Friday, June 13, 2014

First/Last-Sephus Lee

"Sephus Lee began in Pittsburgh in 2009 through the friendship of singer-songwriter, Jeremy Rak, and blind slide guitarist, Michael Proctor. A shared love of American blues and folk music and, in particular, artists like Mississippi Fred McDowell and Blind Willie Johnson inspired the duo to begin their own musical endeavor. Initially conceived as a two-guitar acoustic pairing, Rak and Proctor began writing original songs in Rak’s backyard. What quickly developed was a shared musical and lyrical palette that often evoked the darker corners of American folk traditions punctuated by Proctor’s sometimes haunting, sometimes blistering slide guitar playing."

The Pittsburgh 'folk-rockers' hit Hambone's tonight playing hits from their just released fantastic album, "Heard It Tell'. I want to thank Jeremy Rak (Rhythm Guitar/Harmonica/Lead Vocals) for taking thew time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?
The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

Your last album bought?
Tom Waits “Glitter and Doom”.

Favorite album of all time?
The Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers”.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
Arcade Fire “Reflektor”.

First concert attended?
Pearl Jam.

Last concert?
Charlie Parr.

Favorite concert ever?
The Black Keys.

Least favorite concert?
3 Doors Down at Pittsburgh Rib Fest when I was a teenager.

Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
We played at the Pittsburgh Marathon this year and it was probably one of the coolest experiences of our lives. Playing outside while literally thousands of people ran past was incredible, especially having people in midst of running 26 miles wave, cheer, or even dance a little as they went by. It was something that we probably won't ever forget.

Thanks, Jeremy. Totally loving the new release, man. Great 'marathon' music! ;)

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