MGTSND 02-11-2013 / Mark Bates

photo by alec berry

photo by alec berry

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For more on Mark Bates, visit his website.

Recorded and mixed by John Casey 

MGTSND 02-04-2013 / Rock Bass

photo by corey zinn

photo by corey zinn

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For more on Rock Bass, visit their website.

Recorded and mixed by John Casey.

MGTSND 01-28-2013 / C&S Railroad

photo by sara cottle

photo by sara cottle

You can sit back and enjoy the entire performance or use the following time code to jump around.

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Slippin’ Around – 0:50
John Hardy – 5:26
Let’s Roll – 10:11
Crawdaddy – 15:52
My Old Friend – 20:03
Angel Honey – 24:07
Magic Boy – 27:16
Vandalia – 34:04
Elevator – 41:13

For more on C&S Railroad, visit their website.

Recorded and mixed by John Casey

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MGTSND 01-14-2013 / Farnsworth

photo by sara cottle

photo by sara cottle

You can sit back and enjoy the entire performance or use the following time code to jump around.

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Roll On – 0:54
Not Your Kind of Guy – 6:03
Let’s Play Nice – 9:25
Take the Ride – 13:19
Everything Must Go – 18:02
I’ll Tell You When I’ve Had Enough – 21:52
The Upper Hand – 26:52

For more on Farnsworth, visit their website.

Recorded and mixed by John Casey.

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MGTSND 12-3-2012 / Nate DiRuzza

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For more on Nate, visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/natediruzza

Recorded and mixed by John Casey. 

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MGTSND 11-12-12 / Aristotle Jones and The Like Minds

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You can sit back and enjoy the entire performance or use the following time code to jump around.

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Bad Behavior – 0:51
Breathe – 4:59
Sparkle in Your Eyes – 8:39
The Outside – 12:22
Walk On – 16:39
Pour Another Drink – 21:27
Freak – 25:19
By Your Side – 30:20
Play With Fire – 34:57
Devil’s Serenade – 40:15

Band’s website.

Recorded and mixed by John Casey.

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MGTSND 11-05-2012 / Captain Catfeesh

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You can sit back and enjoy the entire performance or use the following time code to jump around.

Jolo – 1:02
Hole Punch the Sky – 3:50
This is Nothin’ – 6:26
God Hates the Westboro Baptist – 8:28
Milk Mouth – 11:46
Label Maker – 15:31
Red Green – 17:47
16 Tons (Merle Travis) – 20:32
Zombie Train – 23:56
Mariana – 26:38
Among the Living – 30:16
Rockabilly Polka Dotted Pinup Girl – 34:44
Pretty Polly – 37:51
Bottom’s Fallin’ Out – 39:38
West Virginia Proud- 41:03

Recorded and mixed by John Casey

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MGTSND 10-29-2012 / Andy Park

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You can sit back and enjoy the entire performance or use the following time code to jump around.

Beginning – 1:08
Attention – 5:39
Hollywood Ending – 9:38
Theme Park – 13:15
Swag – 17:03
Silver Bridge – 20:55
I Think Too Much – 27:02
Coal Train – 30:46
The Mountains Will Stay – 34:24
Crow Black Chicken Crow (Traditional) - 38:02
Mothman – 41:58

www.andyparkwv.com

Recorded and mixed by John Casey.

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MGTSND 10-22-2012 / Best Friends

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You can sit back and enjoy the entire performance or use the following time code to jump around.

Take a Break – 0:56
Blood Grenade – 3:19
All Alone – 5:37
Graveyard – 7:19
Ballad O’ Mountains – 9:50
Hey – 13:07
I Beg Your Pardon – 15:22
Black Cloud – 17:38

bestfriendswv.bandcamp.com/

Recorded and mixed by John Casey.

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Artist Feature: Logan Venderlic

Photo submitted by Logan Venderlic

Written by: Alec Berry

Only four days after his West Virginia University commencement, Logan Venderlic was packed up and off on an East Coast tour. It may seem like an eager move, but to him there was little time to waste. He’s been performing and writing songs for years, and while a college graduate, he is not entirely set on giving it up. In fact, it’s the exact opposite; he’d like to go full-time – playing his energetic acoustic music wherever he can.

This Sunday, Venderlic will take a big step toward that goal by performing  for NPR’s Mountain Stage at the WVU Creative Arts Center alongside Brandi Carlile. Whether or not this gig pushes him to the big-time, Venderlic is unsure, but it certainly represents a milestone in his music career because it’s one of those “dream-come-trues.” As a WVU student, Venderlic says he attended any Mountain Stage taping he could, and while in the audience he’d commit the cliche and picture himself up there before the microphones. He’s wanted that spotlight for some time, and this weekend he gets it right here in the town where his artistry was built.

Venderlic’s performing style tends to subvert the expectations set on young men with acoustic guitars. On stage, he’s more like a spark. His booted foot taps erratically, and his hand beats the body of his guitar. Venderlic says much of his enthusiasm comes from nerves, but he’s also conscious of the stereotypes placed on some singer/songwriters. He doesn’t want to be held against the typical heart-on-the-sleeve acoustic mantra as he finds that predictable and somewhat fake. Instead, he pumps himself and the crowd up, and no matter how many times you know he’s played those same songs, his charged delivery shows the connection he has to his music. It’s genuine, and it digs past the production values of the studio recordings to show you the core of the music – the musician, himself.

Though, the finished record has its own merits. Venderlic goes all out on some songs. With full backing-bands and other instrumentation, he takes his one-man folk pop numbers and expands them, giving a listener a little more to hold onto than just his lyrics.  The album strays from a general theme, but it kicks around a collection of songs roaming a variety of topics. In some sense, it acts as a sampler and offers up a general idea of what the artist is interested in and capable of. Tracks like “Blue Pills, Red Cups” and “Me, Me, Me” are stand outs and act as the record’s singles with their pop-y sensibilities, but “Jerkwater Town,” Venderlic’s ode to his small town past, really showcases some smart writing. A line like “where children are born, going no where/just waiting to die from chemical air” manages to take an old, tired subject and inject it with a fresh, angry vigor.

So far, the album has caught the attention of some heavy publications like The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Music and The Huffington Post, but despite these early accomplishments Venderlic says he’s still ready to work. He’s no where near where he’d like to be, and although his friends feel he’s “made it,” his desire to push forward is constant.

After his Mountain Stage appearance, he will begin a 16-city tour, hitting a number of prime locations. For now though, check out this Morgantown Sound session we recorded with Venderlic last Fall; it features eight songs.

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You can sit back and enjoy the entire performance or use the following time code to jump around.

A Walk With a Girl – 1:29
Re-Learning How to Fly – 4:07
Breakup Song – 7:25
Blue Pills, Red Cups – 12:01
Jerkwater Town – 14:51
Travelin’ Tooth Operators – 18:45
Me, Me, Me – 20:10
Soul of a Cynic – 23:31

Recorded and mixed by John Casey

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