Saturday, August 16, 2014

Farewell Tenney Says "Hello" On Live From Studio 5!

Everyone likes a good story as our most recent episode of Live From Studio 5! was a case in point. Farewell Tenney brought a story, harmonized amazing vocals and playing to the mix.  When asked about the name, the story began.

The small Minnesota town of Tenney, made up of three people (the butcher mayor, the baker city clerk, and the candlestick maker city clerk’s sister), voted to dissolve their town and merge it with nearby Campbell Township.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the vote was 2-1 in favor of dissolving the town, with City Clerk Oscar, Gunther‘s sister, voting against it. Gunther said he tried attracting more people to the city because “people love the notion of a little town. It’s a quaint idea.” However, he soon realized the whole concept was too idealistic and “impractical.”
“Maintaining the city’s buildings and property takes money and time. It’s like having someone near death and you try to prolong life to no avail or just to say farewell.”
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Americana lends itself to this easily, although sad, the dissolution of Tenney made way for a new way forward, and a band.
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Americana, as defined by the Americana Music Association (AMA), is "contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres.
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In a way "Live From Studio 5!" was transported to the now mythical Tenney and introduced to great harmonies, entertaining stories and an all-around enjoyable time.
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Farewell Tenney is:
Dan Tanz -vocals/guitar/harmonica
Erik Swenson -vocals/keyboard
Charlotte Matis -vocals/fiddle/mandolin
Ben Shaw -vocals/cajon/banjo
No time should be wasted in liking and following these four.  They should be booked right away, before they get busy and have to say no.
I look forward to sharing their latest recording, when they get that far.  As for Farewell Tenney, I can only say, until we meet again.
Check out the Flickr pix the show featuring Farewell Tenney which was originally broadcast on August 13, 2014.

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