Sidewalk Chalk X Ropeadope

You might have noticed the videos we dropped last week from Chicago's Sidewalk Chalk - Huffington Post certainly did. Yes, it's out - Sidewalk Chalk will drop their next record, Shoulder Season, right here on February 3. Compiled from seven live performances across the US, Shoulder Season signifies transition, a time in between two places, a feeling of expectation for what is to come. look for more videos to hit each week, and preorder the full Cd and DVD package right over here.    




Stop The Violence (S.T.V)

Renowned bassist Bill Dickens recorded 'Stop The Violence' on his debut album, Tha Truth, in response to the violence plaguing the streets of Chicago. Fellow musicians have been working on remixes to spread the word across the planet - a project of creation and encouragement to those that are working worldwide for peaceful solutions to our issues. The S.T.V. World Remix project starts today and runs until January 18, 2016. News will soon be out on the first remix, and sites are set up for you to add your comments and photos. Soon we will make the stems from the track available worldwide for anyone to remix or record the track. It's a blank canvas for all of us to express our solidarity and desire for peace, let's see what we can do. Drop in on tumblr, facebook, or google+. Hear the original track here, and stay tuned.




Them, Us - Sidewalk Chalk





Gone Under (Shayna Steele & Snarky Puppy)





Fresh Cut Orchestra X NPR

We are thrilled to announce that Philly's own Fresh Cut Orchestra will be dropping their debut LP right here at Ropeadope. A ten piece with some heavy hitters - Jason Fraticelli (Matisyahu, Mark Guliana), Josh Lawrence (Erykah Badu), and Anwar Marshall (Kurt Rosenwinkel) - FCO already has Ropeadope alum Christian McBride talking about the release on NPR. The record drops on February 17th, and we strongly suggest you jump in and get one of the first copies right over here.




Sanguine - Fresh Cut Orchestra





Don’t Cry - Sidewalk Chalk Video Premiere





Winter Jazz Fest!

We just got back from a whirlwind weekend in NYC; Todd Clouser and A Love Electric taught The Bowery Electric what rock is really about, while Charlie Hunter and Magda Giannikou took over two thirds of Rockwood Music Hall. Saturday marked two shows from Jellowstone Records artist Butcher Brown, who played both like they were playing to a crowd of thousands. Everyone is talking about the talent, energy, style, and future of this band - and we are not suprised in the least. The icing on the cake for us was seeing downtown NYC with ines down the block to see ... JAZZ. It's on, folks, and we are ready.




The power and the glory

We all saw Shayna Steele's powerful performance on Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner Vol 1, and now it is time to unveil her second studio album, Rise. The list of credits is stunning - David Cook, Marcus Miller, Christian McBride, Robert Randolph (and more) deliver the most solid of musical foundations for Shayna's incredible range. Sensuous, dreamlike, soft, reflective, powerful and hard rocking, testifying to the glory of the Lord - all of these descriptions apply to the diverse styles on Rise, and Shayna nails every single one of them. A truly FULL record that fits the Ropeadope ethos of charting new territory while respecting history. Dig in and preorder right here, and support the amazing talent of Shayna Steele.




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