Where The Living Room Used To Be

A podcast about Rhode Island’s diverse music scene

RI 5 with Chrissy Stewart

June 8th, 2021

Chrissy Stewart shares some of her Rhode Island faves in this mini-episode including where she shops for records, her special spot to hang in the Ocean State, and a favorite benefit show she does with PVDlive!

I've included one of my favorite songs by Chrissy, which is "Dissolve" (as you may have guessed if you heard the full episode) from her album House of Christina !

// Interview recorded May 13th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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Sound Advice with Chrissy Stewart

June 1st, 2021

Chrissy Stewart shares some music advice that gets to the core of humility and trust... as well as the often unspoken rewards of booking shows and festivals.

Episode includes a live song from Chrissy's performance at The Columbus Theatre on March 30th, 2018 (audio credit: Eddy Bills). The song is "Truth Of Your Love" from her album House of Christina and I love that this is an alternate version to what you hear in the record!

// Interview recorded May 13th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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Chrissy Stewart (PVDlive, singer-songwriter)

May 25th, 2021

Chrissy Stewart is a gifted musician and the owner of PVDlive. In our interview we talk about how she got into booking shows, what she's looking to create with her production company, Zydeco dancing at Rhythm & Roots Music Festival, how she created her record House Of Christina and the more than serendipitous way that title came to her.

Make sure to check out PVDlive's Roller Disco Concert Series at The Providence Rink that starts the beginning of June and runs all summer long!

 

Interlude song order:

 

// Interview recorded May 13th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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RI 5 with Leland Baker

May 18th, 2021

Leland Baker shares why Newport Jazz Fest is so special, he shouts a great local music store that's helping to keep the scene alive, and we talk seafood* in the ocean state!

(*he's not a fan of pizza... can you believe that? Maybe he's a robot and that's why he's so good at playing the sax? 😂) 

Plus, this episode includes one of my favorite Quarter Water songs, "Refresh", off their EP, Flavors

// Interview recorded April 12th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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Sound Advice with Leland Baker

May 11th, 2021

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist and music educator, Leland Baker, shares some wisdom he's learned along the way from his mentors, how he's found a way to keep moving to stay in the game, and the spirit that drives his inspiration. 

 

Includes his original piece "Black Lives Maintain" (audio credit: Vertygo) that he wrote last year to bring attention to the ongoing and absolutely unnecessary tragedies surround police brutality and the loss of way too many blacks lives because of it.  

 

// Interview recorded April 12th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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Leland Baker (jazz saxophonist, Quarter Water, Bridging Gaps)

May 3rd, 2021

My guest on this episode is saxophonist, Leland Baker! In our interview, we cover so much from his career including his time studying music in New Orleans and at the University of Rhode Island... connecting with Quarter Water in New York City, how he founded his teaching program Bridging Gaps, and of course all the jazz projects he's working on!

Interlude song order:

  • "I Wish" by Quarter Water from their EP, Flavors
  • segment from "Pass Me Not | Remaking the Real" (Leland Baker and tap dancer Orlando Hernandez collaboration)
  • "Mr. LC" by Leland Baker Group performed at Level Exchange in Pawtucket

// Interview recorded April 12th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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ToadStool “eARTh 1″ track by track

April 20th, 2021

Providence rapper and beatmaker, ToadStool has a new solo album entitled "eARTh 1" coming out this week... so on this episode, we have a track by track discussion across the entire album, as well as talk about how this multiple piece concept project has evolved over time. Plus, we get into how the artwork for the cover and individual songs was created, and you'll even find out what my walk-up song would be if I was a professional baseball player!

It's always fun to talk with Toad and he's a super talented artist! Make sure to check out his new album when is drops digitally on April 23rd or pick up one of the limited edition marbelized cassettes he and I teamed up on that comes out a day earlier on Earth Day itself! 

And, if you're not too familiar with Toadstool check out some previous episodes we've done with Toad & the Stooligans and Ronald Raygun to learn a little more about this story in music 

Interlude song order:

  • "Couch" from ToadStool's album eARTh 1
  • "Choppin'" from ToadStool's album eARTh 1
  • "Versus" from ToadStool's album eARTh 1
  • "I Don't Wanna Die Anymore" from ToadStool's album eARTh 1 

// Interview recorded March 28th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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Joe Potenza covering Evening Sky’s “One Mic, Two Weekends”

April 14th, 2021

On this special edition episode, I catch up with the esteemed bass player, Joe Potenza to talk about Evening Sky's new album "One Mic, Two Weekends". This is an interesting album as it was literally recorded using a single mic that - as you'll hear us get into - taps into both one of the earliest ways of recording... all the way to some of the most modern technology utilizing a high definition audio format. So we'll take a deep dive into the recording process for this new record, as well as talk about the start of the band and many of the other things they are up to!

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// Interview recorded April 5th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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RI 5 with Charlie Marie

April 8th, 2021

Charlie Marie and I talk RI drinks, RI pizza, RI places... so give a listen to find out her favorite places to hang out, dine, and play shows in The Ocean State

Includes my favorite song by Charlie, which is "Shot In The Dark" from her live-take album Chucktown Takes: Live from St. Philip

// Interview recorded March 5th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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Sound Advice with Charlie Marie

April 1st, 2021

Charlie Marie shares some insight she learned at music camp while in high school, and what she feels you need to do to be able to give and share with others. She also tells a fun story about what it was like for her growing up in the woods of Burrillville

I also share a live song of Charlie's recorded at her cd release show at Askew in May of 2019 for her latest self-titled EP. The song is "Countryside" (audio credit: john doherty) and I recommend listening to the lyrics on this one. It's a great song that speaks to the reality of Rhode Island County music. Enjoy! 

// Interview recorded March 5th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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