KAFM TUNED IN: Check out these new releases playing on KAFM
with Lance Lewis
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Moab Folk Festival — Nov. 1-3
Sarah McQuaid — Nov. 1, 8 p.m., Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale
Reverend Freakchild — Nov. 8, 8 p.m., Sabrosa, 112 S. Fifth St., GJ
The KAFM Music Bureau gets together weekly and thoughtfully decides what new music to play on KAFM 88.1 Community Radio. To see all of KAFM’s new releases go to http://kafmmusic.blogspot.com/.
Artist: Basia Bulat
Title: “Tall Tall Shadow”
Release date: Oct. 1, 2013
In this age of pop drama queens, folk singer/songwriter Basia Bulat is a breath of fresh Canadian air. Comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman and Neko Case abound. Her first two albums were Polaris Prize nominees produced by former Arcade Fire member Howard Bilerman. Her most recent release is co-produced by her friends, Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury and The Suburbs sound engineer Mark Lawson.
She plays guitar, charango, ukulele, bass, keyboards and a whole family of zithers. She is multi-lingual, attractively shy, ebullient in performance, has a thousand-watt smile, and is virtually unknown in the United States. Her recording career began as a project of remembrance.
Bulat and her University of Western Ontario friends would gather to write songs and her desire to keep them alive led to her first EP, released independently in 2005. Rough Trade signed Bulat and in 2007 “Oh, My Darling” and later in 2010, “Heart of My Own,” saw releases in Canada, Europe and the U.S. Recorded live from the studio floor to tape, the first two albums were relatively low tech acoustic projects.
Two months prior to recording her third release, a profound emotional loss occurred in Basia’s life. Not comfortable with the contrast between the songs that were already written and where she currently was emotionally, Bulat abandoned the old songs and wrote all new ones, a deed which perhaps acts as a metaphor for “Tall Tall Shadow,” in which Bulat accepts changes and new challenges in her music as well as in her life. A new recording venue, new producer, and a more contemporary sound. A fresh start and a breakout CD. What hasn’t changed is Basia’s resolve and the earthy tone color of her tremendous voice. Confident, pure, and powerful.
For more information, visit: http://basiabulat.com/ or https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qxudpTLzq7k
Artist: Brett Detar
Title: “Too Free To Live”
Release date: Oct. 8, 2013
Born in western Pennsylvania, young Brett Detar grew up loving hockey and guitars and learned at a young age to play both. Guitars won out and he found himself playing in rock n’ roll bands with his high school friends. Time and bands passed, side projects became full-blown adventures and in 1997, The Juliana Theory was formed.
Soon after hitting the road, the band developed a following and record deals were signed. Release number three with newly signed label Epic debuted at number 71 on Billboard and at the height of his success, Detar had a musical epiphany. A friend played Johnny Cash’s “Live at San Quentin” and he was mesmerized.
Label difficulties coupled with his abrupt change in musical direction arose, and in 2006, after one final release, the once promising indie rock band was no more. Brett, disillusioned with the music industry, moved to Los Angeles and immersed himself in country legends by taking solace in Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly and Porter. Down but not out, Detar continued to write, contacted Nashville producer/drummer Peter Young, and with the release of 2010’s “Bird in a Tangle” he had completely reinvented himself.
Detar’s latest release is totally self-funded. No label, no distributor, no management. Rock-tinged, hard-edged roots and slow blues. Strummy, hand-clapping rockers. Ballads of depth and drama. Tension and release. First-rate production. “Too Free To Live” is all this and more. Download the complete album for free at the link below.
For more information, visit: http://brettdetar.com/ or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_SPuUAH0vg&feature=youtu.be
Lance Lewis covers the emerging artist scene for KAFM Community Radio. He is also a volunteer programmer and Music Bureau member with KAFM Community Radio. You can catch him on KAFM’s Radio Rapture alternating Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
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