March 28, 2016


Blitzen Trapper
Ruby Amanfu
Wild Child
Birds of Chicago
The Suitcase Junket






Wild Child

Saving Face


Break Bones


Ruby Amanfu

Shadow on the Wall

Anyone Who Knows What Love Is

Not Dark Yet



I Tried

The Suitcase Junket

Earth Apple

Never Leave Let Me Be

Hot Rod God


Everybody Else


Birds of Chicago

Real Midnight

Dim Star of the Palisades



Estrella Goodbye

Blitzen Trapper

Rock and Roll



Nights were Made for Love

Love Grow Cold

Not Your Lover

Black River Killer



All Across this Land


Larry Groce & Co.


Originally broadcast March 18th, 2016

Press Release

Blitzen Trapper - Formed in Portland in 2000 by songwriter Eric Earley, Blitzen Trapper has slowly amassed both a large following and a resume that includes playing most of the country’s major festivals. With a sound that touches on elements of bluegrass, country, psychedelia, prog rock, metal and classic rock, the band has toured with the likes of Iron and Wine and Wilco. In 2007, BT was named in Pitchfork magazine’s list of “Best New Music.” The group has appeared on the “Jimmy Fallon Show” and a number of the band’s songs have appeared in television shows, commercials and movies. Blitzen Trapper’s seventh release is titled “All Across This Land.”


Ruby Amanfu - Based in Nashville, Ghana-born singer/songwriter Ruby Amanfu is creating quite a stir in hard-to-impress Music City. She recorded and toured with Jack White, worked with Sam Booker (Sam & Ruby), and appeared with the a cappella group The Collective on the voice competition program “The Sing-Off.” Her songs have been recorded by Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini while "Heaven's My Home" was performed by the Duhks and nominated for a 2007 Grammy for “Best Country Performance.” Amanfu sang backup on Wanda Jackson's 2011 tour for her album, “The Party Ain't Over” and performed "Shakin' All Over" with Jackson on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and "Funnel of Love" on “Conan.” She was also featured in Rolling Stone’s “10 best things we saw at Neil Fest.” Her current release is titled “Standing Still.”


Wild Child - Formed in 200 in Austin, TX, the seven-piece Wild Child has quickly gone from playing shows for nine people to selling out venues across North America and Europe. The group’s 2011 release, “Pillow Talk,” charted four No. 1 singles on Hype Machine while 2013’s “The Runaround” made a number of “best of” lists and garnered glowing reviews from NPR, Paste, and Pop Matters. The group also performed on “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson and was a featured artist on CBS “Saturday Morning.” Wild Child’s new release, “Fools,” has been described as “an ambitious collection of lush pop.”


Birds of Chicago - A collective centered around Allison Russell and JT Nero, Birds of Chicago was formed in 2012 when Nero began writing for his vocal star-muse, Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl. Thanks to more than 200 performances a year and a sound that some have called “secular gospel,” BoC has developed a fervent following. The group’s current release, “Real Midnight,” was produced by ace Joe Henry.

The Suitcase Junket - Otherwise known as Matt Lorenz; a Vermont born musician, visual artist and tinkerer, is a professional showoff. "I aim to write good songs and sing them honestly" says Lorenz. He does that and more. The Suitcase Junket's artistic vision is one of salvaged and repurposed objects, images and emotions. His innovative junk-percussion constructions, original album art featuring inanimate objects with wings, and the high craft of his songwriting all combine to create a unique and engaging entity with a force and style all its own. Lorenz's self-taught throat-singing adds a fascinating edge to the overall sound. "I'm interested in the hidden voices that reside within things: the songs stuck inside instruments, the story behind the object, the mysterious weight of a word, the harmonic sequence that's in every note waiting to be broken as light through a prism."