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Lisa Biales/Marybeth D’Amico audio interviews are available

These 2 interviews were recorded at event locations during February.
Lisa Biales at Sine Studios  lisabiales021712

Marybeth D’Amico at Milkboy Coffee   marybeth022512

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@ Milkboy Coffee 2/25/12

Marybeth D’Amico and Meghan Cary, regional songwriters presenting songs affirming the heavier issues of life, performed at Milkboy Coffee on Saturday 2/25 to a packed crowd braving the winter chill.  The great majority of attendees were there to see Meghan, who was released her new CD “Building This House”
Milkboy is a wide comfortable venue, with a good sized rectangle stage up front, soft lime-greenwall in back with watercolor paintings.  Lots of chairs and single-seat sofas plus a large sofa facing center stage, and cup holders for yer coffee (a supple, smooth chai in my case). I was positioned stage left with no view of the drumset for Meghan but otherwise a good comfy snigle seat.
Marybeth and I  chatted earlier in the musty basement that serves as the green room.  She’d want you to believe that she’s more of a pure journalist and writer or even ‘a dork’ (her words), than just a songwriter. Indeed, she works as a business journalist when she’s not focused on the craft of songwriting and performing.   Her music appears to touch upon the darkness within her life, along with parts of the dark sides in others. One outward subject she mentioned on stage was re  Kenny Richey, who was wrongfully convicted in 1986 for various felonies. The case was made an example of by Amnesty International.  Her songs are delivered with a minmum of anger, emotion and dash. preferring to let her stories deliver the messages.  She remarked feeling compelled to mention when she was to sing a ‘happy’ song.  She likened one song “Don’t Look Back” with an insistent three-chord groove all throughout, to “Don’t Fear The Reaper”, a classic rock staple by Blue Oyster Cult. Marybeth’s song style closely resembles that of another local indie songwriter, Sharon Goldman, differing in tone and mood for the most part.
The audience was very attentive hearing Marybeth; they’d become exuberant seeing Meghan Cary. It seems she brought a good deal of family and friends.  I found myself seated nearby her sister and a few young ones (who appeared to be hopped up on whatever was brewing). Meghan herself is also exuberant and rather down-to-earth, both on stage and off.  Her bandmates who perform with her in NYC, provided great chemistry, especially with her beau and multi-instrumentalist Peter Farrelll.  Pete was mainly on standard piano keyboard and a Hammond B3, and assisted with acoustic on one song.  Along with Meghan’s new CD “Building This House”, she brought some homemade red ‘house wine”, claiming that she doesn’t drink, but quickly sipping on one bottle (during the set she had a clear water bottle firmly attached to her mic stand). Like yours truly, she was based in NYC for a number of years, and now calls the Philly metro area home. The running joke of the night was her adhering to a set list, while her band seemed to have different songs in mind. Her band this evening included Jocko MacNelly on bass, and Quint Lange on drums. During the show she mentioned that 50% of sales of the new CD would go to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.  Her motivation in supporting this chartiy is the anniversary of the death of her former bassist’s wife Lori Meli. Lori’s story in part is told here 
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You will hear music in several segments of top indie/DIY/underground songwriters and bands, and also::
RCB Novus Ordo returned this week. This show is one where I spin one song from as many as 8 songs in one sitting and give you background of each artist.
Hi all! (You too, Bueller.)  What’s new?  For me, diet is better and I’m getting back to some old patterns and changing out what doesn’t work.  Radio work is just fine as I continue to field inquiries from many folks across North America and a bit from Europe.  The other day I received requested material in the form of chill/breakbeat/deep house from the UK. It will likely make for background/intro/outro music for the show. Yes, tho I don’t spin this genre in the rotation, I do like my share of electronica. Years ago, I used music from The Orb for such times.  Maybe it’s time to trot it out again .
Next week I’ll be at Milkboy Coffee in Ardmore for the first time. This will be my third attempt at attending, as my bod just didn’t have it in me to travel long distance. Now I’m a lot better and looking forward to seeing two songwriters: Meghan Cary, who’s releasing a new CD, and Marybeth D’Amico, who returns to her PA/NJ/NY roots after being in Germany for a number of years.  I plan to interview Marybeth prior to the event.
I did feel healthy enough to attend Sine Studios‘ first invite-only public event, featuring Lisa Biales, and Ronstadt Generations.  I also attended an acoustic showcase hosted by James Hearne at Lickety Split on South Street.

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Currently I’m attending one show (see above) on 2/25 in Ardmore.  Blank slate otherwise!
On RCB Novus Ordo: Two bands that I saw the last time I visited the now-closed Tritone were North Lawrence Midnight Singers, and Shane Dodd. Both headed the airplay on this program.  Justin James returns to my airwaves. He splits time between various Caribbean points-of-call, and sunny places on the road in the US.  Meg Braun also returns with a new album, produced by Tom Prasada-Rao. The song is inspired by Joan Didion’s book ‘The Year Of Magical Thinking”.

RCB proper:  Relatively short show, this one was. Andrew McKnight & Mark McKay share a bill on 2/26 for a songwriters festival in Frederick, MD. I spun social commentary songs of theirs that kinda rocked.      The young sisters von Grey from Georgia get second airing of their music.    More recently released music from Fallen Riviera and instrumental band A Ghost Like Me are heard in segment 2.   Finished the run of songs from the Vermont compilation CD. Thanks publicly go to Glory Reinstein & Bluebird Promotions and Maletts Bay Records for the opportunity to spin all the music from the disc.   Honor Finnegan heard for a second oonsecutive show the uke diva shared billing with Carolann Solebello on 2/15.  Any segue involving Benyaro is a darn good one. They’re preparing a covers album, and a disc of original ones to follow that for 2013.  I almost forgot they’re based in WY now.  They were in NYC for a number of years.   Spuyten Duyvil and Kath Buckell were on a bill 2/16 in Piermont, NY. Spuyten Duyvil’s tune is a traditional one, while Kath’s is one about an Australian herder, or ‘drover’.    You’ll be hearing a lot more from Kath and Honor in weeks to come.     Looking ahead to Fat Tuesday, spun one from Tom PrincipatoMarybeth D’Amico makes a return to the Philadelphia area next week; I spun a wintry tune from her recently released CD.
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