Jim Schreck from Jim and Dee in the morning shares with you some of the cool, sometimes off-the-beaten-path music he finds.
From Wikipedia: Walk Off The Earth is a Canadian alternative rock, ska, and reggae rock band that was formed in 2006 in Burlington, Ontario, and has gained success around the world by making low-budget music videos of covers and originals. The band built its fan base independently with no help from record labels, booking agents, or management.
While visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on June 16th, a woman named G. Star Swain was encouraged to sing “The National Anthem” by what sounds like her husband. He shot a video, it hit YouTube, and the rest is history. As she sings, first one person notices, then another, then another, and soon enough everybody has turned to watch her. It’s a beautiful moment.
Jim and Mary interviewed Abby Celso , a Rochester native with ties to the Fingerlakes, currently a contestant on "the Voice" .
Watch Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams fight over her:)
===================================== Ambassadors of musical diversity Sultans of String thrill their audiences with their global sound-tapestry of East Coast celtic, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and Gypsy-jazz, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while the rhythm section lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.
Since forming 8 years ago, Sultans of String have been on an impressive trajectory with an astonishing number of awards and accolades in tow, including 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards, a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (for McKhool), and 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries).
Imagine a female drummer who sings and plays bass on a keyboard with her drumstick while standing up, and a guitarist who also plays bass with his feet. You've got the indy duo Sirsy. Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti play more than 200 shows a year nationally as well as providing music for TV and independent films. Check out the video for their song cannonball, and check out their website for tour dates by clicking this link
Brooklyn-based funk band Turkuaz tongue-in-cheek biography describes them as "a funk army of multi-instrumentals and singers that is part freight train and part tyrannosaurus rex, who—even on an off night—can blow away a room on the basis of sheer physics alone." See the video for Turkuaz song Chatte Lunatique below. Visit their website and learn about their latest release by clicking this text
Two talented Russian brothers create some great music. Guitarist Feodor Dusomov and his brother, bassist Farko Dusomov hail from Moscow. Feodor makes guitar-based music and instructional videos. Together they created the composition "to Mars" check out the video below.
Dave Martone is a Canadian guitarist whose composition "Code Red" is the opening theme music to the WNYR morning show! On his new album "Nacimiento" which means birth or beginning, Dave returns to his musical roots by revisiting his love of the nylon string guitar. Check out his flamenco treatment of Boney M’s lush disco classic “Rasputin”. Go to Dave's website by clicking here.
Calum Graham is a guitarist and singer-songwriter who has released four albums, won major national music competitions, performed at the Olympic Games in both Vancouver and London and was most recently named one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30. Learn more about him here and enjoy the video for "Three-Way Street".
Award-winning French-Canadian guitarist Antoine Dufur has a percussive acoustic guitar style which often sounds like there's more than one person playing. Find out more about them by clicking here, and enjoy the video for "These Moments"
The musicians in this funk/soul band have played with Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Amy Winehouse & performed on records that sold 1/2 billion copies. Click here to Check out Brother Strut on the web, and enjoy their video for "Let the Truth Spill out" below
Ozzy Osbourne arranged for Harp? Meet the Harp twins, Camille and Kennerly Kitt. Both of the sisters hold music degrees, are third-degree black belt in Taekwondo, are Rifle marksman and were competitive swimmers.
Dirty Loops is a band from Stockholm, Sweden. The band is best known for doing jazz fusion covers of pop tunes. They describe their style as "Classic Jazz-Jam" or "Jazz-Step".
Neil young X2!
Simon Collins is the son of Genesis drummer and vocalist Phil Collins, and he is also in the family business. Simon sings and plays drums in his own progressive rock group "Sound of Contact" and you can hear shades of his father's voice and drumming in their single "Pale Blue Dot". Watch the video below
Fans of 80s music or "the Breakfast Club" movie will want to check out the music video "Come Together" by the band Echosmith.
See the animated video for the modern holiday song we’ve been waiting for.
From Their website: "To pinpoint Thank You Scientist’s sound would be inconceivable. On Maps of Non-Existent Places they hold a virtual master class on musicianship, fusing elements of progressive rock with jazz fusion, classical, metal, psychedelic and pop for a head spinning, mind-blowing listening experience."
Bob Geldof has released a new version of his classic song “Do They Know It’s Christmas”. This version is designed to raise money to fight Ebola in Africa. This updated edition features some altered lyrics, such as, “Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you” to replace Bono’s original guilt-inducing line “Well tonight thank god it’s them instead of you.” In its first day, it raised over a million and a half dollars. A number of high profile pop stars and musicians worked on the track: Bastille, Bono (from U2), Clean Bandit, Disclosure, Elbow, Paloma Faith, Fuse, Nick Grimshaw, Ellie Goulding, Angelique Kidjo, Chris Martin (from Coldplay), Olly Murs, Sinead O’Connor, One Direction, Rita Ora, Emeli Sande, Seal, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Underworld, Jessie Ware.
Aa nationwide broadcast of "The War Of The Worlds," the broadcast that scared the heck out of some people back in 1938 was broadcast on Halloween eve
Watch as Kate Davis beautifully covers Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’.
Indie band Lake Street Dive was a big hit at the grass roots Festival in Trumansburg. Check out their cover of a Jackson five single!
Take a listen to this killer melodic guitar track!
This is a friend of Jim's from Hollywood California, Eric Maldonado.
I purchased Chris Duartes first album in the 90s and became an instant fan. If you haven't heard him, you should. He played at Deweys (Clam Man's Party House) in Seneca Falls Tuesday, May 20, and will be at Abilene bar in Rochester on the 22nd. If you dig Texas guitar, don't miss this show!
Besides being an old friend of Jim's, Miche Fambro is one of the most talented people
you may never have heard of. It's time to change that.