It's important to sing about things you care about. I feel that there's a critical lack of beautiful art about soil, so I decided to write a song about it. Not enough people are going to a patch of dirt, looking at it, and saying, "Thank you for all you do." I encourage you to sing this song to the next pile of honorable soil you see.
Performed May 7th, 2017 @ Sunday Sounds, 61 Local, Brooklyn.
L to R: Sam Long, Eric Sherman, Gemma Smith, Eliza Edens, Melanie Hsu, Jess Best, Niriel Laurence, Isobel Arthen
Recorded in New Orleans, LA, Hudson, NY, and Philadelphia, PA
Songs For Work & Play (n) - Contemporary work songs meant to be hummed, sung, or yelled; usually while working, or celebrating in a group of 3 or more.
This music is a distillation of my time farming in the Hudson Valley of New York. During that time I detected a latent funkiness amongst the people around me that I'm trying to draw out with these tunes. It's my hope that the music gets under your skin and sticks with you as you go about your day.
This music is meant to be a contemporary take on the old tradition of work songs. Work-songing has been around as long as there's been work to do and people to sing as they do it. More specifically, this music is meant to be a testament to the spirit of farming and of the folks among us that grow the food. So all of you agrarians out there, this is for you. Keep on doin' it.
May 7, 2017 - I am fortunate enough to know Ms. Jess Best. If you haven't heard of her, stop reading this and check out her music now. If you live in New York, do your ears a favor and go check out a concert series she organizes every other Sunday @ 61 Local in Brooklyn called SUNDAY SOUNDS.
This video is from a performance we did there. Watch out for my Mom, Dad, Aunt & Uncle in the front row and by brother behind the drums. I was blessed to be surrounded by multiple multiple multiple music fam as well.
Let's see if I can catch everyone:
Melanie Hsu, Bill Carbone, Greg Shaheen, Jake Schofield, Eric Seligman, Sam Sherman, Sam Long, Howe Pearson, Eliza Edens, Jess Best, Sam Friedman. Adriana Pericchi Dominguez, Niriel Laurence, & Gemma Smith on dancing duty.
Shucks I didn't catch the name of that feller playing shaker. Do you know his name?
June 9th, 2017
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September 5th, 2015 - The beautiful and warm Mettabee Farm allowed us to host a Hootenanny in one of the most beautiful barns around, where we performed this song as the Hudson Valley Young Farmers Choir. It's always a good thing when farmers get together to sing in harmony.
L to R: Lucy Marston, Jenny Parker, Sara Thomas Black, Alex Guerrero, Eric Sherman
March 6th, 2010 - Here's a tune I wrote for the giant musical vehicle of Buru Style, our reggae/soul/avant-dub outfit of the olden days. We had a blast touring the Northeast with Toussaint, a true vocalist if there ever was one. This show was right in our sweet spot in the Spring of 2010 with this incarnation of the band. It's the brainchild of Mr. Bill Carbone, a warrior and beast of a drummer.
May 26, 2009
When Melvin Sparks couldn't make it to the Blue Note late night series, Mr. Bill Carbone offered his other band play instead - the parade of dudes known as Buru Style. It was surreal to get up there and make sounds where all my favorite people also make sounds. It's the kind of thing that makes you want to make more music.
Ian Coss - guitar, vocals
Bill Carbone - drums
Eric Sherman - bass
Michael Vitale - violin
November 18, 2010
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June 1, 2011
Otis Lougheed - Guitar, Harmonica, Fiddle, Vocals
Eric Sherman - Trumpet, Percussion, Guitar, Vocals
Daniel Nikolai Wall - Banjo, Fiddle, Harmonica Vocals
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