News about This Week’s Broadcast/Podcast with City and Colour and BOY! Plus a Few More Telluride Thoughts:
By Helen ~ July 3, 2013
Dallas Green, who performs under the moniker “City and Colour” (think about it) is back with us. He is one of THE most gifted writers and singers out there today; we were indeed humbled when he chose to return to share songs from his new CD called ‘The Hurry and The Harm.’ And he’s Canadian! (Being from Minnesota, I LOVE Canadians– they’re generally real straight shooters: nice, smart and good hearted, at least the ones I’ve had the pleasure of meeting). Dallas is a peach of a man, just love him.
A bit of eTown trivia: City and Colour joins us as the first artist to return to our new home, eTown Hall; he’s the first to tape a second eTown program here.
Also with us this week: Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass of BOY. These talented and lovely young women met at a summer music workshop in Germany. They began to collaborate musically; and gradually their work has gained international recognition. I honestly had not heard of them before, and I was just blown away by how good they are. You need to check them out.
Both BOY and City & Colour offer unusually stripped-down acoustic sets this show. There’s great conversation too (some very funny stuff in there), plus an ‘on-stage and in-person E-Chievement Award winner, dedicated to random acts of kindness (tune in to find out exactly what the heck that means).
More thoughts on Telluride:
Clearly, it’ll always be a special place for me, having spent such formative years there (age 22 – 37, lots of growing and hopefully maturing during that time). It was not without heartache (major injury in a car accident for one; divorce; losing both of my parents while I still lived there; loss of friends too, two to avalanches, two to drugs and alcohol, all gone too young and way too soon). But it was also such a glorious time of creativity: I got to collaborate with amazingly talented people like Buck Lowe, Lynn Rae Lowe, Peter Langstaff, Andrea Benda, Paul Fagan, Martha Brady, Malcolm, Terry, Norman, Randy, etc. etc. etc. We wrote and performed comedy in the SNL style, appeared in plays as part of a formal theater company, sang and played out, and more. A really incredible stretch of several years that I will always cherish.
It was so great to see so many local folks recently at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival: people like Fran and John Cohn (and their nephew Damien! Man, you’re so . . grown up!! And so very cool), Sally Puff Courtney, Kathy McLaughlin, Janie Hannigan, John Herndon, Jim Lincoln, Hunt and Stiff (Steve) doing security with such dignity and grace, the aforementioned Norman (Janice I missed you!), so many more . . you all were wonderful to see, a sight for sore eyes.
Musical festival highlights, in my opinion included:
- The Jackson Browne set: Phenomenal. He is in fine, fine voice, singing all those great songs; that amazing stage presence too; plus the added bonus of Sara and Sean Watkins (ooh those gorgeous sibling harmonies).
- The Punch Brothers set: Can’t even describe it . . perfection?
- The Hot Rize set: One of THE best I’ve seen them do (and believe me, I’ve seen hundreds) . . the new songs were especially great to hear.
- The Telluride House Band: Formally called the Telluride All-Stars. Perhaps the best version that I’ve seen of this now traditional collaborative effort at the end of the festival. Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Bryan Sutton, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan and Jerry Douglas were the core members this year, to give you an idea of what I’m talking about. There were the normal various walk-on guests as well, who all shined. I don’t know what it was this year; there was a sort of inclusive and joyful energy that couldn’t help but draw you in. Even with my broken rib, I stayed for the entire set, as did the crowd – pretty impressive for the last night of the festival when everyone is pretty darn tired, right?
We missed Steve Martin with Edie Brickell and The Steep Canyon Rangers (again, the rib slowed me down enough to where we did not arrive until Friday, unfortunately) but I hear they were just spectacular. Also missed my friends Elephant Revival who played the TBGF for the first time – wish I’d been there to cheer them on!
After Telluride, it was off to Oregon for a few days to stay with friends – relaxed, rested, continued to heal, even heard some music (Steve Miller and his band at the Britt Festival, amazing!). I had a completely carefree vacation, unlike Nick who of course was working at the festival, rehearsing and playing and all. But he got in some down time there and in Oregon too, to be sure.
Now we’re back, and we’ve jumped back into the fray of putting eTown out there, able to handle the 10-hour days with our batteries charged from the past week.
Hey speaking of eTown, check out the videos of this week’s show below (they include a blooper video you might like) and be sure to catch this exceptional program with City & Colour and BOY, it’s one of our best, ever.
Thanks so much, talk soon,