Bella Ruse arrived at the WYSO studios with a guitar and an organ in a suitcase. In an interview with Niki Dakota, Kay Gillette (vocals, keys) and Joseph Barker (guitar) explain their affection for the suitcase organ and other unusual instruments like a kazoo shaped like a trumpet.
The Minneapolis duo formed in Febraury of 2009 and spent the rest of that year releasing three EPs and touring the Midwest and West coast. Bella Ruse just set out on their latest Midwestern tour and plans to release their first full length album this fall.
LaVette is renowned for her eclectic musical style, combining elements of rock, funk, R&B, country, gospel, soul, and blues.
In her interview, LaVette reminisces over her early beginnings in 1965 and her experiences with famous artists such as Otis Redding and James Brown humorously admitting, "Well, he wasn't that big then."
After listening to the original recording of her chart single "Let Me Down Easy" on Excursions, she states, "I almost cried."
Langhorne Slim, named for his hometown in Pennsylvania, has been steadily gaining public notice, being featured on the film The Waitress' soundtrack, playing at various folk festivals across North America, and just having returned from Bonnaroo Music Festival.
David Lee Garrison joins Conrad Balliet in the WYSO studios to talk about their common background in traditional verse. They talk about different styles of poetry and how writing in rhyme can be liberating. Garrison shares examples of several types of poems and talks about what inspired each.
Trevor Hall's self-titled album is his first release on Vanguard Records. Hall and his band visited the WYSO studios on the road from Iowa to Columbus and performed several live songs. Hall chats with Niki Dakota about community in songwriting and getting to meet and tour with Matisyahu. Trevor Hall be opening for Michael Franti and Spearhead at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus tonight.