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Fran is the musical project of Chicago-based songwriter Maria Jacobson. With touches of country, rock, and rockabilly, the versatile musician ties her debut full length record together with vocals that ebb and flow with masterful dramatic timing to tell her stories. The full band dropped by Serious Business Music to show us how they bring these songs to life. A Private Picture is available now from Fire Talk Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Kyle Forester – who has played in the bands Woods, Crystal Stilts, and Purple Mountains – joins us from his home in Queens for an exclusive solo performance of songs from his new record. Hearts In Gardens is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Sam Rae (cellist for Brandi Carlile) drops her solo album "Ten Thousand Years" on August 7th and we've got the premiere single to kick off the show! Plus, Cullen Wade and the Waters join the BTR rotation.
Juan Wauters steals our hearts this week with his sweet and sultry new tracks—see who else made the list!
Nana Grizol is an indie folk band based in Athens, Georgia, fronted by Theo Hilton. Their catchy, earnest songs ride the line between folk-punk and indie rock with often playful synths and horns, all tied together by bouncy rhythms underscoring Hilton’s heart-on-the-sleeve honesty. In this "at home" episode the band performs a socially distanced live performance of the song "Autumn." South Somewhere Else, will be released on June 26 from Arrowhawk Records and Don Giovanni Records. Listen to the audio podcast for an interview with Theo Hilton.
This U.K. band takes inspiration from old-school twangy Americana—tune in!
A bunch of soon to be released albums and new releases in the mix. You're gonna want to add each and every one to your collection. Blitzen Trapper, Courtney Marie Andrews, and Kim Richey... just a little of what's in store.
Monteagle is songwriter and composer Justin Giles Wilcox, who brought his full live band to perform for BTR Live Studio back in May 2018. The Brooklyn based musician recently invited us into his home for a solo acoustic performance of the song “In Reality,” from his recently released EP, A Colorful Moth. He caught up via video chat with Maia to discuss the EP, plans for the next full length album, Tennessee, Nintendo games, and more. A Colorful Moth is available now from Fire Talk Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Her fresh take on vintage sounds brings a whole new vibe to indie pop.
One of our all-time favorites makes the top spot again! See who else made the list.
Today we're welcoming Andy Brasher to the mix. We'll sample some tunes from Brasher's latest album, Myna Bird. Plus tunes from Trace Mountains, Waxahatchee and more.
The sultry sounds of Anna Burch take the lead once again this week—see who else made the cut.
Don't let yourself get to a dark place while alone with your thoughts. Listen to this and feel at ease.
Welcome Dirty Projectors back from 2018 to the top of our list—see who else made the cut.
Winnebago Vacation is a Queens-based band showcasing another side of songwriter Eli Frank (who we know from TOP Nachos). Here, their songs take a deeper, darker, and more mournful tone, in what the band calls folk/goth. They joined us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this session. Camp Somewhere is available now from Lonely Ghost Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Daughter Of Swords is the new project from the Durham, NC-based songwriter Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, whose voice will be familiar to listeners of her band Mountain Man. Here, she breaks out on her own for this solo folk endeavor, with honest storytelling and strong vocals accompanied by sparsely strummed guitars in a bold performance at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn. Dawnbreaker is available now from Nonesuch Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Waxahatchee takes the top spot this week! See who else made the list.
A longtime BTR Live Studio favorite, Workman Song has been an ever-evolving project showcasing the songwriting of Sean McMahon, whose rich and bold-hearted folk music is as timeless as it is unconventional. This time around, McMahon performed solo for us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us a taste of some of his latest work. “Ragnarok” is the latest single out now from Workman Song. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Pick an artist in today's mix you love and support them (if you can) by purchasing an album or some merch. There are lots to choose from. 'Burn The Witch' the latest release from Sarah Peacock is new to the show. And, Waxahatchee's latest, 'Saint Cloud' is in there as well.
Amidst his critical COVID-19 diagnosis, we send good vibes and remember the epic musician.
Anna Tivel is a Portland, Oregon-based songwriter who uses folk music and her touching, powerful voice to shine a light on the small beauty of the world - telling touching stories through song. She dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share this intimate solo performance with us.
Ida Mae is the Nashville-based duo of Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean, who are originally from the UK. The musical and romantic partners developed the project in the wake of their previous band, taking inspiration from the Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee song, “Ida Mae” as they forged a new musical path. Their powerful blend of guitar and voice uses a strong sense of melody and pop structure, making for a refreshing mix of British soul and Americana. The duo stopped by while on tour with Greta Van Fleet to share this intimate look at their tunes with us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn. Ida Mae’s debut album, Chasing Lights, is available now from Thirty Tigers. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Jen Starsinic opens (and closes) today's mix with music from her new release, Bad Actor. Plus, new music from Rookie, Aaron Beckum and Christopher Paul Stelling.
Woody Guthrie’s ode to collective ownership is still private property. But maybe that’s OK.
Fran is the musical project of Chicago-based songwriter Maria Jacobson. With touches of country, rock, and rockabilly, the versatile musician ties her debut full length record together with vocals that ebb and flow with masterful dramatic timing to tell her stories. The full band dropped by Serious Business Music to show us how they bring these songs to life. A Private Picture is available now from Fire Talk Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
On what would’ve been his 93rd birthday, we look back on his amazing behind-the-scenes musical life.
This Valentine’s Day, remember that dumping a jerk that’s getting you down can be sweeter than any box of chocolates. 
Wintersleep are a Juno Award-winning Canadian indie rock band from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia comprised of Paul Murphy, Loel Campbell, Tim D'Eon, Chris Bell, and Jon Samuel. Well into their third decade of the band, the group has a well-established, rich sound rooted in rock with touches of folk that has kept them sounding fresh and innovative all along. Notably, they pack their extremely hooky songs with poignant lyrics and self-reflective, critical storytelling that brings you in closer on each listen. It was exciting to have them in for this fantastic session at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn. In The Land Of is available now from Dine Alone Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow so we are in for an early spring. We're ready for things to warm up here at the alt-country show and hope that this mix does the trick.
Dolly Parton's fashion inspiration was the saving grace for the 2020 Grammys.
Pearla - the musical project of Brooklyn songwriter Nicole Rodriguez - is an amorphous sort of endeavor, with sounds drawing on folk, americana, and pop, all with a hazy cloud around it, and Rodriguez’s powerful vocals floating in and around the melodies. Here, she joins us solo at Serious Business Music, accompanied simply by an Omnichord, for this intimate performance. Quilting & Other Activities is available now from Egghunt Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Back at it in 2020 and Emily has her ears set on Grand Canyon. The group out of Los Angeles dropped their Yesterday's News EP in August and you'll get to hear a few tracks from it in the mix today.
Rounder Records is an independent Nashville, TN-based label specializing all types of roots music. With a rich 50-year history in the industry, there's a ton of ground to cover, so we got into it a bit with the label's president, John Strohm. In the second half of the show, we check out some music from the label's latest releases, including Susto, Katie Pruitt, Logan Ledger, Billy Strings, Caroline Spence, and more.
It’s been a few years since Pittsburgh songwriter Brooke Annibale stopped by our studio for a session. In that time, her sound has continued to grow and evolve - holding onto that timeless quality we’ve always loved while introducing some fresh elements to keep things exciting.
Ali Awan is a Philadelphia-based songwriter/producer with a knack for timeless, catchy hooks, regardless of whatever genre he happens to be dipping into. From rock n’ roll to soulful folk, Awan’s sonic shapeshifting is effortless and works beautifully. He brought the live band down to Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share a few tunes with us in this session. Butterfly by Ali Awan is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.

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