Saturday, April 4, 2020

New Facebook Performance Videos From Northwest Members & The Isolation Sessions!!

Today's post is devoted just to recent Facebook videos from familiar local musicians stuck at home, and we're leading off with 2/5ths of indie punk quintet Northwest in their own separate performances! First off, let's talk about this video of frontman Wayne Watkins covering Brown Brigade frontman Chuck Coles' solo song "Bottom of a Well", as posted to Northwest's Facebook page yesterday morning. I wasn't familiar with the song going in, but Wayne's raw and direct take is well performed, so fans will want to give this acoustic rendition a watch below!

Next up, many readers may be familiar with Northwest guitarist Greg Callaghan's lengthy run as a solo musician and open mic night host, which largely diverts from his punk band work into a widely varied general playlist. Leading from that, Greg has teamed with Northern Superior Brewing Co. (where he has performed multiple times in their Taproom) to play a regular series of "Songs & A Six-Pack" live-streamed concerts that the brewery is sponsoring. Greg didn't specify what kind of schedule these will drop on, but the first one was streamed on Greg's Facebook page last night, and there are a few punk songs included! Running for 2 hours, Greg covered Raffi's "Baby Beluga", Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City", Bill Withers' "Lean On Me", Tom Petty's "Wildflowers", The Wonders' "That Thing You Do!", NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye", The Outfield's "Your Love", Spirit of the West's "Home For A Rest", Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down", The Band's "The Weight", ...

...The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood", Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark", NOFX's "Linoleum", Bob Dylan's "Changing of the Guards", Johnny Cash's "I Walk The Line", Toto's "Africa", Radiohead's "Creep", Billy Joel's "She's Always A Woman", Neil Young's "Heart of Gold", Jack Johnson's "Better Together", Oasis' "Wonderwall", Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain", Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine", The Tragically Hip's "Boots or Hearts", Jodi Benson's "Part of Your World", and Lagwagon's "Razor Burn". Sponsorship-wise, Greg does promote Northern Superior's selection of beer at certain points between songs, as well as off the top, and click here for details on the brewery's delivery services during the pandemic. Largely covering songs requested by fans and live viewers, Greg has a strong handle on a wide variety of covers, and his distinctively deep singing adds another dimension to the songs on offer!

Of course, it'd be nice to hear more punk tunes, but requests were a huge component, so if you want to influence the setlist in that regard, tune in next time Greg breaks out a "Songs & A Six-Pack" live-stream... maybe this coming Friday? Time will tell, but stream Greg's full set below!

Finally for today, here's a new video from new local acoustic hard rock project The Isolation Sessions, as uploaded to their Facebook page on Thursday! A cover of Fuel's "Bad Day", this audio-only cover had it's parts recorded separately by Jordan & Arthur due to social distancing, and they were combined in post (albeit with a free trial video program.) The guitar sounds a little distorted, but the cover is well done with solid vocal emotion, and it's great to see the guys adapting to the odd times! Give it a look below!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and notes on the site next week! Thanks everyone!

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