This week's batch of drum fills comes from a mix of classic rock and pop, and more recent cuts. As always, I was drawn to them simply because I love the songs themselves and was captivated at some point by the percussion. Pro tip: If you don't recognize a fill, try matching the timbre of it — the power behind it, the sound of the recording, etc. — to one of the album covers pictured (or to the period the album was recorded in).
In honor of the 20th annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, this week's feature CD is "RS" by The Railsplitters. A Boulder-based quartet, their original take on the music, instrumental and vocal virtuosity, variety in tune selection (featuring powerful female and male leads and harmonies along with impressive instrumentals), and contagious enthusiasm and soul all leave audiences clamoring for more. Hear "RS" in its entirety at 12 p.m. Friday. If you correctly answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at about 12:30, you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria!
Singer-songwriter Charlie Faye makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.
In addition to her songcraft, Faye is known for her unique approach to touring and performing. In 2010, she made her home in 10 different cities in 10 months across the U.S. In each, she put together a band of local musicians, played shows, and wrote and recorded new songs. The resulting album, Travels With Charlie, reached the Top 10 on the Americana Radio Chart.
World Cafe goes California coastal today with the band Cayucas, the project of Zach Yudin. Yudin performed under the name Oregon Bike Trails starting in 2011; in 2012, the project became a full-fledged band. At that point, the name changed to Cayucas, a nod to the central California beach town of Cayucos.
Last year, Cayucas collaborated with producer Richard Swift for its debut, titled Bigfoot. The album and the group is a far cry from Yudin's original looped electronic songs — and, under Swift's guidance, Cayucas has become a true California guitar band.
When you can count the director of the Wagner Festival and Tom G. Warrior (the mastermind behind metal behemoths Celtic Frost and Triptykon) among your supporters, you must be doing something right. After all, classical music and metal aren't all that different — both can be bombastic, complex pieces of music high on drama, to put it lightly.
Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.
Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen released her debut album in 2011 after spending time working with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. Her third album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, was released in February. Olsen's voice can be intense, even chilling, in ways that blend perfectly with her band. She recently moved from Chicago to Asheville, N.C., after recording Burn Your Fire for No Witness there.