From WXPN’s The Key: 25 locals (plus!) come together to sing for retiring XPN Folk Show host Gene Shay
“Sing For Gene Shay” was recorded at Little Spiders Have Big Dreams, Morning Star and Turtle Studios, and mixed and mastered at Turtle Studios. Lyrics to the song were written by Ben Arnold, Ernie Tokay, Eric Hurlock, and Heather Hurlock, and the music was written by Ernie Tokay, Dom Flemons, Phil D’Agostino and Daniel S. Bower.
Jay Levin of Turtle Studios tells us that the idea came from Tokay, who runs Little Spiders.
Ernie came up with a basic tune with Dom Flemons (of the Carolina Chocalate Drops) who is also a big fan of Gene’s. The original sketch was “Hey Gene Shay”, and it was a play on the Bob Dylan tune “Song To Woody” (with the line “Hey Woody Guthrie”). The tune really came into shape when he brought Phil D’Agostino and Daniel Bower in to lay down the rhythm section. Phil has played bass with seemingly 80% of all the Philly folk acts heard on XPN in the past ten years. Daniel plays many instruments in Frog Holler and other bands, and he played drums on this; he’s the Moonlight Forest guy, and a few years ago he founded Woodfarm Records, which is another incubator of cool folk projects. Anyway, those guys really worked over the original tune and brought it into shape, giving it the great feel and form that is the bedrock of the track.
From there, it became a race to call people to see who we could get to contribute in a short time-frame.
Following and getting to know Michael, I have developed a strong respect for the adventurousness he brings to everything he does. He produced and engineered this project with Ernie Tokay, and they have created a lovely album with smart, inventive production that never gets busier or denser than absolutely necessary. I like it sparse.- Michael Tearson
Pre-Fest Party! Saturday, August 9th, 8pm at The Mermaid Inn
7673 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118.
$10 Cover at the door – INCLUDES a CD of the artist of your choice! (Someone playing this eve.)
Performers: Christopher Davis-Shannon, Gene Smith, Aaron Nathans, Gary Eshbaugh/Elliot Wolf, Kicking Down Doors, and Brendan Skwire.
RSVP on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1539752222919555/
Thanks to our Spider friend Chris Henderson for capturing this shot of Tin Bird Choir and Friends at Steel City Coffee during a show benefiting the Phoenixville Area Community Center (PACS).
Spiders on the Town! Great photos by Karl McWherter Photography too!
Hearing or Reading words like Acoustic, Improvisation, and Strings, may bring associations like Tranquility,Poise, and Dexterity to mind. But upon seeing these “experience placeholders” exhibited live, words vanish and “I FEEL IT ALL” like Feist. The Acoustic Dirk Quinn Band and Michael Gilbert Ronstadt Improvisational String Quartet…er…Trio brought intense vibrations of sound, spirit, light, and emotion to the Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville, PA.
Read more on Tri State Indie.
Featuring Kicking Down Doors, Michael Biddison, Sad Patrick and Bethlehem, Sharon Dillon and Graham Ford (of Karmic Repair Company), Jason Parish, Gary Eshbaugh! Lots of great Philly talent. We’re recording the show for the artists (so, shhhhhh!) $10 per person, $15 per couple (includes your pick of a CD of one of the artists).
RSVP on Facebook.
WHO: Kicking Down Doors, Michael Biddison, Sad Patrick and Bethlehem, Sharon Dillon and Graham Ford (of Karmic Repair Company), Jason Parish, Gary Eshbaugh
WHERE: Mermaid Inn, 7673 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
WHEN: Sat, Mar 29th, 8pm
PRICE: $10 per person, $15 per couple (includes your pick of a CD of one of the artists)
What do you get when you cross a thundergrass band with a Grammy-winning musician, and a Spider Man? You get HogMaw‘s latest album—Ideal Proof, produced by Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, engineered and recorded by Ernie Tokay of Little Spiders Have Big Dreams Music Studio.
Read full review with videos, track samples, and photos on Tri State Indie: http://www.tristateindie.com/review-hogmaws-ideal-proof-featuring-grammy-winner-dom-flemons/. Get the album Ideal Proof on CDBaby or stream it on Spotify!
Get a taste of “Darlin’ Corey”:
WHEN: Saturday, January 25th, 8pm
WHERE: Mermaid Inn, 7673 Germantown Ave Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118, (215) 247-9797
Join on Facebook and tell your friends! We are honored to be doing FOUR Mermaid Inn showcases this year! Featuring Kicking Down Doors, Sarah Napolitan, Chris Grunwald (Griz Music), Katie Barbato, Jason Parish, and Eric Hurlock. This night we share our best tunes, rock the house and see great old friends and celebrate this great ride! Little Spiders Have Big Dreams Studio is the comfy place you can work on your music, make that great record, and realize your dream! See you there!!