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Local 913, Episode 5 - Meeting of Important People

Meeting of Important People If you've been listening to WYEP over the past half-dozen years, you've probably heard about the Pittsburgh trio Meeting of Important People. Over the course of their two full-length albums, the group has made some tremendously catchy pop-rock songs that can stick in your head in the best possible way. The band is fronted by guitarist/vocalist Josh Verbanets, and propelled by bassist Aaron Bubenheim and drummer Matt Miller. Each member has been playing in different area bands since they were much younger, and they got together as sort of a local supergroup in 2007. The band released their self-titled debut album in 2009, earning them plaudits from a number of sources including from us here at WYEP who declared them our 2009 Local Artist of the Year. In 2012, Meeting of Important People returned with the album My Ears Are Having a Heart Attack, once again continuing their tradition of crafting engaging songs with big hooks and a bright sound. The band promises on their Facebook page that they keep the "loud parts loud and the pretty parts pretty," and while that's a whimsical way to sum up their sound, they do have a knack for pulling off rock songs with harmonies, a fun sound, and clean production. They can take elements reminiscent of The Kinks, Fountains of Wayne, Guster, and The Who Sell Out-era The Who, and make it sound their own. Their new single, "All Ride Off Together," puts into one song a lot of what the band has been seemingly working towards since they began recording. An energetic rhythm and gentle guitars start the song which builds to a gigantic sound, including a chorus of notable guests from the local music scene, including Chet Vincent, Morgan Erina, and Andre Costello. Find out more about Meeting of Important People at their website.

Local 913, Episode 1 - Morgan Erina

Morgan ErinaBorn and raised in the Bronx, indie-singer/songwriter, Morgan Erina, relocated to Pittsburgh in 2010 after releasing her debut solo album. The goal was to start a new music project with family friend and collaborator Justin Sane of Anti-Flag. Instead, Erina paved her own way musically with her duo Broken  Fences, who released one full length album and an EP over the course of the group’s existence. Since  the dissolution of Broken Fences, Morgan Erina has  maintained a strong local following with her solo  material. Erina’s haunting, sensitive lyrics and finger-picking acoustic guitar, bring to mind names like  Elliott Smith, Kurt Cobain and Sinead O’Connor. Last fall, she released a new single titled “October” with  the hope of finishing a new solo EP in the near future. Check out more information about Morgan Erina at her website: morganerina.com.

Local 913, Episode 44: Talkers

The Pittsburgh garage rock band Talkers, who recently released their debut album Bad Ones, are inspired by the bands they grew up listening to in the 90’s:“I would say, just the whole grunge-pop era of the 90s. [Where you would have] the aggressive backbone, but then have this pretty melody over top of it. [We’re inspired by] bands like Superdrag, Weezer and Nirvana, of course, [really] that whole grunge era.”That’s Talkers frontman, Caleb Pogyer, originally from West Newton, PA. Pogyer started playing music in High School and in recent years has recorded and released music under his own name. He formed the band Talkers last year:“I feel like you can do more sonically. Playing in a band, you can bounce ideas off each other, rather than having it all come from one mind as a solo musician.  I enjoy playing in a band because you lose your sense of ego. You join the whole project and write that way.”Pogyer spent a year living in Denver which led to much musical inspiration:“[When] I was living in Denver, I pretty much wrote half this record there. I lived a little outside the city, so anytime a snowstorm would hit, I would be stuck in the house. There was a recording studio in the house, so I would hang out there and record a bunch of music. Eventually those songs ended up becoming a lot of the songs on Bad Ones.”For more on Talkers, go to their Facebook.

Local 913 Live: André Costello & the Cool Minors

André Costello & the Cool Minors perform at WYEP's local music happy hour on January 21, 2016.Set List: TumbleweedSteady Loaded PeopleVirgilShe Took My HandMotorwaysRight When I Start TalkingTook Our CauseTo Find YouNSA

Local 913, Episode 42: Ferdinand The Bull

Nick Snyder and Evan Altieri, members of the Pittsburgh indie folk act, Ferdinand the Bull, met in 9th grade in Kutztown, PA. The pair only became close friends about three years ago when they found themselves hanging out due to a power outage where Evan was living. The two found a common bound in music, particularly Elliott Smith, which sealed the deal for a musical partnership. When it came time to name their band, Evan says he found inspiration from their musical hero:“When I started getting into music, particularly listening to Elliott Smith, on his album Either/Or has his tattoo visible. It’s a picture of the Spanish artwork of Ferdinand the Bull, which reintroduced me to the story. After doing some research, the name kind of stuck. Nick and I talked about it for a long time when choosing band names.”Nick went on to explain how they relate themselves to the character Ferdinand The Bull:“I think we kind of relate to it because it’s about a bull who doesn’t want to go with everyone else. He doesn’t want to compete in the bull fights. Instead, he just wants to sit under the cork tree smelling flowers. I always thought that reflected off of us because, it’s like, all our friends are going to parties and stuff and we’re just hanging out and playing music. I always resonated with that to say the least.” Listen below for more on Ferdinand The Bull and learn more about their new EP, Amber Skies and The Evergreen, at their website. 

Local 913, Episode 41: The Telephone Line

Tied Up, the debut album from The Telephone Line offers soul wrapped up in rock and roll groove. All members are originally from Pittsburgh, with the exception of organist and guitarist Joseph Gustafson, who is a Boston-area native. Lead singer, Addi Twigg, who is also married to Gustafson, has exceptional vocal skills that prove to be a centerpiece of the band. Even though The Telephone Line’s sound draws in elements of soul, Twigg talks about her surprising vocal inspiration:“My dad was really into Patsy Cline. He grew up in the middle of nowhere.  Even though she’s not necessarily a soul singer, she has a lot of soul in her voice. She’s one of my inspirations actually. I was just drawn to anything that would make me want to sing.”Addi continued talking about what she enjoys about her own vocal style:“You have these singers like Macy Gray, where she has this kind of weird voice, but she stands out. I’ve always kind of worried that my voice isn’t interesting enough. It’s pretty, but is it interesting enough to hook you? It’s grown a lot, I’ve been singing for about 30 years now and it’s really evolved. I’m a different singer than I was even two years ago. Being with the band really helps it to evolve. The short answer is: I like my voice and I like it the older I get.” The Telephone Line release their debut album on January 22 at Club Café. For more on the band, check out their website.

Local 913, Episode 40: Jim Donovan

Jim Donovan, founding member of Rusted Root, left the band in 2005 in order to focus on raising his young family. This year, he releases his first solo album since leaving the group. The album Sun King Warriors came out of a desire to make music again:“After I left the band, every day I felt a hole. As someone who performs and records, I didn’t realize how much of a part of me that was until it wasn’t there. I didn’t know how it would work or if it would happen, but I knew I had to start recording again. In 2011, I began the recording process. What prompted it is that I had a couple of health issues; I thought I was dying. I thought I had a heart attack, which turned out not to be one, but it shook me. I realized that if I didn’t start soon, even though I didn’t have time to do it, it might not ever happen. Most of all, my kids wouldn’t get to see that part of me that writes, performs and records. They’ve only ever known me as Dad or as a professor.”You can catch Jim Donovan live at WYEP’s Alternative Souper Bowl at the Carnegie Library in Oakland on Sunday Feb 7. For more on Jim Donovan, check out his website. 

Local 913, Episode 39: Brooke Annibale

For the final weeks of 2015, we’re revisiting our top 5 local albums of the year. This week, we highlight our #1 local album; Brooke Annibale’s The Simple Fear. Brooke Annibale began writing songs at 15 and released her first album as a 17-year-old student at Moon Area High School. Since then she’s earned a degree in Music Business, and built a career through years of touring and honing her songwriting skills. This October she’ll release her fourth album.  The Simple Fear, features songs that draw a fine line between what is personal and what is universal. Annibale explains how she handles revealing enough, but not too much:“I feel like it’s all about finding a metaphor for what you're trying to say. When I started writing, all my songs were very personal. It was always about whatever I was going through; that was my form of therapy as a teenager. Then as you get older the situations are obviously more real and more serious. Now, I feel like there's a lot that I share within my songs that I sort of try to hide within a metaphor.”The first single from The Simple Fear, “Remind Me”, represents a new direction in Annibale’s songwriting:“This song, “Remind Me”, did come out differently, but I don't know if it was intentional. When I wrote it, it was at the end of a bought of writers block where I wasn't really liking anything I was writing. Then this song came out in one day! I thought that it sort of seemed like a new direction for me. I almost want to call it swagger folk because it has so much Pop rhythm in it, but it is still very clearly folk.” Listen below to hear Remind Me from Brooke and check out her website for more information. 

Local 913, Episode 38: Billy Price

For the final weeks of 2015, were highlighting our top five local albums of the year. This week, we highlight our #2 album: Billy Price & Otis Clays This Time For Real. Billy Price has been a fixture on the Pittsburgh music scene since the mid-1970s. During those early years he gained national attention for his three year collaboration with legendary blues guitarist Roy Buchanan. For his twelfth album, he’s teamed up with another legendary artist, R&B and soul singer Otis Clay. This Time For Real is produced by Duke Robbillard and features horn players from Roomful of Blues. Billy Price talks about how the album came together:“We’ve known each since 1982, that’s the first time we sang together. Otis performed at the legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise. He came back and called me and said at least ten people said when are you going to do an album with Billy Price! We gotta do this someday! At the time, I was already planning to do an album that I was going to call The Soul Collection II. I have an earlier album called The Soul Collection. I wanted to do a real soul album and I had been keeping a running list of songs I wanted to record. I thought that Otis and I could go through the list of songs and discuss it. It really started coming together when I got a call from Duke Robbillard’s manager Jack Gauthier, who I had worked with before. He said Duke and I are looking for production projects and we’d love to produce you and I said how about producing me and Otis Clay and he said WELL YEAH! Yeah let’s do that! So, then we put that together with Duke producing and playing guitar, Duke’s band and The Roomful of Blues Horns.” Listening below for more on Billy Price and a song from the album This Time For Real and check out Billy Price online. Catch Billy Price live at First Night Pittsburgh.

Local 913, Episode 37: Donora

For the final weeks of 2015, we’re revisiting our Top 5 favorite local releases of the year. This week, we’re highlighting the latest full length album from the indie-pop trio Donora. The Rostrum Records released Ha Ha Heart, was recorded in drummer and producer Jake Hanner’s newly created home studio in Gibsonia. The space worked in bringing out the band’s energy in a more complete form than previous releases. Ha Ha Heart is filled with bouncy and catchy riffs, shiny choruses, and a 60s meets modern-electro pop collection of songs. Casey Hanner, Donora’s lead singer and song-writer talked about the reason for having a physical product for sale after the label decided Ha Ha Heart would be a down-load only release:“As a consumer of music, I really like to go to a show and actually have a physical copy.  I think download cards are great for this day and age, but as a fan, I like to have something physical. So we came up with the idea of putting together a book for the album. We documented the whole process of making the album with pictures, little snippets of stories, original lyrics for the songs and we put it all together in a book.” You can catch Donora live in concert on February 13 at The Pittsburgh Winery (pls link: https://www.showclix.com/event/donora-brooke-annibale). For more on Donora, check out their website and for more on WYEP’s top 5 local releases of 2015, check out our music blog.

Local 913, Episode 36: Cold Weather

For the final weeks of 2015, we’re focusing on our top five favorite local albums of the year. This week, we highlight Cold Weather and their excellent album, When Waking. Formed in 2012, the chamber pop, indie folk band, Cold Weather has a gentle touch that might just knock you right over with their delicate, yet intense new album When Waking. Produced by Jake Hanner of Donora, When Waking will please fans of Elliott Smith, Mazzy Star and Cat Power. Cold Weather is essentially the project of Mark Ramsey, whose soft vocals sounds so similar to Elliott Smith, you almost can’t even believe it. There are songs on the album that not only have Smith’s vocal tone, but also that emotional delivery that sounds like Ramsey’s not actually going to get the words out. Even though their band name suggests that members grew up in colder climates, everyone is actually from the south: drummer Alex Platz is from Georgia, bassist Sarah Lacy from North Carolina, Ramsey is also from North Carolina and Alabama. As a middle school/high school kid in Alabama before the internet, Mark Ramsey spent a lot of time writing letters to bands and indie labels. A few years ago he came across some of that correspondence including a fan club newsletter signed by all three members of Nirvana. This came at a time when he had been unemployed for about 10 months and was searching for funds buy a keyboard. He put the newsletter up on eBay and was then able to buy the keyboard he now plays with Cold Weather. Producer Jake Hanner, who has been the production master-mind of the indie-pop Donora, shows his versatility when working with Cold Weather, adding his magic touch here and there, but letting Ramsey and the rest of the band set the tone for this fantastic album. Of the song “All Is Night,” Ramsey says, “I’m pretty sure that every single instrument available in Jake Hanner's studio made it onto the recording of this song. In addition to vocal, guitars, piano, bass & drums there are multiple hammond organs, a pump organ, saxophone, glockenspiel, synths, toy piano, and many more that I can't remember.” Ramsey says he wanted the song to open the album because musically it lays out the instrumentation for the rest of the record. Lyrically the song is meant as an allegory that sets up some of the emotional themes of When Waking and kind of acts like a trailer for the album. For more on Cold Weather, go to their Facebook. 

Local 913, Episode 35: Mariage Blanc

Formed in 2008, the Pittsburgh indie-rock quartet Mariage Blanc released their latest LP, No Autobiography, amidst great change in the band in terms of location and lineup, while still maintaining their smooth, steady sound. While the band is sporting a new drummer, Rich Woody Kawood, who you may recognize from his other drumming gig with the Pittsburgh power-pop band Triggers, Mariage Blanc are able to hone that already tight, slick, indie-rock style while adding a few new elements. This time around, Mariage Blanc pays tribute to late 60’s Laurel Canyon rock, like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and even a hint of Steely Dan. Also present on No Autobiography, is a strong influence from 90’s indie-pop bands like Travis and non-country sounding Whiskeytown. Last year saw the relocation of frontman, Josh Kretzmer from Pittsburgh to San Francisco, which often means the end of a band. However, it meant the opposite for Mariage Blanc: Kretzmer’s move sparked a re-dedication to the group and gave clarity on why they were making this music in the first place. Mariage Blanc realized that they could make music AND be in their thirties: the result is a refined, mature, yet emotional record from Kretzmer, Kawood, bassist Josh Dotson and guitarist/songwriter, Matt Ceraso. A close and educated listen to the album and you can tell that this music was painstakingly and lovingly worked on and is technically precise and complicated in each and every way.... Orrrr you can just throw the record on in the background and it’ll act as a soothing companion to your hectic workday. The song “Blue Eyes” instantly familiar melody and breezy harmonies is ready and set for your next coastal roadtrip mix. It’s kind of hard to believe that Kretzmer moved to California AFTER No Autobiography was recorded. For more on Mariage Blanc, check out their Facebook page. 

Local 913, Episode 34: The Full Counts

The Full Counts, led by local veteran musician Eric Vermillion, have managed to perfectly capture the sound of a band that is truly Pittsburgh. Vermillion has the experience of partaking in several local bands since the early 90’s, including The Steel Minors, Charm School Confidential and the band Food. After Food members started going their separate ways, Vermillion paired up with Michael Hickman of Electric Eye Recorders studio in Polish Hill. In the studio, Vermillion started recording a new project that eventually became a new band: The Full Counts. First Out, the new album from The Full Counts, is actually available in electric and acoustic forms. Listen below for more on The Full Counts and visit their Facebook. 

The Local 913 Live - Winners of the 2015 Dos Equis Singer-Songwriter Competition

WYEP's November Local Music Happy Hour featured the three winners of the 2015 Dos Equuis Singer-Songwriter Competition: Melinda Colaizzi, Amy Melissen & Peter Perkins.Set list: Melinda Colaizzi- Trouble- Love Me Like A Man- Don't Be Sweet- Keeper of the Flame- Leave Your KeyAmy Melissen- Enough- In Life- Distraction- Half of the Beer (written by Andrew Lasswell)Peter Perkins- Callie's Song- Charlane- Sweet Dreams- Lunatic

Local 913, Episode 33: Jason McIntyre & Junior Tutwiler

Formerly of the State College alt-country band The Rustlanders, Jason McIntyre & Junior Tutwiler released their duo debut album last year, but the two had been performing some years before The Rustlanders’ existence.  Junior Tutwiler, whose real name is also Jason, explains how he and Jason McIntyre originally met in 2003:“I came up through a guitar store called Alley Cat. There’s like four other Jasons there, so I got coined Junior. I took lessons there and gave lessons there and that’s actually how we met. He was working there and the owner, Mark Ross, suggested that we get together and start playing. We’ve been playing ever since.”The pair teamed up and started performing in Central PA, playing bar gigs and covering some of their favorite artists like Tom Petty, The Band and Muddy Waters. They pulled in some like-minded musicians to form The Rustlanders. After The Rustlander’s released their debut album and toured the country, the act called it quits in 2010. J-Mac & Jr continued performing together and eventually recorded and released their debut album Miles. The two are currently working on their next release, making it work even after McIntyre made the move to Denver. For more on Jason McIntyre and Junior Tutwiler, check out their website.

Local 913, Episode 32: Brightside

The indie-pop quartet Brightside have just released a new EP, The World Reversed to follow up the full length, Now & Loud released in 2014. This time around, the band recorded at Machine Age with Dave Cerminara, who has been associated with Pittsburgh bands like The Gotobeds and Shakey Shrines. As usual, Brightside have a lot of different influences coming to the table when making this album. Front man Matt Vittucio explains how they balance everything out, particularly when there are conflicting interests:“That’s one of the main issues in our band, finding a balance. We usually work it out because there is a lot of common ground there. When you put them together, they really influence our sound and have forever. I listen to some darker stuff that wouldn’t work for Brightside. Matt listens to some really poppy stuff that might not necessarily work. Dylan and Steve really like punk and while that has really influenced the band, we have to sometimes maybe cut some of that stuff out as well as my darker elements.”  Listen below to hear their new song, "The High Priestess". For more on Brightside, check out their Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/brightsidepgh/?fref=ts

Local 913, Episode 31: Stutter Steps

Stutter Steps is the musical project of Ben Harrison, who also happens to be the curator for performing arts at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. In Fall of 2012, Harrison decided that it was time to create his first studio record after several DIY recordings in the past. He assembled a group of local musician friends and headed to the Laurel Highlands the following year to a make an album in an isolated cabin in the woods. “Growing up in a rural area, I always like that Falling Water/Powder Mill/ Laurel Highlands area. It’s such a bucolic setting back in the woods, with this stream that runs behind the cabin. It really takes you away from day to day. I think there are some warm tones on the record, kind of like a 70’s Nashville vibe on a couple of songs. I don’t know how to describe it, but I think it kind of made its way in the overall fell of the record.”Stutter Steps’ album also features a very special guest: Dean Wareham of Luna and also Dean and Britta. “[I’ve gotten] to know him over the last 8 years with collaborations through The Warhol and film projects, and working with him and Britta, particularly on the '13 Most Beautiful Project.' Coming out of that project, I asked him if he would contribute a guitar part. When we were arranging that song, we could just kind of hear it, like 'Boy, that could use a nice, dreamy guitar part!' He was up for it, which was extremely gratifying.”Click below to listen to “Fog” from the new Stutter Steps album and check out their Facebook page to learn more. 

Local 913 Episode 30: The Clarks

Like lots of young bands The Clarks began their career as a cover band. Listening to and performing songs by other artist served as a learning tool for the band, and helped the Clarks discover their own voice. In June the band released Rewind, an album of cover songs. Bass player Greg Joseph tells why the band chose to do this now.“We wanted to give fans an insight into 30 years of what The Clarks were listening to, going all the way back to the mid-80s. We did a lot of cover songs at the beginning of our career. We started with 2 original and 30 covers and we really cherished a lot of those songs. We made sure we never lost touch with cover material. It was always a good influence and learning lesson for how our records would turn out in the future.”Listen below to hear The Clarks cover The Plimsoles' “A Million Miles Away”. More on The Clarks is at their website. 

Local 913 Live: Heather Kropf

Heather Kropf performs at WYEP's local music happy hour on October 22nd, 2015. Set list:The Good RoadGhost in My HousePoison for WaterOut of Our AtmosphereValentineCometTalk About ItDream of DreamsLas VegasMile Marker 

Local 913, Episode 29: The Luna Programme

Indie folk band, The Luna Programme, made up of childhood friends John Stuart and Sam Stucky, are originally from Moon Township, and now based in Pittsburgh. Their new album Whatever The World Is contains nine songs that explore themes of war, violence, reconciliation and peace. Stuart and Stucky also include their own experiences in their songwriting. The music brings to mind acts like Neutral Milk Hotel, The Head & The Heart and Beirut. The breezy melody and instrumentation proves to be pleasant listening alongside some more serious topical issues that humans face in modern times. Whether the focus is on their message or on tapping your toe along, The Luna Programme deserves a listen. For more on The Luna Programme, visit their Facebook. 

Local 913, Episode 28: Joe Marini

In 2003, drummer Joe Marini proclaimed to his band that he would be releasing a solo album in 2004 that reflected his career. Fast forward, it might be eleven years late, but his new album Sympathy and Criticism, is just that: a collection of songs that acts as a retrospective of all the musical outfits he has drummed with. The album is diverse featuring genres like jazz, blues, rock and even the experimental. Playing professionally in the Pittsburgh area for 34 years, Marini explains why he chose to play the drums as opposed to any other instrument: “Playing drums is a little more physical. There’s a little more therapy in it. I really love that ability to play drums and get certain aggressions out. I enjoy how dynamic it is. You have to concentrate on the louds and the softs, the battle between the two and making them both work to advance the music.” A track very dear to Marini is one that features vocals from the late Pittsburgh Jazz singer, Maureen Budway. Joe got permission from Maureen’s brother, Dave Budway who insisted that it be included on the record. Also on the album, you hear Joe playing drums as well as singing lead vocals on a few originals mixed in with cover songs from acts like Steely Dan, Badfinger and Paul McCartney. Listen below to hear “Freight Train Shuffle” and find more on Joe Marini on his Facebook. 

Local 913, Episode 27: The Crew Of The Half Moon

Based in Johnstown, PA, The Crew Of The Half Moon brings together some very smart and talented artists. After playing in separate high school bands, Dan Oatman and Kate Rhodes started as a duo in 2012. Although the pair had grown up in the same music scene, Oatman’s background was punk, while Rhodes’ was more acoustic based. Due to lack of electric instruments, the band started off with a more acoustic, folk driven sound. After acquiring the proper electric amps and guitars, they invited drummer Claire Horvath to complete the lineup. The Crew Of The Half Moon’s unique image does not always match audience expectations of how they will sound. Oatman explains that the way they look often effects people’s perception of the band:“We get written off for it and pretty often, too. I think a lot of people have carried some kind of sentiment along the line of “You guys look like you’re just gonna be a sloppy punk band.” Usually they come off telling us that we have an older soul than they expected us to.”Oatman also explains the origins of the band’s name:“There’s an old Washington Iriving story about Rip Van Wrinkle. When Rip goes out in the woods, he meets these ghostly figures that give him some kind of mead or elixir that he drinks. He falls asleep and he wakes up on the other side of The Revolutionary War. So, they’re called The Crew Of The Half Moon in Washington’s story. We really liked the idea of The Crew being a very working term and The Half Moon being a bit more abstract or distant or spiritual or something. [We liked] the cross between those two. Kate and I are Lit majors, so, you know, we’re nerds. “  Listen below to hear their song “The Party After The Show” and for more on The Crew of The Half Moon, go to their website. 

Local 913, Episode 26: Nameless in August

Since 2012, the band Nameless in August has organically acquired a new member and instrument for every year they have been together. It all began with lead singer, Zach Rock, and banjoist, Jason Buzon meeting at a local coffee shop. The two planned to get together and started writing music from the first session and have continued to do so ever since adding bass, more guitar and drums along the way. After playing out in the city for a few years, Nameless in August released their debut album Wheelhouse last summer. Although he is the lead singer, Zach Rock does not consider himself to be the only songwriter in the band:“I write a lot of lyrics, but this band really does do a lot of collaborative writing. I can't take credit anymore. I used to say that, but I don't think it's right. Last night, I was singing this song, and, in the past I would say “I wrote this song”. But as I’m listening back to it, everything that I love about the song is [coming from] another member of the band saying “Why don’t we just try this small thing? Why don’t we try this here?”One of the highlights on the album is “The Way It Goes”. Zach explains how that song became a collaboration between himself and Jason Buzon:“’The Way It Goes’ is a good example of Jason just grooving on a banjo lick that was pretty catchy and firey. I started doing falsetto work on it and started writing some lyrics. The melody popped up, I wrote a verse and [sings] “the waaaay It goooes” just came about. That song formed and it was just natural: as in he had some music and I just scatted on the melody. You can’t give credit to either person in that sense of who wrote what, you know?” Listen below to hear “The Way It Goes” from Nameless in August and check out the website for more information. 

Local 913, Episode 25: Brooke Annibale

Brooke Annibale began writing songs at 15 and released her first album as a 17-year-old student at Moon Area High School. Since then she’s earned a degree in Music Business, and built a career through years of touring and honing her songwriting skills. This October she’ll release her fourth album.  The Simple Fear features songs that draw a fine line between what is personal and what is universal. Annibale explains how she handles revealing enough, but not too much: “I feel like it’s all about finding a metaphor for what you're trying to say. When I started writing, all my songs were very personal. It was always about whatever I was going through; that was my form of therapy as a teenager. Then as you get older the situations are obviously more real and more serious. Now, I feel like there's a lot that I share within my songs that I sort of try to hide within a metaphor.”  The first single from The Simple Fear, “Remind Me”, represents a new direction in Annibale’s songwriting: “This song, “Remind Me”, did come out differently, but I don't know if it was intentional. When I wrote it, it was at the end of a bought of writers block where I wasn't really liking anything I was writing. Then this song came out in one day! I thought that it sort of seemed like a new direction for me. I almost want to call it “swagger folk” because it has so much Pop rhythm in it, but it is still very clearly folk.” Listen below to hear “Remind Me” from Brooke and check out her website for more information. 

Local 913 Live: Jakob's Ferry Stragglers

The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers perform at WYEP's local music happy hour on September 19. 2015.Set List: - Red Prairie Dawn- Night Train to Memphis- The Legend of Gandy Grey- Mannington #9- Six Days on the Road- Beaumont Butter's Blues- Blue Diamond Mines- Checkmate