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Loyal to the “Awesome Lesson of Jazz”: Keegan DeWitt at Daytrotter’s Barnstormer 5, September 3 at Codfish Hollow Barn
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-08-25 14:09:30

Keegan DeWitt. Photo by Beau Burgess.Keegan DeWitt is inviting his fans along on his journey, in what passes for real time in the music industry.

The Nashville-based musician and composer has many of his film scores available for free on his Web site. His earlier solo recordings found him in singer/songwriter mode. A trio of singles over the past year have shown him making the transition from solo artist to bandleader. And he hopes that all those elements will come together on the album he and his band are working on.

A Daytrotter.com veteran with three sessions under his belt and an EP (last year’s Nothing Shows) released by the Quad Cities-based site, DeWitt will perform as part of the September 3 Daytrotter Barnstormer 5 concert in Maquoketa’s Codfish Hollow Barn.

Two years ago, he said in a phone interview this week, he recorded largely by himself with a couple of string players. As he’s built a band, he said, “we wanted to make sure that everybody was following us on that trajectory, instead of listening to something that was super-outdated. ... We wanted to make sure that through this process of making music ... we weren’t waiting on anybody.”


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Daytrotter’s Barnstormer Tour Closes in Maquoketa on April 30
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-04-26 17:53:50

Daytrotter.com’s latest Barnstormer tour – five nights of live music in Midwestern barns – closes Saturday at the Codfish Hollow barn in Makoqueta. The Reader published an interview with headliner Sondre Lerche in 2009 (RCReader.com/y/lerche), but we wanted to acquaint our readers with a couple of the other bands on this year’s tour: Guards and the Romany Rye. (The bill also includes Keegan DeWitt, ARMS, Mike & the Moonpies, and Hands.)

Richie James Follin of Guards. Photo by Olivia Malone.Guards: A Series of Fortunate Events

Richie James Follin said that the ongoing joke of his current band is that as long as a song has a Omnichord – an electronic instrument that was meant to mimic an autoharp – and a 12-string electric guitar, it’s a Guards song, regardless of genre or any other consideration.

So Guards’ seven-inch of covers includes a startlingly sleepy and longing inversion of Metallica’s “Motorbreath” alongside transformed tracks from M.I.A. and Vampire Weekend. There’s a dreamy, retro haze over everything, but on that and the earlier collection of seven songs that Follin posted on Guards’ Bandcamp site (Guards.Bandcamp.com), the vibe ranges from dark, propulsive pop to angular, doom-filled rock. (Both sets of recordings can be downloaded for free.)


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Wielding a Precise Instrument: Nathaniel Rateliff, August 27 at Borders and RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2010-08-20 16:36:12

Nathaniel Rateliff

When I talked with Nathaniel Rateliff earlier this week, he was driving a dump truck for his job as a gardener, and closed the interview with these pronouncements when asked if there was anything he'd like to mention: "I love to swim. I like poultry."

Aside from hinting at a dry sense of humor, these things suggest that Rateliff is grounded person. And that's reflected in the path that he's chosen.

The Denver-based singer/songwriter, who will perform two Daytrotter.com shows on August 27, had an opportunity to have his rock band (Born in the Flood) and perhaps his current folk-ish outfit signed to the Roadrunner label. But he chose instead to follow his heart.


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Capturing the Ocean Breeze: Tennis, August 18 at The Speakeasy
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2010-08-11 20:46:40

Tennis

If the husband-and-wife duo of Tennis disappears a year from now, it will remain a great story. Frugal living and romance led to a sailing trip that led to the band that captured their journey in evocative, lovely lo-fi songs. Another period of frugal living will let Tennis test the musical waters over the next year, and if it doesn't work out, Patrick Riley said he's okay with that.

In a phone interview last month, Riley said he and his wife have saved enough money at their day jobs over the past year to "buy ourselves another year of doing whatever. Since music has taken off, we're just going to try the music thing for a year. ... If we can sustain ourselves, we'll keep doing it. If we can't, we'll just turn it back into a hobby again."


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The Confidence to Explore: The Watson Twins, August 18 at The Speakeasy
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2010-08-03 11:31:41

The Watson Twins

When Jenny Lewis, the singer of the indie-pop outfit Rilo Kiley, released her 2006 solo debut Rabbit Fur Coat, she credited the album to Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins.

That small act of generosity is the primary reason that the Watson Twins -- who will perform a Daytrotter.com show at The Speakeasy on August 18 -- have their current visibility.


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