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Aron Magner on Spaga

Wanted to tell you about a new Jazz trio called Spaga. They make interesting stripped down acoustic jazz music, and feature Aron Magner on piano. Of course, you know Aron from his other prominent project The Disco Biscuits, but as luck would have it, he has carved out some time to get back to his original passion, jazz piano. He created this project as an ode, to his humble beginnings, and wanted to test the limits of his abilities and those of his co-horts on this project. For my ears at...


Rayland Baxter

Rayland Baxter will be releasing a new EP called Good mmornin’ due out July 26th, which is a series of covers of Mac Miller’s work. If you’re unfamiliar with Miller, he was a hip hop artist who past last September at the age of 26. He was prolific during his short life, but demons, including depression and drug abuse caught up to him. The juxtaposition of Rayland’s spirit and Miller’s work was kind of initially difficult to get my head around, but having heard the EP now several times, I’m...


Live 5 - July 10, 2019.

Featured Songs: First Song: 01:18 - Leftover Salmon - U.S. Blues - July 4, 2019 at Red Rocks Second Song: 11:29 - Goose - Movin' Out - June 15, 2019 Stamford, CT Third Song: 16:06 - Umphrey's McGee - Let's Dance - July 6, 2019 Quincy, CA Fourth Song: 23:10 - Gov't Mule - I'm a Ram > Unblow Your Horn > The Joker > I'm a Ram - July 3, 2019 Asheville, NC Fifth Song: 40:13 - Dead and Company - Eyes of the World - July 6, 2019 Boulder, CO



I spent the last few days in Boston, MA, catching the pair of Phish shows at Fenway Park, and those were awesome. Luckily for me, Spafford, a band that we've featured on the show a couple of times and on LiveFive numerous times were also in town playing two after Phish shows at the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA, and third show Sunday at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, MA. Having never seen the band live, I was pretty psyched to take in all the sights and sounds and get a feel for what I...


Live 5 - July 3, 2019.

Featured Songs: First Song: 01:52 - Greensky Bluegrass - Keep on Going - 06-29-19 - Portland, OR Second Song: 10:56 - Gov’t Mule - Patchwork Quilt - 06-29-19 - Butler, Ohio Third Song: 16:25 - Railroad Earth - Elko -06-29-19 - Butler, Ohio Fourth Song: 26:19 - Widespread Panic - Walkin’ for Your Love - 06-29-19 - Morrison, CO Fifth Song: 31:29 - Billy Strings - Me and My Uncle - 06-28-19 - Back Home Festival


Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange

Tides of A Teardrop is Mandolin Orange's latest release, and we only recently had the opportunity to sit down with them. Their last record, 2016's Blindfaller garnered wild acclaim, and I can tell you that Tides of a Teardrop should eclipse that. It's a deeply personal record, written primarily by Andrew Marlin, with some input from Emily Frantz. Together, the duo make absolutely incredible roots music, beyond the bluegrass label they've been tagged with. This interview is an intimate one...


Devon Allman & Duane Betts

If you’ve been listening to this podcast for at least a year, you’ll know that we’re big fans of both Devon Allman and Duane Betts, and both have been on the show separately and together since we began. Last summer Duane joined Devon on the road, supporting the Devon Allman project. Things went well, and they collaborated on writing some tunes, recorded them, and got a band together in time for a tour, and today on June 28th, the Allman Betts Band has released their debut album, Down to the...


Live 5 - June 26, 2019.

Featured Songs: First Song: 01:52 - Leftover Salmon - 06-20-19 - Tangled Up in Blue - Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Telluride, CO Second Song: 10:28 - Greensky Bluegrass - 06-21-19 - Radio Blues - Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Telluride, CO Third Song: 14:59 - Gov’t Mule - 06-23-19 - John the Revelator - 06-22-19 - The Lawn at White River - Indianapolis, IN Fourth Song: 26:06 - Umphrey’s McGee w Jason Bonham/Eric Krasno - 06-23-19 - Whole Lotta Love - Red Rocks Amp - Morrison,...


Joanne Shaw Taylor

Reckless Heart is Joanne Taylor Shaw's 6th in just a few years of recording and was produced in Detroit, Michigan a bit of a haul from Black Country in England where she grew up and indeed fell in love with the very native blues of that area, and of course soul music. So it should come as no surprise that this latest release is packed full of great blues licks, but absolutely soulful vocals which pop out of your headphones or speakers as you listen. We recently caught up with Joanne, as she...


Danny Louis of Gov't Mule

Next week the band will be releasing their highly anticipated Bring on the Music live at the Capitol Theatre package in various CD and DVD packages. You can check out all the configurations at Aside from front man and guitar wizard Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule is made up of 3 other extremely talented musicians including founding member Matt Abts on drums, Jorgensen Carlsson on bass, and keyboard and frankly multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis. Together this quartet makes genre and mind...


Live 5 - June 19, 2019.

Featured Songs: First Song: 01:52 - Chris Robinson Brotherhood 05-26-19 - New Cannonball Rag - Chillicothe, Illinois Second Song: 09:56 - Yonder Mountain String Band 06-07-19 - 40 Miles from Denver - Wilmington, North Carolina Third Song: 13:57 - Greensky Bluegrass 06-08-19 - What Happened to Jim - Wellston, Michigan - Camp Greensky Fourth Song: 21:33 - Billy Strings 06-08-19 - Rain and Snow - Naugan, Montana - Silver Cloud Campout Fifth Song: 25:00 - Dead & Company 06-14-19 - To Lay Me...


Cisco Adler

If you are initially shocked that this hip-hop producer has the chops to pull off a record called Hippieland, give your head a shake and think again. Adler's father, Lou Adler produced some of the greatest musicians we know of including The Mamas and The Papas and Carole King. In fact, this laid back, chill vibe, this very genuine hippie thing that Adler has re-discovered in his latest record is part of his DNA. Sure he's collaborated and won Grammy's for his day time gig but one spin of...


Live 5 - June 12, 2019.

Featured Songs: First Song: 01:52 - moe. with Mike Gordon - 06-01-19 - In Memory of Elizabeth Reed - Red Rocks - Morrison, CO Second Song: 22:08 - Greensky Bluegrass - 06-06-19 - Two Tickets To Paradise - Camp Greensky - Wellston, MI Third Song: 30:03 - Billy Strings - 06-06-19 - Midnight on the Highway - Camp Greensky - Wellson, MI Fourth Song: 33:03 - Widespread Panic - 06-08-19 - Thin Air Smells Like Mississippi - Brandon Amphitheater - Brandon, MS Fifth Song: 38:15 - Dead & Company...


Live 5 - June 5, 2019.

Featured Songs: First Song: 01:52 - moe. - Buster - Summer Camp Music Festival - Chilicothe, Illinois - 05-25-19 Second Song: 18:16 - Greensky Bluegrass - Ain't Wastin' Time No More - Augusta, Georgia - 05-24-19 Third Song: 23:00 - Spafford - Whipping Post - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - 05-25-19 Fourth Song: 33:10 - Leftover Salmon - Up On The On The Hill Where They Do The Boogie - Thornville, Ohio - 05-26-19 Fifth Song: 39:02 - Dead & Company - Mr. Charlie - Mountain View, California -...


Ryan Zoidis

To describe Lettuce, in any specific genre would in itself be as silly as their name. They are a genre-busting six-member funk/jazz/soul/jam/psychedelic/hip-hop/art rock/ambient/avant-garde/experimental collective formed in 1992 by four alumni of the prestigious Berklee College of Music. But you probably knew that already. They've released a series of a records, but it's been a while since 2017's Witch's Stew a tribute to Miles Davis came out. They are constantly on the road, trying out new...


Keb' Mo'

We've long admired Keb' Mo'. He is a crafty guitar playing bluesman, who is equally adept at both acoustic and electric blues guitar, but his real appeal is in his songwriting and storytelling. Oklahoma marks his 18th album, and it is likely his best yet, which is saying something given that he has won multiple Grammys and most recently released an album with roots-music icon Taj Mahal. So you can imagine, my absolute thrill to get the opportunity to chat with Keb. Our discussion while...


Live 5 - May 29, 2019.

Featured Songs: First Song: 00:39 - Pigeons Playing Ping Pong - Sports Theme - 05-16-19 - Domefest - Masontown, West Virginia Second Song: 05:17 - Umphrey’s McGee - Sledgehammer - 05-24-19 - Summer Camp - Chillicothe, Illinois Third Song: 11:26 - Aqueous - Short Skirt, Long Jacket - 05-17-19 - Domefest - Masontown, West Virginia Fourth Song: 15:05 - Disco Biscuits - Aquatic Ape - 05-23-19 - The Ogden - Denver, Colorado Fifth Song: 27:21 - Jeff Tweedy - Jesus, Etc - 10-08-18 - Theater at...


Keller Williams

Keller Williams will release yet another record, "Add" due out May 31st. Keller is just about as prolific a singer-songwriter that there is in our scene these days. As you'll soon hear, Keller is always thinking about expanding his craft, and is constantly thinking about not only how he writes and performs his music, but also how it will be received. We shared a few laughs in this one, and I can tell you first hand, Keller is a super good guy, that is always super accommodating when we reach...


Tal Wilkenfeld

Tal Wilkenfeld's sophomore record Love Remains has been out since mid March, and shame on you if you haven't heard it. Even more shameful probably is, is if you've never heard of this absolute prodigious woman who has played bass for the likes of Herbie Hancock and Jeff Beck. Her career has already been a fairy tale for anyone into classic rock, and music more generally. She counts people like Jackson Browne, Benmont Tench, as friends, which in and of itself is so random. She has also sat in...


Live 5 - May 22, 2019.

Featured Songs: First Song: 00:39 - Dark Star Orchestra - 08-02-18 - Eyes of the World - Canal Side - Buffalo, New York Second Song: 13:48 - Spafford - 02-09-19 - Red’s Jam - Buffalo Iron Works - Buffalo, New York Third Song: 29:08 - Aqueous - 12-30-19 - King for a Day - Aqueous - Nietzsche’s - Buffalo, New York Fourth Song: 39:08 - Tauk - 11-17-18 - Tom Sawyer - Buffalo Iron Works - Buffalo, New York Fifth Song: 47:18 - Bob Weir with Wolf Bros. - Brokedown Palace - 03-15-19 - Shae’s...