Rust Belt-born, Navy veteran Drew Nelson talks to KRUU host Keith DeBoer about his mix of Americana and roots-rock with traditional folk influenced by Bo Ramsey, Jimmy LaFave and John Gorka. Topics include life in a small town, his approach to character based songwriting, his native American Indian roots and hot yoga as a substitute for a sweat lodge. Check out this lively interview with an up and coming roots-rock player you'll be hearing a lot more from in future years.
KRUU host Keith DeBoer has an informal afternoon chat with Gavin Jones. A singer-songwriter whose sound has been described as a sweet, soft, and unique acoustic folk that shares a melodic lineage with Jeff Buckley, Bon Iver and James Vincent McMorrow. His gentle falsetto and soaring melodies lead listeners to a silent contentment and takes them on a journey through the human heart. His album, called simply, The Fountain, features homespun tales of relationships, nature, God, honesty, frailty and strength. A rare and perfect intersection of heart, mind, wood, string and a voice that explores the depths of our universal soul.
In this succinct and refreshing discussion, KRUU host Keith DeBoer chats with award winnning songwriter Maya de Vitry about her musical passion and her band, The Stray Birds. Maya waxes philosophic on the band's motivations for performance, creating "space" in their music and the inspiration behind her award winning songs: Sparrow, Harlem and others.
This week's feature is the soulfull folk rock of Mike Mangione and The Union. I'll be playing tracks from their brand new and unreleased album. Bo Ramsey (of Greg and Pieta Brown) says: "When I first saw Mike and his band I thought, this is a real band--unique and dynamic!" Mike Mangione's band consists of the usual drums, bass and guitar but adds violin and cello to create its special sound. They will be performing at Cafe Paradiso on Friday March 8th.
Well the night’s busted open on those two lanes to anywhere
There’s a kiss on my cheek and it burns so I leave it there
I step on the gas and something begins to shake
It’s my heart and it’s singing, boy, this is more than you can take
--Mike Mangione, You Don't Wann Leave
Keith DeBoer leads a delightful 30 minute conversation with rising star Paul Thorn about his music, his songwriting, skydiving, his career as a professional boxer and losing his virginity while listening to Men At Work. Paul pulls no punches and does some straight talkin on topics like family, life on the road, American Idol, selling his folk art, race relations in the deep south and much more. All of Paul's recent albums have spent time at the top of the Americana charts so check out this up and coming roots rocker!
David Olney has been described as the Leonard Cohen of Americana music. He has been lauded by Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and many others. His songs have been recorded by Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and more. David was kind enough to join Keith DeBoer in a frank and personal discussion of his early folk music roots, life on the road, his approach to live performance and how inspiration and perspiration become the fine art of songwriting.
KRUU host, Keith DeBoer spent an entertaining and deeply personal half hour with the husband and wife duo Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart. The discussed their 400,000 miles of touring in the same vehicle, their new album (Dedication) and its piano driven ballads, its Beatlesque undertones, life, love and the pursuit of musical happiness.
Keith DeBoer caught up with Grammy nominee Mathew Santos at his home in Chicago, just after his recent tour (and bike ride around the neighborhood). They discuss 'on the road' stories, collaborations with Lupe Fiasco, following your dream, playing solo vs. with his band, and more.
A lively interview with Bill Kirchen, dubbed by Guitar Player magazine as the "Titan of the Telecaster". KRUU host, Keith DeBoer finds out that Bill's stunning guitar work is matched only by his energy, enthusiasm and wonderful sense of humor.
KRUU host, Keith DeBoer, had a brief, but informative, afternoon chat with Benson Ramsey (son of guitarist Bo Ramsey) about his songwriting process and his hot new indie folk, band The Pines.