Gritty Birds

An @xrayfm music interview podcast sharing the stories of today's music industry from the voices of working musicians and creatives from Jeni Wren Stottrup. West Coast and beyond.
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An XRAY.FM radio show and podcast all about the grit behind successful artists and creatives, from artist and producer Jeni Wren.

Jun 30, 2016

In it's 18th year, NW festival Pickathon defies the usual expectations of what makes a festival great. With over 3,500 volunteers and set in the shadow of Mt Hood at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, it's a "beautiful thing". Here about Pickathon from the man who knows it best, found Zale Schoenborn. Tune in to find out about some of the changes afoot for this year's festival August 4-6 as well as a preview of who to look out for and songs from Adia Victoria and Blossom. Photo: Ty Segall at Woods Stage Photo credit: Drew Bandy and Pickathon Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup Copy Editing by Alexis Kenyon Tracks: Dead Eyes by Adia Victoria and Video by Blossom Sponsored by XRay.FM and Vortex Music Mag

Jun 23, 2016

The Posies released their first album in 5 years this spring, following an emotional year that involved the loss of two members of the band. I met with founding member Ken Stringfellow at the tail end of their latest tour, where he shared the story of how the band found healing. Photo credit: Jeni Wren Stottrup Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup and Alexis Kenyon Tracks: Unlikely Places, The Definition, Sound of Clouds First aired on XRay FM Special thanks to media sponsor Vortex Music Magazine

Jun 16, 2016

This week we’re talking to Megan Diana McGeorge, founder of Piano Push Play and the songwriter behind LEO. This summer Piano Push Play enters it’s 5th season, boasting 20 pianos that will find homes in public spaces around the city this summer. Starting with a simple idea and launching into a successful non-profit after taking a multi-year break from music, McGeorge is a force of nature and a rising voice in the NW music scene. Photo credit: Jeni Wren Stottrup Sound: Jeni Wren Stottrup Licensing: "Circulation" by Becca Schultz from Please Play Me and "Stopping to Start" by LEO with special thanks to Megan Diana McGeorge First aired on XRay FM Special thanks to media sponsor Vortex Music Magazine

Jun 8, 2016

This week we’re meeting Seattle Band, Deep Sea Diver, the love child of multi-instrumentalist and writer Jessica Dobson and husband Peter Mansen. With a long and storied history in the music industry: signed by Atlantic at 19 and years of performing with indie greats including The Shins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beck and Conor Oberst, Dobson has found finally her footing as a producer and artist with Deep Sea Diver’s latest full length Secrets, which was released on their label High Beam Records this February. Photo credit: Jeni Wren Stottrup Sound: Jeni Wren Stottrup, special thanks to John Neff Licensing: Special thanks to Deep Sea Diver for use of the track "Creatures of Comfort" First aired on XRay FM Special thanks to media sponsor Vortex Music Magazine

Jun 2, 2016

In the final episode of the Treefort series with DIY label Self Group, I spent time with San Francisco songwriter Sarah Bethe Nelson of Burger Records in a two part interview before her set at the Olympic and then again after her performance at the Gritty Birds showcase. Sound: Jeni Wren Stottrup and Rob Bartleson Licensing: Special thanks to Sarah Bethe Nelson and Burger Records for use of the tracks “Start Somewhere” and “Uneasy” Special thanks: Treefort Music Festival, Self Group and Vortex Music Mag First aired on: XRay FM