WNKU has had a difficult time getting enough of this 25-year-old Nashville-based musician. Don't let her youth fool you, she's hiding a powerful and soulful voice in her small frame. Madi was kind enough to pay WNKU a visit just before she headed over to the Bunbury Music Festival. She also shared some laughs with John Patrick and Bob the engineer.
Jayne Sachs, our neighbor in Dayton, Ohio was able to visit WNKU's studio before performing at PNC's Acoustic Thursday on Fountain Square. WNKU's Elaine Diehl enjoyed her music, as well as her company. The two discuss the wonderful world of songwriting, and the effects of motherhood on motivation, and writer's block.
Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band had quite the Cincinnati-area schedule last week. On Wednesday the new album, Between the Ditches, landed on our Wednesday Night Premiers show, and Friday the whole gang made a pit-stop in our studio before hopping on 275 to head to Paddlefest.
Equipped with their sense of humor, and high energy playing, they showcased three of their brand new tunes. The line up included; Big Blue Chevy '72, Something for Nothing , and Devils Look Like Angels.
Gary Keegan spent some time with Jon Langford and the members of Skull Orchard on the first of June. The painter and musician, along his gang were able to play a few tunes for us including 1234ever, before their big show at MOTR. Langford began behind the drum kit for The Mekons, but was out in front with a guitar by the time the band recorded its masterpiece, Fear and Whiskey, often credited as the first alternative country album. He discussed more about that unique term, alternative country, with WNKU's Gary Keegan.
Many laughs were shared when The Elders paid WNKU's John Patrick, a visit last week. The group shared several stories about their annual returns to front-man Ian Byrne's home in Wicklow, Ireland to perform. Byrne and his American counterparts make up the group, The Elders, who greatly enjoy the challenge of describing their unique sound. The Elders have achieved a very unique sound, and an equally difficult task is describing exactly what it is that they play.
Sara Watkins stopped by the WNKU studio with her brother Sean to play a few songs from her new album, Sun Midnight Sun. She is on tour currently in support of her second solo release after 20 years with Nickel Creek. Sara even did some work on John Mayer's new album, Born and Raised, released this May.
Scott Miller was kind enough to stop by WNKU's studio to play a few tunes. Though he left behind the rest of the Commonwealth, he managed to bring along a past member of the Commonwealth, Rayna Gellert. Miller and Gellert met at West Virginia's Mountain Stage last year, and have been friends and performing buddies ever since. Together they have a brand new EP entitled, "CoDEPENDENTS". It's a five-song collection of Miller's story-telling songwriting, polished with the talented musical abilities of Rayna Gellert.