All posts by John Burdick

Ella Ray Kondrat releases Hum to Your Heart

Ella Ray Kondrat releases Hum to Your Heart

Across its eight devilishly musical and imaginative compositions, Hum to Your Heart’s basal setting is one woman: her syrupy, melismatic vocals and her fingerpicked, throaty acoustic guitar. But only 40 seconds into “Bringing Myself Back Home,” Hum to your Heart announces its one grand permission, its loophole: lush, reverb swamped choirs of Ellas, sometimes deployed in deep and rich block chords, other times in savvy counterpoint.

Check out the one-of-a-kind Wassaic Project

Check out the one-of-a-kind Wassaic Project

Aug. 3: The scope and density of this one-day affair defies easy description. It is full of exhibits; serious talks by serious artists; five hours of world-class international dance in and around barn; live music with a hip, global, and Bacchanalian bias; and general pageantry executed at the visual and conceptual level one would expect from an artist’s colony.

Peter More at Levon’s

Peter More at Levon’s

Fort Worth native Peter More is a polymath of roots rock, ultra-competent, fluent in regional dialects and sensitive to sound of the eras, observationally astute and emotionally anchored. He rocks, grooves, swoons, waltzes and whispers with the kind of offhand authority that his genre reveres.  He can even turn a tune with a wonderfully rustic Samba or Afro-Cuban flair.