Christina Custode – Audio Gumshoe 165


Christina Custode

Image of singer/songwriter Christina Custode playing the piano

Songs Played

– Wasting My Time
– Nothing
– The La-La Song
– The Mistletoe Song
– Mirror

About the Show

Custode was twice named “Buffalo’s Best Female Vocalist” (Artvoice “2010 Best of Buffalo” and “2011 Best of Buffalo”) and currently fronts a pop-rock trio. “Christina Custode and Rerun” were recognized as “Buffalo’s Best Original Music Act” (Artvoice “2011 Best of Buffalo”),

Audio Gumshoe is privileged to present the music of Christina Custode. Familiar to long-time listeners of the show, this episode returns to an earlier format with an interview of the featured artist. It was a pleasure to speak with Christina. Opportunities such as this are few and far between, but they give us all a very intimate look at the work and personality of our featured guest.

Christina Custode is a busy musician. She performs regularly in and around her home of Niagara Falls, New York. She performs with numerous jazz groups on piano and vibraphone, is a cocktail piano soloist, and is a member of numerous blues and commercial bands.

In the interview, you will hear what inspires Christina to write her music, a bit about her stage show, and where to get her music (see links below). She shares insight to her family’s background in music, as well as her career as a music teacher. You’ll also learn about a very special tune called “The Mistletoe Song.” Christina talks about her motivation to write this great tune.

Be sure to visit Christina’s web site — and most certainly pick up a copy of the album “I” so that you can continue to enjoy her well written, well produced, collection of music.

“A little Sara Bareilles at times, some Lisa Loeb at others, even a bit of Basia at one point. Christina Custode has a little of everything for you here. Nothing & Crush are the big power ballads surrounded by pop songs like The One Thing and The LaLa Song. There’s an excellent chance her first big hit will come from this album.”
John Anthony / Buffalo, NY Radio Personality

Get the Music

“I” is available at:
Direct Purchase Through PayPal (physical copies of the CD)
CD Baby

Artist Links

Christina Custode Web Site
Christina Custode on Twitter
Christina Custode at Facebook

Associated Links

Association of Music Podcasting
Blubrry Podcast Network
Audio Gumshoe on Twitter
Audio Gumshoe on Facebook

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Aaron English – Audio Gumshoe 128


Aaron English Feature Image

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Aaron English

Songs Played

– Believe
– Doves
– Anthem
– God Bless You and Your Man

In an episode of the Fox TV drama Bones last year, a character made a mix of “the six greatest break-up songs” and gave it to a heart-broken colleague. The mix featured songs from alternative-pop stars such as Sia, Mazzy Star, José González, Antony and the Johnsons…and a lone unsigned artist by the name of Aaron English.

The song mentioned was “Lullaby of Loneliness.” It is a track from Aaron English’ 2002 release “All the Waters of This World.”  I played several tracks from that album, as well as  from “The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon” (2007), when I first introduced Audio Gumshoe listeners to Aaron English in July 2007.

Artwork for album american [fever] dreamSince the time I last spoke with Aaron, his third national tour ended abruptly in a catastrophic accident on a Midwestern highway. His restaurant-grease-fueled tour bus and most of his musical equipment were destroyed, and English’s touring career was temporarily grounded.

All was not lost, however. His fans came to his aid to help finance the recording of Aaron’s third album “american [fever] dream.” According to his web site:

Produced by Geoff Stanfield (Sun Kil Moon, Black Lab) in a 150-year-old warehouse in Seattle during a record-breaking heat wave, the album is a document of English’s phoenix-like journey back from tragedy…and a testament to the resiliency of the creative spirit.

Creative spirit, indeed. Aaron’s music has been so inspiring that it earned mention not only on the TV drama Bones, it has had film and television placements on MTV, VH1, Google, the Rush HDTV series Nomads, and on Thrillbillies. Aaron has earned finalist slots in the Soul City Cafe’ New Music Quest and the Coca-Cola New Music Award. He has been named a Keyboard Magazine Unsigned Artist of the Month, as well. His albums have been named as album of the year by both and (a Boston Music Blog).

Aaron English imageAaron English has conducted three U.S. tours and has shared the stage with artists such as Buckwheat Zydeco, Dropkick Murphys, Kan’nal and many more. And, not to end his successes in just the United States, Aaron’s music has been licensed to Emstream and is playing on modern adult contemporary stations nationwide in Australia.

I had the pleasure to interview Aaron English once again for this episode of Audio Gumshoe. Please enjoy learning more about this fine artist and please enjoy the music from his latest album “american [fever] dream.” I encourage you to pick up a copy of the album for yourself.

Get the Music!

Aaron English - American [fever] Dream

Band Links
Music Alley

Associated Links

Association of Music Podcasting
Blubrry Podcast Network
Audio Gumshoe on Twitter
Audio Gumshoe on Facebook
Audio Gumshoe on MySpace

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