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Friday, February 19, 2010

Mystery Artists Revealed

You may have heard a little promo leading up to our March fund drive talking about how WTMD brings you closer to the artists you care about and want to get to know.

The spot had clips of some live music and interviews made here in the TMD studios with artists we did not identify.

So, if you happen to be playing along, here’s the big reveal!

Check out the featured artists below and remember that you make moments like this happen!

Become a new or renewing member today!

Rusted Root
Morning Sessions Air Date: November 6, 2009

The Pittsburgh-based band became a critical and commercial success with its 1994 album, When I Woke, featuring the alternative hits “Ecstasy” and “Send Me on My Way.” Last fall the band released Stereo Rodeo, its first studio album in seven years. Here they are warming up in our studios!

Lead vocalist Michael Glabicki described his songwriting process with the musical collective. “Traditionally, it’s based off the acoustic guitar—the guitar rhythm and the overtones of the guitar," he said. "I kind-of get inside that world … I scat the melodies and formulate those into words later. Then I bring the song to the band, and everybody puts their ideas into it. Then they start to feed into each other, and it turns into something different at that point.”

Eric Lindell
Morning Sessions Air Date: January 29, 2010

The New Orleans native serves up a hybrid of funk, reggae and Americana with a blues backbone. The Baltimore area is a regular stop on his endless touring, but he's still discovering incredible new venues to play.

He recounted how he wound up performing at Club 66 in Edgewood: "[The owners] followed me around for a couple of years, and said, ‘You gotta play our club!’ . . . . After a couple of years of seeing these guys at shows and [hearing] their enthusiasm, I finally get to their club. It’s one of the coolest places I’ve probably played. It’s like an old Elk’s Lodge out in the middle of the country. It’s got a big brick fireplace [and] a BYOB situation. It’s great!"

Morning Sessions Air Date: February 12, 2010

The London-based band's debut, Reservoir, was featured as WTMD's CD of the Month in January and they deliver a charming blend of orchestral-flavored art rock with a literary flair. And their live shows enjoy a little more homespun flair.

“We take our own sort-of bunting with flags and lighting," said bassist Justin Finch. "And the first thing we do when we get to a venue is set up, decorate and make it our own. And yeah, we’re into our own dust bowl carnival sort-of thing.”

Thursday, February 18, 2010

All Good Festival Lineup

Tickets for the the 12th annual All Good Festival go on sale at noon tomorrow. Prices start at $129 and go up to $399 for a VIP pass.

This year's jam-packed spectacular will be headlined by Furthur, featuring Bob Weir and Phil Lesh. Widespread Panic, Parliament/Funkadelic, Dark Star Orchestra, Umphrey's McGee, Lotus and The Yonder Mountain String Band are also on the bill.

Here are some pictures from last year's festival to get you in the mood. Don't forget your Patchouli.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Keepin Up with The Jonsi's

It's hard not to get lost in the other world that is Sigur Ros. Unfortunately, the ethereal Icelandic band with the made-up language, scrapped upcoming plans for 2010 because some of the members are becoming fathers and want to enjoy time with their youngsters. Can't blame 'em!

So, while Sigur Ros is on hiatus, we can pencil in the year to enjoy the solo project of it's falsetto'd singer/guitarist, Jonsi.

Go is coming out April 5th. I played the first single from it, "Go Do" this morning. The melody explodes into this songbird-like fantasy world that only Jonsi could inhabit. As usual, it's quite magical.

Enjoy this free download of "Boy Lilikoi"

Boy Lilikoi by Jónsi

and check out this video for "Go Do"

Jónsi - Go Do from Jónsi on Vimeo.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Tony Sica Passes

We're sorry to inform our listeners that Tony Sica, the original host of Detour has passed away.  We'll have more details later, but for now we would like to direct you the Uptown Concerts web site run by Tony's wife Joyce. 

Please join theWTMD staff in thinking loving thoughts for Tony, Joyce and their family.