Second Story Garage: Quentin’s tip of the hat to …

Entertainers often don certain articles of clothing to set them apart a little, to reflect their role as an artist, to serve as a costume, freak flag, badge or attention-getter. In the music world, a lot of performers wear hats.

Many of the artists we’ve hosted in Second Story Garage come to the studio wearing headgear, so we’ve seen all kinds of hats. Grant Farm even donated a hat to the Garage.

Because Second Story Garage is as much a visual experience as an audio one, we decided to share with you some of the hats we’ve seen come through the studio. The music, of course, is worth listening to again, too.

shel1SHEL: “Can’t Give Up”

This Fort Collins quartet features four sisters whose musical talents are rapidly becoming known to fans in Colorado and beyond. They also have a talent for hats, which mandolin player Eva Holbrook makes herself. You’ll see one of her creations in this video.




theknew1The Knew: “Surrender”

When The Knew brought their hipster, trailer-trash rock to the Garage, we just sat back and soaked up the ultra-cool goodness. And their trucker hats? Couldn’t match the music better.




musk1Musketeer Gripweed: “Catfish”

When you’re a rock ‘n’ roll reverend, what’s the one accessory you can’t do without? Let Musketeer Gripweed’s Jason Downing — aka Reverend Monkey-Paw Patterson — demonstrate.




ten1T.E.N.: “Queen Dreamer”

The standby head cover for the rock musician is a black hat. Think of Slash. The super-group T.E.N. proved the enduring place of the black hat on the rock stage when they jammed in the Garage. (Full disclosure: Another reason I love this video is that guitarist Eric McFadden is using my Mesa amp, which you can see set up on the stools to the right. Doesn’t it sound amazing?)



longestday1The Longest Day of the Year: “Calla Lily Lady”

Sometimes a hat can be a reflection of a musician’s distinctive personality. I think that was the case for two of the members of The Longest Day of the Year, which performed in the Garage when the program was in its infancy.

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