Union Street Preservation Society – BTR Live Studio [ep193]

Union Street Preservation Society is an Americana/bluegrass band based in Brooklyn, NY (yes, on Union Street). This quintet is most at home around a single mic, slinging harmonies and strumming folk instruments with remarkable skill. The result is lively roots string music in the truest sense, and though the songs are new and original compositions, they feel immediately familiar and timeless.

Featured song: “Better Luck Next Time”

Live At Rockwood With Andy Statman is available now.

Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/XN5da0

Official website for Union Street Preservation Society: http://www.unionstreetpreservationsociety.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/unionstreetpreservationsociety

Mail The Horse - Serious Business on BTR [ep103]


Mail The Horse is a grunge gospel/country rock band that found its start in New Hampshire before moving to Brooklyn, NY. The band still has a New England connection through their Western MA-based label, TinyRadars, which is also home to fellow Serious Business on BTR favorites, Bunny’s A Swine.


Interweaving melodies, soul, and Americana influences along the lines of Dylan and the Boss are bolstered by a healthy sense of humor to drive these love songs to the failure of love. The guys played some tunes and sat down with Travis to talk about spending all your money at your place of work, getting robbed by strippers in Nashville, and using every room of the house in making a record.

Featured song: “Dirty Blood”

Mail The Horse’s Great Kills is available now from TinyRadars

Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/SglAQf

Mail The Horse on Tumblr: http://mailthehorse.tumblr.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mailthehorse
Twitter: @MailtheHorse

Rosco Bandana - BTR Live Studio [ep174]

Hailing from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, perhaps the most obvious trait of Rosco Bandana is their striking live energy. The songs are fast, the musicians are tight, and, most importantly, their blend of Americana and folk is tempered with a strong helping of Southern sweetness and a seeming desire to get a little rowdy. They are, after all, the product of teenage rebellion and its consequences, born out of principle songwriter Jason Sanford’s efforts to break out of his strict Christian upbringing and his subsequent discovery of indie rock. The band visited BTR Live Studio to play some songs and to sit down with Maia to talk a bit about how they found themselves winning the competition that landed them a record deal with Hard Rock Records.

Featured song: “Time To Begin”


Rosco Bandana’s Time To Begin is available on Hard Rock Records

Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/U51wKJ

Rosco Bandana’s official site: http://www.roscobandana.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/roscobandana

Twitter: @RoscoBandana

The Two Man Gentlemen Band - Serious Business on BTR [ep90] 

The Two Man Gentlemen Band is comprised of a fine pair of showmen with the best of taste in all things food, beverage, and general good times. The Gents play retro music of the hot jazz and retro swing variety (which they deliver to recitals on the roots and americana circuit via minivan) that harkens back to decades past — pre-irony and electric instruments, and full of humor and wit. Their latest LP, Two At A Time, was recorded live to monophonic analog tape, using exclusively 1940s and 50s microphones and equipment without the use of any digital effects.

Featured song: “The Palm Springs Jump”

Two At A Time is available now from Bean-Tone Records.

Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/SIvoCk

Official website: http://www.thetwogentlemen.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/twomangentlemenband
Twitter: @twogentlemen

Travis McKeveny - BTR Live Studio [ep154]

A native of Blue Point, Long Island, Travis McKeveny grew up with a wealth of great musical inspiration from the likes of Van Morrison, John Hiatt, and Jackson Browne, thanks to his guitarist/singer-songwriter father. Only two years into his own music career, Travis crafts impressive songs comprised of unadorned voice and bare acoustic guitar. Preparing for the release of his debut album, Last Year’s Leaves, he  stopped by for a session of BTR Live Studio.

Featured song: “The House Where You Live”

Last Year’s Leaves was mixed at Serious Business Records and will be released in the coming months.

Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/NXioCo

Travis McKeveny on Reverb Nation: http://www.reverbnation.com/travismckeveny
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Travis-McKeveny/189850664398560
Twitter: @TravisMcKeveny

Michaela Anne - BTR Live Studio [ep153]

Strongly influenced by her own military family background — including extensive traveling throughout the world — Michaela Anne today finds herself settled in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, which is quickly revealing itself to have a burgeoning music scene of its own. Leading what she calls her “not exclusively country, country band” and making a name for herself on the Americana circuit, she stopped by BTR Live Studio to play some new songs as she prepares for her next release.

Featured song: “The Haunting”

To Know Where, released in 2011, is available on CD and in digital formats.

Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/MWbhNo

Official website: http://www.michaelaanne.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MyMichaelaAnne
Twitter: @MyMichaelaAnne

Kelli Scarr - BTR Live Studio [ep128] - BTR Live Studio on Blip

The folk-pop tinged music of Brooklyn singer-songwriter Kelli Scarr is pure and poignant, smooth and seductive, reminiscent at times of Neil Young or Gillian Welch. Scarr — who has toured and worked with Moby and been nominated for an Emmy for her soundtrack work on HBO’s In a Dream — wears her heart on her sleeve lyrically, and her cool and soothing vocals are especially soul-stirring. /// Featured song: “Dangling Teeth” /// Dangling Teeth, the new album by Kelli Scarr, is out now via Silence Breaks. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/KE8ExB /// Official website: http://www.kelliscarrmusic.com /// Twitter: @kelliscarr

"Mercy" by The Rusty Guns - BTR Hear & There [ep55] (by btrhearandthere)

New York City’s The Rusty Guns combine bluegrass, country music and rock ‘n’ roll for wild and unbridled music. The five-piece — with Terry Jenkins on drums, Eli Bridges on harmonica, Mark August on banjo, Harlan Short on bass, and Chris Cornwell on guitar and mandolin — crank out rousing songs about outlaws, bandits and lovers. Here they perform at The Chapel, a DIY space in East Williamsburg. /// The Rusty Guns on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rusty-Guns/125511020837721

Country Mice - BTR Live Studio [ep95] (by btrlivestudio)

Though they’re from Brooklyn, Country Mice’s psychedelia-meets-Americana makes them sound like they could be from the bluesy South or rootsy Midwest. Frontman Jason Rueger (who is actually originally from a little Kansas town called Beattie) is joined by guitarist Ben Bullington, bassist Mike Feldman and drummer Kurt Kuehn, and, together, the quartet’s blend of twangy folk and howling lo-fi make for a charming and compelling alt-country vibe. /// Twister, the debut album by Country Mice, is available via Wao Wao/Kanine Records. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/xBzFWR /// Official website: http://countrymice.bandcamp.com/

"Tikka Masala" by the Two Man Gentlemen Band - BTR Hear & There [ep40] (by btrhearandthere)

The Two Man Gentlemen Band has a new two-song 7” vinyl being released on September 20th. One of those songs is “Tikka Masala,” which they played for us at the Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The Gents play retro music that harkens back to decades past — but not pre-millennial so much as pre-war. Their old-timey tunes may be of a vintage style, but they definitely manage to incorporate themes that are as relevant today as ever. /// Official website for the Two Man Gentlemen Band: http://www.thetwogentlemen.com/ /// Official website for the Jalopy Theatre: http://www.jalopy.biz/

Also on Vimeo and YouTube:
http://vimeo.com/28687007
http://youtu.be/cTA_n7uqxzc 

"Please Don’t Water it Down" by the Two Man Gentlemen Band - BTR Hear & There [ep39] (by btrhearandthere)

The Two Man Gentlemen Band plays retro music that harkens back to decades past — but not pre-millennial so much as pre-war. Their old-timey tunes may be of a vintage style, but they definitely manage to incorporate themes that are as relevant today as ever. Ever the consummate showmen, the duo took a bit of time out of their seemingly never-ending touring schedule to play a song for us at the Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Official website for the Two Man Gentlemen Band: http://www.thetwogentlemen.com/ /// Official website for the Jalopy Theatre: http://www.jalopy.biz/

Also available on Vimeo and YouTube:
http://vimeo.com/28089705
http://youtu.be/uOh10gUzrPQ