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Radiola @ Blackerby Hall

Austin, Texas, USA

Austin, Texas, USA

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The Radiola Story (A humble substitute for a Bio) by Joe McDermott

Radiola began as a daydream, entering a warm, dimly lit coffee shop on a cold evening. Hearing the first strains of an acoustic guitar I asked myself, “What would I love to hear?”

A beautiful acoustic guitar - a song about something unique – A violin, tucked perfectly into the folds of the music, sometimes swirling above it – A piano that dances dark and serious, or playful and wild – A ukulele with a sweet, innocent voice – An accordion painting gypsy hues behind a gawky singer, hopeful and sad – A bassoon - I’ll say that again: A bassoon! Ok, we didn’t really plan on the bassoon (who ever does?) but Katherine played one in college and we found one cheap.

So anywho, Tom and I had been playing together for about 20 years when we got this gig where we had to play some jazz standards, and being rock guys it was no easy task. We immediately fell in love with the old jazz chords and arrangements, not so much because they are so fun to play, but because they were so fun to listen to. I became obsessed with writing music that is really absorbing to hear. In 2007 Beth (bored with her tedious career of being a concertmaster/virtuoso soloist/session musician) called me and asked if we might play together sometime. Never turning down an opportunity to better myself by hanging out with incredible musicians, I invited her to join Tom and I in our quest to create THE BEST MUSIC EARTH HAS EVER KNOWN! We scrapped that idea after hearing Sufjan Steven’s Illinois. But, we kept at it. In 2008 pianist Kathy Brotherton finally returned my phone call from ten years earlier and joined our quest to make THE VERY NICEST MUSIC THAT SOME PARTS OF THE EARTH HAS EVER KNOWN! We’re all still kind of behind that motto. As if life weren’t rich enough, in 2008 Katherine signed a contract to sing with us - as long as there was no “funny Business” or bassoon “playing”. As it turns out, our attorney was savvier than hers and included a bassoon loophole in the contract. So, confronted with a large and talented mini-orchestra, we have been working very hard to stretch our boundaries. The most consistent remark we get after gigs is –“I love you guys! What kind of music is that?’
Our reply always begins with, “Have you ever heard of Sufjan Stevens?” and if their answer is no, we say, THE BEST MUSIC EARTH HAS EVER KNOWN!
Now I must rest. Please listen to our samples.