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Maybe someday your name will be in lights Publisher Dan Mathers Dan@thewcpress.com Advertising Manager Nick Vecchio Nick@thewcpress.com Staff Photographer Adam Jones Adam@thewcpress.com Copy Editor Kehan DeSousa kdesousa@thewcpress.com Published By The WC Press 13 South Church Street West Chester, PA 19382 610-344-3463

The Team... DJ ROMEO, also known by his alter ego Nick Vecchio, lives for music, so this issue was overwhelmingly exciting for him. He was pumped to sell ads, knew tons of bands to include, and was overflowing with design ideas. And, while I typically take his design sense with a grain of salt, he’s equally responsible for this awesome cover. adam jones has a new passion every month. Currently, that passion is old-school photography. From the decades-old Polaroid he’s purchased to the dark room he’s constructing in our office, he’s very into analog. The rest of us are pretty happy with the convenience of digital, so we hope he continues shooting with a DSLR, too. ALexis diGiovanni had another stellar month. What she lacks in technical ability she more than makes up for with hard work and an incessant desire to learn–she seems to be getting the hang of it. In fact, Lexi might just find herself in this space every month if she keeps striving...and if fellow intern Paul Imburgia remains on sick leave.

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From the Editor... Haters gon’ hate

This magazine seems to have divided readers into two camps: those who can’t believe what we achieve, and those who continually think we should have done better. The latter group comprises individuals who are certain that, if they had my job, there wouldn’t be a single typo in this publication. They think we should expand our coverage to embrace other media. They slip handwritten letters under our office door demanding apologies for misspelled or misattributed names in captions. Sure, we’d love to get it right. I’d love to expand. But this small company faces very real and limiting constraints. The first group understands those constraints. They think it’s fantastic that three guys with a tight budget publish an 80+ page magazine every month. Of course, credit also needs to be given to our freelance writers and photography interns. Those who find our work impressive should be thrilled with this issue. We’ve gathered 14 musicians and bands, all of whom have ties to West Chester, for 14 photos and 14 interviews–all accomplished in less than a month. Some of those artists are on tour but stopped by while in the area. Some now live elsewhere but managed to make time for us. The majority work full-time jobs outside of music yet finagled a free minute for their feature. They deserve to be thanked, as does staff photographer Adam Jones. He kept his nose to the grindstone and managed to churn out amazing photos for all those artists. Oh, and thanks to West Chester Music for letting us borrow an incredible guitar to create this cover. I hope everyone enjoys this magazine. I hope you’re reading this and finding yourself blown away that the whole dang magazine was put together by some dude with a PC. But, if you’re unimpressed, you’re welcome to leave this magazine right where you found it.

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As a dedicated reader of your magazine, I would like to commend you on your impressive literary success. On the contrary, I have noticed more than a few grammatical errors in recent issues. For example, you spelled one of your own employee’s names wrong. After our conversation, I was somewhat surprised to find you also spelled my name wrong. To remind you once more, the “H” is silent. An apology would be greatly appreciated as well as a more unerring future. Again, I applaud you and look forward to reading the November issue. Best wishes to you and your team. You have a terrific crew beneath you. -Illegible Signature Sadly, I don’t remember you, nor our conversation, so forgive me for misspelling your name. However, encasing your insults and demands within compliments doesn’t make them any less abrasive. I’m aware that mistakes slip through, and I’m sorry that this one ruined your day. You’ll be happy to know we’ve enlisted a copy editor. -DM

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What’s your tie to the West Chester community? AR: West Chester is where I spent my time in college, and it ended up becoming my second home. I have made lifelong friends there, and it helped raise me; I had my first real job experience as a waiter at Kildare’s. Life takes you away sometimes, so you need to find a place that centers you, and West Chester is a very centering place for me. “I Love College” made you a star almost overnight. What was the transition like going from WCU to the cover of XXL? AR: It all happened so fast that there wasn’t really a transition. It felt like we went from house parties to playing House of Blues. We were literally just hanging out, then sud-

denly I was on the cover of a magazine. Me and the people around me had to figure out what we represented–bringing that suburbanlifestyle carelessness to hip hop and being unapologetic about it. Your first hit was a funny, fun-loving, upbeat party song, but since then you’ve recorded songs like “Dope Shit” that seem to rebel against that. Why? AR: I think that people have multiple sides to them–you don’t want to be a one-trick pony and say only one thing. I don’t want to lose the fun side, but I also have opinions. I don’t want to become a political rapper, but music for me is an outlet. You’re going to hear songs like “G.R.I.N.D.” and “Dope Shit”, but it’s always gonna be fun, accessible and digestible. Music is an outlet for speaking your mind–I don’t want to just use it to get rich. What’s the future hold for Asher Roth? AR: I don’t know, man. You’re gonna have to ask my mom about that, because she’s the fortune teller–she reads tarot cards. For me, it’s just about staying consistent and having fun. We want to perform live, so the Fall clASHic Tour goes through the month of November, and we’ll be at The Note on November 23. We also have a new album coming out at the top of the year. Really, I’m all about challenging myself while still enjoying the ride.

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MR GREENGENES FAREWELL

Photos Paul Imburgia October 18 Mr Greengenes has been the area’s premier cover band for more than a decade, but this trip to Alibis would mark their last

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MR GREENGENES FAREWELL

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What’s your tie to the West Chester community? BB: We’re both students at WCU. We met in the dorms because we lived in the same hall freshman year. I graduated last year, but I’ve been sticking around here. Can you define your music? BB: Eveything we do has a strong acoustic element, so I guess it would be an eclectic blend of laid-back acoustic blues and southern rock, with hints of jazz. How long have you been playing together? BB: On and off for about four years, since freshman year. I heard him playing bass down the hall while I was strumming. BK: But we’ve only been playing consistently for like a year now. Where do you guys play? BB: We haven’t really been playing in public yet–we’ve just been recording. It seems like every week we have a new song. But we’ve got some covers, too, so we’re capable of playing out somewhere. BK: Just capable? We’re more than capable. What do you plan to do with your music? BB: We just want to build up

what we can and record either an EP or full-length record. BK: We’re not taking it too seriously right now, but we’re open to however far it wants to take us. Do you plan to head to a studio or continue self recording? BK: For now we’ll self record–the way we’re doing it has been working out really well–but our lack of expertise will only get us so far. BB: But the way we’re doing it now really reflects our personalities, and the sound of it shows where we are now. I love that whole improvised feel to music. BK: It’s just really organic right now. We’re not processing or editing. It’s relatively raw. What’s the process? BB: I’ll come in with a song and play it straight through for the guitar part. It might require multiple takes, but it’s only one cut. BK: Then I’ll hear it out, and I’ll come up with the bass, and we go from there, building in different percussion. BB: The percussion is just what’s laying around, whatever we can hit on to make a beat.

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ure, indie rockers can get away with that dishevelled look, and folk bands aren’t known for being the trendiest groups around, but there comes a certain point when enough is enough. And, luckily, Emily MacDonald and Jack Shoudy of Darlington had reached that point just in time for our makeover of the month. For her part, Emily looked very pretty before Salon Chemistry got to work on her, but her hair needed some touching up. Jack, on the other hand, was in a state of disrepair, his beard overgrown, his hair overly straight. Emily was first up, and stylist Laura McCallin started off with some color blocking in her hair. The idea was to use lighter tones around Emily’s face because of her light skin color. According to Laura, “I then cut Emily’s hair to frame her face, using long layers to show movement. Combining the two techniques helped to emphasize Emily’s smile and show off her big, full lips.” Anthony Giunta’s first step to fixing up Jack was to wash the guitarist’s hair, which revealed that he was actually hiding a very nice, natural curl. “With curly hair, it’s all about cutting a shape into the hair,” said Anthony. “So, I shortened it up a bit and worked a shape into it that didn’t leave the hair puffing out at the bottom.” Anthony also discovered that, hidden beneath the scruff, Jack had a strong jawline, so Anthony trimmed his beard up and evened it out to play off those angles. He then finished the look off with Kevin Murphy products, and Argan Oil to give Kevin’s hair the texture it needed.

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What’s your tie to the West Chester community? Bangley: Born and raised. Boyder: High school, college, life. Lukey: My tie is these guys.

What’s the inspiration for your music? Boyder: How about the food court at local universities? What else do we always say? Lukey: The industrial revolution?

Can you describe your music? Boyder: It’s feel-good, warm-weather, make-my-day music. Like, if Will Smith had a baby with– Bangley: –Oprah– Lukey: –and that kid had a baby with Greg Brady– Boyder: –and they watched Gladiator. Bangley: It’s kinda like that.

What’s the plan? Boyder: Hmmm.... Can you write, “That’s a good one? Good joke.” Lukey: We want to do ride Pedego bikes to Key West while rocking Go-Pros to party with Jimmy Buffet. Boyder: We’re trying to throw parties and give people a reason to escape life and have fun.

What are you trying to do with your music? Boyder: We’re trying to make people’s days– Lukey: –in mass quantities. Boyder: We want to give people three minutes out of their day– Bangley: –to think about butts? Boyder: No. To escape from their boss–to do what they want to do with their life.

How about definite plans in the near future? Boyder: We’re releasing an EP called Hey with 10+ songs with our producer Jon Bonus. Lukey: That should be out mid to late November.

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What’s your tie to the West Chester community? JR: I was living in King of Prussia and my parents split up, so my dad said, “You can have this place.” It was pretty much an abandoned house–no power or anything. But then I had a friend who dropped out of WCU and asked if I wanted to sublet his place. I’ve lived in West Chester since. Can you define your music? JR: I have no idea. I’d say it’s like folksy with like a little bit of country roots. I like the banjo a lot and I spent more money on my banjo than I did on my guitar, so I try to put it to good use. Well then, I guess the obivous question is, ‘What are your influences?’ JR: There’s this Morrissey lyric from “Sing Your Life” that I think is what really got me into songwriting. The lyrics say, “Sing your life; any fool can think of words that rhyme.” For a while I just kept a tight pen, because songs are like secrets that you’d rather sing. For a while I was afraid of what people would think, because it’s scary, but that song got me over it.

Do you play with anyone else? BB: I play guitar, banjo and drums when I’m recording, but my girlfriend, the lovely Alexandra March, also sings on tracks. Why don’t you tell our readers how you ended up getting into this issue. BB: I never really promote myself, but I was kind of eager because I had seen that Fig put out a music issue that was all just 40-year-old musicians. When I heard you guys were making a music issue, I wanted to be in it, so I just showed up in your office with my guitar and played. And you absolutely killed it.

What do you have coming up? JR: I’m getting ready to head back into the studio now to record a new album. I have all the songs, but I just need to pick and choose the ones I want to record. I probably have like 30 songs lined up. I need to get it done, because I don’t really have much out there that I’m really proud of; most of it’s older stuff, and I feel like I’m constantly writing newer and better music.

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20-Something Dating Kaela Mast is excited to share her newfound passion for love songs with the man who has inspired her

When I was told the November article was going to be about music I was immediately excited. First of all, who doesn’t love music? And second of all, my current relationship has had a major impact on my musical taste, and my predilections have changed dramatically since I started dating my boyfriend. For instance, I used to be terribly opposed to every love song on the radio. Now, I welcome amorous ballads by everyone from Bruno Mars to U2–if it has to do with being in love, you can guarantee I’m blasting the song and belting the lyrics while driving to work like I’m the next reject on American Idol. But my musical car rides came to a screeching hault this past week, because I’ve inherited my boyfriend’s mucusy cough, sore throat and raging headache. It could be the fault of all those kids who just cough into the open while I’m stuck in line behind their mothers waiting for my Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte with soy, but I am definitely putting the responsibility on my boyfriend. After all, he got it first. I think that being sick and being in a relationship–especially when you live with that person–is the ultimate test of your compatibility. I act like a petulant child when I’m sick, and while my boyfriend’s a bit better, I can tell that, deep down, he’d love to see his mom walk through the door with a bottle of ginger ale and a bucket of chicken noodle soup. Instead, he’s stuck here with me. I want my back tickled. I want to be spooned. I want my favorite Phillies fleece blanket wrapped around me tight while I tear through every season of One Tree Hill on DVD and indulge in chicken pot pie after chicken pot pie. Oh, and don’t forget that pint of Rocky Road... it’s for my sore throat. And yet, my boyfriend’s stuck with the reality that I have no appetite, anything on the TV is just background noise bothering me while I sleep, and if I’m touched or kissed or even spoken to, I get angry and irritable. And yet, despite what sounds like my boyfriend’s worst nightmare come to life, we’re doing alright, which is only partly to do with the fact that we’re both heavily medicated. It’s mostly because we understand one another and each other’s stupid little quirks, and we’ve learned to be sensitive to those eccentricities, especially when we’re sick. So we aren’t perfect, and we say stupid things because we feel like crap, but we are human. We say things we don’t mean. We act like idiots. And we are able to accept people for who they really are–even if that means cringing every time that person coughs into the covers instead of his elbow! So really, my change in musical taste has been one of the minor changes in my life since entering this new relationship. The biggest challenge I’ve had to overcome is sharing: sharing my Phillies blanket, sharing control of the remote, and–most importantly–sharing our germs. I just hope he doesn’t mind how much I’ve been sharing this amazing hipster-ish, love-song playlist I’ve compiled while laying around sick all day. kmast@thewcpress.com

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What’s your tie to the West Chester community? KK: I’m a student at West Chester University. I’m a junior, so this is my third year in West Chester, but I’m from the area– originally from Downingtown. So, even before I came to West Chester University, I used to go to Landmark and Teca all the time. Can you define your music? KK: I try to keep it old fashioned, but if I were to describe it according to other artists, it’s like Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera, that kind of strength. But there’s some Britney from her old days–it’s fun but not bubble gum. The age group that tends to be my

audience is like 13 up to mid 20s. We hear you recently won a singer/ songwriter competition? KK: I did. Take the Stage was a national competition where they listened to only original music from all across the US. They picked nine of us to fly to Detroit and do a show for Johnny Wright. Johnny is a big-time manager for people like Brittany Spears, Justin Timberlake, the Jonas Brothers, Akon–some of the biggest names in the industry. They put us through all these challenges each day to test us and to help us understand the music industry and what would come of a possible career. They tested our skills and how much we could keep our composure, but they were also looking for someone who, musically, they saw potential in. How’s it feel to win? KK: Oh my God, amazing–it completely changed my life, drastically. I’ve been working at this forever, but I went to West Chester University because I knew it was smart to have a backup as I pursued my dream. When I found out I won, I cried the whole night. It was the most unreal feeling. What’s the prize? BB: I’m signed with Johnny Wright. I’m going down to Orlando in November, and I’ll start getting dance choreography and training. He’ll be getting me ready to go out there. You’re leaving West Chester behind? BB: No. All my friends, fans and everyone who has supported me are in West Chester. They’re the reason I’m here today, and I’m so thankful for them because they believed in me.

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nviting a stranger into your home can be stressful. But hey, your kid wants piano lessons, and you’re no Ray Charles, so what are you supposed to do? Enter GreenSleeves Music. Ben Green (hence the name GreenSleeves) founded the in-home music lessons company back when he was a college student. Since then the company has grown leaps and bounds, and so has Ben’s family. That growth has seen him transition from daily lessons in other people’s homes, to scheduling lessons from his own home so he can spend more time with his wife Leigh and daughter Lily. We met Ben in his office/ studio/home on Nields Street to chat about life, love and the pursuit of music. How’d you get into playing music? I moved to West Chester from Massachusetts when I was 13; that was back in eighth grade. The first friend I made when I got here was given a guitar for Christmas, so the next day I went out and got drums. We were playing Nirvana by the end of the week. And how did you end up teaching lessons? I basically started teaching guitar and drums in college to supplement my income. I grew my list of clients up to the point where I was teaching piano, drums and guitar to 30 different people. When I graduated and got a full-time job I found a second teacher who could handle all my piano lessons, since piano wasn’t my primary instrument anyway. Has the business grown since then? I started it back in 2007 and now we’re up to about 100 clients each week, and 16 teachers doing lessons in-house. Are you still teaching lessons? For the most part I don’t anymore. The business has grown to the point that mostly I’m wrapped up in booking Do you miss the lessons? If it weren’t for the fact that I’m a music teacher, I would definitely miss giving the lessons. You’re a music teacher? My full-time job is as a music teacher at Greenwood Elementary and Bancroft Elementary in Kennett Consolidated School District. Where do you find the teachers who work for you? A lot of the teachers are West Chester University music students, and there’s a few grad students too, plus several of my peers.

While he’s a percussionist first and foremost, piano is just one of the insturments Ben Green has mastered and taught over the years. Photo ADAM JONES

Employee of the Month And how do the lessons work? People just call me and I find out what instrument their looking for, what their schedule looks like, and what they’re looking for in an instructor. Then, I pair them up with the teacher who best meets their needs. Have you managed to do anything else with those connections? Well, I started playing weddings awhile ago, and I realized that, within the connections I’d made over the years, I could put together a string quartet, I could put together a jazz band, I could put together all the musical pieces people wanted playing their weddings.

This may sound odd, considering how much you have going on, but what do you do with your freetime? I play in two different bands here in West Chester. I play drums in a band called KAPOW, and I play vibraphone in the band Good Vibes Inc. You play in a band with a vibraphone? What’s that like? We’re solely an instrumental band, but we play covers of Led Zeppelin and Michael Jackson, and while it ends up sounding a little bit jazzy because it’s instrumental, we make it so it’s not soft or light. WCP

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What’s your tie to the West Chester community? DD: I lived here for a good eight years of my life. RM: And I was born and raised here. What’s it take to be a successful cover band? ML: Be Greengenes. JG: The formula is pretty simple. Take a bunch of people who look like guys that the audience would want to party with, then have those guys play all the popular songs the audience wants to hear. And what’s it take to be able to play a huge variety of songs? JG: Musicianship. You need to have badass players.

ML: If you have these pre-written sets, how do you know how the crowd is going to react to the music? You have to react to the crowd. But I’m sure there’s a certain rhythm to a set. ML: Of course. You don’t want to play all the bangers when the crowd is still just coming in. JG: But if you’re going to play something intricate, something that you want the audience to appreciate the musicianship behind, like Muse or Rush, then play that early before everyone’s drunk.

But I imagine vocal range is important? Randy: Totally.

What seems to be the most successful genre of music to get the crowd really into it? ML: Chick pop. Pink, Carly Rae Jepsen, Rihanna, the list goes on. DD: And right now people seem to want to hear “The Motto”.

So I guess it helps that you have four guys who can sing? RM: The more everyone can sing, the better the performance can be. RM: The more people who can sing, the better the performance. JG: When everyone in the band has a different style, that allows you to cover a whole lot more than you could with just one guy.

What’s it take to have longevity in this business? ML: Be Greengenes. DD: Yoiu need to stay current. You need to keep listening to those Top 40 songs and learning new music. JG: And you need a reliable set of wheels.

Do you plan out your set going into a show? JG: We might pick out a few songs between sets that we want to do. DD: But for the most part you really have to read the crowd.

You playing in West Chester soon? DD: We’ll be playing at Alibis on Thanksgiving Eve. We did it last year, and it was huge, so we’re really looking forward to it this year.

Lost in Paris Josh Allen | Keys & Vocals Dave Doran | Drums Jeff G | Guitar & Vocals Mike Lytkowski | Bass & Vocals Randy Major | Vocals

(n.) cover band  lostinparisband.com

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A Trainer’s Tips Christine Mooney is a certified fitness trainer and author of the health and wellness blog Beautiful-Strength.com The kettlebell swing is a lot like hot sauce: you can add it to anything, and it makes it better. With a low systemic load, the swing is both an exercise that you can perform daily and one that will afford an immense metabolic effect. (Read: fat loss and muscle sculpting, which is what we’re all after, right?) Typically, a kettlebell is a cast iron weight shaped like a cannon ball with a handle. It’s a versatile tool, as well as my personal favorite for use in both strength training and in metabolic conditioning complexes. A complex is simply the stringing together of several different compound exercises with little to no rest between each exercise. When it comes to training with kettlebells, the swing is the quintessential movement, and one that you will practice again and again. The swing and deadlift have much in common. They are both hinging movements, as opposed to squatting movements where the primary focus on using the posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes and lower back) to power the movements. There will be some bend in the knees, but that’s simply caused by your hips moving back and slightly down as though you’re reaching your butt out for a bench and your feet are glued to the ground. The most important component of both the swing and deadlift is to maintain a neutral spine, meaning you do not round your upper back, hyper-extend your lower back or overextend your neck at any point during the swing. Where the swing and deadlift differ is that instead of simply picking the kettlebell up off the ground as you would in a deadlift, in the swing, you will be…well…swinging the kettlebell. Each and every swing is initiated with a forceful hike motion (think football) to stretch the posterior chain and load the hips. The handle of the bell should never swing below your knees. Think of your posterior chain as a bow, and your arms and the kettlebell are the arrow. You want to load the bow with as much tension as possible, then explode with as much force as you can muster. Squeeze your glutes, push your heels hard into the ground, and drive your hips forward as quickly as possible, making sure to brace your abs at the top. The force is then projected outwards, not upward. This is why we do not swing higher than chest height. Once the bell has reached the top, throw the bell back down, speeding up as much as possible to reload the hips. Rinse and repeat. You should breathe out on the down swing, in on the up. If you’re just starting out with kettlebells, work on mastering the swing through frequent training. Have a kettlebell at home? Set it in the hallway and commit to doing a set of 10 swings each time you pass the bell. Or focus your warm-up, or even the bulk of your training session in the gym, on multiple sets of swings. At first, don’t do more than 10 swings in a given set. This will ensure proper form is maintained. Besides, if you’re doing swings correctly, 10 in a row will be plenty to get your heart pumping, just like a dash or two of a really spicy hot sauce. cmooney@thewcpress.com

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ROTARY CHILI COOKOFF Photos by Andrew Hutchins

October 14 The West Chester Rotary Club’s 10th Annual Chili Cookoff shut down Gay Street, offering more than 75 varieties of chili for charity

Roger and Cindy Collins

Alex, Morgan, Steph, Kevin

Cari Schenkel, Ryan Flaherty

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Dana McAllister, Jim McAllister

Matt, Tami, Chris, Melissa, Christopher


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ROTARY CHILI COOKOFF Photos by Andrew Hutchins

October 14 The West Chester Rotary Club’s 10th Annual Chili Cookoff shut down Gay Street, offering more than 75 varieties of chili for charity

Bill Haskell, Lora Seddon

Lance and Tracey

Kelly and Chris Pelka

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Lindsay, Jenifer

Catherine, John


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ROTARY CHILI COOKOFF Photos by Andrew Hutchins

October 14 The West Chester Rotary Club’s 10th Annual Chili Cookoff shut down Gay Street, offering more than 75 varieties of chili for charity

Gabriel Smith, Ben Daniels

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The Parrot Troopers

Eliza, Anna

Katie, Sam, Wendy, Tom, Mike

Heather, Wes

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What’s your tie to the West Chester community? JD: Both of these guys went to school here and have been here since. I live in Phoenixville. TC: Actually, I’m the only one who lives here still, but we’ve all been in this town at one point in our lives.

JD: But the band depends on the setting. If we’re playing in a bigger, more upbeat venue then we might have a full band with like seven or eight pieces. PW: But if we’re playing something smaller, or playing like a bluegrass show where there are really no drums, it will just be the three of us.

Do you play here often? PW: We play a couple times every few months. We play at the Brickette Lounge every now and then; we’ve done a gig every once in a while at Sidebar. JD: We’ll play The Note. PW: …even The Social Lounge.

Do you just play shows, or do you record? JD: We have three albums, and we’re in the process of working on another. For now you can find our stuff on iTunes, and you might be able to find a record in The Mad Platter.

Can you describe the music? JD: Our music is really a combination of music with American roots–folk, bluegrass, blues, country. PW: It’s folk-ish, country-ish...the genre is “ish”. Are you three the whole band? PW: The three of us are the heart of the band; the three of us always play every show.

What is it about the music you connect to? JD: I think it comes from a time before the technological media machine, which makes the music seem so much more authentic. TC: It’s honest. It’s a style that’s about making music, not money. JD: And it’s familiar, which enables you to connect with the audience. You’ve been doing this for years, and yet you all have full-time jobs. What is it that drives you to keep going? JD: It’s just a love of the music. TC: Plus, it’s become sustainable. JD: And we’ve grown. Our band’s grown, our music’s grown, and we have a fan base that continues to grow.

Tim Celfo | Stand-up Bass Joe D’Amico | Mandolin Paul Wilkinson | Guitar

Mason Porter (n.) roots rock  masonporter.com

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