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Rhett Price & Josh Knowles – Boston Subway Violinists – “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Rhett Price and Josh Knowles are two Boston Massachusetts violinists that have been playing contemporary tunes and building a following while busking in Boston’s MBTA commuter subway stations. Below is the YouTube video for a fine arrangement and interpretation of Taylor Swift’s “I knew you were trouble”, and a nice video production too.

Taylor Swift’s lyrics of flailing self-victimization is dropped as this duo instrumentally renders the gem of a melody and chorus in Swift’s song. Knowles and Price went to Boston’s Berkelee College of Music, and are clearly destined to be better known. Both are involved in other bands and separate collaborations.

The YouTube link:
Rhett Price & Josh Knowles – Subway Violinists – I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift cover

And…yes, the recording is available on iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-knew-you-were-trouble/id635148414

Also a free, ten tune download of Rhett & Josh available on BandCamp:
http://rhettprice.bandcamp.com/

You can find a number of their other recordings via their YouTube uploads as “Rhett Josh”:
http://www.youtube.com/user/rhettjosh/videos?view=0&flow=grid
I’ll pick their rendition of Beatle’s Eleanor Rigby there:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-CofOnRgtA

Also, Rhett’s channel on YouTube as “Rhett C Price”:
http://www.youtube.com/user/rhettcprice/videos
Rhett Price’s page on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/rhettypants

Josh Knowles is in the band Nemes, which is finishing up production on a recording for release sometime in 2013: http://nemesband.com/

Background article, by Steve Annear in Boston Magazine (April 10, 2013)
“MBTA Performers Make a Living Playing Taylor Swift Songs on Violins for Riders”
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2013/04/10/mbta-violin-performers-video/

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Sharon Van Etten – One Day

Sharon Van Etten – One Day
Live at Bonnaroo 2011 Music Festival, Manchester, Tennessee. (June, 11, 2011)

An outstanding instance of live-video and live-sound-engineering of Sharon Van Etton performing her song “One Day”, which nicely emphasiszes Sharon Van Etten’s fine voice. The live-sound engineer’s choice for reverb on Sarah Van Etten’s vocal was a great choice, and shows off her voice quite well. I hope this song will have a heart-felt popularity at large. (Performed at Bonnaroo Festival, in Manchester, Tennessee, June 10-12, 2011.)

Appreciation and kudos to the editor for this outstanding video for this live performance, and the sound-production and post-performance video-editing by the people working for Vevo. Sharon Van Etten’s other songs at Bonnaroo 2011, via Vevo: http://www.vevo.com/search?q=etten.

There are more links to interviews, and also other links below the video. Take a look.

[The link to the Bonnaroo 2011 video has a couple of years later been pulled. Here’s another of the same song.



An interview of Sharon Van Etten by Kevin Serra, is at http://kevchino.com/interview/sharon-van-etten/87 (2009)

NPR interview of Van Etten by Guy Raz, when Van Etten’s recording/CD “Tramp” was released.
Sharon Van Etten: Learning How To RockAll Things Considered, National Public Radio (February 4, 2012)
Interview Transcript: http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=146345094

A few official tracks: http://www.myspace.com/sharonvanetten/music/songs/

Interview with a few tracks on Wounded Jukebox (July 2011)
http://thewoundedjukebox.com/2011/07/05/qa-sharon-van-etten/

Other live recordings of “One Day”
AON Sessions: Sharon Van Etten, “One Day”
Published by “All Our Noise“. Sharon Van Etten accompanied by Cat Martino
Produced by Raul Zahir De Leon; 2nd Camera, Jonathan Luna.

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