I’m really happy to see that the latest album from my longtime collaborators, The Felice Brothers, is meeting with the rave reviews it deserves. The boys and their producer Jeremy Backofen returned to their roots music origins and came up with a beauty!
July 31, 2014 No Comments
This year has started off with great new music coming in from the Felice Brothers, Catskills roots hipsters extraordinaire; MMB (Mike Montrey Band), a popular jam band with great songwriting; The Haven, a super tight rock band from NJ; Mark Rogers and Mary Byrne, an acoustic duo with beautiful vocals and instrumentation; David Weinstone (Music for Aardvarks), the legendary children’s music star seen on Nick Jr.; Hot Blood, an awesome punk band from the Jersey Shore; and Corn Potato String Band, Appalachian old-time music taken to amazing new places!
I’m also really happy for my partner at Asbury Media, Tom Ruff, who won his third GRAMMY award for contributing to the mastering of Bill Withers “The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums”. Go, Tom!
March 3, 2014 No Comments
This is a song I wrote, Entropy, from the latest M Shanghai recording, Two Thousand Pennies. Please follow the link to hear more.
New songs are in the works from M Shanghai, with a bit of a departure from the traditional sound. We’re in the studio again in NYC with the great producer/engineer, Damon Whittemore (Valvetone), and hoping to complete the next album by early 2014.
As always, we’re introducing our new material and playing old favorites onstage at our regular first-Saturday gig at Jalopy Theater and School of Music in Brooklyn. We feel grateful and inspired to play to a packed house of fans - old and new - every month at Jalopy. Hope to see you there!
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We’re happy to be invited back by the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council for our third concert since 2009. This will be an intimate, all acoustic affair in a lovely Victorian home on Saturday, January 5th. Please visit the AHAC web site for tickets.
December 9, 2012 No Comments
I am grateful to have been chosen for the Word From The Street feature on the API web site. As a long time fan of API products, I was happy to testify!
July 28, 2012 Comments Off
This picture is from the collection of Mike Black, a musician and photographer from Asbury Park. Look for more of Mike’s images on his site!
June 9, 2012 Comments Off
“To call them a string band does not really do justice to the flying instruments, the role changes and the strong and sometimes dangerous singing of Rhiannon Giddens…” — New York Times
“There’s plenty of action closer to the ground…catch the M Shanghai String Band, holding court in Williamsburg” - NEW YORK TIMES, feature article on roots music revolution in NYC
“The best acts are the locals, like M Shanghai String Band, which usually plays monthly, proving that New York, nay, Brooklyn, is as country as Tennessee.”- VILLAGE VOICE, naming The Jalopy Theater and School of Music New York’s Best Country Venue 2011
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November 3, 2011 Comments Off
This year so far has brought a lot of interesting and diverse projects to the studio. From the throwback jazz romps of Tin Pan to the modern funk of Aabaraki, Brooklyn - as usual - served up the jams. Philly bands Eat Your Birthday Cake, Ladyfingers, and The Music Business represent three totally different facets of that city’s deep scene. More original roots music came in from all around the country, notably from the bands Balto, Hilary Hawke & The Flipsides, and Jon Braman (self-proclaimed father of ukulele hip hop). Audio Collision blew my mind with their hard rock instrumentals, and a clavinet player who sounds like Frank Zappa on guitar. Lastly, I really enjoyed collaborating with David Weinstone on his latest album for kids, “All I Want”. (Parents, you might recognize him from TV’s Nick Jr. and from his Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals series.)
May 26, 2011 No Comments
At the New Harmonies Concert Celebrating Asbury Park’s Musical Heritage, Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park - March 13/2011
L-R: Bob Harris, John Grubb, Mark Clifford, Richard Morris, Gary Oleyar
L-R: John Grubb, Bob Harris, Mark Clifford, Richard Morris, Gary Oleyar
Bob Harris takes a solo and I enjoy the moment.
April 24, 2011 No Comments