Jonny Ollsin, from Family Band, was sort of mellow and quiet when he first stepped into my kitchen, but that could be that he had just woke up. However, once we got to cooking, I could sense his robust personality and passion that he uncovered as he cooked and told stories about the band. Jonny had a great sense of humor (including a few on camera jokes that he wanted off the record) and did I mention he can rock out on guitar!!?!?!?!?
The meal we made was Huevos Rancheros TWO WAYS. I say two ways because Jonny made his the way he grew up eating:
- Broiled Tomatillos, Onions, and Jalapenos with Fresh Garlic, Squeezed Lime Juice, Salt, Olive Oil, and Cracked Pepper
- Scrambled Eggs
And then there was mine, which I improvised in the market earlier that morning:
- Carmelized Shallots (shallots, salt, olive oil)
- Fresh Mozzarella
- Scrambled Eggs
- Sliced Strawberries soaked in Balsamic Vinegar, Salt, and Agave Nectar (refrigerated for an hour)
And similar to the previous session with Givers where I had the Jam Stand girls compliment the meal, I had called in a few favors from 2 other locals food vendors: Adirondack Creamery and McClure’s Pickles (Bloody Mary mix). Paul from Adirondack actually showed up to scoop ice cream including two experimental flavors: peaches and carrot cake spice. SOOOOOOO tasty.
After everyone ate, the first band to perform were my old friends Trevor Exter (cello, vocals) and John Morgan Kimock (drums, glockenspiel) aka XVSK (click download their new album for free).
I knew them separately for years and was happy see their musical genius combine. Their sound: soul folk I call it, which is another way to say powerful, moving vocals with a rustic, but grooving music.
It feels like a full band and then you realize it’s just the two of them. See for yourself by downloading their full set on nyctaper.
When Jonny, wife Kim, and bandmate/friend Scott set up to play. You could tell they’d be friends for years and had great chemistry. I had seen them in December open up for Warpaint, but they easily stole the show in my eyes and knew come summer, I had to get them.
For the backyard, they easily had the most amount of equipment we’ve ever had: guitars, pedals, amps, wires, et al.
But from their first note til their last, it was some of the most soft and hauntingly beautiful music I had ever seen.
But don’t take my word for it. Check out their set here.