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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Winner of Americana Covers Contest Announced: Profane Sass's "Wayfaring Stranger"

Profane Sass's "Wayfaring Stranger" has been announced as the winner of Neil Young's Americana covers contest.

From Talenthouse:
As luck and skill would have it, a medley of American and Canadian songsters by the name Profane Sass took it upon themselves to submit their gripping take on “Wayfaring Stranger” to the Invite, playing with such verve and spirit that Neil was moved to select that song as the bona fide Winner. We were fortunate to capture the band’s onscreen reaction upon being told that they’d gained Neil’s recognition in a big way. Having absorbed the good news, the members gathered themselves for a follow up interview. Read up on the story of each member finding their way into the band, how they keep their ecological footprint minimal, as well as the lengths they’re going to keep this association of musicians traveling strong.

Profane Sass: "Our advice to help all these struggling musicians out there would be to cut back on unnecessary expenses, dump any ego in the trash (and look for tasty food while you’re in there), don’t expect to get rich, love your art and play what you want and not what they want.

There is also a big difference between a hobby and a lifestyle, decide for yourself."

More of interview and portfolio on Profane Sass onTalenthouse.

Congratulations & Best of luck Profane Sass!

Nice philosophy. Hope it takes you guys far & wide.


At 7/03/2012 01:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Profane Sass!
Great version of Wayfaring Stranger!

At 7/03/2012 03:16:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Gutsy and the way I remember the song ...

At 7/03/2012 11:21:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

Very cool version, I'm liking it very much. Sounds like Sixteen Horsepower and The Avett Brothers jamming in Ralph Stanley's barn. Congratulations to Profane Sass (very cool band name too)! I'll have to check you out more.

On the lonely night
On a golden road
Night is a mongrel
Believe or explode
--Patti Smith

When the human race created the culture of speech and writing, it also produced the sublime culture called music. It is a language that goes beyond speech and letters--a living art that is almost mystical. This is where its emotional impact comes in.
--Shinichi Suzuki
from Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education

At 7/04/2012 12:00:00 AM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

Check out the blurb and humorous mention of Neil from Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving:

"Start there. It’s not even music-– it’s an amphetamine sonnet for the on-the-loose lovers of the world. Chelsea Light Moving will play your town. Right now we’re playing Friday June 22 2012 at the Sled Island bizarro freak slam in Calgary, Alberta near where Neil Young used to skinny dip when he was a laser-brained teen."

At 7/04/2012 12:26:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

I have a super crush on the Avetts, Mumfords, Edward Sharpe, Yim Yames, etc. Not a big fan of Kings of Leon. I can't tell you why. I don't know. Very gutsy bunch of heartfelt musicians. The way Neil and his band mates were when they were first starting out.

At 7/04/2012 06:43:00 AM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

How about this song from Madison Violet (aka Mad Violet) doing "Come As You Are" (not the Nirvana tune)?! Beautiful harmonies and guitars with a total Neil feel, especially at the beginning...sounds a bit like Heart of Gold in double time. See them live whenever you can!

And I saw Kings of Leon back in the club days when they were being billed as "The Southern Strokes" and were opening for the band Jett (who had yet to have their big hit that ended up in about ten TV commercials). They were great back then and I predicted they'd hit the big time, but I also don't really follow them now that they have hit it big. Sometimes that stuff happens.

At 7/04/2012 07:04:00 AM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

And while I'm at it, how about the news that Bob is playing grand piano (a Steinway?) on his current tour! Check the version of Love Sick from the tour opener a couple days ago...I think I can hear "The God Particle" somewhere in this!?

Sounds very cool...but I do really miss his guitar playing, not just acoustic but the great electric stuff he was playing back in the 90's. Rust never sleeps....

At 7/04/2012 08:51:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Mr. Henry, I really miss his Band. It was magic and fireworks when they played. They came up with some real doozies. Fun stuff. Just made you want to kick up your feet and sing along Avetts have some of that stuff I hear in Levon's songs which is why I love 'em like my own. I usually break out a little Bob and Band this time of year. Have a great day!

At 7/05/2012 08:59:00 AM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

"Nothing was ever the same again after the hurricane. The new buildings were different. The social leveling it started persisted, and the steam yacht became one with the dinosaur. The war that threatened became fact. It was established that landmarks did not have to endure."
--Everett S. Allen
from A Wind To Shake The World: the story of the 1938 hurricane

"Especially for those who had been with Washington and who knew what a close call it was at the beginning--how often circumstance, storms, contrary winds, the oddities or strengths of individual character had made the difference--the outcome seemed little short of a miracle."
--David McCullough
from 1776


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