While we await the return of spring weather, check out some of our favorite clips from last year’s Music on the Porch shows! Join us back on the porch (and around campus) this spring, Thursdays at 5:30 pm.
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“Papa” Charlie Jackson is a pivotal figure in American music history. Historians credit Jackson with being the first famous male blues singer, the first famous self-accompanied blues artist, and the first blues musician to record primarily original material. Jackson cut his first sides in 1924 and by the late 1920s was one of Paramount Records’ biggest stars. With his engaging voice and keen sense of humor, Jackson made some of the most entertaining American music of the 20s and early 30s. His unusual virtuosity on six-string banjo also put him in demand as an accompanist for early blues vocalists such as Ma Rainey and Lucille Bogan.
The two-disc set “Papa Charlie Done Sung That Song” is a milestone project for Document Records and for aficionados of traditional blues and related music of the early 20th century. For Document, it is exceptional in containing material by living musicians. For music lovers, it contains both the first-ever recorded tribute to Papa Charlie Jackson and the first selected compilation of Papa Charlie’s music since vinyl.
Featuring Cary Moskovitz, Chris Frank, Rtyas Vilgalys, Berkeley Grimball, and Dorsey Worthy, “Papa Charlie Done Sung That Song” presents Jackson’s music live to new generations of listeners.
Look Homeward is a band of brackish brethren hailing from the piedmont of North Carolina. Lee Anderson (guitar, vocals), Alex Bingham (upright bass), Evan Ringel (trombone, fiddle) and Wilson Greene IV (banjo) pair the Appalachian drawls and passionate picking of venerated field recordings with the soul tones of Atlantic beaches and boggy bayous. Marrying banjos with brass, the quartet celebrates the American South in a mingling of old and new, traditional yet surprising. Add honest folk songwriting and the result is music that just might sound like home, wherever you’re from.
Look Homeward’s first EP, The Hunger and the Ghost, was released in Fall 2013 and met with unexpected success. Their first full-length studio album was released in May 2015 and is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. Hear here!
Raised on an exotic animal farm in rural Mount Dora, Florida, Laney Jones sings tales of love and adventure with a voice that has been described as “a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder.” Backed by Matthew Tonner (guitar), Tre Hester (bass, backup vocals) and JJ Jones (drums), Laney ranges from banjo to ukelele to guitar and harmonica. The band, which has opened for Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, and Rascal Flatts, is releasing a new album this fall. You can listen to sample tracks on ReverbNation, Bandcamp, or Laney’s website.
This show is free and open to the public. Come hungry, because our friends from Will & Pop’s will be serving up their signature burgers and melts! Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while.
This international collaboration features noted guitarists Adriano Viterbini from Rome and Reed Turchi from Memphis. The duo’s exploration of styles and sounds began with an impromptu performance in 2013, and they have since toured and recorded in the U.S. and Italy. The two have a minimalist, dark blues chemistry overflowing with Delta slide and pulsing electric guitar–or, as Mojo Station reports, “Scrapyard consta di otto brani in cui la matrice sonora è data dal Blues nelle sue forme Hill-Country e Delta, a cui si aggiungono elementi di American-Primitive Music ed una spiccata attitudine cinematografica.” You can listen to sample tracks on ReverbNation and Bandcamp.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!