Previous recordings have featured acts like Lydia Loveless, Califone and The Reciever


The Mug & Brush Sessions have featured everyone from Lydia Loveless to Califone performing a song in the Old North barbershop's space since launching. This is a T-shirt, designed by Alison Rose, which you can now purchase. Photo courtesy of The Mug & Brush.

The Mug & Brush, an Old North barbershop, has been inviting musicians into its shop to record a song for a minute now. Those performances are then posted on YouTube under the Mug & Brush Sessions banner. Which is really rad!

The sessions began last summer, after Keith Hanlon went to the barbershop for a haircut, Hanlon said via email. Knowing Hanlon was a freelance audio engineer, shop owner Jim Morris told him of its idea for the sessions.

"I contacted Kevin Scott McIntyre, a great videographer and head of FWD: Video and Social Branding," Hanlon said. "He assembled a great video crew and we scheduled our first session within a few weeks."

The Mug & Brush Sessions are releasing a limited edition vinyl LP on Black Friday (Record Store Day) that features one song from the first 10 sessions (Jerry David DeCicca, Moon High, BirdShack, Brian Harnetty, Fever Fever, Connections, The Brett Burleson Band, Righteous Buck and the Skull Scorchers, Maza Blaska and The Wet Darlings).

Most of the performances, which are not open to the public, feature local musicians like Old Hundred, The Receiver and Lydia Loveless, though a few national touring acts have stopped by for a show, too, including one of my all-time faves Califone, which you can watch here.

Now, the Sessions are releasing Alive's 2014 Band to Watch honoree Counterfeit Madison's performance of "Bartlett's," which is below.

Upcoming sessions will feature locals Day Creeper and Paul Brown's Science Gravy Orchestra.