Hi folks! Things have been busy here in the studio, I have so many ideas and topics I want to share with you… all in good time, right?! Sometimes I have something on my mind and it sits there and begs to be written about and shared (aka stealing focus away from other tasks)…. and the past few weeks it’s been this great musician, Sam Bradley.
Why has Sam been on my mind? He recently released his highly anticipated third EP, Not Your Kind; and it’s been playing non-stop in the studio (and my mind). It is a five track, beautifully recorded and produced collection of heart felt music, with a touch of banjo. (I love me some banjo). The ladies over at Shack of Soul hit the nail on the head in their review (which is hilarious): “This EP is the closest I have ever come to feeling like I am listening to him live.” And seeing Sam live is quite the treat. I finally saw him live last September and I was amazed with his ability to capture the crowd and stay connected with them the entire set. His presence on stage and sound live is something you need to experience to understand why his fans are so devoted. The set was by far way to short, I could have listened to Sam sing, tell stories and engage the crowd the entire night. He is currently touring the UK in support of Not Your Kind; I hope he plans on touring the US again soon (hint, hint). Take a minute to check out Sam Bradley, you won’t be disappointed!
I am a firm believer in supporting artists & musicians that spark an interest or chord with me. I love to connect with others by talking and sharing artists and musicians, especially those whom are hovering below the radar. My goal is to share these artists and musicians with any one who will listen!
To kick things off I want to tell you about this great musical movement that started in London several years ago, Communion. Communion is a community of musicians, artists and fans that showcase emerging talents. The movement has quickly grown and now many cities have their own Communion monthly shows. A few years ago, I was reading an article about the British folk scene and these “club nights” hosted by Communion, the article mentioned British musician Marcus Foster and had a link to one of his songs. I was immediately smitten with the tone of his voice and beautifully composed songs. In this day and age of the “interwebs” I quickly searched for more of his music to listen to. I was able to find an EP to buy, but knew the best way to get his music library was to attend a show.
I ( not so ) patiently waited for a US tour with a show I would be able to attend. Finally, last March I had the pleasure to see Marcus live. He did not disappoint, on the contrary I was even more impressed with his music live. Marcus has this likable charm and quirkiness as he relays stories of the road, and an incredible energy when he plays… you can see it move up from his feet and course through his being as he plays. Last fall I was invited to attend a secret concert weekend that included Marcus. I was blown away by the invitation, incredibly nervous and anxious to attend… this was way out of my comfort zone. But when would another chance like this arise? I am so happy I put my big girl pants on and attended the weekend. If it is at all possible, Marcus was even more impressive. He is also a very kind and funny gentleman. ( I gave him a set of custom personalized stationery but was so nervous I didn’t even tell him what it was or that I created it for him *hangs head* ) I walked away from the weekend with a greater appreciation for Marcus’ music, a bunch of new friends who share the same passions and a little more confidence. 😉
Marcus is on tour in the US right now! He has many stops, and I encourage you to try to get to one. Tickets are not expensive and you will get a night out and an incredible music experience. I am attending as many as I can, hope you do too!
Marcus Foster live at the Rockwood Music Hall, with Bobby Long. It was a pleasure meeting these two incredible artists.
Ever have a musician you would drop just about anything you had planned to go see? On top of my list is British singer songwriter Marcus Foster. Last night I was finally able to see him play live at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. I’ve waited a long time for him to come state side for a tour. Marcus did not let me down! In typical Marcus Foster style he entertained and charmed us with stories from the road and laughed at himself when he spent a few minutes tuning his guitar in the wrong key. He is one of those musicians that the music pulses through as they perform; every inch of him exudes his passion and talent. His voice is raw and gritty, his lyrics poignant, funny and brilliant. The intimate venue made it feel like hanging out with an old friend. Just when I thought the night couldn’t get better, he invited his friend and fellow Brit Bobby Long to join him in two songs. Marcus and Bobby played “Crooked Sky” and a very entertaining version of “Kiss is a Knife”.
I was able to grab Marcus’ new EP which is only available at shows, and was able to meet and chat with him. I am always leery meeting someone I admire and respect, but Marcus was sincere, grounded and kind. I got a chance to say hi to Bobby right before he hopped in a cab as well; he too was gracious and kind. It is really great to be able to tell someone how much you enjoy their music, and to have them truly appreciate your support. These guys are the type of artists and people you want to shout to the world about and yet keep it to yourself because you don’t want to change the incredible dynamic they’ve created. Bobby and Marcus are true talents… take the time to listen to their music, and if you have a chance, be sure to catch them live. You won’t be disappointed!