No way could we leave Rusted Root out of our Sense of Place Day Trip to Pittsburgh. The energetic, percussion heavy band has become synonymous with the city. Formed in 1990, Rusted Root is a multi-instrumentalist 6-piece band known for their unique blend of acoustic, rock, Middle Eastern, and other world musical styles. Their percussion is heavily influenced by Africa, Latin America and Native America, while their lyrical content is often about Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In 1992 they released their debut album, Cruel Sun, but it wasn't until their second album When I Woke, that the band gathered national attention particularly with the song “Send Me On My Way.” The band has released 7 studio albums, 1 live album and several EPs. Their album The Movement was released in October 2012. Today’s session is from 2002 around the release of Welcome To My Party which came out 4 years after their previous disc.
Our World Cafe Sense of Place Day Trip to Pittsburgh is in collaboration with our affiliate there, WYEP. Morning Mix host and local music champion Cindy Howes gave us her 5 favorite Pittsburgh bands (right now). You'll notice that their are now 6, she just couldn't leave one off!
Howes also let us know about the wide variety of music playing at any given night in the clubs of Pittsburgh's East End. We'll hear from her favorite Pittsburgh musician David Bernabo who leads the band Host Skull. We'll also hear the gorgeous harmonies from the Americana band Broken Fences. And she will tell us what is meant by "yinzer pastoral" when discussing the Harlan Twins.
Go to our Tumblr Worldcafe.tumblr.com and Sense of Place Pittsburgh for get a musician's view of what makes the city of "bridges and tunnels" so unique. Plus, get a free download from each of the 6 bands Cindy Howes played for us.
We are taking a Sense of Place Day Trip to Pittsburgh. Today we are presenting a live session with a brother and sister indie pop rock trio called Donora. Donora is actually a second generation band. Brother Jake, who plays drums and his sister Casey, on keyboards, are the kids of Dave Hanner who was part of the country band Corbin/Hanner and Jake and Casey spent time in his studio growing up. Bassist Jake Churton completes the band. They record for the Pittsburgh-based Rostrum Records (also home to hip-hop artists Whiz Khalifa and Mac Miller). Since 2008 Donora has released two albums and the 2013 EP Play Nice. As you will hear today, despite all their experience touring world-wide and placing their songs in movies and commercials, they still interact like an older brother and a younger sister!