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The New TimeAn Incomplete History: John Davidson, a native Alaskan took the jump and settled in Philly in 2007. Before getting to the Big Philly he spent some time in PA taking up the night shift at the local newspaper in the heart of PA’s former coal belt. Between writing stories that were often heart breaking, Davidson met sports editor and accordionist Joe Petrucci and the two began playing at a local tavern where they met Matt Guza, a washboard player and multi-instrumentalist, eventually all moving to Philly. In 2007, the band self-released a demo EP, With Signs Following, recorded on a handheld digital four-track device and mixed on a laptop. By 2009 the band expanded and includes Megan Oprea (Davidson’s wife), Petrucci, Guza, Eileen McKenna (his finance), and Justin Hallman. Known for intimidating live shows that include macabre dance choreography, group choruses and a bit of a waltz. Folks describe the band’s sound as Tom Waits meets the Stokes or the Pixies playing loud and louder on your front porch or the Walkman. They’ve toured Philly, NY and even come to grace us in Austin. Finally, in July 2009, The New Time self-released its first record, An Incomplete History, a five-track EP recorded over ten days in February in a Fishtown warehouse. 4.0 McRiprock’s

CalaverasGreen Girl: This Cally-based trio has received lots of industry recognition winning the Grand Prize in the West Coast Songwriting Contest, as well as, the Kerrville New Folk prize.  Their music combines intricate and beautiful soundscapes with airy vocals, instrumentation and tightly written songs. Similar sounding to bands like Nickel Creek, they build on previous successes while pushing ahead with their own vision. With Green Girl, their third release, they blend some of the best elements from roots, Americana and folks music.  The core of the group consists of sing-songwriter duo Greg Beattie and Victoria Blythe joined by guitarist Dave Decker. Beattie evokes a classic folk and country chime against Blythe’s bright and ethereal accompaniment. When their voices harmonize the end result is outstanding. On top of their vocal prowess, each member doubles on several instruments bringing the total count of the core lineup to over a half dozen. Throughout the album there are a total of 10 guests performing and more than 23 different instruments weaving the album together. The album includes ballads like “Constant Love” and “Driving Him Away” that are elegant and simple. But it also tackles upbeat country sounds on songs like “A City A Life And A Girl,” and “Club Paradise.” The album is consistent throughout without much of a dull moment in between. 5.0 McRiprock’s.

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