Carolyn Walker brings passion to her craft. The Amherst singer-songwriter delivers on Nine Volt Heart.

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The Amherst Massachusetts may look sweet and unassuming but don’t mistake that for a lack of fierceness. The fiery mother of two shows her passionate side when performing her original songs. Her visit to Nine Volt Heart includes six songs; half live in-studio and the other half from her latest release “Incarnidine”.

Our conversation touches on her songwriting inspirations, her Patreon campaign, along with her violin teaching. She is about to release a new album entitled, “Patchwork” which will be released very soon. Our setlist includes “Wanted”, “Mother of Exiles”,”Voice in My Head”, “Hurricane”, “I Don’t Know You Anymore” and “Still Here”.

Make sure to catch her as the featured performer at Easthampton’s 413. All her music and appearances can be found at “Carolyn Walker Music.com”

 

Zoe and Cloyd, award-winning duo, bridge Western Mass and Western NC.

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The duo of Zoe and Cloyd are one of my favorite “New Appalachian” roots musicians. Natalya Zoe Weinstein is a Leverett raised fiddler and her husband John Cloyd Miller is a award-winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Asheville NC. They will be appearing with Mile Twelve’s Nate Sabat at Hadley’s Wesley United Methodist Church on July 5th.

Our conversation covers their beginnings as the trio, Red June, and their third release as Zoe and Cloyd due out in September. We include five songs in our segment including three brand new ones from the upcoming CD “Looking Out for You and Me”. We start with the title cut as well as “Berditchever Sher” and “Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down”. The Boston based bluegrass Mile Twelve released a version of John Cloyd Miller’s “Where We Started” from their award-winning “City on A Hill” release and it is also included in the set.

We talk about both musician’s grandfathers and their influences on the duo in the bluegrass and klezmer styles. Check out the audio of our segment in the link above.

Alice Howe and Dave Dersham talk about Bookmill show 7/6

Dave Dersham and Alice Howe both will be appearing at the Montague Bookmill on July 6th. Both of these musicians ,with ties to the Pioneer Valley, are guests on this edition of Nine Volt Heart on WXOJ in Northampton, Mass.

Dave Dersham is live in-studio and plays his guitar and sings his original songs. We hear five of his originals; “The Pine Barrens “(done live in the studio),” Wonderland” from his 2011 release “Gilding The Lilies” followed by a live version of “King of the Odd Jobs”. A listen to “Flying Cars” is finished with an in-studio version of “My Days are Numbered” from his debut disc “The Burn of Summer”.

Alice Howe is a Newton born singer schooled at Smith College and she has two acclaimed releases to her credit. We hear four of her songs as well as our conversation in this extended segment. Her version of Bonnie Raitt’s “Been Too Long at the Fair” starts the segment off.  Her latest disc called “Visions” include our next two songs,
“Still On my Mind” and “Twilight”. We finish the segment with her debut disc’s highlight called “Homeland Blues”.

 

Christa Joy brings her hopeful upbeat “Get On, Heart” to Nine Volt Heart.

Christa Joy and Michael Stephens joined me for a “joy”ful in-studio performance on Nine Volt Heart. Our wide-ranging conversation includes a healthy dose of tunes from her upcoming album, “Get on,Heart”. We talk about the evolution of her sound over her three releases. Christa delves into her personal history documenting the heartbreak and joy behind these songs. Our session includes cuts from her new disc along with three live versions. Included are “Get On, Heart”, “Honey Bee”, “Ready or Not”,”You Don’t Know”, “On the Shunpike”, “She’s Enough”, and “You’re Not There”.

The commentary is honest and in-depth throughout. Give it a listen.

Christa Joy and the Honey Bees CD release shows are 6/23 at The Parlor Room and 6/27 at Dream Away Lodge. Catch them if you can.

Michael Francis McCarthy brings the Blues to WXOJ.

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Michael Francis McCarthy is a blues stylist and passionate singer based in NY’s Hudson Valley. He was referred to me by my college pal Beanie (You get a shout-out in the first audio at around the 12:00 minute mark) and I’m glad he could make the drive to visit with us on Nine Volt Heart. He played a number of original songs starting with “Keep Swimming” followed by “Leave your Porch Light On”, both live in-studio. We listen to the song “Blue Angels” from his latest CD “Migrant”. A couple of brand new songs were debuted as well including “Better Than Your Phone” and “Judgement Day”. We listen to his cover of “Kill the Old Gray Mule” and his original song “Green Grass Hopper”.

It was a pleasure catching this young man sing his original songs so passionately and play his guitar with incredible dexterity. He certainly puts a lot of effort into his craft. Listen to the two audio segments above and I think you’ll agree that Michael Francis McCarthy is an amazing original talent.

Carla Racine talks Strong and Pleasant Music Fest 6/6-6/9

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STRONG and Pleasant Music Festival is about to debut in downtown Northampton in seven venues over three days; 6/6 – 6/8. Over forty bands are already scheduled. The festival Director is Carla Racine (pictured above with Kristian StJohn from The Embers) along with Kara Karmah and a host of sympathetic local businesses. In our visit, we talk about the idea of a downtown music festival; it’s genesis, the planning, the venue’s participation. We also dedicate some of the credit to the late Donal Rooke as inspiration.

Some of the music featured in the hour include; The Medicinal Purpose, Workman Song, Kimaya Diggs, Trailer Park, Old Flame, The Mary Jane Jones, Snowhaus and Lux Deluxe among others.

Fiddler’s Friend Eric Lee discusses upcoming Strong and Pleasant Festival appearance.

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Eric Lee is a very busy musician. He has five shows in the next week and he visits Nine Volt Heart to help promote Northampton’d First “Strong and Pleasant Music Festival” to be held Thursday through Saturday, June 6-8. Our conversation covers Eric’s latest song writing as well as his planned trip to Europe including his first visit to Norway.

The discussion also includes a number of Eric’s original songs such as “The Garden”, “Bloody Mary Morning”, “Lonesome Over You” and “Heartache Town”. We also include a few tunes from Eric’s bluegrass band, A Man About a Horse who will be recording a brand new album in the fall.