Sessions Archive

J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Live Session #119

November 14, 2013

We hosted J. Roddy Walston and The Business for a second HearYa session the morning after their show at the Double Door this past September.  (See their first go round here.)  To my surprise, when the studio doorbell rang, I found only Rod standing on at my door.  “Where’s The Business?”  Turns out they were […]

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Turnpike Troubadours, Live Session #118

October 18, 2013

Turnpike Troubadours hail from Oklahoma and play a brand of Red Dirt American Country that isn’t too far from the Americana we discuss frequently around HearYa.  What’s different is that these guys seem to run in a different music circle than we are normally exposed to.  The Troubadours tour the US selling out 1000 seat […]

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Roadkill Ghost Choir, Live Session #117

September 10, 2013

We first saw Roadkill Ghost Choir this spring at Front Gate Tickets’ SXSW Morning After Party.  As they ripped through their set, their performance of “Tarot Youth” really caught my attention.  Andrew Shepard’s voice has this hint of a Petty or Dylan nasal character to it. As he climbs into the chorus of “Tarot Youth”, […]

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Futurebirds, Live Session #116

August 1, 2013

On the road supporting their sophomore release Baba Yaga, Futurebirds paid us a return visit for a Live Session in May.  You might remember their first session which features the only slow motion couch jump ever captured in HearYa history.  Once again they rolled in full smile and ready to rock.  For some reason this […]

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Pickwick, Live Session #115

June 21, 2013

We first experienced Pickwick at Antone’s in Austin back in 2012 at SXSW. They took the stage with a short sound check and Galen Disston started singing as the first notes of the piano rang out. It reminded me of a boxing match where the underdog rushes at his opponent trying to gain an unfair […]

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Water Liars, Live Session #114

May 30, 2013

The gentlemen known as Water Liars dropped by SHIRK studios for a session back in early April.  We talked about Gibson Grabber basses, Big Muff fuzz pedals and the musical meaning of the word “Vamp”.  These guys were great to hang with.  After catching their set at SXSW, I’m so glad they could make it […]

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Field Report, Live Session #113

May 8, 2013

As the snow began to fall on a March morning, I wondered if this session was even going to happen.  Luckily, Field Report, aware of the impending blizzard in Chicago, left Milwaukee early to beat the weather.  This would be my first session since relocating SHIRK studios to its new location.  The wiring and equipment […]

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Kopecky Family Band, Live Session #112

April 17, 2013

My discovery of Kopecky Family Band happened during one of those serendipitous moments at South By Southwest a couple/few years ago. I was at South Congress, walking in an alley behind Yard Dog Art Gallery to get to my next destination, when I heard some sweet music sounds coming from a small stage near a […]

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Bahamas, Live Session #111

March 26, 2013

One of my fondest memories at SxSW 2012 was watching Bahamas at Antones at noon on Wednesday with a crowd of about 40 people. I attended with Woody, who was not yet a Bahamas fan. As Bahamas founder and lead singer, Afie Jurvanen, demonstrated his impeccable guitar skills on his electric Strat, Woody began to […]

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Patterson Hood & The Downtown Rumblers, Live Session #110

February 7, 2013

Patterson Hood is responsible for this music blog existing. We’ve probably never told the story, but Woody and I met at a business event in Chicago where things like insurance, mortgage, real estate, home security systems, outsourced HR, search engine optimization or similar such bullshit was being discussed. I think we were both wearing slacks. […]

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