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WNTI hosts Spuyten Duvyil's release of "The Social Music Hour Vol.1" in studio in NJ on March 14th, 2015

Feb 17 | Posted by: Mark


Preview "Keep Your Skillet Good And Greasy"
from "The Social Music Hour Vol. 1"

"Infused in blues and smoked with folk.. an Americana treasure chest."  - Easy Ed, No Depression
In celebration of Spuyten Duyvil's (pronounced "SPITE+en DIE+vul") highly anticipated release of "The Social Music Hour, Vol 1.", WNTI's Al B will host the band live, in-studio on March 14th at 5PM. A self described love letter to Harry Smith's "Anthology of American Music", the band's third full length CD features 'essential traditional music' popularized by Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, Big Bill Broonzy, Woody Gutherie, and Lead Belly 'arranged by the band for today's listener'.

"Those masters of high-octane Americana… have achieved a breakthrough on their new CD" 
- John Platt, WFUV

"Big sound, big drama, big groove..."
- Stephan Winnick, The Huffington Post

Returning to the band's beginnings (a porch, a bouzouki, a copy of Rise Up Singing), producer Joe Iadanza and SD's Mark Miller mined this sing-along bible for great popular songs of the early 1900's. Seeking the lyrically relevant, known but not worn out, open for suggestion song, that thrive with re-interpretation. Familiar, forgotten words find new meaning in this historically informed but thoroughly contemporary treatment. Jug Band, Blues, 2nd Line, Piedmont, Roots and Folkrock blend the decades.
The intimate sound of Spuyten Duyvil's 1898 Victorian living room turned live room is key. Old wood, plaster, real spaces, vintage guitars and hot tubes are captured in warm, analog tones by room designer and engineer Jim Keller (Willie Nelson, Nellie McKay). Recorded by the full band (no click, no net), the tracks burst with life, joy and vitality.
Five years of touring lend familiarity, intimacy and intuition to the dynamics. The band clearly knows and enjoys one another. They play off of each other. They harmonize as old friends. And then there is her voice. Lead singer Beth Kaufman stretches out and luxuriates. She inhabits characters, styles and emotions with ease, sincerity and virtuosity.

"The inspired exploration of traditional American folk songs on "The Social Music Hour, Vol 1". affirms Spuyten Duyvil's place among today's finest roots and Americana acts." 
- Noah Swistak, Philadelphia Folksong Society

"The key to demonstrating that one has an honest grasp on the essence of traditional music is unapologetically riding that line between reverence for the source material and enjoying the reckless abandon that comes from making those traditions live. Spuyten Duyvil does that joyously..."
 - Mark D. Moss, Sing Out!
The band's 2013 CD “Temptation” quickly reached the #2 song and #7 album spots on the International Folk DJ Chart and broke in to the Top 20 of The Roots Music Report Airplay Chart Top 30 of the Roots 66 Airplay Chart. Spuyten Duyvil’s first release, “New Amsterdam” (2011) received a “Top American Roots Album 2011” nomination from The Alternate Root TV and placement on a dozen radio DJ “Top Ten” lists.
2014 saw the band tour the Northeast, Midwest and Northern California with featured shows at Citi Field (Formerly Shea Stadium), Winter's Eve at Lincoln Center, and The Philadelphia Folk Festival's main stage. In 2015, they'll be hitting the road with CD Release shows at The Historic Blairstown Theare (NJ), Rockwood Music Hall (NY), Club Passim (MA), One Longfellow Square (ME), Burlap and Bean (PA) and WFMT's Folkstage (IL).

Blairstown Theater is 'New Jersey's intimate theatre on the hill.'  The acoustically superb HIstoric Blairstown Theatre is the centerpiece of Blairstown NJ's vintage Main Street, surrounded by charming shops, galleries and restaurants.  The HBT features a regular schedule of live music and theatrical performances, classic film and community events.  Local artists display their work in the lobby and entrance hall adding to the atmosphere of this cozy art house.

Contact: Beth Kaufman | Spuyten Duyvil Music Ltd | (917) 562-8584 | Beth@imix.org
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