Our final issue of the year! Thanks from Status Hat for listening to our music page as we reflect on another year gone by.
First up we have "238" by Homespun Vector. Building on the outstanding guitar exploration of Rob Servo, this stirring instrumental song blends great rhythm and melodies, with a passionate sense of wordless storytelling. Nice!
Next is the legendary Bay Area drummer Augusta Collins sharing his blues with us as guitarist and singer. After soaking up all the beats he is letting us feel what else he has to say with "1000 Miles From Nowhere". His hypnotic song shares in the age-old sense of longing and desperation that makes this a real blues gem.
That leads right to Brian McGrath who is also on hopeful journey through the backwaters and "Back of the Yards" of America. From Chicago, this songwriter brings us along with him through the emotions and trials of heartache and discovery. A strong a moving song, Brian truly bares his soul.
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December 2, 2010
LISTEN TO HOMESPUN VECTOR:
About Homespun Vector:
Homespun Vector was formed in 2006 as the next musical step after The Kinde Trio. Founded by guitarist Rob Servo as a means to explore composition and collaboration, Homespun Vector brings together a diverse group of musicians in an atmosphere of creativity and improvisation. Since the release of their debut album "Numbers or Words" in 2009 the group has been touring the east coast. Depending on the night and the venue ,performances can range from solo shows to quintet. Currently Homespun Vector is based out of Brooklyn and is back in the studio working on their next album.
Find more of Homespun Vectors's music here:
LISTEN TO AUGUSTA COLLINS:
"1000 MILES FROM NOWHERE (unplugged)" (Also - a video below!)
After 30 years as a renowned Bay Area drummer, Augusta Lee Collins decided to step out from behind the kit and play guitar and sing the Blues. He formed the band Mpulse and is now working with Toney Thibodeaux on lead acoustic and electric guitar and background vocals and Mark Anderson on piano. Augusta is a 2010 inductee into the Bay Area Blue Hall of Fame.
Find More of Augusta's music on these sites:
LISTEN TO BRIAN MCGRATH:
"Back of The Yards"
Chicago has long been blue collar - a place where people work much too hard to worry about irony, a place where the weather equalizes all, a city where people's hands bleed with a day's work. This is Brian McGrath's home.
A folk singer/songwriter, McGrath delivers with pained passion an honest portrayal of the everyday struggles of regular folks. There are no frills here, only the directness and sincerity of a shared experience expressed through vocals that are powerful yet tender, pained yet hopeful. Musically, McGrath's sound is a unique mix of American folk with Irish folk and rock, a perfect backdrop for his vocals and lyrics. Played live, the songs ignite in a fury of passionate urgency that remains long after the embers have faded and the lights go out.
Brian McGrath is currently playing shows in and around Chicago in support of his debut EP, titled "Back of the Yards" The EP can be downloaded at brianmcgrath.bandcamp.com with a no minimum, name-your-price option.
Check out more of Brian McGrath at these sites: