Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that, in every way, from the gravy to the pecan pie, you get to do it how they do where you’re from.
Couldn’t wrangle the glare coming off this week’s CD so I decided to lean into it. Hi guys!
I’m about a third of the way through a fantastic book called Clapton’s Guitar: Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument.
If you did a Richmond version of the Voyager Golden Record, you’d have to include No BS! Brass Band. They’re an inseparable part of our beloved music scene, and they epitomize some of the best aspects of it. The tremendous depth of Richmond’s musical talent pool. The musicivic (Can we make that a word?) pride here that seems to reach new heights with each passing year. The way our Friday and Saturday nights seem to gravitate toward a crowded room and group of people with instruments. That’s the feeling I get when I listen to their last album, RVA All Day. “Look at what we have here. Isn’t it amazing?”
I don’t think No BS! will stop acting as ambassadors of Richmond fun anytime soon, but judging by their new album, Brass Knuckles, they have their eyes set on an even bigger role. By taking up the banner of social justice in songs like “Act Like You Know” and “Tyrannis,” the group is using their force-of-nature arrangements and abilities to amplify the voices of those in the community who are taking progressive stances on issues related to race, inequality, and policing.
So excited to have finally gotten my hands on a copy of the September/October issue of River City Magazine. Hopefully y’all already snagged a copy and saw the article I did with bassist Brian Cruse. If not, you can check it out here (UPDATED LINK). I really hope you will, because I can honestly say that the conversation that led to this article is among my favorite interview experiences.
This was an emphatic Baby YHT pick. She’s pulled Keep It Together off our CD rack about a dozen times, so you could say this CD Monday has been a long time coming. Maybe she knew that they’d be playing a show in Richmond on a Monday (tonight at the National) and has been trying to tell me the whole time! Maybe she just likes playing with CDs and making messes. I’ll be sure to ask her when I get home.