Beau Bledsoe and his ten-year-old son Aidan have been sheltering at residence for the previous few weeks. In between on-line faculty classes, Aidan has been studying previous nation songs from his dad. In actual fact, they have been engaged on a brand new musical act. With Beau on guitar and Aidan enjoying acoustic bass, they carry out for buddies and neighbors.
“We dwell within the Historic Northeast on a really tranquil block, subsequent to Cliff Drive, subsequent to an entire bunch of different children of many alternative ages,” says Beau. “They’ll’t play collectively now which is sort of unhappy, however they often do.”
Most audiences know Beau by way of musical collaborations that span jazz, classical and folkloric. However he additionally performs with the Nation and Western act Slim Hanson and the Poor Selections.
Aidan has been out of college for the previous month. What he misses most is hanging out along with his buddies. He is in a position to sustain with them by cellphone, however staying residence on a regular basis has been onerous.
“It’s simply been actually gloomy round right here ever since COVID-19 began.”
However studying new songs along with his dad makes the lengthy days cross extra shortly.
Beau grew up in listening to music along with his grandmother in Little Rock, Arkansas. She loved music from the 1950s, artists equivalent to Lefty Frizzell, Hank Williams Senior and Jimmy Driftwood. Now he is passing these songs to his youngsters.
“I sing these songs to them each evening earlier than they go to mattress. It’s develop into sort of a convention,” says Beau. “They be taught them finally and hopefully they’ll cross them on to their children some day. In order that’s sort of the way it works.”
Regardless of the stress of getting to place his work on maintain, Beau says he is been grateful to spend time with Aidan and daughter Maya, who simply turned six.
“It’s been an actual present, says Beau. “All of the issues that People complain about not having time to do. We’re simply abruptly gifted with this extraordinary size of time to actually think about one another.”
Rising up within the South, Beau had plenty of time to play music along with his household at residence, a convention he continues with Aidan and Maya.
“In my home I need it to be regular,” Beau says. “His little sister is studying to sing and is studying to play so I suppose it’s necessary.”
Performing these small concert events has given Beau and Aidan a motive to follow.
“It’s truly sort of enjoyable to play with adults, individuals out of my league,” says Aidan. “It makes me really feel appreciated and like I slot in.”
Trevor Turla and Mikala Petillo in Troostwood
Petillo performs with Mikki P and the Swallowtails. Turla works with a number of bands like Grand Marquis and Jake Wells and Sulu Moon. His new music “Busted” with Reginald Chapman was launched on Spotify.
The lockdown has diminished their musical world to the second flooring condo they share. But it surely’s additionally meant that they’ve had an opportunity to spend extra time engaged on new songs for his or her duo Miki P and Trevor Turla.
“Once we’re doing our particular person gigs, it’s solely each every now and then that we’ve sort of synced up,” says Turla. “It’s actually sort of blossomed extra for the reason that quarantine.”
One latest Saturday they determined to play from their balcony and let the sounds drift into the neighborhood under. It is a new music they have been engaged on, so Petillo grabbed her guitar and Turla pulled out his trombone.
Petillo says their musical mixture can appear somewhat uncommon.
“It’s odd as a result of I play guitar and he performs trombone and each of these devices are on the forefront,” says Petillo. “We every compose our personal songs and and lyrics after which we convey it collectively.”
Turla says their unique music has a New Orleans vibe.
Being confined at residence, he says, has compelled him to jot down extra.
“I’ve locked myself on this little workplace and simply began going and going,” he says. “I am making an attempt to get as artistic as attainable.”
Each musicians have been energetic on-line performing concert events. Petillo says it is opened up new income streams for her. She even arrange a Patreon account so followers can subscribe to her work.
“I’m undoubtedly extra geared up to work from my residence than I used to be earlier than this,” says Petillo.
Skeet Hanks in Brookside
Skeet Hanks has been enjoying on his entrance porch since transferring to Kansas Metropolis 4 years in the past. The longtime musician, initially from New Orleans, spent a few years touring with the band Beatin Path.
“We had just a few information out and we traveled round,” Hanks says. “We have been doing effective after which Hurricane Katrina hit so all of us moved to Nashville, you recognize, since you couldn’t make music in New Orleans.”
Hanks met his spouse in Nashville, and it wasn’t lengthy earlier than he hit the street once more — this time to Kansas Metropolis.
“My spouse, nicely, she’s from Lincoln, Nebraska however she’s constructed most of her life right here in Kansas Metropolis,” says Hanks. “So she received a gig up right here and I may work wherever so I used to be like let’s do that.”
They dwell in a quiet neighborhood just a few blocks away from The John Wornall Home Museum.
“All people’s buddies and all people is aware of one another, so a very nice environment and well mannered. Kansas Metropolis may be very well mannered.”
Skeet Hanks performs “Transferring to the Nation” on the Entrance Porch of his Brookside residence
Throughout the day Hanks works for an promoting company. At evening he heads out to make music, typically with The David George Band. With all the pieces is on hiatus now, the porch is now his stage.
“I wouldn’t essentially name it a live performance,” says Hanks with a smile. “I get on the porch and I play. Some neighbors come out and sit on their porches and do their factor whereas I’m enjoying and so they appear to love it.”
On regular weekdays most of his neighbors are away at work, however now that extra individuals are working from residence, he is been receiving request for songs — by textual content.
However Hanks says this has been a tough month for musicians.
“They’re being creative and determining methods to carry out on-line,” he says, “nevertheless it’s a battle.”
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was tough, Hanks says, however the present disaster is just not restricted to a small geographic space. It is affecting the whole nation.
“It is a battle and I really feel for all of us proper now,” says Hanks. “I might say that’s the one saving grace is that we’re all collectively proper now on this.”
Jill Westra and Kelly Dougherty in Westwood
Jill Westra and Kelly Dougherty are neighbors who dwell on the identical block in Westwood, Kansas. Of their free time, they carry out collectively because the duo Distant Cousins.
“After I first moved to Kansas Metropolis 4 years in the past, I moved into the home subsequent door to Kelly and we actually met over the again fence,” Westra remembers.
The 2 turned quick buddies and shortly found that they’ve lots in frequent. They put on the identical sized shoe. Westra went to high school in Wyoming. Dougherty is initially from Wyoming. They share a love music. And by a wierd coincidence they’re additionally associated, though distantly.
“One of many first issues Kelly instructed me was that she was once a musician however that she had sworn off making music and was by no means going to sing once more,” says Westra.
Jill Westra and Kelly Dougherty carry out their unique music “I Know You’re the Satan”
Westra is an environmental scientist by day, however she performs on the town along with her band Jill Westra & Them KC Boys. It took some convincing, however Westra persuaded Dougherty to hitch her at just a few open mic nights and shortly they have been enjoying round city.
Dougherty additionally has a day job working with musicians for People Alliance Worldwide, the place she’s the convention and undertaking supervisor.
“I really like music and I really like the neighborhood,” Dougherty says. “I’ve labored for some implausible locations, however after I received the chance to hitch People Alliance that was my dream job and it nonetheless is.”
As soon as it was introduced that the People Alliance convention scheduled for February 2021 can be canceled, Dougherty says their group leapt into motion to supply sources for musicians, equivalent to hyperlinks to emergency funding and webinars on learn how to livestream performances.
“All people retains saying that is the brand new norm,” Dougherty says. “This isn’t the brand new norm. Not the brand new norm for anyone. We’re in purgatory proper now. That’s what I inform individuals. I see this as a chance to make one thing new and higher and to construct a greater world.”