The Haggard Kings came to the Brooklyn Country Studio and spoke with host Scott Dennis for the month of May. The Haggard Kings are a new band that has been tearing it up along the Brooklyn Country scene with their classic country inspired honky-tonk But though this band is new, these kids are hardly without experience. The band consists of former members of the Lindy Loo’s Country Cousins, Millers Farm and Gowanus Corral. They are seasoned veterans who have been around the block and know their way around a fretboard. Despite the talent, these guys keep it true and play for the song. As the band likes to say, it’s simply good music from a simpler time.
Dan Zanes started his music career as the frontman of the 80’s Boston garage revival rock band, The Del Fuegos. It was a time when Dan was sharing the stage with Tom Petty, the Violent Femmes and the Replacements. Nowadays, Dan is more likely to be seen sharing the stage with Kermit on Sesame street or Mickey on Playhouse Disney. Now folks, don’t let that discourage ya. This is music is for everyone, those with kids and those who sympathize. As Dan likes to say, he leaves no one behind. Dan has over a dozen releases on his own Festival Five Records label, one of which is Little Nut Tree, his most recent release. He has won a Grammy and has performed with just about everyone, including Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, Phillip Glass, Roseanne Cash and a bunch of great others. It seems everyone is drawn to Dan’s authentic, organic sound. Tune in and hear the local Brooklyn guy who is getting the nation to sing together.
Karen and the Sorrows came to the Brooklyn Country Studios for the month of March. And they brought a bit of spookiness with them. Karen and the Sorrows have released Ocean-Born Mary, a four song ep ghost story of Pirates, Marriage, possession and the burying of a frustrated husband in the walls of his home. There is enough vengeance, suspense, murder to make a night at Hanks Saloon seem like a walk in the park. Ocean-Born is a wonderful and contrary folk tale that harks the sounds of the lonesome ballad and spaghetti western while challenging the definition of what a country record can be. Karen is also a published writer, and activist and the founder of The Gay Ole Opry and the Queer Country Monthly.
The Demolition String band came to Brooklyn Country from Mile Square City. That’s Hoboken, folks, as in Hoboken, New Jersey and it is high time we got some talent from the Garden State into the studio. Gosh, let me tell ya, when it comes to talent these kids deliver. Founding members Boo Reiners and Elana Skye have been performing over the past fifteen years sharing their mastery of Old Timey, Honky Tonk, Americana, Rock and Roll and even some traditional Bluegrass with us Big-Apple folks. Whether slinging the telecaster while performing a rollicking honky tonk, or delivering a nuanced vocal through an Appalachian hymn, the Demolition String Band always construct mesmerizing performances. Ah heck, Boo even won a Grammy. Listen in!