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.
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!!
I don’t always f**k with spiders, but when I do, it’s because these Little Spiders Have Big Dreams in the music business. I was hanging around the Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, PA and got caught up in a groovy web of talented musicians, playing their dreams on stage. The “webmaster” and spinner of musical dreams is none other than Ernie Tokay of the local folk rock band The Turnips, also the owner, producer, and engineer of Little Spiders Have Big Dreams Studio in Kimberton, PA. Ernie has just released an album (available on CDBaby) with samples from the various artists that are recording at his studio. One of the artists featured on this sample set with their song “Runaway” is thundergrass band, HogMaw, whose album Wake was released last summer.
Read more on Tri State Indie: http://www.tristateindie.com/little-spiders-have-big-dreams-steel-city-coffe/
Homesteady was produced by the amazing Kevin Killen! This is a really great record. Although I’ve produced a few songs with Tin Bird, we have an additional tracking credit on this one! This is really one of my favorite bands! Both to listen to and to work with!
Visit Kevin Killen’s website: http://www.kevinkillenmusic.com/
Wake has 12 tracks, of which all lyrics are written by Matt Baldwin, lead vocalist and guitarist, and all music written by Matt Baldwin, Colin Kowalewski (vocals, mandolin, banjo, and guitar), and Ryann Lynch (vocals and violin). Johnny Calamari joins HogMaw on upright bass and vocals.
This 45-minute experience begins with a “Morning” frolic—it’s airy and uplifting even though the lyrics tell a story of escape from sorrow: “I don’t feel much like cryin’. I just know that I will soon but I don’t care…” The pace picks up with “Sweet Eyes” and continues into “More of the Good Times” both with comfy, blended vocal harmonies—the latter displays intricate violin and mandolin solos that may force your hand to the replay the track.
Read more on Tri State Indie: http://www.tristateindie.com/album-review-wake-by-hogmaw/