition, then move into the hair-raising and mystic "Follow The Birds." Filmed in a courtyard of a church in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, which also runs God's Pantry food bank, I couldn't imagine a place more fitting for this ethereal performance."

To see the rest of this writeup please visit Common Folk Music at http://commonfolkmusic.wordpress.com/...  

Special thanks to WRFL and Central Christian Church who administer God's Pantry food bank.

You can learn more about Tim Eriksen and buy his music by visiting his website http://timeriksenmusic.com/

Paul K - Sugar Bay

Documenting songs with the great artists we have the privilege to work with is a treat. But there are treats, and then there are treats. Hanging out with Paul K and filming this session with him was a real treat. He's an extremely influential, innovative, and prolific songwriter. A hero of sorts to many and for some unconscionable reason he's still not as well known as he should be. He's essentially a real Lexington legend. People "in-the-know" know how amazing he is, but if you ain't hip to him yet, take a listen and learn a thing or two.

For his Shaker Steps session Paul K sings these two beautiful songs "Sugar Bay" and "Please Be Here When I Get Home." He has recently released a three album trifecta of awesome called Beacon Hill (Serenade, Sonata, & Suite). Like I said, the guy is prolific. His music is a rabbit hole well worth stumbling into. Our session was shot at Lexington mainstay for vinyl records and other pop culture items Pops Resale on Leestown Road.

Paul K http://paulksongs.com/

Pops Resale http://www.popsresale.com/index.html

WRFL http://wrfl.fm/

William Tyler - We Can't Go Home Again

Nashville lifer and raw countrified shamanic solo guitarist extrordinaire William Tyler has been a very in-demand musician who has played with the likes of Lamb Chop, Silver Jews, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and Wooden Wand. In 2010 he released his first solo instrumental record called Behold the Spirit to much critical acclaim. William has since signed to Merge Records who will be releasing his next album Impossible Truth due out March 19th. William Tyler also happens to be a WRFL Boomslang Festival alumn, and they will be playing songs off the new album once its released. So keep an ear out for that!

William was in Lexington for a recording session with Wooden Wand, and he very graciously agreed to film a Shaker Steps session with us before he headed back to Nashville. We walked around and found a very cool locally owned little leather shop called The Last Genuine Leather Co. where they do custom work and provide an opportunity for local artisans to sell their wares. William plays this beautifully moving song "We Can't Go Home Again" off his upcoming album.

You can pre-order Impossible Truth from Merge Records at https://www.mergerecords.com/store/st...  

Connect with William Tyler via his website http://www.williamtyler.net/  

WRFL Radio Free Lexington http://wrfl.fm/  

The Last Genuine Leather Co. http://www.lastgenuineleather.net/  

Justin Paul Lewis - Salt

While in Lexington, Justin met up with the Shaker Steps crew to shoot a session at the Barrel House Distillery. Featuring trumpet player Michael Felker, these videos beautifully capture this rare occasion and in Justin's words: "It was nice to play intimately with Mike like that. We are usually on stages with mics and monitors feeding us with sound. At the distillery it was just us and a bunch of bourbon." Read on at http://commonfolkmusic.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/shaker-steps-and-common-folk-...

Justin Paul Lewis website: http://www.lewisliveshere.com
WUKY website: http://www.wuky.org
Common Folk Music blog: https://commonfolkmusic.wordpress.com
Barrel House Distillery website: http://barrelhousedistillery.com

St. Paul - Broken Bones and Pocket Change

St. Paul and the Broken Bones brought their distinct brand of Southern Soul music from Birmingham Alabama on tour and made a stop in Lexington, Kentucky at Willie’s Locally Known. As you may be able to tell from his music, Paul was “brought up in the church” and was actually groomed from a young age to become a preacher. We’re glad he’s so far seemed to have chosen a “higher calling.” Before their show, the guys met up with Shaker Steps at The Lexington Center attached to Rupp Arena. We actually got extremely lucky with this shoot. We set up towards the back of the Lexington Center and started playing and filming. Towards the end of the song a security guard came up to us and we thought for sure we were about to get kicked out, but instead the security guard offered to open up a private ballroom with an even better windowed view of downtown Lexington and great lighting. We hope you enjoy this live rendition of their song “Broken Bones and Pocket Change.”

You can listen to and buy their EP via Bandcamp

Or connect with St. Paul and the Broken Bones via Facebook

Additional interview from WRVG (Georgetown College Radio) with the band coming soon!

Tyler Childers - William Hill

This Shaker Steps session was a collaboration with Common Folk Music, so please click on the link for a detailed writeup of the artist and the session.

Thank you!

Wooden Wand - No Debts

We could not be prouder that our first Shaker Steps “take away show” features our very good friend James Jackson Toth (aka Wooden Wand). James graciously agreed to be our guinea pig in this experiment, and we’re so glad he did. In this life there are really only two kinds of songwriters. There are those people that write songs, and then there are songwriters. James is that rare latter breed. He is a true songwriter to his core, and we’re very happy to help present his gift to you.

Forgive the wind as our session was filmed just after a particularly strong storm. It was just too interesting of a take to disregard simply because the wind didn’t realize it was going to get in the way of this beautiful song of longing. “No Debts” is the last song on Wooden Wand’s upcoming album Blood Oaths of the New Blues set to be released in early January, 2013. The album itself really highlights Wooden Wand as a full band, but this last song stands as a stripped-down lonely troubadour and his guitar coda. So in that sense, this live version, is true to the version you’ll find on the album when you get it, and we hope you will.


You can pre-order Blood Oaths of the New Blues through
Fire Records

Wooden Wand:
Website, Facebook