The pair’s warm, understated harmonies and instrumentation find a perfect home in their original folk-rock tunes and a handful of carefully selected covers (Hank Williams Sr, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Gram Parsons, The Jayhawks, etc).
McGovern is a member of longtime local favorite Irish band, The Beggarmen, and Capps spent the better part of a decade performing with the Memphis-based band, The Central Standards, before moving to Iowa City in 2009. His solo debut is entitled The Muddy and the Blue.
- Introducing Lucy, my featured musician for July and August! One of my favorite aspects of producing these featured musician profiles every other month is what I learn about my students and how that new knowledge relates to what I’ve already seen from them in the context of working together each week. I knew of course that Lucy has been taking lessons since May 2015 because my studio software keeps track of these things for me. When I consider all that Lucy has accomplished in just over three years of study while at the same time establishing a thriving acupuncture, Asian bodywork therapy & Chinese herbs practice, I am overwhelmed with adoration and pride. Lucy regularly attends and fully participates in various Irish music sessions around town. She has also performed locally many times and a recent successful open mic performance culminated in her being invited to open for a touring folk band. I’m going to pause there and let you take that in. Amazing. Lucy has listed “collaboration with other musicians to make music that inspires others to move and dance” and that inspires me to fondly remember that Lucy and I first met in a dance class. Her innate love of moving to music comes through so beautifully in her playing. I also love what Lucy has to say about the rhythm of the seasons, community and the importance of embracing the beginner’s mind. These are all deep values for me as well and are the roots of where I find my purpose as an artist. Congratulations to Lucy for all she has accomplished, for all she brings to our community, and for her sheer courage, determination, and dedication to playing her important part in our miraculous musical ecosystem. #mmsfeaturedmusician #mcgovernmusicstudio #taramcgovern #musicisfun #deeprootsacupunctureHot Tamale Louie on the Main Stage at Iowa City Jazz Fest. #soundcheck #hottamalelouie #viewfromthestage #hellobeautifulpeopleThe weather was HOT but the Jazz was cool. #craigkesslermonktet #worththeweatherHot Tamale Louie on the Main Stage at Iowa City Jazz Fest. #soundcheck #hottamalelouiePerk of being the only woman in a 9-piece ensemble: my own air-conditioned port-a-potty. #thisisthelife #mycareerjustpeaked #alldownhillfromhere #cautionwatchstepsHot Tamale Louie on the Main Stage at Iowa City Jazz Fest. Photo by John Rapson. #hottamalelouie #soundcheck
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