Hard to believe they’ve been at it for 50 years now. The Chieftains have been an institution for five decades, not just honoring tradition, but drawing common water between musical cultures as well. The forthcoming album Voice of Ages is no exception, but the concept to celebrate their 50th anniversary is even better: the group is essaying some traditional and trad-leaning favorites with help from the young lions of modern World Class Rock. Among the contributors are recent Grammy winner Bon Iver, newgrass stalwarts Punch Brothers, the Low Anthem, and the Decemberists.
OverEasy host Todd Berryman will feature the new album this week on Sunday – and just to make things more interesting, he’ll have a couple of chances for you to win tickets for the Chieftains’ March 6th Palladium performance, part of their 50th anniversary tour, exclusively in the morning edition of the show. (In other words, this is a Sunday for which you’ll want to get up early, because this is a hot, hot ticket for a rare event.)
We’ll also play a track or two from one of the bands contributing to the new Chieftains recording, with songs from the just-released Punch Brothers album Who’s Feeling Young Now?, including a rather astonishing cover of something by Radiohead (believe it or not, “Kid A”).
It’s all this week, on a packed top-to-bottom edition of Overeasy, this Sunday from 7 to 11am AND pm, on 92.3 WTTS.