Song of the week: Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile”

Anyone needing a dose of positivity is about to get steamrolled with it. And anyone rolling their eyes and thinking “ugh, never mind” definitely needs to watch this. The video just kills me – and if you want to skip the intro and get right to the song, it starts at the 1:50 mark.  IMORE

SONG OF THE WEEK: RAY CHARLES AND MILT JACKSON’S “THE GENIUS AFTER HOURS”

One of the earliest soul-jazz albums, Ray Charles and Milt Jackson’s 1957 Soul Brothers/Soul Meeting is dripping with blues. Bags takes a break on this track so a young Ray Charles (he hadn’t even recorded “Night Time Is the Right Time” yet) can step out and lead bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Connie Kay throughMORE

TRN as heard on 90210

Looks like our song “Nobody” is now featured in season 1, episode 1 of 90210. Though the episode originally aired in 2008 with a different song (by someone named Adele…anyone? Anyone?), they’ve switched our song in there for the syndicated version. You can watch it on netflix (“Nobody” shows up at about the 39:00 mark)MORE

Song of the week: DeRobert & The Half-Truths’ “Beg Me”

We’ve got less than a week until our big Chicago Release Party at Lincoln Hall on May 12. Part of the reason we are so excited for the show is that we’re bringing DeRobert & The Half-Truths up from Nashville. We’ve known Dee Adams (aka DeRobert) for several years. He’s been paired up with TheMORE

Live Session from KDHX

Saint Louis is one of the first cities TRN visited outside of Chicago and it has been a second home to us in many ways. A big reason for that is KDHX, the amazing community radio station in town. They’ve been amazing supporters of our band by spinning out records, spreading the word about shows,MORE

SONG OF THE WEEK: SYREETA’S “CAUSE WE’VE ENDED AS LOVERS”

Even without a sky full of swollen, low hanging clouds today would have been mellow after we arrived in Chicago just before dawn. I like to use my first day home from the road to put things back in order, drink a little coffee, and absorb some mellow music. Syreeta’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers”MORE

Lots of Love for Baltimore

It’s been a whirlwind of a tour. We’ve had great shows, hit some new markets (DC & Baltimore), and forged some amazing friendships. One of the most unexpected moments on tour came Thursday in Baltimore. We didn’t have any shows come through for Thursday so we did some last minute scrambling to land an in-studioMORE

Song of the week: Monophonics’ “Bang Bang”

We missed our usual Sunday post for song of the week. Hey, we’re on tour so things slip through the cracks. Our bad. This week it’s “Bang Bang” by Monophonics, a killer band from San Francisco. These guys have been performing for years and are generating a lot of buzz with their upcoming release onMORE

Van time

Our only day off on this tour is today. We’re spending our Earth Day in the van, heading back east to Williamsport PA and the lovely Bullfrog Brewery. We lucked out and got a van with a DVD player. So far it’s been Arrested Development all the way. Soooo good. Johnny Hats also led aMORE