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Etown is an exciting weekly radio broadcast heard from coast to coast on NPR, public and commercial stations. Every etown show is taped in front of a live audience and features performances from many of today's top musical artists as well as conversations and information about the world around us. At etown, we build community through music.

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A Broadcast/Podcast Decorated For The Holidays

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:46

It’s starting to feel a lot like the holidays here at eTown. Another year is coming to a close. Our production schedule is moving right along and the little elves that make things around here (like radio shows, interview content, and videos) have been hard at work to close out the year with a bang. All of that said, we have a great holiday-themed program for all of you eTown-ers out there.

OtR_blog_leftThis week, husband-and-wife songwriting duo Linford Detweiler and Karen Berquist (AKA Over The Rhine) park their sleigh at eTown Hall to share a few numbers from their bag of holiday musical explorations. Realizing that the holidays mean a lot of different things to folks, depending on who you may ask, Karen and Linford do an amazing job of exploring and delivering holiday music from all angles – melancholy, sarcasm, humor and love. They are joined by Nick and Helen, and the eTones, on a couple of songs, and also deliver a few more paired down numbers in their set. One song that really gave me chills at the taping was their performance of their song “Drunkard’s Prayer.” Check that one out in the videos below. Beautiful and haunting stuff!

Max_right_blogTaos-based singer/songwriter Max Gomez also makes his second visit to eTown in this week’s episode. Oddly enough, I randomly ran into Max on the streets of Taos just about a month ago during a weekend road trip with my dog and girlfriend. We were discussing his first visit to eTown, and how great it would be to have him back. It’s funny how small the world can be sometimes. It’s great to get reminders that we are all connected in mysterious ways. Max was great (as always) and brought an excellent piano player with him this time around to share in the musical joy.

Award_blogOur eChievement Award winner this week is a young girl from Walnut Creek, California who came up with a way to repurpose lost and discarded clothing found at ski resorts in California for the homeless. Not only does she share her heart-warming story during her interview with Nick, but she also turned out to be an amazing flute player. She joins Nick, Helen, Over The Rhine and Max Gomez on stage for the show finale this week. Very cool stuff!

 

Be sure to tune in or podcast!

 

– Zack

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A Harp On Stage? – Yes, Please.

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:46

This week’s broadcast/podcast brings a pairing of newcomers to the eTown stage, as well as a moving eChievement Award interview. It’s also the first time a harp has graced the stage at eTown Hall outside of the classical setting.

IMG_9994First up is Katie Herzig. Katie is originally from Colorado, but now finds herself living in Nashville, and enjoying a career as a songwriter. Her music has been heard on countless television programs and movies, and for good reason. She’s smart, original and her songs hold up as masterpieces in any delivery style – built up with a large band, or stripped down to just Katie and a guitar. Nick and Helen (and the eTones) join Katie on a few songs, and adapt seamlessly per usual. I’m always impressed by the eTone’s ability to really branch out when duty calls. Nick and Helen’s ability to realize an artist’s musical vision, no matter how diverse the sound may be, is something that always blows me away. (See the video below for Katie’s song “Frequencies” and you’ll see what I mean.)

IMG_8136Also with us for a first visit is Montreal-based group the Barr Brothers. Andrew and Brad Barr first made a mark on the music scene with their earlier, nimble trio called The Slip. I used to see The Slip everywhere back when I was touring in the earlier 2000’s. I was always a fan of their music, their songwriting and in particular, Andrew Barr’s approach to playing the drums. At the taping for this week’s episode, Andrew played a bicycle wheel, banjo strings, tied bells around his ankles, and did just about anything else you could do to add atmosphere to the band’s already mighty soundscapes. The interaction between the band and their harp player is amazing! Also joining them on stage is Denver-based guitarist Dave Devine, who is a master in his own right. Check out his other band, Relay, if you are so inclined.

IMG_0134Rounding everything out this week is a great, in-person eChievement Award story focusing on Bob Bell’s organization, Food For Thought, that has devised a great strategy for providing nutritious food to lees fortunate school children in the Denver area.

It’s another great show this week. Be sure to tune in, podcast and watch the videos!

 

– Zack

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Reinventing Musical Conventions – This Week’s Episode

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 06:32

Time and time again, I’m surprised by how awesome a band sounds, when I walk into production for an eTown taping with little previous knowledge of that act. This week we are digging back into the archives an unearthing a show we originally taped and aired back in 2013, with newcomers Lord Huron, and returning eTown-er Joseph Arthur.

Lord Huron really blew me away. Their sound is about as cinematic as it gets, with each song painting pictures in my head of vast landscapes and visual emotions. I love it when bands re-invent the sounds of what particular instrumental combinations are capable of pulling off. In particular, I was drawn to the drummer’s unconventional setup, and he didn’t disappoint at all throughout the evening. This band provides perhaps some of the most creative and original sounding music I’ve heard in quite some time, and I’m now a big fan.

Also with us is singer/songwriter and visual artist Joseph Arthur, who makes his second appearance in eTown on this episode. Joseph bleeds creativity in everything he does, and it was a real treat to have him back with us. His songs are smart, and can cover the range between humorous and dark effortlessly. In addition, he brought more of his hand-painted guitars with him this time around, which are just as much of a site to behold, as they are to hear. Be sure to check out the videos below to get a visual of his creations.

Along with lots of great music and conversation with this week’s visiting artists, we have a great eChievement Award story about a South Carolinian who came up with a way to grow gardens of fresh vegetables and produce for folks not fortunate enough to have the space to grow their own.

It’s a solid hour of ‘feel good’ entertainment again this week. Be sure to tune in, download the free podcast and check out the behind-the-scenes videos.
Until next week –

 

Zack

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Reinventing Musical Conventions – This Week’s Episode

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 06:32

Time and time again, I’m surprised by how awesome a band sounds, when I walk into production for an eTown taping with little previous knowledge of that act. This week we are digging back into the archives an unearthing a show we originally taped and aired back in 2013, with newcomers Lord Huron, and returning eTown-er Joseph Arthur.

DSC_1272Lord Huron really blew me away. Their sound is about as cinematic as it gets, with each song painting pictures in my head of vast landscapes and visual emotions. I love it when bands re-invent the sounds of what particular instrumental combinations are capable of pulling off. In particular, I was drawn to the drummer’s unconventional setup, and he didn’t disappoint at all throughout the evening. This band provides perhaps some of the most creative and original sounding music I’ve heard in quite some time, and I’m now a big fan.

DSC_1011Also with us is singer/songwriter and visual artist Joseph Arthur, who makes his second appearance in eTown on this episode. Joseph bleeds creativity in everything he does, and it was a real treat to have him back with us. His songs are smart, and can cover the range between humorous and dark effortlessly. In addition, he brought more of his hand-painted guitars with him this time around, which are just as much of a site to behold, as they are to hear. Be sure to check out the videos below to get a visual of his creations.

Along with lots of great music and conversation with this week’s visiting artists, we have a great eChievement Award story about a South Carolinian who came up with a way to grow gardens of fresh vegetables and produce for folks not fortunate enough to have the space to grow their own.

It’s a solid hour of ‘feel good’ entertainment again this week. Be sure to tune in, download the free podcast and check out the behind-the-scenes videos.
Until next week –

Zack

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Giving Thanks This Week

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:00

It feels good to have weeks like this holiday week. While so much is made about the food and the travel associated with the Thanksgiving holiday, the real focus should be to step back and look around and give thanks for the world around us – for family, friends, co-workers, the beautiful places in the world – and, of course, the gift of music!

This week we are dipping into the archives to bring out a great encore episode (originally recorded back in 2013) that will certainly warm a few burners on your internal stove.

Brett Dennen and Sera CahooneFirst up, singer/songwriter Brett Dennen is with us. Brett has been on the show with us several times since he got his start. He’s become a great friend to all of us here at eTown, and we are always glad to have him with us. This time around, Brett visits us to share some introspective songs from his latest release – inspired by the time he is currently spending in the mountains of California. Not only does Brett’s music fit right into the eTown glove, he also lives and breathes eTown’s core value of finding ways to make positive differences out there in the world. Very cool guy!

Brett Dennen and Sera CahooneAlso with us is songstress Sera Cahoone, who shares her dark and beautiful songs as a solo performer, and as well with a little back up action from the eTones. Interestingly, Sera started her musical path as a drummer, before embarking on the songwriting side. She played drums on the Band of Horses first record, and (according to her) still uses her drumming chops to assist with her songwriting process.

We also have a great eChievement Award story as well – all wrapped up nicely for you to enjoy this week.

All of us here at eTown wish you a beautiful and (hopefully) relaxing week this week. We are thankful for each and every one of you that tunes in on the radio, watches us on YouTube or grabs the podcast each week! Without you (the listener) we could not do what we do. So thanks!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

– Zack

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