This Week in Music: Old, New, Tried, True



NEW STAR IN City: Toni Teschner traveled north from Egg Harbor Township to make her debut at The Grapevine, in Tuckerton. (Picture by Ryan Morrill)
This week in music heritage is a blended bag, that includes some significant highs and small lows in rock tunes. Up for review are a few somber anniversaries and other anniversaries with brighter implications. Most importantly, there’s quite a bit of newness correct here, fresh for the listening.
THE Past Exhibit: Brent Mydland, who was the longest functioning keyboardist with the Grateful Lifeless, played his final display on July 23, 1990. Ominously, the exhibit ended with a go over of The Band’s strike “The Bodyweight,” in which Mydland sang the lyric “I gotta go, but my good friends can stick about.” 3 times later, he handed away thanks to an evident drug overdose at the age of 38.
Mydland was motivated by ’60s organists, these types of as The Doors’ Ray Manzarek and Steppenwolf’s Goldy McJohn. He shaped the country rock band Silver, very best acknowledged for its hit “Wham Bam.” Before long just after, he joined Grateful Useless founding member Bob Weir in a side task known as Bobby and the Midnites. In 1979, he formally joined the Grateful Dead, replacing Keith Godchaux.
Mydland was a all-natural tenor his added vocals made for a attractive 3-section harmony with associates Weir and Jerry Garcia. He penned a sizeable amount of tracks for the Grateful Lifeless, many of which were being done dwell, but never recorded. He also contributed songwriting to a few Grateful Lifeless albums above the training course of the 1980s. Most famous was in all probability “Hell in a Bucket,” which was co-created with Bob Weir and John Perry Barlow for In the Dark.
1989’s Designed to Past functions the heavyhearted tune “Just a Little Gentle,” also co-prepared with Barlow:
I have always listened to that advantage ought be its possess reward,
But it never will come so uncomplicated when you’re dwelling by the sword.
It is even more difficult to be heartless when you glimpse at me that way.
You are as mighty as the flower that will develop the stones absent.
Even though I been a stranger, full of irony and spite
Holding tiny but contempt for all matters gorgeous and bright,
Something shines all around you and it looks, to my delight
To give me just a minimal sweetness …
Just a minimal sweetness …
Just a minor sweetness …
Just a minor light.
SLOWER Burn off: Mydland shares the July anniversary with Fleetwood Mac’s founder and soulful blues guitarist Peter Inexperienced, who handed away a single calendar year back in his rest.
Eco-friendly was an iconic figure in the British blues motion and been given substantial praise from fellow legendary guitarists Eric Clapton and B.B. King for his immaculate and psychological guitar playing.
The songwriter who penned hits “Albatross,” “Man of the World” and “Need Your Really like So Bad” survived many of his rock ’n’ roll contemporaries, until finally the age of 73. However, he endured an abbreviated career due to mental overall health problems exacerbated by extreme usage of psychedelic medicines.
PERPETUAL ENCORE: Inexperienced wrote “Black Magic Woman,” which was famously protected by Carlos Santana – who, on the dazzling aspect, celebrated his 74th birthday very last week on July 20. The unparalleled Mexican-American guitarist developed a rock fusion of blues and Latin American jazz. He is one particular of the few who rose to fame in the ’60s who has persistently produced hit music until the present period. Santana has won 10 Grammy Awards and a few Latin Grammy Awards. The even now-touring musician will carry out at the Borgata in Atlantic City on Sept. 11.
On July 1, he introduced Splendiferous Santana, a self-curated album consisting of hand-preferred tracks developed considering that the flip of the 21st century, celebrating substantial points and concealed gems of his modern occupation.
Bluegrass and country singer, songwriter and fiddler Alison Krauss celebrated her 50th birthday on July 23. She created her debut as a recording artist in 1987 and has executed ever considering the fact that in the band Alison Krauss and Union Station. Some of her most noteworthy function was on Raising Sand, a collaborative document with Led Zeppelin’s front gentleman Robert Plant, which received five Grammy Awards. That was in 2007, but it was documented previous thirty day period that Plant and Krauss have an additional album in the performs.
Of system, one would be remiss not to admit the Rolling Stones’ larger sized-than-lifestyle front person, Sir Mick Jagger, who celebrated his 78th birthday on July 26. For about fifty percent a century, Jagger and his band have introduced above 40 chart-topping strike singles, and they’re not via nonetheless. In actuality, they not long ago introduced dates for their rescheduled No Filter Tour, which was canceled in 2020, but now consists of a efficiency at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Tickets go up for pre-sale July 28.
August and Oak (Photo by Monique Demopoulos)
HOMEGROWN HAPPENINGS: August and Oak gave a charming acoustic general performance to patrons and passersby of The Nearby Market and Kitchen, in Ship Base, on Friday afternoon. The duo, consisting of Ryan Walsh on guitar and Brooke Milano on vocals, served up a rootsy, indie folks seem, highlighted by rhythmic strum designs and an beautiful, very well-controlled jazz voice.
Throughout the show, they delighted the audience with a handful of group-satisfying covers, trying to keep items fresh new with extra present day and alternative hits by these types of numerous artists as Iron and Wine, Phoebe Bridgers and The Broods. They obliged listeners who possibly came specially to listen to them, or had been enticed into the café, by stuffing their sets complete with unique substance.
They opened their initial set with a sweet, summery consider on Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ Soon after Midnight.” Right after setting the tone, they ventured toward the edge of sentimentality with an primary named “Little Hen,” adopted by Iron and Wine tearjerker “Resurrection Fern.” They seized the tenderness to keep on sharing their individual audio, along with the offbeat beauties that encouraged them.
Milano, a Southern Regional Superior College graduate, grew up in Barnegat and is now primarily based on LBI, however she is identified to bounce about. Around the final seven a long time, she has made a name for herself as the world-touring a single-girl bazaar that is West Village Tribe (WVT), specializing in handcrafted customized jewellery. This drop, Milano will choose WVT to Florence, Italy, fulfilling a longtime desire. “I’ve been seeking to do it for decades, and I last but not least made a decision to take the leap.” She gave reassurance that each she and WVT will be back again and forth concerning Florence and LBI, and that August and Oak will without doubt proceed. Milano has always been a artistic free of charge spirit, untethered by a conventional everyday living approach. “That’s just my personality,” she stated. “I just soar into issues!”
Walsh grew up in Minimal Egg Harbor, taking part in new music every 7 days with his family’s church congregation. The Pinelands Regional graduate started teaching in classical piano, nevertheless what he genuinely preferred was to enjoy the drums. By the age of 10, he finally bought the possibility to begin learning drums and guitar. “My brother was having lessons and coming home and training me,” he stated, laughing. Ideal all-around that time, Walsh was entirely steeped in punk rock, which motivated his playing. During his higher education job, in the early to mid-2000s, Walsh performed with nationwide touring Catholic rock band Friday Mourning. He also worked as a session musician for a number of years. Now, in addition to August and Oak, he is 1 50 percent of the duo Indeed Enjoy, with his brother Brendan.
“He’s traveled extra than I have, and I considered I was effectively traveled!” Milano spoke in admiration of her worldly duo associate, who, in addition to creating audio, has traveled the planet undertaking mission get the job done. “He doesn’t like to talk about himself,” Milano shared of Walsh, who humbly stepped absent, re-entering the SandPaper interview when it arrived time to communicate about what issues to him: the audio.
The name August and Oak refers to the month in which the duo came to fruition, and the resilient character of the materials Milano made use of to craft screen conditions for WVT. “It was serendipitous how we came with each other 4 several years back this month,” Milano described. She credited Surf City’s late Jennifer Bryceland for the creation of August and Oak. Although she had been singing all her existence, Milano had not performed in entrance of other individuals. Following observing a unusual Instagram video clip snippet of Milano singing, Bryceland urged her to appear to a collaborative accumulating of musicians she was internet hosting at her property. There, Milano fulfilled the Walsh brothers. Following frequently jogging into just about every other right after assembly, Walsh eventually proposed a official collaboration. “He reported, ‘Hey, I publish songs, but I’m in no way going to sing them, and I appreciate your voice,’” she remembered.
Working with Walsh gave main songwriting inspiration to Milano. “He wrote a good deal of our originals, and I made them my have.” She described his journal of lyrics as a “bible of tracks,” referring each to the pounds of the journal, loaded with a lifetime’s value of tunes, and the gravity of Walsh’s vivid lyricism, which is incredibly significantly at the center of every August and Oak composition.
In 2018, August and Oak launched “Missing Platform,” which is the only music that can be identified streaming. It is the tune Milano is proudest of, staying the to start with total tune she wrote the lyrics to. Walsh has a certain fondness for “All About Me,” which is the 1st track they wrote collectively. “It was the scariest issue for me, remaining set on the place,” Milano recounted. Nevertheless, she included, it was a worthwhile and rewarding method. For Walsh, getting labored only with a large band or as a studio musician, where by almost everything was previously arranged for him, he explained it was a highly effective knowledge to sit down and build anything with another man or woman, a single on just one. “We got to look at it snowball in real time,” he shared. They dealt with listeners to a scarce general performance of equally music.
There was a good deal much more the place that arrived from through the pandemic shutdown of 2020, which built for a imaginative roadstead for August and Oak. “We’re each so fast paced and on the hustle,” reported Milano. “More so than any other phase given that we have been working with each other, we had time to dedicate to in fact composing alongside one another, creatively, with no tension and practically nothing but time.”
An extra advantage to the time and space afforded by quarantine, according to Walsh, was the means to see the resourceful process by way of to completion in advance of doing a song in general public. “We were being ready to allow the music evolve and expand, playing them in private.”
The pair executed a couple of “quarantine songs” with the viewers, such as “Wool” and “Tiniest Boat.”
Fare thee very well and what is there remaining to say
Fairy tales in the chords that we play
That you really do not want to see
You could never will need
You will not believe that
I was the tiniest boat in the extensive ocean
And not for the seeking
A easy devotion
And not for the panic
I might be dropped at sea
Just look what enjoy has completed to me …
Each and every primary tune is as much a journey as the fusion-oriented mashups the duo done. Using inspiration from the unlikeliest places – even reaching into the realm of article-hardcore towards Coheed and Cambria – August and Oak has mastered the capacity to channel subtleties into a much larger tapestry uniquely theirs. Walsh pressured the relevance of getting an open thoughts in music. “We’re pretty eclectic for the reason that, to me, great music isn’t limited to a particular genre it is just very good.”
The very same state of mind applies to their addresses. “We go as a result of phases then we’ll select some of our favorites from individuals phases,” Milano mentioned. “It’s so tough to select. We want to sing what we love, but we really do not want to be so obscure that no one particular relates.”
For case in point, Milano compensated tribute to one particular of her greatest vocal influences, Amy Winehouse, who tragically succumbed to alcoholism at the age of 27 a single 10 years ago this 7 days. From “Back to Black,” Milano and Walsh ventured into a jazzed-up rendition of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.”
One more extraordinary mashup turned a best 40s pop strike into a splendidly bizarre folks ballad. It commenced with a amazing take on Adele’s “Someone Like You.” Two verses in and the duo meandered into Radiohead’s “No Surprises,” to the absolute surprise of listeners. Right after a different study course of Adele, they created a different remaining flip into the universal tune of existential despair, “Creep.” Like taking a stroll on a dim, eerie road, Adele’s wistful verses manufactured for hopeful patches of daylight between indeterminate spells of beautiful dread.
A handful of nostalgic throwbacks had been in the combine to hold the temper mild. Amid these throwbacks was a delightfully down-to-earth acoustic interpretation of late ’80s strike “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” They brought the clearly show residence with The Shirelles’ traditional “Will You Nonetheless Love Me Tomorrow,” then wrapped up with a doleful initial, “Only.”
August and Oak performs every single other Wednesday at the Mainland, and just about every other Friday at The Nearby. The duo is slated to complete from 6 to 10 p.m. this Saturday, July 31, at daddy O. Enthusiasts of modern-day and first tunes are urged to catch them this summer, just before just one 50 percent of the duo travels to Italy for a couple of months. Adhere to their journey on Facebook: @augustandoak and Instagram: @augustandoakmusic.
NEW STAR IN City: Toni Teschner traveled north from Egg Harbor Township to make her debut at The
Toni Teschner (Picture by Ryan Morrill)
Grapevine, in Tuckerton. Quite a few locals who experienced viewed her showcased before as a guest performer with Josh Werner and other people arrived out and packed the bar to see her solo general performance. A fascinating lady with a thick, alto voice, she commanded the space from the minute her very first notice rang out. Obtaining a repertoire and design completely immersed in the vintage rock, place rock, blues and funk, Teschner was suitable at dwelling in Tuckerton. In fact, the vast majority of her demonstrate consisted of requests she was additional than pleased to satisfy, this kind of as timeless hits by Melissa Etheridge and John Prine.
“This appears like a entertaining ambiance,” Teschner remarked to her viewers. She set the bar higher and stored it there all over, rivaling some of our biggest vocalists with her thunderous presence. Enchanted viewers customers sang and swayed alongside with her.
She performed an epic “Soulshine,” by the Allman Brothers, and topped that with John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery,” with a tidbit of the Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree” as a sweet interlude. Teschner celebrated legendary woman vocalists this sort of as Stevie Nicks and Tracy Chapman and charged up heartfelt people rock hits like Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” and “Homeward Certain,” by Simon and Garfunkel. She gave Steve Winwood a operate for his money with a bombshell effectiveness of Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy.”
Teschner was musical from a youthful age, taking part in trumpet from age 9 to 16 with her higher school jazz band. Irrespective of her jazz proficiency, she was steeped in basic rock from childhood. “I grew up listening to the Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, Janis Joplin, Crosby Stills Nash and Young … My mother was a massive Beatles enthusiast.” Even so, getting a ’90s child, she was also deeply influenced by hip hop, R&B and soul audio.
One particular of her largest influences in music is Susan Tedeschi, of the Tedeschi Vans Band. “She is a single of my major woman vocal crushes,” Teschner said, laughing, describing Tedeschi as the form of vocalist who “kicks the doorway down” with her shipping and delivery. “She is an incredible tale teller, soul singer … she is an encounter.”
Teschner was motivated by close friends of hers who play in a South Jersey-dependent alternative rock band named Quasimodo’s Bride.
“My good friend Andrew (guitarist for Quasimodo’s Bride) was hosting an open mic and questioned me to sing a music,” she discussed. “I was uninhibited by alcohol,” she laughingly admitted. “I played his electric guitar and sang ‘Bobby McGee,’” she claimed, incorporating that no a person knew she experienced any ability on the guitar.
The band associates had been astonished when she stole the present with her large vocals and a persona to match. “They freaked,” she stated. The band commenced inviting her to apply and accomplish with them, and right before extended, she made the decision to take the reins on her have act.
“I imagined, ‘I just want to sing! I better find out how to enjoy my guitar!’” Whilst she enjoyed singing with a further band, Teschner explained the value of finding out to be a self-adequate performer. “I wanted to sing music that are important to the planet, that are transferring and inspiring,” she said. “I constantly thought it was a lot more effective, if I am to share a message, to convey it myself.” She clarified, “At least in the beginning,” including that now she is lucky to have a circle of proficient gamers to collaborate with, and she has garnered the confidence to hold her possess among the them.
Audio is a nightly enthusiasm for Teschner, who spends her times, for the past 17 many years, as a farrier, specializing in horses with lameness and orthopedic hoof difficulties. “It began with my very own horse, who had a good deal of hoof complications, and I wasn’t content with the cure, so I was influenced to understand myself.”
Teschner dedicates her absolutely free time to a host of songs-related ambitions. “Short-term, I want to acquire my guitar techniques, and surround myself with people today who are a great deal far better than me, so I can be capable to dangle!” Of course, other targets include things like vocal care and conditioning, and acquiring a looper so she can deliver her very own direct. She hopes to quickly carry her comprehensive band to the region, which consists of Emmitt Herron on direct guitar, Joe Hocker on drums, David Rowan on bass, Jon Thompson on saxophone and Joe Iacono on keyboard. A lengthy-term target is to work on recording some of her very own authentic material.
Her mission? To mend people today by new music. “It sounds a minimal righteous,” she reported, only fifty percent-joking. “Music has the capacity to connect people and convey them the pleasure to encounter every single other further than the restraints of class, economics, political stance …” She smiled affirmatively. “If I can do that, then I did a thing.”
Teschner will be back this Saturday, July 31 with guitarist Emmitt Herron for a duo overall performance at Pinelands Brewing Co. Adhere to her for a lot more musical therapeutic on Facebook: @Toni Teschner Audio and Instagram: @toniteschner.
monique@thesandpaper.web

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