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On Your Radar: Round Mountain, Jean Rohe, and the Twangtown Paramours

by John Platt
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On July 9 On Your Radar featured Round Mountain, Jean Rohe, and the Twangtown Paramours at Rockwood Music Hall. You'll find a performance by each at the bottom of this post.

Santa Fe-based duo Round Mountain uses their take on folk and world music to celebrate the magic and power of music not only as a universal language, but also as a source of joy, inspiration and story-telling. Multi-instrumentalist brothers Char and Robby Rothschild have traveled the globe for years, absorbing bits and pieces of musical cultures. Upon returning home, they filter their new experiences, stories, and sounds through their own folk and Americana framework, resulting in a sound that is both foreign and familiar.

Jean Rohe is a Brooklyn-based multi-lingual singer, storyteller, and composer, mixing aesthetic approaches from jazz, folk, and Brazilian traditions. Her one-of-a-kind narrative songs, which range from fantastical riffs on old folktales to autobiographical sojourns, to “phonojournalism,” (a genre of her own invention) have won recognition from the ASCAP Foundation and the New York Songwriters Circle and the audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival. She has performed with Calexico and has toured throughout the U.S. and as far as Havana's Teatro Nacional.

The music of The Twangtown Paramours has been called “Sophisticated Americana” and is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes. The husband wife team of Mike T. Lewis and MaryBeth Zamer are two time Kerrville New Folk finalists, Wildflower Contest winners, and recent openers for both Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Joe Ely. Their newest album hit #2 on the Folk DJ Chart last July and was named to several top 10 radio lists for 2012, including mine.

The next On Your Radar is August 13th, 7-9 pm at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 with Tara O'Grady, Goodnight Moonshine, and Clarence Bucaro.

Tara O'Grady’s soulful, lilting voice has been compared to Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Patsy Cline. This New York native combines Celtic, folk, blues and jazz in her unique style. Awarded Irish Voice’s Most Influential Woman 2010, the singer-songwriter has three releases, Black Irish (2010), Good Things Come to Those Who Wait (2011), and A Celt in the Cotton Club (2013). Her version of “Danny Boy” is being featured in an upcoming BBC documentary film celebrating the 100th anniversary of the song.

Goodnight Moonshine is a collaboration of songwriters Molly Venter of the chart-topping Americana group Red Molly, and Eben Pariser of the explosive Brooklyn quintet Roosevelt Dime. Steeped in the 90's alternative music of their youth, Goodnight Moonshine plays modern folk music with brazen vocals and roots & blues guitar. Imagery-rich stories and bold melodies create a sound that is both celebratory and mournful, reminding the listener of what it felt like to fall in love with a band for the first time.

Over six albums the prolific, honey-voiced Brooklyn singer-songwriter Clarence Bucaro has crafted an impressive canon of uplifting Americana, garnering comparisons to Jackson Browne and Van Morrison. He’s  built his career on a robust 300-shows-per-year schedule sharing stages with such diverse as Aaron Neville, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders, North Mississippi Allstars, and Fountains of Wayne.  With his new album Dreaming From the Heart of New York Clarence teams with his mentor, Grammy winning New Orleans virtuoso Anders Osborne. 

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Round Mountain Jean Rohe Twangtown Paramours