Show No. 21 of Local Spins on WYCE boasts performances by Thirsty Perch Blues Band, a chat with Hot Capicola Records’ co-owner, and song debuts from Lady Ace Boogie, THEO and more. (Podcast, video)
With its current, solid lineup together now for more than three years, Grand Rapids’ Thirsty Perch Blues Band knew what it wanted to do when it went into the studio to record “Live for Today.”
“The approach really this time was to put out the best music we’ve had,” says guitarist and singer Chris Collins. “I think this is some of the best collective things we’ve done since we started.”
Indeed, the 11-track “Live for Today,” produced by Al McAvoy and the band — Collins, drummer George Ferguson, harmonica player Chuck Luscombe, bassist Chris Carr and guitarist Andy Ogrodzinski — brims with the sort of “rock-laden” blues that’s long distinguished the five-piece group’s live shows.
“It’s kind of magical how that all happens,” Collins says of the band’s songwriting process for “Live for Today.”
The band showed off some of that magic Friday in the studios/library of WYCE-FM with acoustic performances of two songs as part of Local Spins on WYCE (Show #21).
Check out the full podcast of the show here, with a video of the band’s performance of “Roll With Me Baby” below.
This edition of Local Spins on WYCE also includes a conversation with Luke Schmidt of the brand new Hot Capicola Records label in Grand Rapids. The label is hosting a CD-release show for Grand Rapids hip hop artist Lady Ace Boogie at The Pyramid Scheme on Saturday night, and you can listen to the title track from that album being released this weekend as part of the Local Spins on WYCE podcast.
In addition, check out a bristling prog-rock track from a new Michigan band with a surprising frontman.
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