It’s one of those places worthy of a pilgrimage if you’ve never been. When I was very young, I used to sit in my grandmother’s attic apartment and listen to my brother’s cassette tape of U2’s live concert that was recorded there. I remember later seeing that same concert on TV and being amazed at how it was raining, and at how the band was nestled in between two enormous rocks. At this point in my life, I hadn’t even been to Colorado. It wasn’t until the late nineties that I made the pilgrimage myself, stood on the stage and yelled – “This is Red Rocks! This is The Edge!”
Figured it out yet? I’m talking about Red Rocks – one of the most amazing looking and sounding places to see in music on the planet. This week, we’re pulling out a gem from our archives and giving it another go. The show you are about to hear on our broadcast/podcast this week was originally recorded there back in 2012. With the legendary venue as the setting, we are dropping in three legendary entertainers to make it even more HUGE – Emmylou Harris, Arlo Guthrie and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Yes…that Steve Martin, who happens to also be a pretty amazing banjo player.
For the next two weeks you can let your mind take you to this wonderful place, as we’ll air Part 1 of this two-part music and conversation odyssey this week, and will finish it out with the second half next week. In Part 1, you’ll hear Emmylou and Arlo, along with a great eChievement Award story. Next week we’ll go back to Red Rocks to round things out with more from Emmylou, along with some great music and conversation with Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
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There’s no doubt about it – where you are can have a huge effect on who you are as a person at any point in time, as well as who you become as you continue to grow older. The same goes for music. Place plays a huge role in how music is formed. An environment can bleed its way into the sounds of an instrument, and the subtleties and inflections of a singer’s voice. You can’t tell this from reading this post, but if you spoke to me in person, you’d easily detect that I am from the south. That region of the country shaped the way I speak and even the way I play music myself. Different landscapes can also call for different sounds to go along with them. How many times have you been on a road trip, and put great thought into what music you’d listen to at various stages in the drive? It’s almost as if each changing landscape calls for just the right music to accompany your stairs through the windshield. Am I trailing off too deep here? Hope not.
This week we have two great musical guests that prove that a connection to PLACE is a big thing in music. Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors join us from Nashville (by way of Memphis), while Del Barber joins us all the way from the Canadian Prairies region. Both artists bring lots of stories with them in their music, as well as to share with eTown host Nick Forster during the interview portions. Place has played a huge role in the art these artists make. When you are listening, see if you can pick out the subtleties, as well as any places where influences may overlap. It will be a fun game, not unlike games you might play in your car during a road trip.
Our eChievement Award winner this week tells his story of transformation from a natural products business titan, to a man who wanted to find more meaning in his life by finding a unique way to combat malnutrition around the world by providing vitamins to people in need.
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A little bit can go a long way. Many times so much further than “a lot.” An old friend that was my first Afro-Cuban drumming teacher back in the 90’s taught me that, and it has stuck with me ever since. I’m reminded of that lesson time and time again working here at eTown. I hear it come up in conversations with the visiting artists, I hear it in the music some of them share, I see it in the day-to-day operations of the organization, and I am constantly reminded of it when I hear our eChievement Award winners tell their stories about how small efforts and small steps can make a huge difference.
Fittingly this week, we are bringing you two musical guests who take the stage to share music that is stripped down to its bare essentials – and beautiful because of it. Sarah Jarosz has been with us once before, and for her second visit (in this week’s episode) she brings the same small ensemble of musicians she has been traveling with for a while. Each member of this trio is a master of his/her vast domain of sounds and instruments, but none of them over do anything. Her music is sparse and everything is in its right musical place. It’s hard for me to describe, but when you listen to her Sarah’s music (if you are not yet familiar) I think you will know what I mean.
Also with us this week is Austin-based duo Wild Child. They bring equally open music to this week’s episode, but an entirely different mood and vibe lies within their music. The artists this week bring a good balance between introspection and carefree happiness, a recipe that makes for an hour of great programming.
Our eChievement Award winner this week is a voice you may have heard before depending on your age. Stan Brock once co-hosted the popular nature TV program “Wild Kingdom.” He has since stepped away from the limelight, and taken on an initiative to provide free medical care to folks living in remote areas around the world. A HUGE idea that started with a few small steps.
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