Session Location: Raisin' Roots Farm - Fort Collins, CO
Tracklisting: 1. Two Places at Once (0:05) 2. The Long Haul (3:30) 3. The Universe (7:13) 4. That Glorious Day (10:34) 5. Peace to you Brother (14:47)
Meet Danielle Ate the Sandwich! Danielle was born and raised in Eastern Nebraska, and moved to Colorado with her family in 2000. She arrived in Fort Collins in 2004 and even though she has moved to a few different places over the course of her time here, she always seems to find her way home to Fort Collins.
Danielle got her start playing open mic nights while attending Colorado State University in 2006. She then quit her "day job" to pursue music full time in 2009. She has been a full time, independent, touring, singer/songwriter ever since! Her influences are varied, and include the likes of Paul Simon, Peggy Lee, Blossom Dearie, Bob Dylan, Ben Gibbard, and Taylor Swift.
When asked what attracts her to the ukulele, Danielle earnestly replied "I'll be honest, I like that it's cute and easy to play, but the intonation and tone really compliment my voice and songwriting style. After learning more and getting involved in the ukulele scene, I've found it's an amazing place for people to come as they are to have fun and enjoy playing music. It isn't surrounded by the same pretension as other instrument and music scenes. I like when people are nice and the ukulele attracts nice people."
Danielle was kind enough to share a funny story from the road - "I'm very used to people commenting on my band name. "What kind of sandwich was it?" is the question I get the most. One time on tour, at a gas station in Iowa after paying for my gas and candy, the cashier asked "What kind of sandwich was it?" I was shocked that she would know my music and be joking around with me. Right before I muttered the name of the best sandwich I could think of, the guy behind me steps up and says "hand and cheese."... She was just asking him what kind of sandwich it was, so he could buy it. Some musicians have crazy stories about sex and drugs, and I have that one."
Danielle has a big East Coast tour coming up at the end of August and a few shows in Colorado in September. Touring has been a great way for Danielle to get out and connect with fans far and wide, but she has been craving community, so she plans to scale down the touring and focus on doing more things locally. It is her dream to someday host a late night talk show, and if you've ever had the pleasure of seeing Danielle play live, you would agree that this is a very attainable goal!
In the end, for those of you wondering, there is no story behind her band name. She just likes sandwiches and needed to come up with something when she made her myspace page!
Be sure to check out www.danielleatethesandwich.com to keep up to date with when she will be in playing in your town! While you're at it, pick up a copy of her latest record, The Terrible Dinner Guest. I promise you will not be disappointed.
Danielle Ate the Sandwich
More Than Physics
Session Date: 7/2/2017
Session Location: Kinney Family Compound - Fort Collins, CO
Tracklisting: 1. Windmills (0:06) 2. c7 (3:50) 3. c Jam (6:50)
Meet More Than Physics. Jonathan and Clint started MTP in May 2011, after Jonathan purchased a Tank Drum from Clint and a Tabla from the local drum store. Once Clint acquired a Halo from Pantheon Steel they began to get serious.
About their sound, More Than Physics states... "We strive for an inviting, original sound. One that is peaceful, yet dynamic, and gives our expressions a perfect venue to explore. Our sound allows us to play really unique gigs, like yoga classes, ceremonies, weddings, and it means a lot to us that our music connects people in a way that they want to incorporate it in meaningful ways."
Currently, MTP is working on new material for an upcoming release later in 2017. In the meantime, if you're in the Fort Collins area, you can catch them at Old Town Yoga for regular classes, or at Open Streets on September 17th. In the future, they hope to someday perform at Yoga on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
More Than Physics
Session Date: 6/18/17
Session Location: Raisin' Roots Farm - Fort Collins, CO
Meet Whippoorwill! Comprised of Fort Collins music scene veterans, Alysia, Staci, and Tobias. The wheels started turning in 2013 while Alysia was playing down at SXSW. Alysia just had her guitar stolen when a mutual friend recommended she look up Staci in order to "get out of the city to some Texas river holes with the Texas river queen". It was then that the duo formed. Whippoorwill was taken to another level when they decided to make an album in 2016. The duo then became a trio late in 2016 when they were introduced to their drummer and harmonizing vocalist, Tobias, by some mutual friends in the Fort Collins scene. They have been living in Fort Collins on and off since about 2010 and are extremely happy to call this city their home base.
The groups pulls from many varied influences to create their own sound. Musicians like Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt, Gillian Welch, The Wood Brothers, and Rodney Crowell (see their version of Bluebird Wine in the video!)
Since Tobias joined the band, they have embarked on two tours. "The first was the sunshine, waterhole tour that could do no wrong... and the next was the flash flood, tornado, are-we-gonna-make-it-out-alive-can't-believe-our-van-just-died experience. The best part of touring with people you love is that it's all memorable (good or bad), and it becomes a part of our collective story. I've found myself writing a bunch from both experiences, and I know we were all really impacted by those experiences" - Alysia
Recently, Whippoorwill has been drawing their inspiration from each other, and has found their groove in writing songs as a unit. In regards to a new album, they have said to "look for something next spring (2018) that's made with our whole hearts. Fortunately, that won't be your only chance to hear their beautiful songs. This summer they will be very busy playing Bohemian Nights in Fort Collins, What Fest, The Uptown Breakdown, and Underground Music Showcase in Denver. This fall, you can also catch them on tour through Wyoming, Montana, and a long stretch down the West Coast with their friends The Lonesome Heroes.
Session Location: The Growing Project @ Hope Farms
Tracklisting: 1. Fishers on the Sea (0:07) 2. Postman (3:18) 3. Whippoorwill (5:17) 4. A Little Scared (8:50) 5. Green River (11:59) 6. Soldier's Joy (16:00)
Meet Fall River Road. Lindsay and Mark met at a neighborhood jam in 2012. Three months later they were engaged and a band was born. Together, they write, arrange, and play songs drawn from experiences and stories. Some new, some that go back an age or so. Some festive, some sad. Country, blues. Simple songs that dig deep.
Mark started out at 13 on electric guitar, finger-tapping, sweep arpeggios, whammy bar dives, mad Van Halen-stylings. He cut his teeth in bars and backyards in the Tampa area with the band Brave Ulysses (after the Cream song) before moving back to his home state of Colorado to play and sing solo acoustic blues in the vein of Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Reverend Gary Davis and Lightnin Hopkins.
Lindsay began playing violin in elementary school in Lakewood. She learned dozens of songs and started off singing in bluegrass jams in college. She even packed a violin on her Peace Corps voyage to the Philippines (it followed her back to the States by slow boat). Lindsay plays a tenor ukulele as well. Her family has a cabin, the former Post Office of the old mining town of Alice, Colorado, way up Fall River Road on the way to St. Mary's Glacier. It's a special neck of the woods they share with their two girls when they're not jamming out.
Looking forward to some great shows in January - 1/6/17 Colorado Room (opening for Blue Taboo), 1/7/17 The Forge, and 1/20/17 Equinox.
With a touch of wind and some dramatically changing sunset colors, we hope you enjoy this beautiful music the way we did!
Fall River Road
Gavin St. Clair
Session Date: 6/9/2016
Session Location: Watson Lake - Bellvue, CO
Tracklisting: 1. Your Heart is His (0:05) 2. I Love You (Cuz' You're Mine) (4:09) 3. Christmas Means Goodbye in Spanish (7:09) 4. Live on the Boat (11:49) 5. Dark City Nights (14:41) 6. Track 7 (18:07)
Meet Gavin St. Clair! Gavin grew up in Eden Prairie, MN. After high school, he spent two years in college in Duluth, MN. After those two years, Gavin dropped out, bought a '91 Honda Civic, and lived out of it for a few months while playing shows at coffee shops and bars around the country. All the while drawing inspiration from the likes of Roy Orbison, Hank Williams, and the Everly Brothers. After some time spent hitchhiking and writing, he landed in Chicago where he ran a DIY music venue called Club Soda. He played and wrote in El Greco Explosive during this time.
Currently, Gavin is moving back to Duluth, MN to begin work on a new solo project! We hope you enjoy the beauty in his music as much as we do.
Gavin St. Clair
Session Date: 5/28/16
Session Location: Raisin' Roots Farm - Laporte, CO
Tracklisting: 1. An Artist Question (0:05) 2. Out Walking (1:55) 3. Come Find Me (4:44)
Meet Chad Golda! Chad recorded this session while in town from Metro Detroit. Chad grew up in the suburbs north of Detroit, MI. He played bass for numerous bands throughout his high school days. After high school, Chad enrolled at Michigan State University where he obtained a degree in Audio Production. It was during these years that Chad really began to shine musically. Drawing inspiration from many sources, sonically and otherwise, Chad found himself playing in, and recording music for many different projects, including General Rhinestone, Cloud Magic, and all sorts of solo music as well.
In 2010, Chad moved to Fort Collins, CO with his wife, Samantha. It was in Fort Collins that he hit his groove. In 2011, Chad launched "Writing Records", his own label which has been quite prolific. Through his label, Chad has recorded and released 16 albums. Of the 16, 11 have been his own solo records. In 2015, Chad and Samantha moved back to Michigan, where he set up a cozy and inspiring music studio in the basement of their home. In this studio, he is currently mixing his 12th solo album.
I have personally seen Chad perform live more than a dozen times. His performances bleed his sincere passion and imaginative mind. This is not just the same old formula you've seen time and again. This becomes very evident through this session. Additionally, Chad had a chance encounter with Hulk Hogan at a pool whilst on vacation in Florida. It's possible that this meeting forever impacted Chad's musical interest.
Please check out all of Chad Golda's albums at www.writingrecords.com
Session Date: 5/24/16
Session Location: Shady Grove Farms - Wellington, CO
Tracklisting: 1. Peaks & Pits (0:06) 2. Lift Me Up, Leave Me Here (3:09) 3. 9th & Lafayette (6:16) 4. Cold Times (10:22)
Meet Brent Cowles! Brent was born in Colorado Springs, and split his time growing up between Fort Collins and the Springs. He has been playing music since roughly the age of thirteen. Though he actively plays guitar, he considers his voice to be his main instrument. One listen to his songs, and you can really see why. Drawing from vocal influences all across the board, but mainly soul singers like Otis Redding, and Sam Cooke, Brent has cultivated a sound not often heard in this day and age.
Most of Brent's music career (so far) has been predominantly focused on his time in You, Me, and Apollo, which he started as a solo project when he was only seventeen years old! Ten years later (in 2014) after many successful years together, this project came to an end. I asked Brent what his favorite/most memorable show was. His response, without even having to think about it, was the You, Me, and Apollo album release of 'Sweet Honey' at the Bluebird in Denver.
Currently, Brent is having fun playing with his new band, which performs under his name. They have enjoyed recent successes such as Playing with Nathaniel Rateliff and signing to Denver based 'Greater Than Collective'. Be on the lookout for these guys, as they perform a show that should certainly not be missed. We hope you enjoy his songs as much as we do!
Session Date: 5/23/16
Location: Rasin' Roots Farm - Laporte, CO
Tracklisting: 1. Lydelai (0:06) 2. Borderline (4:51) 3. Ain't Nobody Listening (9:27) 4. Drunk Gypsy (12:51) 5. Play for the King (16:03) 6. Back Again (20:52)
Meet Matt Skinner. Matt was born in Virginia, but lived much of his formative years in Iowa. First, Des Moines, then in Iowa City, which is where he got his start really playing music. Matt has been playing since he was about 17. He is a lefty, though he plays instruments right handed (and very well, I might add). While in Iowa City, Matt found himself playing in a few bands over the years, such as Jinsen Connection and The Gglitch. It wasn't until he and brothers Adam, and Austin Morford banded together to form Tallgrass that Matt really found his stride as a musician.
The band formed in Iowa City, but has since relocated to Fort Collins, CO. In addition to being a revered part of Fort Collins music scene, the band also has their own recording studio, in which they have helped a multitude of other artists put records out. This list includes, but is not limited to Von Stomper, Derek Blake, and Whippoorwill. Currently, Tallgrass is mixing their 3rd Album to date, titled 'Laughing'.
However, Matt's talents are not strictly limited to his time in Tallgrass. His solo performances are a thing of beauty. You are sure to be drawn in by the first soulful moments. Very proficient on both guitar and banjo, Matt enjoys playing and experimenting with open tunings. Drawing from many influences, his songs are honest and soulful, with beautiful depth. Hope you enjoy as much as I did!
Be sure to check out his band at www.tallgrassband.com
Matt Skinner - Full Session
Session Date: 5/9/2016
Location: Raisin' Roots Farm - Laporte, CO
Tracklisting: 1. Losing You (0:07) 2. Mountain Way (3:34) 3. Sophisticated Slavery (7:04) 4. Going to Colorado (11:09) 5. Train Town (15:29)
Meet Mike Yob. Originally from Maryland, Mike moved to Fort Collins in 1987. Relocating to Steamboat Spring, CO in the late 90's, Mike found his stride as a songwriter. His songs are rooted deeply in traditional bluegrass, and they are dangerously catchy. During his years in Steamboat Springs, Mike played in the band Brew Glass Boys (featuring other now local Fort Collins musicians Ian Smith, and Mike Fritz). After five years, they disbanded and in 2004 Mike found himself back in Fort Collins. Upon arriving back in Northern Colorado, he joined with some musicians to form Two Bits 'a Gander, who would enjoy a short stint as the house band at local venue, Avogadro's Number.
After this time, Mike focused mainly on writing and performing solo tunes, mostly at another then local hotspot, CrankNStein (R.I.P.). Currently, Mike is enjoying a run of solo shows in the Fort Collins area. Also, he is a Virgo. Hope you enjoy the tunes as much as we do!
Session Date: 4/4/2016
Session Location: Pingree Park, CO
Meet Genevieve Gaskill, also known as Zelcova. Genevieve grew up in metro Detroit, MI where she grew her fondness and passion for music. Genevieve moved to Fort Collins, CO two years ago. In her time here, she has made great strides in songwriting ability. Having a great desire to grow her knowledge of music and playing, she has expanded her arsenal of instruments. In Fort Collins has played the Black Mountain Ramble as well as sharing the bill with local artists such as Wolf Van Elfmand, and Eric Bjella. As a caregiver, Genevieve has implemented the joy and importance of music in many children by playing and teaching!
This past fall (2015) Genevieve embarked on a three month journey to Guatemala to further her studies in herbalism. During this time, she continued to be inspired by the world around her. Whether is was other people to play with, or some time alone with her instruments, music played an integral role in these travels.
Currently, she has been working on a conceptual music project. In this project, Genevieve uses the book 'Be Here Now' by Ram Dass as both inspiration as well as song lyrics. She flips to a random page in the book, and then starts playing. Twisting and contorting the poetry in the book into infectious melodies and beautiful music. The songs in this session are part of this project, hence the page numbers. If you have a copy of the book, I encourage you to follow along! Between these songs, and an array of originals, Genevieve continues to march forth in her musical journey.
The Ugly Architect
Session Date: 3/21/16
Location: Watson Lake Rockface
Meet William Knudsen (The Ugly Architect). William is one of few people who live in Fort Collins who can actually say they grew up here! In fact, he grew up right around the corner from where I now reside. Since his youth in Fort Collins, William has been very busy. He relocated to Portland, OR where he spent much of his time writing poetry and even touring around the country on the poetry slam circuit. After his time in Portland he returned to Fort Collins to be close to his family, and to lend a hand in running on of Fort Collins newest venues/art spaces, The Artery. During this time, he began honing his skills as a songwriter and unveiled the moniker, The Ugly Architect.
Currently, William is putting the finishing touches on a solo album, and has launched an indiegogo campaign to help fund the album. If you like what you hear or just want to help a good cause, consider throwing a couple dollars his way!
Tooth & Nail
Six Miles Up
The Blush and Tumble
Session Date: 3/1/2016
Location: Watson Lake, Bellvue, CO
Meet Luke Callen. After growing up in Wisconsin, Luke made his way to sunny Fort Collins, CO. In Fort Collins, Luke hit the ground running. He began playing open mic nights and busking around the area with friends. Luke continued perfecting his songs and in 2012 recorded an album of solo tunes with Chad Golda on Chad's label, Writing Records.
Luke has since cofounded one of Fort Collins favorite bands, Von Stomper, in which he plays acoustic guitar and sings vocals alongside other LHOS artist, Wolf Van Elfmand. In recent years Von Stomper has spent extensive time playing shows both in town, and touring. Most recently, they have an upcoming run of shows throughout Texas. They have also just released a new record titled 'Americado' that they put a lot of love into.
Please check them out at www.vonstomper.com
Nowhere To Go
Lady Liberty Rag
Session Date: 1/5/16
Location: South Bay, Horsetooth Mountain Park, CO
Meet Derek Blake. Derek is the fifth generation of the Blake family to grow up in Steamboat Springs, CO. He has been posted up in Fort Collins for about four years where he has made quite a name for himself in the local scene. Derek has been pickin' his guitar in the scene for the better part of ten years. Though his solo career is his main focus, the list of bands he has been part of is impressive. This list includes local favorites such as Free Range Pickins, Mustard Licks, and Streamline Cannonball. Just before we headed into the hills to record this session, Derek returned from an extensive tour with (now) NY based Boneheart Flannigan. The tour included dates up into Montana, all through the Northwest and Southwest, and all the way up the East Coast. The pleasure was all mine when it came to recording these tunes. A great mix of good old fashioned story telling, bluegrass pickin', and gently beautiful melodies.
In Fort Collins, Derek can be seen playing around town, and occasionally running live sound at two local music hotspots, The Swing Station and Avogadro's Number. Additionally, Derek gets together to play with other Little House of Sound artists, Wolf Van Elfmand, and Mike McGraw. Currently, he is recording a solo album in the studio of local legends, Tallgrass.
Hope you enjoy his tunes as much as I do.
Lonesome Country Song #12
Just For Now
Session Date: 2/11/2016
Location: Torture Chamber climbing area, Foothills of Fort Collins
Meet Josh Seymour! Josh has been in Colorado for roughly three years, spending most of his time in Fort Collins. Though, in the summer of 2014, Josh lived in Durango, CO working on trail maintenance, sparking a strong need to work outdoors. From this experience, he moved on the work for the Larimer County Conservation Corps, and then began work with an independent contractor doing fire mitigation and chainsaw work up in the burned areas surrounding Fort Collins.
Growing up in Minnesota, Josh began playing music with friends, pulling from different styles and ultimately, cultivating his beautiful sound. Heartfelt songs with percussive strumming patterns and strong, dynamic vocals. Josh then moved to Eugene, Oregon, where he spend more time playing music. After extensive travels through Mexico, and parts of Central America, Josh landed in Fort Collins where he helped run Hope Farms. All the while, continuing his musical journey, pulling inspiration from his travels.
With an attitude that always leads to adventure, we thought it only fitting to wake up at 5am and go play music to the sun as it rose over Fort Collins on a (very) brisk winter morning. Enjoy!
Josh Seymour - Loose Ends
Wolf Van Elfmand
Session Date: 12/21/15
Location: North Etluck Bay, Fort Collins, CO
Meet Wolf Van Elfmand. If you are familiar with the Fort Collins music scene, then you know the name. Wolf is part of local gem Von Stomper in which he can be seen up front playing guitar and singing. Picking guitar for the last 15 years has brought many an adventure to Wolf. He attended the Berkeley School of Music and obtained a degree in performance. After graduation in 2010, Wolf moved to Brooklyn, NY where he recorded his first EP. A quest for further education brought him to Fort Collins, CO where he obtained a masters degree in Music Therapy. Exercising this knowledge, he traveled to India, where he taught English through music and singing songs with children.
In Fort Collins, Wolf released two solo records under good friend Chad Golda's label, Writing Records. Wolf, Chad, and other friends in the Fort Collins scene have been putting on a monthly songwriter showcase in town called the Black Mountain Ramble for over four years and running. His band, Von Stomper has toured extensively through much of the American West, and just released a new LP all on their own.
Though the Colorado winter slowly numbs his fingers, Wolf played a few of his newer songs for us and we hope you enjoy!
The New Folk
Wolf Van Elfmand - If you Go
Session Date: 12/8/15
Location: Banks of the Poudre River, Bellvue, CO
Meet Megan Rice! If you're hip to the music scene in Fort Collins, it's likely you have heard of or seen Megan Rice perform solo, or with one of her bands. Megan grew up in the Denver area of Colorado. She came to Fort Collins years ago to attend Colorado State University. While she always loved music, she has only been performing for the last couple years. Megan started performing at open mic nights in town at a joint called Avogadro's Number. Side note: If you're in Fort Collins and you are a music lover, Avo's is a staple. Megan has her hands in a lot of pots around town, including being a part of two well known Fort Collins bands, Porcelain City, and Shark Dreams (currently recording), in which she plays alongside Little House of Sound artist, Mike McGraw.
Even though we had a few losing battles with the wind during this session, her songs sounded great. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Faces in the Moon
Megan Rice & Josh Seymour - Love is an Open Well
John Major Jenkins
Session Date: 12/7/15
Location: Abandoned Missile Silo, Greeley, CO
Meet John Major Jenkins. John is a man who wears many hats. Among many other things, he is a very accomplished author/poet, a songwriter, and a scholar on Mayan Cosmology. John has published many books on a multitude of subjects, and has been featured in numerous historical documentaries and TV series. Over the years, his studies and research of the ancient Maya have taken him through much of Mexico and Central America. I was lucky enough to see one of his incredible vintage printing presses, which he was glad to give me a demonstration. What a machine! Through all of these feats, he is nothing but humble.
John was generous enough to play a few songs and read a few of his poems in front of majestic Longs Peak (which can be seen in the background of this session. Afterwards we enjoyed an array of tasty beers at High Hops brewery/hop farm in Windsor, CO.
Louhi Gazes Deep
Free Your Mind
The Final Daze
Session Date: 11/24/15
Location: Lower East Valley, Lory State Park, Colorado
Meet Mike McGraw. Mike has been in Fort Collins for ten years, where he plays in local mainstays Mosey West, and Shark Dreams. Outside of these bands, Mike has an excellent catalogue of his own tunes, including songs like "Dancin' Fools" that are sure to get stuck in your head.