• 30A Songwriters Festival: Paul Thorn

    • March 20, 2018

    People say you're supposed to write what you know. It seems kind of clichéd, maybe, but it actually isn't bad advice and it's advice that Paul Thorn uses very effectively. This guy knows a LOT about...a LOT. The Mississippi born and bred musician has done a little bit of everything in his life; notable highlights include a respectable career as a professional boxer, not to mention service in the National Guard. Perhaps his biggest influence, though, is the fact that he grew up with Pentecostal minister for a dad. From the time he was 3 years old, Paul Thorn was singing in churches all over Mississippi " music has always been in his life.

    His new album, 'Don't Let the Devil Ride,' dives deep into those childhood church experiences and Thorn shared some thoughts about the new record, as well as a couple of older favorites, during his session with us at the 2018 30A Songwriter's Festival in Florida.

  • 30A Songwriters Festival: Emily Saliers

    • February 22, 2018

    Imagine being part of a duo for decades. Things are working well: you're successful, you're creative, you're enjoying yourself and the music you make and feel that something is missing. What do you do? Emily Saliers, best known as one of the two Indigo Girls, went out on her own last year for the first time ever. And while she was scared and uncertain about making such a dramatic change, it was something she knew she had to do in order to grow and develop as an artist. Saliers took a deep breath and, with the help of producer and violinist Lyris Hung and musician Lucy Wainwright Roche, released her first ever solo album, Murmuration Nation. We caught up with her at this year's 30A SW Festival in FL to talk about the album...and the music she's making on her own.

  • 30A Songwriters Festival: David Robert King

    • February 16, 2018

    After spending time living and working in a few different places, among them Boston and Atlanta, David Robert King decided he was ready to go back home " musically, anyway.

    His new recording, 'Idaho', was inspired by his childhood and young adulthood in Idaho. It took awhile, King says, to realize just how much his writing was and is inspired by memories of his past. Idaho is "about growing up," King says. "About the one who got away, the one who's with me now, the kid who punched me, the people I wronged and the people who wronged me."

    Sharing songs about a darker side of his own humanity, a friend in desperate need of help, and the idea that some things are simply out of our control, David Robert King's the kind of songwriter you'll want to pay attention to " the kind of songwriter you NEED to pay attention to.

  • David Myles

    • February 09, 2018

    Canadian singer songwriter David Myles grew up admiring the crooners so popular in the 1950s and 1960s " you know the ones: Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Chet Baker. And he channels those musicians admirably in his new recording, 'Real Love.' It's a fun record, one filled with songs that'll make you want to dance " and that, Myles says, is exactly what he wanted to create.

    Myles came to Beehive Productions Studios in Saranac Lake, New York with some of his longtime bandmates to share some thoughts about the album. And as soon as he started to share those thoughts, it was hard NOT to be absolutely delighted. He's a high energy kind of a guy who clearly believes in the music he's making and from an a cappella sea-chanty-esque tune ("Dreaming") to the song he describes as his "Love Me Tender" moment ("If You Want Tonight"), there's something irresistible about David Myles and the music he makes.

  • 30A Songwriters Festival: Mary Gauthier

    • January 30, 2018

    You know, songwriters, the really good ones, have this ability to twist a phrase or choose a word that somehow is exactly right. It's a real gift. But the truth is " everyone, songwriter or not, has a story to share. Not all of us, however, know how to share it. The desire to discover the stories we don't normally get to hear is what inspired Mary Gauthier to start working alongside the SongwritingWith:Soldiers organization a few years back. "We listen to their stories," she says, "And we turn their experiences into songs...We take an experience and turn it into something tangible, something that people everywhere can empathize with." It's an extraordinary project that's turned into a new album for Gauthier, 'Rifles and Rosary Beads,' and she shared a little bit about this remarkable group and the men and women who participate during her exclusive session with us at this year's 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida.

  • Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton

    • January 26, 2018
    Before recording their new album, 'Wildflower Blues,' longtime friends and founding members of Vancouver's Be Good Tanyas, Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton, hadn't made music together in quite some time. Holland had been pursuing her own career and Parton had been out of music for a number years recovering from two serious brain injuries that left her unable to play music. But an "out of the blue" call from Holland to Parton, with an invitation to make music together, came at just the right time. After gradually easing back into the demands of touring, they sat down to record 'Wildflower Blues' in a Portland, Oregon studio. What resulted is a soulful collection songs that "wanders from rural blues to folk and ragtime, from smoky jazz to emotive R&B and fearless rock & roll." Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton stopped by Beehive Productions studio in Saranac Lake, NY in December while on their Northeast tour to play songs from the new album.
  • Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

    • December 05, 2017
    Earlier this year fiddler and singer Laura Cortese released her new album, 'California Calling.' It's her first on Compass Records with her band The Dance Cards: Valerie Thompson " cello & vocals; Jenna Moynihan " fiddle & vocals; and Natalie Bohrn " bass & vocals. In November, Laura and the Dance Cards (Thompson, Moynihan, and Zoe Guigueno on bass) came to Beehive Productions studio in Saranac Lake for an in-studio performance and to share some thoughts about the excitement of making her first album that "brings into focus the idea of stings (two fiddles, cello and bass) and voices making indie-folk music" with rich, textured soundscapes.
  • Kris Delmhorst

    • October 31, 2017

    What happens when a group of talented musicians get together for a short period of time in a small space with a gigantic wood stove? Musical magic, according to Kris Delmhorst. She talked about this and the making of her new album, 'The Wild' when she and her husband and musical partner, Jeffrey Foucault stopped by BeeHive Productions studio for an exclusive Folk Alley Session.

  • Twisted Pine

    • September 08, 2017
    Boston's Twisted Pine came together at the famed Tuesday Night Bluegrass jams at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusettes, while in school at the Berklee College of Music. After honing their traditional bluegrass chops there for two years, they started to write original material. This opened the door to incorporating their diverse musical influences and backgrounds that range from classical to indie-songwriters to jazz and funk to Celtic. What results is a fresh progressive "pop-grass" string band sound like none other. Twisted Pine (Rachel Sumner - guitar, vocals; Kathleen Parks - fiddle, vocals; Dan Bui - mandolin; Chris Sartori - bass) stopped by for a Folk Alley Session at Beehive Productions studio in Saranac Lake, NY in August, 2017 to play songs from their Signature Sounds, self-titled debut album.
  • The Lonely Heartstring Band

    • August 14, 2017
    Most people wouldn't automatically equate bluegrass with Boston. But, the city's Berklee College of Music has been a gathering place and inspirational force for talented roots musicians. The members of The Lonely Heartstring Band have that Berklee connection. The group, originally formed as a bluegrass Beatles cover band, has grown its repertoire since forming in 2012 " still mixing covers in with new songs created by Patrick M'Gonigle (fiddle, vocals), Matt Witler (mandolin, vocals), George Clements (guitar, vocals), Charles Clements (bass, vocals), and Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo). The band stopped by Beehive Productions Studio in Saranac Lake, New York in July 2017 to perform fresh songs (which will be included on their upcoming sophomore release in 2018,) for an exclusive Folk Alley Session.