I protested podcasts for a long time. I protested talk radio for a long. And then I learned NPR has a plethora of podcasts solely based on music: All Songs Considered to World Cafe to First Listens and even Live Concerts. I’m addicted.
Then I came across a series of theirs they’ve had around for a few years now: Tiny Desk Concerts.
The premise: a band comes into their HQ and records a few songs with instruments at someone’s desk. The finished product: a spin on songs you never knew imaginable. And the best part? The artists/bands participating are the ones you want to see and hear. I nearly flipped out from Adele’s, The Civil Wars and the Blind Boys of Alabama. If you need a little moving break during the 9-5, you don’t have to leave your desk. (Good news for winter, whenever it decides to roll around).
I listened to this Passion Pit one at least 4 times today.
Last weekend, I made another adventure down to Tennessee. This time, we opted for Beale Street, BBQ and music instead of guns, crawfish and beer, well I guess beer was still part of the equation…
This was the first time I’ve done a full festival circuit. In the past, I’ve opted for one day instead of the full three days. And I must say, Beale Street Music Fest did not disappoint. The weather held up and Mr. Sunshine came out guns a-blazin’ on Sunday (thanks for the sunburn). Day 1 and 2 were more crazy in terms of the line-up. I don’t think I’ve danced that hard ever (thanks Girl Talk and Pitbull). Day 3 was way more relaxed and chill with acts like The Civil Wars, The Head and the Heart and Alison Krauss & Union Station.
But we got a pleasant surprise on Day 2 from this little band out of Nashville called Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. We couldn’t stop talking about them after their set and just wished for more. Here’s the song that really made me get up and cheer, Hung the Moon. Needless to say, this festival is becoming a tradition. And we’re so ready for Drew and the Neighbs to make a trip to the Windy.