In House #1670: New Live Release From Robert Blake; New Greg Graffin, Eilen Jewell
Singer-songwriter Robert Blake, though playing anything but orthodox folk, is something of a modern-day troubador. Over the last nine years or so, the Bellingham, Washington-based artist has traveled far and wide bringing his unique verse and strumming to the people, while somehow still finding the time to release five solo studio albums, be a part of the High, Wide, and Handsome Band and the Tin Pan Caravan, and found the annual Subdued Stringband Jamboree held near Bellingham. Speaking of which, Blake's latest release is a live recording capturing his performance on the first night of the 2005 Subdued Stringband Jamboree, as well as that of Seattle-based The Crying Shame. Blake's set reveals him at his punk-folk best, plugged in and backing himself with sporadic strumming while telling tales of lost loves, travels, and grandmothers. The result is a vibe and energy few can create with just voice and guitar, reminding us why we go to see and hear live music in the first place.
Of note, Robert Blake will be returning to In House as our first guest-blogger, reporting from this year's 6th Annual Subdued Stringband Jamboree, taking place the weekend of August 11-13 near Bellingham, WA. This year's line-up includes Jesse Sykes, The Crying Shame, The Juanita Family, Casey Connor, and scores more. If you happen to be in the area, by all means: GO.
In House #1670.
Focus: New live release from Robert Blake, The First Friday Show, documenting last year's perfromance at the annual Subdued Stringband Jamboree. Plus, new music from Greg Graffin, Eilen Jewell, and more.
Robert Blake, from The First Friday Show:
"On a Monday Night (LIVE)" (MP3) and "Zoe's Been Drinking (LIVE)" (MP3)
Robert Blake Live In House:
"Head Over Heels (LIVE)" (MP3) (recorded 2/22/2002)
and "I Wanna Get Back Together With You (LIVE)" (MP3) (recorded 6/5/2003)
The Crying Shame, from an up-coming full-length:
"Waiting On a Train" (MP3)
Jesse Sykes (with Mount Analog), from Poor Boy: Songs of Nick Drake:
"River Man" (MP3)
Rachel Ries, from For You Only:
"You Only" (MP3)
Anais Mitchell, from Hymns For the Exiled:
"Cosmic American (MP3)
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