CMJ Gem: Tallahassee

Young Mary’s Record was privileged to have the opportunity to attend (and participate as a representative of Print Mafia as a panelist!) the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, earlier in October.  While at CMJ and without serious agenda, we stumbled upon some musicians that we couldn’t stand not to bring back home for your eyes and ears to enjoy.  With that understanding, we present CMJ Gems.  Today’s GEM: Tallahassee.

(photo by Gretchen Gavett.)

If you want something honest, you’ve come to the right place.  In the tiny, dark back room of “whatever that bar was” (my new name for the many places I can’t remember during my NYC trip.) for their early afternoon CMJ slot, Young Mary’s Record was lucky enough to discover the four painfully charismatic dudes that form up-and-coming musical gem, Tallahassee - doing just that - telling it like it is. 

Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, always poignant lyrics backed by an Americana-infused, still quite rock-n-roll to me- backing band?   Not a hard sell there.  Oh - and did I mention they just seem honest?  Like when the truth was cool.  Before musicians had so much hair gel and so many of their checks came from Twitter plugs and product endorsements.   Tallahassee kinda has a little of the same spark that brought the wild success of Alabama Shakes — they believably and dually come from another time and they come from right now.   It’s nostalgia before anything has even happened, without the hokey.

Try the acoustic version of this song, Winter Trees, (the opening tune of their release, Jealous Hands):

An interesting dynamic of folks forming a musical union (The land of misfit toys— the land of misfit boys? ) Tallahassee is comprised of:

-Brian Barthelmes - New England Patriots lineman turned frontman, turns out he can whip tail in front of a crowd with a microphone and brains just as much as brawn..

-Shawn Carney - Bass player/tastemaker - If you like what Little Jack Lawrence puts down on The Raconteurs/ The Greenhornes, you’ll like Carney.  They even share that dark hair, parted down the middle, dark glasses thing.

-Scott Thompson - Lead guitarist and smallest physical stature of the Tallahassee boys - but brings the biggest balls as soon as he starts in on a lick.  I am not one to say things I don’t mean and I’ve seen alot of new music in the last six months: Scott Thompson is my favorite recently discovered guitarist.   He was an unexpected delight.

- Matt Raskopf - Drummer with a personality. Pet Peeve:  Drummers that look as if they’re unable to drum and formulate a sentence .. e.g. blank stare ahead, machine-like drumming, impending diarrhea-like anxious expression.  Raskopf would kick any of those drummers asses.  He was on point and entertaining as all heck to watch.  If ya got it, flaunt it.

One more video below.    Hit it!  To find out more about Tallahassee - (and when they’re breezin’ into a town near you —) Follow them on Facebook: HERE and snag some of that music from their official website: HERE

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Tallahassee - Mt Moriah from Tallahassee on Vimeo.