JamTurtle TV

Hang with the Turtle and see the best in original Folk, Rock, Pop, Roots, Bluegrass and More performed live just for you and our cameras.

JamTurtle TV is a live music web series filming acoustic live performances of everything from pop to bluegrass and all the dark corners in between distilled down to warm intimate shows we call hangs. Hang with the Turtle and see the best in original Folk, Rock, Pop, Roots, Bluegrass and More performed live just for you and our cameras. JamTurtle TV also hosts the #JamTurtleLive Series, a random and plugged-in hang that could feature live music from throughout space and time.

Hey there my Jamturtlians! Hope you're staying at home. Join us this Friday at Midnight with Special Guest Dreadlock Dave McDougald We'll be playing some archival JamTurtle TV videos and of course Dave plays live. (if you know anyone who'd like to perform for us-have them drop me a pm)

Sam Bush

Sam Bush rocks us out for his buddy John Prine #traditude

Sending our love and good vibes to buddy John Prine.

JamTurtle Livestream Episode 01

A look back at videos from our archive and a live performance with Ben Gage.


The Year Folk Broke: How Nickel Creek Made Americana The New Indie Rock


npr.org Roots music has always had rule-breakers, but its shift this century toward genre-twisting innovation owes a lot to a 2000 album by three kids barely old enough to vote.


Steve Weber, 76, a Founder of an Influential Folk Band, Dies

Steve Weber of Holy Modal Rounders. Who you say? Freak folk for freaks.


nytimes.com Mr. Weber and Peter Stampfel were the heart of the Holy Modal Rounders, a group born of the folk revival. It then detoured into a mischievous, “zany” style.


Bonny Light Horseman Makes New Folk Music, Inspired By The Spirit Of Old Folk


npr.org A session that captures that spirit of being an audience of one, from the trio of Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats, multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman and Anaïs Mitchell.


Dixie Chicks Announces First Album In 14 Years, 'Gaslighter,' Shares Single

Yeah. We dig the Chicks. Whatcha gotta say huh? Dixie Chicks #traditude

npr.org Dixie Chicks has never left our consciousness, but it's been quite a long time since they've released an album.


Django Reinhardt Still Inspires Guitarists Six Decades After His Death

Happy Birthday Django!


acousticguitar.com By Pat Moran John Jorgenson thought he’d heard every possible description of Django Reinhardt’s guitar style—until he was asked to play the Gypsy-jazz guitarist’s music for the 2004 film Head in th…


Puss N Boots (Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper) Announce Second LP 'Sister' - Glide Magazine


glidemagazine.com Puss N Boots—the charming trio featuring Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper—have announced a February 14 release date for their second


David Olney Dies: Prolific Musician, Composer, Cinematographer Was 71, Passed On Stage


deadline.com David Olney, an Americana singer-songwriter whose works were covered or cowritten by Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Linda Rondstadt, Steve Young, Del McCoury and Laurie Lewis, has died. Olney passed …


JUST IN: Bonnie Raitt to Honor John Prine at 2020 Grammy Awards


tasteofcountry.com Bonnie Raitt is set to pay musical tribute to John Prine at the 2020 Grammy Awards.


Matt Harmon - YouTube

Matt Harmon is one of our "Lost Sessions". An incredibly talented songwriter, Matt spent his formative years between the headphones of his Walkman learning the craft before he even owned a guitar. Like many players in NEO he honed his performance style at our beloved Barking Spider Tavern in front of the best Cleveland audiences. Our Hang with Matt was awesome---just like him.




Lazarus Nichols - YouTube

Time for another "Lost Session": Lazarus is another player steeped in "Traditude", a rock and roll heart steaming through the train smoke and the open road of American music.



Drinkin' whiskey and singing the blues. Another "Lost Session" with Taylor Carano Music, Taylor's voice will catch you by surprise-and if you listen close enough to his songs...maybe he's writing about you. "Traditude" drips off this cat--And JamTurtle TV wouldn't have it any other way.



Jordan Smart - YouTube

Another "Lost Session": Jordan Smart. Funny and sincere, this nomadic folky's fingerpicking guitar, Dylanesque singing entertain while his thought provoking songs inspire.




Johnny G - YouTube

Johnny G is a singer, songwriter, guitar player and percussionist but most of all he is a storyteller. John is an honest, original voice and a wide-open heart and his varied life experience shapes his music, bringing poetry, funk, folk and jazzy blues together in a distinctively Johnny G sound.

Another "Lost Session" here's Johnny G:




Rock, Salt and Nails - YouTube

Another Lost Session: RSN-Band! Rock Salt and Nails formed in 2008 and the trio call describe their sound as acoustic Americana roots music. An eclectic group of influences can be heard in RSN originals and in their choice of covers.




Daniel Rylander & The Best Dressed - YouTube

Singer-Songwriter Daniel Rylander has a lifelong passion for music playing and writing with area bands. Recording a song written after losing his brother in Afghanistan led to Daniel recording his debut album. You need to see Daniel performing solo or with his band you won't regret it. One of the Lost Sessions: Daniel Rylander & The Best Dressed.




Rachel Shortt - YouTube

Rachel Shortt describes her style as “a little folk, a little funk and a little soul”. Sound like a perfect fit for JamTurtle TV's commitment to music with "Traditude"? Well she is. One of the Lost Sessions. Here is Rachel from April of 2017:



Happy New Year my Jamturtlians! I greet you with good news!! The once lost JamTurtle TV hangs have been recovered. Drowned and off to hard drive heaven we thought but the studio gods recently revealed a surprise: an almost complete back up on hard drives, SD cards and yes, videotapes. We recovered nearly everything, and all but one session (still looking). Our sincere appreciation to all the artists who shared their talents with us and make JamTurtle TV so much fun. Look for a controlled playlist release over the next week or so. Enjoy. And thanks for supporting local music.


Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble Performs Carol of the Bells

Merry Christmas!



Nefesh Mountain | Esa Einai (Feat. Sam Bush, Mark Schatz, Rob Ickes & Gary Oleyar)

Happy Hanukkah.


Official music video of Esa Einai from Nefesh Mountain's new album releasing May 20, 2016. Nefesh Mountain is husband and wife duo Doni Zasloff and Eric Lind...


This Cult Classic Christmas Special Is Quintessential Jim Henson


smithsonianmag.com Although it features few of the usual Muppets, ‘Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas’ brings the holiday spirit to the whole family

The Fairdowells

I told myself we weren't gonna share any holiday music until the 25th...but here it is: "Christmas for Two" from The Fairdowells. How is it that we're so lucky to be surrounded by so many talented people? #clevelandmusicscene #NEO #christmasmusic

Here's us performing "Christmas for Two" in our living room with the help of our cat Olivia, who refuses to be left out when Lauren is singing. Enjoy!

Here are some links to the full version of the song:
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4hwtVcW6jElIggiJt6seF4
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/christmas-for-two/1488640621
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEMXrd6DBcE


Fascination, Friendship And Desire: Kathleen Hanna On The Reign Of 'Rebel Girl'


npr.org Bikini Kill's instant anthem for the '90s riot grrrl movement found new purpose at rock camps, where young girls learn to express themselves through music. Hanna breaks it down with NPR's Ann Powers.


Alison Krauss | "Cash on the Barrelhead" from The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris


Alison Krauss performs "Cash on the Barrelhead" as part of The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris. Order now: CD/Mp3: http://smarturl.it/CelebrateEmmylouCD CD/...


John Prine -Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore

The JamTurtle TV crew is thinking about patriots this impeachment day.


John Prine


Sheila Carabine - The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Remembering our veterans today.

By Eric Bogle


Hear 'Sing Along,' From Sturgill Simpson's New Album (And Anime Film)

Sturgill Simpson calls 'Sound & Fury,' his upcoming album and anime film, "a sleazy, steamy rock-and-roll record."

npr.org On Sept. 27, Simpson will simultaneously release a new album and an anime film on Netflix, both titled Sound & Fury. Each promises to showcase the Kentuckian's louder, looser side.


The Stone Poneys, "Different Drum" « American Songwriter


americansongwriter.com The writer was Michael Nesmith, a few years before he would become a member of the Monkees.


In Memoriam: Jeff Austin


jambase.com Mandolin player Jeff Austin, the former co-founding member of Yonder Mountain String band current Jeff Austin Band leader, has died.


Plucked from obscurity: why bluegrass is making a comeback


theguardian.com It was once derided as hillbilly music. How did bluegrass become the new sound of political protest across the US?


Leon Redbone Has ‘Crossed the Delta for that Beautiful Shore’

Leon Redbone 1949-2019


nodepression.com Leon Redbone, who died Thursday at an age he always declined to specify, wasn’t a hitmaker, but he did make quite an impression. His head and heart were firmly in yesteryear, and he wove songs with roots in the first half of the 20th century, tinged with blues, jazz, vaudeville, and Tin Pan Alley.


One LA Community Where Folk And Rock Converged


npr.org Singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan and director Andrew Slater talk about the documentary Echo In The Canyon about music from Laurel Canyon in LA that went on to influence a later generation.


John Gorka Let them in

Let's pass Memorial Day the way we do at JamTurtle TV with music. John Gorka based on the poem "A letter to St. Peter" by Elma Dean.



Shuffle: New Album Marks Continued Healing for Shelby Olive After Voice Injury

JamTurtle TV alum and one of our favorite vocalists Shelby Olive spoke recently with WKSU about losing her voice....then finding it again. AND she has a new record coming out at the end of the month.


wksu.org Northeast Ohio singer-songwriter Shelby Olive is releasing her second album since she overcame vocal cord damage that nearly ended her music career five


Jerry Garcia’s Bluegrass Roots – Garden & Gun


gardenandgun.com Stream two never-released songs from the legendary musician’s early days on the banjo


Rising Appalachia Tie Worlds Together with ‘Leylines’


thebluegrasssituation.com Just weeks ago Leah Smith of Rising Appalachia, the harmonizing duo with her sister Chloe, stood on a high peak and sang the old traditional tune “Across the Blue Ridge Mountains.” She was at the end of a stay in a remote village, and some local women surrounded her for a send-off. “They circl...


Rhiannon Giddens and What Folk Music Means

Rhiannon Giddens is truly an American treasure, a musician, a singer, and a scholar. Her current tour doesn't reach NEO until October (10/23 at The Kent Stage) but it's never to early to plan on catching this remarkable performer live. JamTurtle TV will be in the audience.


newyorker.com The roots musician is inspired by the evolving legacy of the black string band.


Grady Miller Asheville

JamTurtle TV alums and friends Grady Miller dropped a new video! Check it out!


Michael wrote this song after watching a movie about baseball...can you figure out which one?


The New Linda Ronstadt Documentary Proves Just How Underrated She Is

We here at JamTurtle TV have been fans of Linda Ronstadt since way back. More people need to know her incredible voice.


pitchfork.com The Sound of My Voice pays tribute to Ronstadt’s powerful pipes and broad stylistic range while also showing the sexism she faced.


Pete Seeger's Legacy Gets Immortalized With 'Smithsonian Folkways' Collection

npr.org Smithsonian Folkways archivist and Pete Seeger expert Jeff Place talks about Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, due out on what would have been Seeger's 100th birthday.


Back To Ohio, by The Goldsberrys

The Goldsberrys have a new record! Get out there and support these JamTurtle TV alums and their hand made Ohio music.

from the album By The Window

Bill and the Belles

Bill and the Belles have become a favorite for the JamTurtle TV crew-since we filmed at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival a couple years ago. Dang they good!

The other night we decided to do an NPR Music Tiny Desk submission 10 minutes before we went live with Farm and Fun Time with our audience there to help root us on. One take...Kinda sorta high pressure! Haaa! It's a brand new tune titled "Taking Back My Yesterday." Hope y'all enjoy it. Let us know what ya think!


New Riders of The Purple Sage: Americana Lost and Found - The Real Easy Ed


therealeasyed.com John Collins Dawson IV,nicknamed both Marmaduke and McDuke, was only 64 when he died peacefully in Mexico eight years ago. Growing weary of life on the road as a professional musician, he retired in 1997 and had moved to San Miguel de Allende with his wife. Dawson, a singer, songwriter, and guitaris...

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