Mon, 20 April 2015
Ryan Montbleau joins me for milkshakes on the sidewalk at Jimmy's Diner in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Ryan tells his story, from coming up as a musician in Boston to recording his most recent solo record in New Orleans with greats like George Porter, Jr. and Ivan Neville. In 2013, after a decade of performing with the Ryan Montbleau Band, two of his bandmates announced they would be leaving to focus on their families. Before they parted ways, everyone traveled to NOLA to record Growing Light, the band's fifth album (and Ryan's ninth). Montbleau also discusses his recent move to Brooklyn and the pros and cons of playing with ever-changing lineups.
Sat, 18 April 2015
While sipping a cocktail at the Richardson in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Christina Cone tells me that she always knew she would move to New York City post-graduation. Since she made that decision, she's been able to make the city into her own little world, teaching piano lessons by day, and performing with her indie pop group, Frances Cone, at night. Cone explains how boredom can fuel creativity, what it's like to date a band member, and why their self-titled EP was all about death.