Sufjan Stevens helped make banjos cool again. My new favorite band DeVotchKa is in the process of putting the tuba back onto the rock and roll stage for the first time since John Philip Sousa. I really love the sound they create with its tinge of Eastern Europe and gypsy swing. The swells of sound and passion help pick me up and carry me to God's bosom.
The Wealthy Orphans are making good progress with their new recording project. We have all seven tracks recorded with just a few extra parts to add from our guest musicians, including trumpet, fiddle and cello. DeVotchKa has been an inspiration to this project though the tuba is still waiting in the wings.