Episode 2.3 (Patrick Coman / Leon Russell)

Video Still 2 Yours truly, Patrick Coman here. It was an incredible pleasure to put these two songs together with my friends Krista Baroni and Jay Psaros. In addition to a brand new song of mine “Rock (When I Roll)” we also recorded Leon Russell’s masterpiece ballad “Magic Mirror”. It’s a song often overlooked his catalog but one of my alltime favorites from a songwriter, performer, and producer who really helped put the “Tulsa Sound” of my hometown on the map. His music taught me how to blend rock, folk, blues, and more in a way that can only come from a State in the middle of the country, where musicians traveled the highways and byways and shared stories and songs for generations. Enjoy! -Patrick

 

Episode 2.2 (Jay Psaros / Gordon Lightfoot)

jaypsarosJay Psaros is one of the hardest working musicians I know. We met at a jam session a couple years back and realized we had a lot in common with the projects we were working in addition to our own performing careers. We kicked around the idea of a PB & Jay Records / For the Sake of the Song collaboration and after a couple of false starts ended up on the idea of this video series. Jay is a songwriter with an ear for a hook and guitar chops to match, reminiscent of some of the great 1970s rock singer/songwriters like Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello,  and Peter Wolf. So it is perfect to hear him tackle this AM rock staple from Gordon Lightfoot alongside his own “Whiskey In The Rain”. Check them out below! -Patrick

 

Episode 2.1 (Krista Baroni / Josh Ritter)

kristabaroniI first was introduced to Krista’s music by way of her latest album The Alabaster Girl, which we played constantly on WUMB where I DJ and produce Local Folk (2 hr show dedicated to New England artists). Her ethereal voice and haunting Laurel Canyon-esque melodies were enough to have me hooked. We’ve since been fortunate enough to share the stage numerous times and in this episode we join together with PB&Jay Records’ Jay Psaros (on farfisa and banjo of all things!) for a cover of Josh Ritter’s “Right Moves” and Krista’s own “Dear Moon Child”. The Ritter song in particular is a great example of how a contemporary writer can influence an artist to dig deeper into a classic sound. Enjoy! -Patrick

 

Ian Fitzgerald / Jakob Dylan (Ep. #9)

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 I met Ian several years ago through a producer we were both working with at the time, Eric Lichter (who runs the great Dirt Floor Studios in CT). Ian’s album from those sessions Empty Like The Lion’s Den was a benchmark and in listening to the way the music’s simplicity matched Ian’s sometimes complicated and always interested turns of phrase. Like watching a great athlete at the top of their game, he is so honed in on his craft that he makes it look easier than it is. Below Ian tackles Jakob Dylan’s “We Don’t Live Here Anymore” plus his own “The Devil You Know” and talks a bit about the power of language. Recorded at Razor’s Barbershop in Somerville, MA. 

 

Jenee Halstead / Dolly Parton (Ep. #8)

download I got to know Jenee when she joined us last June for our 2013 summer Roadshow and to hear her sing is an  experience you won’t forget – it’s beautiful, haunting, mournful, and full of hope all at the same time. Much like her  idol Dolly  Parton (who allegedly wrote the smash hits I Will Always Love You and Jolene in the same evening),  Jenee is tenacious songwriter who imbues her material with the types of details that make her characters come  alive. Case in point “Dusty Rose” from her 2008 album The River Grace. Check out a live version below as well as  Jenee’s take on the Dolly Parton classic “Jolene”, recorded after hours at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA.

 

 

Dan Blakeslee / Bob Dylan (Ep. #7)

If you looked up the definition for “magnetic personality” you would find a picture of Dan Blakeslee. He’s got the type of energy that people are just drawn to. It’s not just because he is a fantastically talented musician and visual artist (for info on both visit www.danblakeslee.com) but he also has a passion and a conviction that are simply contagious, so when I and cinematographer Brady Holden started thinking about this project, we knew right away that Dan would be a perfect fit. On a freezing cold February morning Dan joined us for this shoot at Razor’s Barbershop in Somerville, MA. While he passed on the straight razor shave (believe me, they tried!) he did leave us with a haunting version of Bob Dylan’s classic “She Belongs To Me” as well as his own “Picture In My Wallet”. Dan is currently raising money for his forthcoming album Owed To The Tangling Wind, visit his Pledge Music page to contribute.

-Patrick

Spring Roadshow Preview

For our next episode, enjoy all four videos from our spring Roadshow preview with DeSant Productions; including Greg Klyma leading Tom Petty’s “Stop Dragging My Heart Around”, Corty Byron with Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released”, and Patrick Coman doing Townes Van Zandt’s “White Freightliner Blues”.


Greg Klyma – “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” (Tom Petty)

 

Corty Byron – “I Shall Be Released” (Bob Dylan)

 

Patrick Coman – “White Freightliner Blues” (Townes Van Zandt)


Spring Roadshow Behind The Scenes

Episode #5: Neil Young

In our first episode of 2014, For the Sake of the Song joins with the WUMB Radio Network to present a Tribute To Neil Young, featuring Boston-based acts The Grown Up Noise and Autumn Hollow. The performance takes place at the Davis Square Theatre in Somerville, MA.

Episode #3: Hank Williams

We’re excited today to unveil the latest episode of our video series with A Tribute To Hank Williams featuring Susan Cattaneo, Sam Otis Hill, & The Grownup Noise! Hear them talk about Hank’s influence and play tunes like “Cold, Cold Heart”, “Jambalaya”, and “Lost Highway”!