Mike Dronkers / Thursday, March 6 @ 7:39 a.m. / In Studio
Willy Porter returns to KHUM; as a result local guitarists quit trying because, you know, what's the use. (Audio/podcast coming soon)
From early in their childhood in Boulder, CO., Chris and Oliver were steeped in American roots music. Their father, a molecular biologist, would perform classic songs at campfires and family gatherings, while their mother, a poet, instilled a passion for storytelling and turn of phrase.
The brothers bonded over bluesmen like Jimmy Reed and Lightnin’ Hopkins, but their paths, musical and otherwise, would diverge. Oliver moved to Atlanta, where he played guitar in cover bands before earning a spot in Tinsley Ellis’s touring act.
At Ellis’s behest, Oliver began to sing and then founded King Johnson, a hard-touring group that would release six albums of blues-inflected R&B, funk and country over the next 12 years. Chris, meanwhile, studied jazz bass at the New England Conservatory of Music, moved to New York City and, in the early ‘90s, formed Medeski Martin & Wood, which over the next two decades would become a cornerstone of contemporary jazz and abstract music.
Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 @ 8:42 a.m. / In Studio
Oakland's Upside Drown made their KHUM debut alongside Will Sprott (formerly of Mummers). Many a compliment were passed along to the musicians, who dressed up. For the radio. Other bands, take note.
Will Sprott with Upside Drown: stoney doo-wop and unearthly harmony. [Note: there is a very, very wierd pitch filter on Sprott's mic at the beginning. This was an engineering flaw. The mp3 is NOT HAUNTED.]
Upside Drown [Sprottless]: All the odd time signatures you deserve. Also, some talk about spooky woods and Deception Pass.
Their show at Siren's Song was both excellent and seasonally appropriate.