Welcome to a new feature we're trying out here, Philly Phave Song of the Week. Each week, hopefully on Monday, I'll be dropping an embed of a Philly song which caught my ear that I think you should check out too! Often times, it will be a newer song. But sometimes, it may be an older song that is newer to me. If you have any suggestions for songs to consider, let me know!
As mentioned in the "show reviews" section of the most recent Philly Music Podcast (after the interview with Andorra), this tune that Jim Boggia covered on ukulele pretty much made the whole room quiet down and watch in awe for approximately 3 minutes and 28 seconds. I don't think anyone even got up to refill their drink or go to the rest room until it was over. So I figured, why not start there (here).
If you've never heard of Jim Boggia, he's an incredible Philadelphia-based guitarist (and ukulelist?) who's played with many nationally-known artists including (but not limited to) Fastball, Joan Osborne, Tracy Bonham, Aimee Mann, and Mike Viola, as well as some local Philly bands over the years. He also has a few albums of his own original music under his belt as a singer-songwriter.
Next week, I will most likely choose an original song. But, you never know what's going to grab me.
Watch Jim Boggia re-interpreting Bruce Springsteen's "10th Avenue Freezeout" below.
You can catch him live at Milkboy Philly, opening up for the Posies, on January 24th.
He's also playing live at Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, PA on February 3rd.