BRANDON — “Chasing Echoes” is Phil Henry’s first studio album in five years. Come hear the new release at the Jack McKernon Drive-in at Estabrook Field in Brandon on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette will open for Henry.
The new album features 16 new recordings, largely built around his performing band, Phil Henry and the News Feed. Although the compositions are still drafted in Henry’s folk and storytelling foundation, this recording showcases the dynamic energy of his live ensemble. Over 20 guest artists from around the country round out the project.
MEMBERS OF THE trio Pete’s Posse, Pete Sutherland strumming a banjo and Oliver Scanlon bowing a violin, have become much more active on social media since live gigs dried up with the arrival of coronavirus. Other bands have also shifted their performance venues.
In all the ways that COVID-19 has halted life, musicians have had the especially challenging task of reaching audiences in a world in which people can no longer gather in person to enjoy and support the sounds they love. Five Vermont-based musicians share their unique strategies for staying active during the pandemic, from conquering the technological challenges of online streaming and social media posts, to using the down time for more private creativity.
Pete Sutherland of Pete’s Posse felt confident with the way he and his band members, Tristan Henderson and Oliver Scanlon, handled the...