Boone Community Network to launch local music podcast


The Appalachian Online

Laney Ruckstuhl

The Boone Community Network and Cryptograph Records recorded the first episode of their Boone music podcast, the Sub Rosa Sessions, at 3rd Place on Friday.

Before an audience of about 20, the two local organizations captured intimate performances by Boone acts Isani Howell, The Romantic Egotists, and headliners Ghost Dogs. There were also Q&A’s with the performers and a BCN snack bar selling Appalachia Cookie Co. cookies.

The Lineup:

Isani Howell—A singer songwriter who delicately plucks her guitar and sings as if Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath was possessed by John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

The Romantic Egotists—Tri-guitar loverboy rock and roll sent straight from the 80s.

Ghost Dogs—Bright, beachy indie rock juxtaposed beside the raw shouts of vocalist John Wampler like an emo Oberhofer.

“It was kind of one of those ideas that everyone seemed to have at once,” BCN chair Ben Loomis said. “I heard three or four different people talk about having a show that we recorded and put on the air.”

Loomis said his goal is to have a new episode recorded every two weeks, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. The next taping will take place outdoors during the Howard Street Exchange on Aug. 23.

“I played a lot of old songs tonight,” performer Isani Howell said. “Because of the building and the area I wanted to play some more nostalgic stuff. I can remember places close by in Boone where I wrote them, like on the steps of Hippie Hill or an apartment close by.”

Seth O’Bannion of Cryptograph said they are planning on releasing the podcast via SoundCloud, but there is still no release date set in stone.

“We will probably be trying to do it before the next Sub Rosa Session, which is going to be recorded at the Howard Street Exchange,” O’Bannion said. “We’re aiming for a week before that.”

John Wampler of Ghost Dogs said it was exciting to be on the first episode.

“There were a lot of elements to it that made it a cool, well-thought-out event,” Wampler said.

Story: Cole Cummings, Intern Reporter