Treehouse Sanctum Premiere New Music Video for "Chacala" - Watch

By: Hannah Oreskovich

With strummy guitar bits and percussive hits that keep you moving, Treehouse Sanctum’s new single “Chacala” takes you on an audible journey through the scenescape it captures in lyrics: an isolated beach down in Chacala, Mexico that beheld some magical experiences for frontman Sam Rymer. With Rymer and member Danya Lynn Prado’s wave-like harmonies, a mariachi-esque interlude thanks to Dewayne Rymer’s trumpet playing, and dreamy, floating melodies throughout, this track is an exciting peek into the Denver six-piece’s upcoming record, Vivere. The album, which was co-produced by Grammy nominated engineer Nick Sullivan (Dispatch, Los Lobos) and mastered by Grammy winner Jonathan Russell (Taylor Swift, Willie Nelson) will drop May 5th.

Treehouse Sanctum. 

Treehouse Sanctum. 

“Chalaca,” which premiered via Paste last month, holds particular significance for frontman Sam Rymer, who spent time in Chacala, Mexico building houses for local impoverished families and surfing.

“It was a trip of personal discovery,” said Sam, adding, “It was a profoundly spiritual experience.”

Treehouse Sanctum explored the visualization for the “Chacala” music video through illustrations that sync well with the audible journey of this tune. With sketches by Amy Koch Johnson and filming by Ben Fout, Rymer's trip comes to life through the color of Johnson’s drawings while the ¾ waltz timing of the tune keeps you moving from one picture to the next.

Said Rymer, “The focus of the song is a young man, in the sea, at night, far from the shore, and alone.”

Treehouse Sanctum’s album release party for Vivere is slated for April 8th at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. Bambooty & DJ Em will share the stage. Tickets here.

-Hannah

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival Announces Initial Lineup For 2017

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Last year, we brought you some exclusive coverage of Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival, both behind the scenes & in the crowd. John Prine, Dave Rawlings Machine, Emmylou Harris, Greensky Bluegrass, Houndmouth, and Leftover Salmon were some of last year’s standout performances, and Telluride’s famous fest has more magic up its sleeve for 2017.

Life at 2016 Telluride. Photo Credit:   Riley Ann

Life at 2016 Telluride. Photo Credit: Riley Ann

Today, initial lineup announcements were made for what will be the fest’s 44th year. Headliners include Sam Bush Band, Brandi Carlile, and Dierks Bentley with The Travelin’ McCourys. See the rest of the initial announcements on this year’s bill below, and get more info on the fest and tickets here.

Telluride Bluegrass 2017 Initial Lineup Announcement:

Sam Bush Band
Brandi Carlile
Dierks Bentley with The Travelin’ McCourys
Telluride House Band featuring Sam, Bela, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan & Stuart
Dispatch
Yonder Mountain String Band
Greensky Bluegrass
Bela Fleck & Chris Thile
Elephant Revival
Punch Brothers
Hot Rize
Peter Rowan
Jerry Douglas Band
Tim O’Brien
Chris Thile
Sarah Jarosz
The East Pointers
Fireball Mail

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Brett Randell: Acoustic Soul Folk for the Traveling Soul

By: Dawn Raymond

Denver's Brett Randell is for those who want to be transported to the many places this touring artist has called home.

Brett Randell is a solo artist from New York who gave up a steady 9-5 to wander the world, guitar in hand. First stop: Austin, TX, then a tour around the US and Europe, until finally, his journey took a pause in Denver, CO. Randell has spent the last few years in the Mile High City working on, and performing, his release Rise (2015). This release is Brett's third, lovingly crafted with musicians and engineers from both Denver and Austin. He coins his genre as "acoustic soul folk", which is quite fitting.

Brett Randell.

Brett Randell.

Randell grew up with musical siblings, but planned to focus on drawing and writing as his form of creative expression. But when he bought his first acoustic guitar around the age of 20, everything changed. He got good, and he got good quickly. After only 9 months, Randell was already touring and playing for audiences in places like Milan, Italy. Later that year, he opened for Pete Francis of the famous alternative band, Dispatch.

Randell’s songwriting process allows his music to unfold and evolve. He gives it some time to mellow, rounds it out by playing it in several different ways (solo, with a band, as a duet), and once it's been fully forged and feels solid, it's finished. Several of his songs have traveled the world with him, and his adventures give his music a warm, velvety sound. Brett's vocals are smooth, satisfying, and resonate with the listener. His lyrics are those of a solid soul; heartfelt and genuine.  

Watch Randell’s lyric video for his track “The Waitress”:

Rise consists of five songs. “The Waitress” is reminiscent of artists like Jason Mraz or Ed Sheeran, but I was waiting for some humor to drop (perhaps in the style of Tim Minchin) due to the upbeat mood of the track. It's easy to assume that there is a waitress or two who inspired this one during his travels. “Without You” has a tender, lonely vibe that gets more powerful and compelling as the song goes on, and “Ghost” is pensive, peaceful and of course, “haunting”.

It looks as though Brett is on the move again. You can keep track of him via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and his website.

-Dawn

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