This month on the SPACE podcast, Alejandro Escovedo explores the impact of the Mexican cartels on a young woman’s life in “Sally Was A Cop.” Sons Of The Never Wrong recall the heyday of the Chicago folk scene in the 1960s. Rising L.A. country singer Sam Outlaw previews a tune from his upcoming Ry Cooder-produced album. Songwriter Susan Werner taps into a long lineage of farm wives on her hilarious country-blues romp “Egg Money.” And Iowa folk singer Dan Bern performs the title track off his 2001 album, New American Language.
We’re excited to announce SPACE Radio! Every month, we’ll be inviting artists to join us in our studios to help tell the stories behind their songs for our podcast. We’ll also feature music that was performed at SPACE in front of a live audience as well as exclusive tracks that were recorded in our studios.
Episode 1 of the podcast features music from John Oates, Stephen Kellogg, Jon McLaughlin, Wil Blades, Nora O’Connor, Justin Townes Earle, Lake Street Dive, Shovels & Rope as well as introductions from some of the artists.
Next month: Look for music and stories by Patterson Hood, Water Liars, Genevieve, and more.
Legendary songwriter John Oates brought his ace band — comprised of lead guitarist Guthrie Trapp, drummer John Michel and bassist Michael Jude — to SPACE on Nov. 8, 2014. The band treated the sold-out crowd that night to Hall & Oates favorites like “Maneater” and “You Make My Dreams Come True,” and also dipped into Oates’ repertoire of folk songs, like the Canadian duo Fraser & DeBolt’s “Dance Hall Girls” and Mississippi John Hurt’s “Pallet,” both songs off his 2011 solo album, Mississippi Mile.
With Oates’ blessing, SPACE recorded a live version of his song “Camelia,” the lead track from Hall & Oates’ self-titled fourth album, released in 1975. Now we’re making the track available for fans to stream via the SoundCloud player below.
Birds of Chicago, a local collective headed by JT Nero and Allison Russell, captured the attention of roots-music lovers with the release of their self-titled, debut album in October, 2012. After receiving rave reviews for their studio work, Birds of Chicago set out on the road for almost a year’s worth of constant touring that included a stop here at SPACE on June 27, 2013 to perform for their hometown crowd. This live album beautifully captures SPACE’s euphonious main room while showing off Nero and Russell, who sometimes perform as a duo, backed by their full band. Featuring members of Nero’s previous project, The Clouds, as well as Michelle McGrath, the complete collective offers an energetic party of poetry, soul, and roots music with a twist of rock ‘n’ roll. Live From SPACE by Birds of Chicago would fit nicely alongside The Alabama Shakes or Split Lip Rayfield in any music library, and is a sample of live Americana music at its finest.
Grab a copy of “Live From SPACE,” (for yourself or as a great holiday gift).