May 042012
 

Stephen Ineson, Berto Morales, and Lee Kirby join Calvin in the studio to perform acoustic versions of three tracks from their latest release, Chance and Circumstance. Steve tells the story of his Pennsylvania Rose, Berto Morales talks about how he came to be the mandolin player for the band. Lee Kirby impresses everyone with his ability to switch instruments in the middle of a song.

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Interview Recap

The Milagro Saints are:
SD Ineson: Vocals, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar
Lee Kirby: Hammond Organ, Piano, Harmonica, Melodica
Roberto Morales: Electric guitar/mandolin
Smitty: Lap Steel
Steve Samosky: Bass
Rusty May: Drums/percussion
Joyce Bowden: vocals
Jick wins-Low: vocals, drums, bass, trombone, guitars, fiddle

Stephen, Lee, and Roberto joined Calvin in the studio.

Stephen Ineson and Calvin talk about how the Milagro Saints have been playing “since before the turn the century.” They talk about how Calvin bought the debut Milagro Saints CD about that time because he liked the cover and thought it looked like something Steve Earle would have made.

Stephen Ineson talks about how this collection of songs on the Milagro Saints’ new CD, Chance and Circumstance came together. They’d been writing songs for a couple of years. And a local Carrboro producer Jick wins-Low  saw the band perform their songs at the Weaver Street Market music on the lawn series. Jick helped them mix and produce the CD over about a year period.

Stephen Ineson sets up an acoustic cover of “Pennsylvania Rose,” a song he wrote for his wife.

[Stephen Ineson, Lee Kirby, and Roberto Morales of Milagro Saints play “Pennsylvania Rose”]

Stephenson Ineson talks about the songs on the Milagro Saints’ CD has many influences because he’s from England and “sees America from an outside perspective.” Besides, he says, he’s not afraid to through non-genre specific elements into the music. Ineson also talks about the fact that there’s a thriving Americana scene in England.

Lee Kirby talks about growing up in North West Arkansas and getting the chance to see Earl Scruggs live which was his first taste of roots and bluegrass music and he was also influenced by the New Grass music trend.

Roberto says he grew up in Italy without any roots music influences although Ineson is quick to point out that they have mandolins in Italy. Roberto credits Stephen and Lee for making him “see the light” on the roots music scene.

Stephen Ineson sets up “Ghost.”

[Stephen Ineson, Lee Kirby, and Roberto Morales of Milagro Saints play “Ghost.”]

Stephen Ineson talks about  the gigs that Milagro Saints play in the area including Sadlacks and Weaver Street Market. They also talk about playing in the open air. And the joys of playing earlier in the day.

Stephen Ineson sets up “These Things About You,” which he describes as a “bit of a rock and roll number.”

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[Stephen Ineson, Lee Kirby, and Roberto Morales of Milagro Saints play “These Things About You.”]

Everyone marvels at Lees harp work on that last song and his ability to switch them in mid-song.

Stephen Ineson tells us the short version of the story behind the band name. He talks about “Milagro” means “miracle.” Lee points out that the true story refers to iconography. In Central  America where they wear icons of the saints. They are saving the official story of the band name for an upcoming book, or something.

Roberto Morales tells the story of how he was tricked into becoming he band’s mandolin player.

Stephen Ineson sets up “53rd and 9th Street.”

[Stephen Ineson, Lee Kirby, and Roberto Morales of Milagro Saints play “53rd and 9th Street.”]

Stephen Ineson refers people to MilagroSaints.com and also see Milagro Saints on FaceBook.

Stephen Ineson talks about being self-produced.

Apr 072012
 

Heartfelt, funky, and just a little bit trippy in the spirit of Donna The Buffalo. That’s how I’d describe the Milagro Saints’ latest release, Chance & Circumstance. These veterans of the roots music scene have transcended the alt.country crowd they sprang from into band that creates Americana that’s deceptively modern. Whether it’s the mandolin riffs setting a easy going roll or a well timed accordion riff at just the right moment, they know how to pay homage to traditional music without being limited by it. Highlight tracks for me are “Morning Song,” “Evangelyne,” and most of all “Pennsylvania Rose.”

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