A song about moving on (where, who can say?), without losing one's heart or one's connections to those who count, "Keep Moving Brother, Keep Moving Sister" shows Denison Witmer at his bittersweet best.
The SXSCity music festival rambled to a close on Monday night with an eclectic bill taking the stage at Off Broadway.
Parlour music for a bungalow at the end of the dark side of the street, "Chinatown," a rarity from an EP called "Story of My Life," finds Alejandro Skylar Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, opening up the windows and letting the warm night air in. It's hard not to whistle, hum or tap along with him.
"St. Louis isn't gone, no it's hidden, and waiting in my voice." How can anyone, no matter where you may live, not love a line like that? And though the lines penned by Jeremy Quentin of Small Houses are surely fine, it's the way they're sung and set to grainy, spare acoustic music that makes them worth hearing.
Protest music isn't exactly fashionable these days, but that doesn't mean it can't still be moving and musical. Erin McKeown proves as much with the wide-ranging, no-punch-pulling "Baghdad to the Bayou," co-written with none other than Rachel Maddow.
Whether he's singing a song written over 100 years ago or penning his own tunes, St. Louis native Ryan Spearman draws on his expansive knowledge of Americana and folk to create a living, breathing history of traditional music.
Samantha Crain was born in Shawnee, Okla., the same city that fostered fellow musical beasts of the southern-midwest wild, Woody Guthrie and the Flaming Lips.
"Hey gurl, I see you play violin -- wanna fiddle around?" That line is guaranteed to never get you a date on Valentine's Day. But if you lay a good one on us, we'll send you and a friend to the Folk School Valentine's show at Off Broadway on Thursday!