The band, Upstate, has gone through some personnel changes, stylistic turns and even a name change (formerly Upstate Rubdown). What has remained constant is amazing vocal harmonies over tasty instrumental passages. Another thing that has remained is founding member Harry D’Agastino who is my guest on this segment. The band will play locally on November 18 along with local favorites Mamma’s Marmalade, at Turners Falls’ Shea Theater.
We begin with two recent tunes from the band, “Healing” is a live closer at Burlington Vt’s Arts Riot and that that’s followed by one of Upstate’s recent singles called “Friends and Lovers”. Our conversation covers the previously mentioned changes, the band’s pandemic story, songwriting challenges and more. We finish the segment with their literate original called “Metaxy”. Make sure to catch the current version of Upstate at the lovely Shea Theater in TFMA.