Saturday, 3 September 2016

Saturday Triple Play: : Carrington MacDuffie - Sofia Härdig - Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony

Carrington MacDuffie - Crush On You.

Background promo - Seattle local and Americana singer-songwriter Carrington MacDuffie will be performing songs from her newest EP, Crush on You, at Bob’s Java Jive (2102 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma) on September 17, with doors at 9:00 PM. Carrington will let her independent spirit fly as she shares songs about love, loss, and her little guitar in the historic dive bar shaped like a teapot. There will be a small cover charge at the door. Established first as an acclaimed voiceover actor, Carrington is following her passion for music as the singer-songwriter uses her music to create a full and free expression of herself that combines poetic lyrics with an infusion of Americana, folk, and rockabilly. Her newest EP, Crush on You, exemplifies this in its five original tracks.

Crush on You was produced by Rob Halverson at his studio, Halversonics Recording, which has produced tracks from multitudes of artists, including Grammy winners James Fenner and Adrian Quesada. Crush on You has been featured on KAUZ-TV, Middle Tennessee Music, and Mostly Folk. When talking about working with Carrington, Halverson says "Carrington writes thoughtful, smart, fun and eccentric songs reflecting her views of the journeys we are all on. It is a delight to hear her ideas come to life!" Carrington will be accompanied by her guitarist, Kim Deschamps, who has worked alongside Carrington during this journey. He’s played with her on KAUZ-TV and in The Sugarbaby Room at the Folk Alliance Conference. He also played alongside other noteworthy artists such as the Barenaked Ladies.

Sep 10 - Kana Winery Taproom Yakima, WA             
Sep 16 - Emerald of Siam Richland, WA             
Sep 17 - Bob's Java Jive Tacoma, WA    

Carrington MacDuffie's latest EP has been around for a few months, however it passed us by at the time of release. Anyhow a few live gigs, seems a good enough reason to feature the title track from the EP 'Crush On You', particularly as her varied, melodic and sometimes intriguing brand of Americana, is just so fine.


Sofia Härdig - Streets.

Background - Sofia Härdig has shared new video for Streets from latest EP - praised by Belle & Sebastian's Stevie Jackson. The multi-instrumental Sofia Härdig is the latest example of another world class Scandinavian export that’s been dominating the music scene for a while now. Sofia has worked with household Swedish names like the Grammy Award winners The Hellacopters and Bob Hund. Additionally, she has collaborated with Yoshimi from Boredoms and Free Kitten. After sharing the stage with well-known artists like Lydia Lunch as well as Stevie Jackson from Belle and Sebastian, the result comes in the shape of ‘Streets’, the Sonic Youth, The Kills, Pixies and Le Tigre- inspired track filled with attitude, vibe and raw emotion.

Hailed “the rocktronica queen of experimental music” in her native country, she remains truthful to her artistic vision. "I find beauty in flaws and that which is not perfect is what excites me, I love the unusual, the unexpected, untrained and unplanned… I hope my music portrays that in its sound”. In order to keep the authenticity and imperfection alive, her new 2-part EP collection called The Street Light Leads To The Sea was recorded only in three days with a few musicians specifically known and hand-picked for their improvisational skills. The moment the record button was on, each musician was encouraged to simply go wild and free.

Quote: "A video taking place during one day in a beautiful garden. We wanted to catch the spontaneity from our improvised take on the song. With an as improvised and on the go video. With all the beautiful things that we call flaws and errors kept. Catching a super 8, filmed on vacation atmosphere. The video includes a map where the world been torn apart and glued together again. Leaving Brazil next to Stockholm, London intertwined with Amsterdam.. Denmark swimming in the middle of the pacific ocean and so on. We rearranged the world. Like using old cliches tearing them apart throwing them in the air finding something new. In a DIY fashion. Instructions on the map: Move to the left. 1000 miles and 3 millimeters.   4pm yesterday 10 min and 2 centimeters away. 4 millimeters further then Yesterday .10026 backwards.…. Etc"

We first featured Sofia Härdig back in February, and I could not resist putting the new video for 'Streets' on Beehive Candy. The video is pretty creative in it's own right, however in truth the song is the real reason for the feature. It's one powerful, emotive and intense piece, instant play again for me.


Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony - The Stable Song.

Background - Gregory Alan Isakov is pleased to share his brilliant new single 'The Stable Song' taken from his current album with the Colorado Symphony. We're also pleased to share that he'll be hitting the road with Passenger this winter for a string of UK and European dates.

UK & Ireland tour dates with Passenger are as follows:

Sun, 20 Nov 16 UK Brighton Dome
Tues, 22 Nov 16 UK Plymouth Pavilions
Weds, 23 Nov 16 UK Bristol Colston Hall
Sat, 26 Nov 16 UK London Eventim Apollo
Tues, 29 Nov 16 UK Birmingham O2 Academy
Weds, 30 Nov 16 UK Manchester O2 Apollo
Sat, 3 Dec 16 Ireland Dublin Vicar Street
Sun, 4 Dec 16 UK Belfast Waterfront Hall
Weds, 7 Dec 16 UK Edinburgh Usher Hall
Thurs, 8 Dec 16 UK Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom

The beauty of Gregory Alan Isakov’s latest album is realizing how much it surprises and rewards the listener. It burns slowly, not unlike a campfire that blazes one moment and then crackles the next. A song might begin with the barest of bones, with Isakov’s resonant voice closely synched to his acoustic guitar. But then the orchestral layers begin to pile up, transporting the songs to cinematic heights.

Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony marks a milestone for the singer-songwriter, who’s beloved for the spectral intimacy of his recordings and live shows. Set for release on June 10 on Isakov’s own Suitcase Town Music label, the album finds Isakov cracking his catalog wide open to see what else he—and we—can learn about them. The album features songs from Isakov’s previous three studios releases, along with the debut studio recording of “Liars,” a fan favorite that’s been a staple of his concerts for the past few years. The album will be released on limited-edition LP, CD, and digitally.

OK so eagle eyed Beehive Candy regulars will know this is the third song from the fabulous album Gregory Alan Isakov recorded with the Colorado Symphony. The thing is, as long as we can share singles released from the album, it is hard for me to resist.  'The Stable Song' continues this trend and I unreservedly do not apologise for featuring it.


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