I almost always love “stripped” versions of songs better than the originals. If a band can perform sans electricity and keep my attention, sign me up. Expert organic performers, Bird Courage are one of those bands. Stripped is nothing new to Bird Courage, who actually met through continually crossing paths while out busking. Together, they can still be spotted on the streets and subways playing songs for fortunate passersby. Like the exquisite marriage of Iron and Wine and The Tallest Man on Earth, their earnest folk [READ ON]
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SASQUATCH! ANNOUNCES LINE UP, ALREADY IN RUNNING FOR FAVORITE FEST
Festival line-up announcement season is in full swing, reminding us that the cold will soon let up and we’ll be able to rock out to our favorite music in the sunshine. Every year, we rave about how incredible Sasquatch! Festival is, with the breathtaking views of The Gorge in Washington and the laid back vibes you get camping with mostly Northwesterners and Canadians [READ ON]
NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL 2012 RECAP
Photo credit: Luis Ruiz
Despite fighting overcast days and torrential downpours, Newport Folk Festival still managed to achieve the desired effect — amaze viewers with a diverse, stellar lineup, quality production, and streamlined operations. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the weather only enhanced some of the more somber or intense sets. Why not listen to The Tallest Man on Earth while standing in the rain or watch the boys in My Morning Jacket bounce around the stage as a storm rolls in? There’s also something to be [READ ON]
NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL 2012 PREVIEW
Newport Folk Festival is definitely unlike any other that we cover here on The Wild Honey Pie. Subdued in the best way possible, the people who filter through the entrance at Fort Adams State Park do so purely for the music, not to take part in any sort of “scene.” For this reason, the next two days are pretty much my favorite of the year. Filled with bands that span the folk/alt/indie scene, not to mention a location that’s incredibly [READ ON]
WHY TALLEST MAN ON EARTH IS AMAZING
I can’t even pay attention to a folk song, or record for that matter, unless I feel it’s believable. Folk is one of the purest genres in all of music. The essence of a folk song is to strike the listener right in the heart, leaving them defenseless to their emotions. Whether uplifting or sorrowful, a folk song just doesn’t matter unless you feel a palpable emotional connection. There are roughly 8,000 horrible commercials on television with pitiful “folk” tracks to prove this theory.
Kristian Matsson of Dalarna, Sweden doesn’t fit the stereotypical folk description, at least not in name and location. Matsson is the man behind The Tallest Man on Earth and my, is he talented.
Currently signed to Dead Oceans, The Tallest Man on Earth transcends mere believability, commanding immediate attention and respect. Matsson possesses a seasoned and heart-crushing voice. His performances on “Like the Wheel” and “Pistol Dreams” are gorgeous. I was completely fine, but this guy I know, well it seemed like he had allergies or something, because his eyes were really misty. What a sissy.
Matsson’s skill on guitar and banjo is quite unmistakable. “The Gardener” is optimistic and pulsing. “The King of Spain” is just downright cool.
Currently on a tour of the nordic regions, The Tallest Man on Earth released The Wild Hunt and an EP, Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird in the past year, both of which are available on Amazon and iTunes.
This is truly moving stuff.
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