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Experience the music of Cannons in Sun King Studio 92 this Friday at 7pm. The L.A. based trio speaks with Matt Pelsor about their breakout hit “Fire for You” and the making of the music video. They also discuss their explosion in popularity despite the pandemic keeping them from performing live concerts.
Atlantic Records artist Sara Kays may seem to be a long way from her days of busking in the Carmel Arts & Design District.
The 22-year-old Carmel native now lives in Nashville, where she recorded breakthrough single “Remember That Night?” last fall. Before being heard on WTTS, the song became a TikTok sensation viewed millions of times at her @sarakaysmusic profile. Nearly 50,000 videos at other TikTok accounts have showcased the song.
But Kays still has good feelings about playing covers for pedestrians in her hometown. “There’s a lot of people walking around there on Friday and Saturday nights,” says Kays, who attended Carmel and Noblesville high schools.
Inspired by being blindsided by one text message from a former significant other, “Remember That Night?” represents Kays’ willingness to reveal the personal in her songwriting. An earlier TikTok hit, “No Matter the Season,” was based on her struggles with body image. New song “Picture of You” originated with Kays’ feelings about disliking the way she appears in certain photographs.
“When I first started posting on (TikTok), I was just putting my original stuff out there,” she says. “I didn’t realize there’s such a big audience for the topics that I was writing about and there are that many people that related to it.”
In this WTTS interview, Kays talks about being influenced by Vance Joy’s “Riptide” and her affection for Kohl’s, Applebee’s, Dunkin Donuts and croutons.
Crumb formed in Boston in 2016 when Lila Ramani, Bri Aronow, Jesse Brotter and Jonathan Gilad met at Tufts University. “Trophy” is their first taste of new music following their 2019 debut full-length Jinx.
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WTTS In Conversation’ is a bi-weekly podcast delivering decades of WTTS interviews with emerging and legendary artists. Episode #5, available now, features a conversation with the late Ric Ocasek of The Cars. He talked with with me in 2011 about songwriting, producing, his solo work, and his on-and-off relationship with the band that made him famous.
John Hiatt, who grew up in Indianapolis near the intersection of 57th Street and Central Avenue, didn’t work in isolation during the pandemic.
Known for signature songs “Have a Little Faith in Me” and “Real Fine Love,” Hiatt will release a collaborative album with the Jerry Douglas Band this spring.
The album, titled “Leftover Feelings,” is scheduled for release May 21. The project’s first single, “All the Lilacs in Ohio,” arrived Wednesday. Douglas applies his unparalleled dobro guitar skills to the unplugged rendition of “Lilacs,” a song Hiatt originally recorded for his 2001 album “The Tiki Bar is Open.”
Hiatt, who received the Americana Music Association’s lifetime achievement award for songwriting in 2008 and became a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer the same year, dipped into his catalog for one other “Leftover Feelings” track. The song “Little Goodnight” first appeared as a B-side after Hiatt issued his “Perfectly Good Guitar” album in 1993.
Douglas, known for his work with Alison Krauss & Union Station, and his supporting cast joined Hiatt at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio B to record “Leftover Feelings.” Presently operated by the non-profit Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B was the site of recordings sessions by Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers and Chet Atkins.
“Leftover Feelings” will be Hiatt’s first studio recording since 2018’s “The Eclipse Sessions.” His resume includes many compositions that other artists popularized, including Bonnie Raitt’s cover of Hiatt’s “Thing Called Love” and the Jeff Healey Band’s rendition of “Angel Eyes.”
Matt Pelsor has been on the radio for over 20 years and is very fortunate to have spent his entire career in the Hoosier state.
A southeastern Indiana native and graduate of Ball State University, Matt’s appreciation for Indiana has grown to an almost mythological status. His favorite parts of the state are the rolling hills of southern Indiana, on which he frequently hikes, paddles, and camps. He is also active in Indiana’s vibrant cave exploration community and hosts The Caving Podcast, a popular show among cavers internationally.
When the night sky is clear, he is often in his backyard with his Dobsonian telescope gazing at the stars. Matt also collects vintage microphones and is all too willing to talk about them.
He is the father of two young, rambunctious boys, husband to a strong and lovely wife, and a tolerated roommate to two fluffy canines named Barley and Rigby.