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Amber Nash and Jordan Neff met at an Oktoberfest party four years ago and within weeks were personally involved and professionally linked in a ukelele-centric Folk/Bluegrass duo that they dubbed "Shiny and the Spoon." For a spell, both Nash and Neff were roll-called as members of Magnolia Mountain, but they broke ranks last year to concentrate on SATS and the most immediate result of that increase in time and energy is "Ferris Wheel," the duo’s debut full-length CD.
At first blush, Nash and Neff seem like a standard issue Folk duo, but SATS is far from typical. “Snowflake,” the lead-off track on "Ferris Wheel," is an example. While strummed acoustic guitar intro and lightly touched upright bass suggest a familiar structure, Nash’s tremulous upper register vocal is more reminiscent of ’60s AM radio Pop chicks and contemporary Indie Folk/Rock chanteuses. But the pair quickly slides into a swirling atmospheric soundscape and “Snowflake” begins to breathe with a compelling and melancholy sigh that transcends their chosen genre.
Not every song on "Ferris Wheel" follows this template, but it stakes a sonic claim that exponentially expands Shiny and the Spoon’s parameters. At Ferris Wheel’s midpoint Nash and Neff offer their spectacular Indie Folk version of a-ha’s Synth Pop hit “Take On Me,” and continues on “Run,” which mixes Gillian Welch and David Rawlings and a mariachi interlude. On “Killin’ the Flower,” Nash croons with the traditional modernism of k.d. lang while evoking Charlie Rich's piano bench.
"Ferris Wheel" truly establishes the duo as acolytes of the dusty past and visionaries of a bright future.
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Paranormal Kool Aid continues our series of Investigative Team Interviews with William Payne of Hopkin's County Paranormal Society, Dawson Springs Kentucky. They investigate paranormal claims, activity to try to determine if there is a logical explanation for the claims and are favorites on the lecture circuit.
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Rae Spoon is a transgendered musician and author who lives in Montreal. They have toured extensively over the past twelve years in Canada as well as internationally (Europe, the USA and Australia). Having started out as a country artist and later composed more experimental/electronic material, Rae has always kept songwriting at the forefront of their music.
I Can’t Keep All Of Our Secrets is Rae’s most recent release. A pop/electronic album about the complexity of grief, it focuses on a particular experience of loss—Rae wrote the album in the wake of a friend’s sudden death. With palpable emotion, the songs map the topography of loss and of attachment that extends beyond death. Musically, I Can’t Keep All Of Our Secrets is Rae’s most electronic album to date. Its heavily programmed production, analog synths and distorted electric guitars mark Rae’s musical progress from electronic experimentation to the establishment of their own style in the genre.
Rae’s first book, First Spring Grass Fire, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in September 2012. The book, which honours the brief moments of hope for a world outside of the narrator’s evangelical family, is a collection of short stories heavily inspired by coming of age queer in Alberta. Through realizing they must escape where they are from, the book’s narrator begins a journey towards finding acceptance and a safe home.
Rae was long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize in 2008 (superioryouareinferior) as well as nominated for two CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards in 2010. They won the CBC Galaxie Rising Stars award in 2004. Rae’s personal essay Femme Cowboy can be found in the 2012 Lambda Literary Award–nominated anthology Persistence.
Curious about what a BoCo audition is like? Tune in to Slotted Spoon to hear Yael and Blake's stories about college auditions and specifically their experiences singing, dancing, and acting their faces off in front of Neil, Maureen, and Michelle.
Georgia rap legend Sonny Spoon is an extremely diverse artist with many talents. Born and raised in the city of Macon, Sonny Spoon has worked diligently to make a name for himself and put his city on the map. His career began at the tender age of 14 when he started performing at local talent shows and gaining the confidence of his peers and elders as a creative story teller through music. His lyrics reflect the pain of young black males being raised in the deep south and the trials they endure while seeking to maintain a positive perspective and become successful. No stranger to the streets, Sonny’s music truly imitates the life he lives.
As an independent artist Sonny has recorded a total of nine albums and has collaborated with hip hop heavy weights such as T.I., Cee-lo Green, Field Mob, 8-Ball & MJG, Bun-B and Young Jeezy. He is also globally known for his hit single "The Dirty Bird," written for the Atlanta Falcons during their Super Bowl run in 1998. His new album Back to Work was released in 2011.
Sonny Spoon was well on his way to stardom when his career was suddenly derailed because of his incarceration for narcotics and weapons possession in 2003. Upon his release from the federal prison system, Sonny Spoon has been on a mission to ensure that other young people are aware of the consequences of bad decision making. He has worked diligently with public schools, non-profit organizations and many independent agencies that would allow him to share his testimony as a deterrent for at risk youth.
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