• Second Story Garage:  The Dustbowl Revival

    Second Story Garage:
    The Dustbowl Revival

    The Dustbowl Revival perform “Lampshade On” at Second Story Garage music video studio in Boulder, Colorado. They’re called The Dustbowl Revival, but “dustbowl” should be read as style, not politics. It’s more Mardi Gras than “Grapes of Wrath.” You could see this band with all their belongings on the back of a wagon heading west, but it would be a party. Their Americana swing gets you tapping your toes and raising your glass. No one’s down on their luck here. […]

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  • Second Story Garage: Judah & the Lion

    Second Story Garage: Judah & the Lion

    Judah & the Lion perform “Kickin’ Da Leaves” at Second Story Garage music video studio in Boulder, Colorado. The members of Judah & the Lion have very different backgrounds, and maybe that’s why their music has such broad appeal. Frontman Judah Akers is the Tennessee-raised southerner. Brian Brian Macdonald on mandolin is the city-savvy Chicagoan. And Nate Zuercher on banjo is the bearded Coloradan. Were it not for music, they might not have connected, but through their music they’re connecting […]

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  • Second Story Garage: Nick Moss Band

    Second Story Garage:
    Nick Moss Band

    Nick Moss Band perform “Catch Me I’m Falling” live at Second Story Garage music video studio in Boulder, Colorado. Guitarist Nick Moss used to be in The Legendary Blues Band — that’s the one from the movie “The Blues Brothers,” and the band’s drummer, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, is the one who suggested Moss switch from bass to guitar. Singer Michael Ledbetter, a distant relative of legendary folk artist Leadbelly, used to be a professional opera performer in Chicago. Put […]

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  • Second Story Garage: Run River North

    Second Story Garage:
    Run River North

    Run River North perform “Beetle” live at Second Story Garage music video studio in Boulder, Colorado. When you hear Run River North for the first time, you might think to yourself, “This band could really go somewhere.” Their songs are just a little bit better than other bands’ songs, their singing is a notch superior, their playing is a touch more exciting. Everything they play is easy to like, and note after note, verse after verse, their music proves to […]

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  • Second Story Garage: Henhouse Prowlers

    Second Story Garage: Henhouse Prowlers

    Henhouse Prowlers perform “Spoiler Alert” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. While so many bluegrass bands go to great lengths to take the genre in different directions, the Henhouse Prowlers are content to just be really good at bluegrass. Tradition’s not a problem when you can sing and play like these guys do. That’s not to say the Chicago four-piece is stodgy. They might wear ties, but they can tear it up. They won the prestigious 2010 RockyGrass Festival’s […]

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  • Second Story Garage: Elephant Revival

    Second Story Garage: Elephant Revival

    Elephant Revival perform “Rogue River” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. Elephant Revival belongs to a certain model of Colorado bands that are sometimes called indie-folk or gypsy-folk and favor acoustic over electric and vintage over modern. More than that, Elephant Revival is a prototype of the model, and there’s no telling how many people in the state, or in the country, took up the washboard after seeing the quintet from Nederland perform. With haunting vocals and a rare […]

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  • Second Story Garage: Gipsy Moon

    Second Story Garage: Gipsy Moon

    Gipsy Moon perform “Never Know” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. If you set out to describe the spirit of the town of Nederland to someone who’s never been there, you’d do worse than to simply play the music of Gipsy Moon, a band that was born in Nederland and that seems to translate the town’s free-spirited, high-country, homespun, loose-fitting creativity into music. The string band has become a regular on the local festival circuit and wherever The String […]

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  • Second Story Garage: Strange Americans

    Second Story Garage: Strange Americans

    Strange Americans perform “Blood is Gold” at Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado. It’s refreshing when bands don’t have to tie themselves in knots when describing their music. Strange Americans play rock ‘n’ roll. That’s what they say and that’s who they are, and that’s what they did when they played the garage. The Denver quintet — it includes Matt Hoffman and Trent Nelson on guitar, Murray Mercier on keyboards, Trevor Sinnard on bass and Michael McKee on drums — […]

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  • ’60s music legends Peter, Paul and Mary still making an impact

    ’60s music legends Peter, Paul and Mary still making an impact

    By Quentin Young Peter, Paul and Mary were a popular musical trio of twenty-somethings when they stepped in front of a quarter of a million people at the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963. They were at the forefront of a growing folk music scene, which had an inherent message of social justice. But during that performance — on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the company of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and before the eyes of […]

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  • Original members of The Samples regroup for concert

    Original members of The Samples regroup for concert

    By Quentin Young Sean Kelly, frontman of The Samples, had just finished rehearsing the song “Nature” with the band last Sunday when he said, “I’ve got schizophrenia. I’ve played 10 different versions of these songs.” The Boulder band’s eponymous album was released in 1989, and it brought national attention to the band and the Colorado music scene. Kelly has continued to perform with The Samples, but he remains the only original member. Various iterations of the band have played various […]

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  • Will Tony Orlando tie a yellow ribbon around Johnstown?

    Will Tony Orlando tie a yellow ribbon around Johnstown?

    By Jessica Benes Tony Orlando is well-known for hit songs such as “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” and “Knock Three Times,” both of which he performed with the band “Dawn.” Expect to hear those songs, as well as holiday standards, when Orlando brings his “Great American Christmas” to the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown Dec. 15-16. Orlando used to perform the Christmas show at the Yellow Ribbon Music Theater in Branson, Mo., and he always wanted […]

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  • The Dustbowl Revival chat with Quentin Young

    The Dustbowl Revival chat with Quentin Young

    Zach and Liz of The Dustbowl Revival sit down to chat with Quentin at Second Story Garage music video studio in Boulder, Colorado. They’re called The Dustbowl Revival, but “dustbowl” should be read as style, not politics. It’s more Mardi Gras than “Grapes of Wrath.” You could see this band with all their belongings on the back of a wagon heading west, but it would be a party. Their Americana swing gets you tapping your toes and raising your glass. […]

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  • Judah & the Lion chat with Quentin Young

    Judah & the Lion chat with Quentin Young

    Judah & the Lion sit down for a video interview with Quentin at Second Story Garage music studio in Boulder, Colorado. The members of Judah & the Lion have very different backgrounds, and maybe that’s why their music has such broad appeal. Frontman Judah Akers is the Tennessee-raised southerner. Brian Brian Macdonald on mandolin is the city-savvy Chicagoan. And Nate Zuercher on banjo is the bearded Coloradan. Were it not for music, they might not have connected, but through their […]

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  • Nick Moss Band chat with Quentin Young

    Nick Moss Band chat with Quentin Young

    Nick Moss and Michael Ledbetter sit down to chat with Quentin Young at Second Story Garage music video studio in Boulder, Colorado. Guitarist Nick Moss used to be in The Legendary Blues Band — that’s the one from the movie “The Blues Brothers,” and the band’s drummer, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, is the one who suggested Moss switch from bass to guitar. Singer Michael Ledbetter, a distant relative of legendary folk artist Leadbelly, used to be a professional opera performer […]

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  • Yonder Mountain String Band opens four-show run at Boulder Theater on NYE

    Yonder Mountain String Band opens four-show run at Boulder Theater on NYE

    Second Story Garage staff Yonder Mountain String Band will play a four-night New Year’s Eve run at Boulder Theater. The slate of shows will cap an eventful year for the influential Nederland-born band. They announced the departure of founding member Jeff Austin in April. Allie Kral, formerly of jamband Cornmeal, and Jake Jolliff, formerly of string band Joy Kills Sorrow, have joined YMSB as regular guests throughout the year, and they’re on the NYE bill. The New Year’s Eve shows […]

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  • Pioneering Boulder band Hot Rize has tour, new album in works

    Pioneering Boulder band Hot Rize has tour, new album in works

    By Quentin Young Hot Rize once played a show at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder with headliner Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. Today, the band is widely credited as a progenitor of progressive bluegrass. But sharing a bill with Monroe could be intimidating, and it didn’t help that he was reputed to have a prickly personality. But the band apparently impressed Monroe, based on what he told Hot Rize’s Pete Wernick after the show. “He said, ‘Your band sounded pretty […]

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  • Yonder Mountain String Band brings new look to Planet Bluegrass

    Yonder Mountain String Band brings new look to Planet Bluegrass

    By Quentin Young We’re seeing a different face of Yonder Mountain String Band. It’s down a founding member, but it’s up two regular guests. It has new songs. Its sound is a little different. When the quartet earlier this year parted ways with its de facto frontman, Jeff Austin, it was not clear what it all meant for the band’s future. Now the future is coming into focus. “We’ve come to find out it was something we really needed,” said […]

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Latest Music Videos

  • The Dustbowl Revival perform ‘Down by the Riverside’

    The Dustbowl Revival perform ‘Down by the Riverside’

    The Dustbowl Revival perform “Down by the Riverside” at Second Story Garage music video studio in Boulder, Colorado. They’re called The Dustbowl Revival, but “dustbowl” should be read as style, not politics. It’s more Mardi Gras than “Grapes of Wrath.” You could see this band with all their belongings on the back of a wagon heading west, but it would be a party. Their Americana swing gets you tapping your toes and raising your glass. No one’s down on their […]

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  • The Dustbowl Revival perform ‘Bright Lights’

    The Dustbowl Revival perform ‘Bright Lights’

    The Dustbowl Revival perform “Bright Lights” at Second Story Garage music video studio in Boulder, Colorado. They’re called The Dustbowl Revival, but “dustbowl” should be read as style, not politics. It’s more Mardi Gras than “Grapes of Wrath.” You could see this band with all their belongings on the back of a wagon heading west, but it would be a party. Their Americana swing gets you tapping your toes and raising your glass. No one’s down on their luck here. […]

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  • Judah & the Lion perform ‘Back’s Against the Wall’

    Judah & the Lion perform ‘Back’s Against the Wall’

    Judah & the Lion perform “Back’s Against the Wall” at Second Story Garage music video studio in Boulder, Colorado. The members of Judah & the Lion have very different backgrounds, and maybe that’s why their music has such broad appeal. Frontman Judah Akers is the Tennessee-raised southerner. Brian Brian Macdonald on mandolin is the city-savvy Chicagoan. And Nate Zuercher on banjo is the bearded Coloradan. Were it not for music, they might not have connected, but through their music they’re […]

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  • Judah & the Lion perform ‘Scared’

    Judah & the Lion perform ‘Scared’

    Judah & the Lion perform “Scared” at Second Story Garage music video studio in Boulder, Colorado. The members of Judah & the Lion have very different backgrounds, and maybe that’s why their music has such broad appeal. Frontman Judah Akers is the Tennessee-raised southerner. Brian Brian Macdonald on mandolin is the city-savvy Chicagoan. And Nate Zuercher on banjo is the bearded Coloradan. Were it not for music, they might not have connected, but through their music they’re connecting with audiences […]

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  • Nick Moss Band perform ‘Grateful’

    Nick Moss Band perform ‘Grateful’

    Nick Moss Band perform “Grateful” live at Second Story Garage music video studio in Boulder, Colorado. Guitarist Nick Moss used to be in The Legendary Blues Band — that’s the one from the movie “The Blues Brothers,” and the band’s drummer, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, is the one who suggested Moss switch from bass to guitar. Singer Michael Ledbetter, a distant relative of legendary folk artist Leadbelly, used to be a professional opera performer in Chicago. Put these two on […]

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  • Nick Moss Band perform ‘Shade Tree’

    Nick Moss Band perform ‘Shade Tree’

    The Nick Moss Band perform “Shade Tree” at Second Story Garage music video studio in Boulder, Colorado. Guitarist Nick Moss used to be in The Legendary Blues Band — that’s the one from the movie “The Blues Brothers,” and the band’s drummer, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, is the one who suggested Moss switch from bass to guitar. Singer Michael Ledbetter, a distant relative of legendary folk artist Leadbelly, used to be a professional opera performer in Chicago. Put these two […]

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