Playlist

June 14, 2016

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Brett Dennen
Cracker
Liz Vice
Elephant Revival
Lords of Liechtenstein

Playlist

Hour

​Artist

Song

1

Liz Vice

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Pure Religion

Save Me

There’s a Light

Cracker

Almond Grove

California Country Boy

Low

Lords of Liechtenstein

Gorilla

Where Dreams Go to Die

Marie

2

Elephant Revival

Home in Your Heart

Furthest Shore

When I Fall

Petals

Grace of a Woman

 

 

Remembering a Beginning

Brett Dennen

What’s the Secret

Bonfire

 

 

Cassidy

 

 

I’ll be on Your Side

 

 

Another Life

 

 

Strawberry Road

 

Larry Groce & Co.

Are You Ready for the Country?

Originally broadcast June 3rd, 2016

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Press Release

Brett Dennen - In the early 2000s, Northern California native Brett Dennen was a camp counselor in the Sierra Nevadas who played guitar, wrote songs and performed fireside. With a self-made album, he began playing coffee shops along the West Coast and developed a strong following. He was championed by KCRW DJ Chris Douridas, who, in 2004, called Dennen “the best unsigned artist of the year.” Following 2006's “So Much More,” “Rolling Stone” named Dennen one of the “10 Artists To Watch in 2008.”  Dennen has toured with performers such as John Mayer, the John Butler Trio, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Ben Folds. On 2008's “Hope For the Hopeless,” he was joined by Femi Kuti, Natalie Merchant, and Jason Mraz. His songs have appeared on “Scrubs,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Parenthood,” “Brothers & Sisters” and “House.” Following up 2011's “Loverboy,” 2013's “Smoke & Mirrors” was a return to Drennen’s folk and acoustic roots. His current release is titled “Por Favor.”

 

Cracker - Combining a post-punk mind set with country-tinged roots rock, Cracker emerged as one of the first great bands of the ‘90s. Signed to Virgin Records, the group cracked the mainstream market with songs like “Low,” from 1993's gold-certified “Kerosene Hat.” "I See the Light" (from Cracker’s 1992 self-titled release) was featured in the Jack Black spoof, "Year One." In 2009, the single, "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out," from “Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey,” landed near the Top 10 on the Triple A chart. In 2014, Cracker - with the original lineup of David Lowery, Johnny Hickman, David Faragher and Michael Urbano - released the ambitions double-disc “Berkeley to Bakersfield” which showcased both the bands punk/garage/political side and its California, country twang roots.

 

Liz Vice - Soulful R&B singer Liz Vice has been featured in publications and shows including OPB’s One Song, NPR’s Live Wire, Noise Trade, Relevant Magazine, and Willamette Week. The Portland, OR, native has also been a featured artist in numerous city events such as Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland Soundcheck, Soul’d Out Music Festival, Siren Nation Music Festival, Music on Main Street. After being on hemodialysis for three and a half years in her late teens, Vice received a kidney transplant in 2005 which revitalized her health and spirit. She has performed with and/or shared the stage with artist such as Eric Early (Blitzen Trapper), Josh White (Telecast), Josh Garrels, Tunde Baiyewu (Lighthouse Family), Luz Mendoza (Y La Bamba), and Eshon Burgundy (Humble Beast).

 

Elephant Revival - Formed in Nederland, CO, in 2006, this five-piece group’s music draws on influences ranging from gypsy, jazz and reggae to Celtic, alt-country and hip-hop. In addition to guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle, the group’s instrumentation includes washboard, djembe, musical saw, and stompbox. The Indie Acoustic Music Project labeled the group’s sound “progressive edge.” and named its debut, “Break in The Clouds” release the “Best CD of 2011.” Elephant Revival also shares a commitment to responsible stewardship of the planet and its inhabitants, working with organizations such as the Conscious Alliance, Calling All Crows, Trees Water & People, and other non-profits supporting humanitarian causes. The band’s moniker was chosen out of empathy for a pair of zoo pachyderms who, upon being separated after 16 years, died on the same day. Following up 2013's “These Changing Skies,” ER will release “Petals” in April, 2016.


The Lords of Liechtenstein - a quirky folk music duo composed of two brothers, New York City based Noah (ukulele/guitar/vocals) and Dan (guitar/banjo/mandola/vocals) have brought their unique blend of folk music to clubs and coffeehouses all over the East Coast of the United States. The Lords were awarded honorable mention in the 2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase, and have opened for musical stalwarts like Buckwheat Zydeco, The Grand Slambovians, Magpie, and Joe Crookston. Their newest album, Oh, Hello Sweetie Pie is as diverse as it is long, its fifteen songs exploring topics ranging from wrongful incarceration to the unfair persecution of movie monsters.