Festival friend, talented artist and Montrose, Colorado native A.J. Fullerton tells a bluesy and honest tale of being "Homesick." The latest ride with Gondola Sessions features A.J. on the dobrato and Nic Clark on harmonica.
When Shakey Graves made his #TellurideBlues debut in 2014, to say that the gentleman from Texas was the talk of the festival would be an understatement. He was a one man band then but has since added additional musicians for both his live and recorded work. Clearly a festival favorite, Shakey's return to Blues & Brews was highly anticipated and ardent fans were treated to a intimate and powerful performance.
Gondola Sessions ride with Moreland & Arbuckle for a take on their song "Wrong I Do", which is the penultimate track on their album 1861. It is a relatively slow and easy song for often ruckus blues duo, but it fits them perfectly. What it lacks in speed it makes up for in soul and grit.
"Long Did I Hide It" is a song from Moreland & Arbuckle's 2016 Alligator Records release Promised Land Or Bust. The lyrics speak of empathy, frustration and suppression, which complement the wailing harmonica on this quick blues track. Our friends Gondola Sessions captured this intimate recording live in Telluride on board the breathtaking Telluride Gondola.
Jonathon Boogie Long plays with passion on this personal take of "Dealing With The Blues." The song balances delicate guitar picking with some big open D string hits in this powerful, yet vulnerable song.
Jonathon Boogie Long held nothing back during his Gondola Sessions at the 2016 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. Jonathon Boogie Long brought his southern blues on the gondola for this take of "Pray For Me," recorded on the Gondola. Boogie Long is known for his quick fills and solos and, despite using an acoustic guitar for the session, he did not disappoint.
Steve Itterly lost the brass slide, put a capo on his National Guitar and slowed things down to end his the last of his session with Gondola Sessions. The song "Coraline" still has a great acoustic blues feel to it, and the lyrics really cut into the feeling of heartache.
Steve Itterly takes a ride with Gondola Sessions for an original song, "Fire & Floods Blues", inspired by the Four Mile Canyon outside of Boulder, Colorado when a series of fires and floods destroyed much of the area between 2010-2013.
Steve Itterly takes a ride with Gondola Sessions for an acoustic version of his original song "I'm Gonna Find My Way Home". Itterly competed against five other finalists at the festival's Telluride Blues Challenge which earned him a premium Martin D-1GT guitar provided by Telluride Music Company, plus a Blues Stage spot next year's Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.
Take a ride with Eagle Eye Williamson and Gondola Sessions down the Telluride Gondola for an electric version of his song "I Don't Want To Be Alone" . Hailing from Austin, Texas, Eagle Eye is a one-man band who plays a guitar with one hand and a mini tambourine attached to a drumstick in the other.
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