The Railsplitters: A New Brand of Blue Grass

The Railsplitters joined us on The Music Room to talk about how the band’s sound has changed form traditional blue grass at the start of The Railsplitters 5 years ago, to their newer sound showcased in their newest album Jump In. We also learned about their upcoming European tour, and interesting places the band has performed before.

The Interview

The Railsplitters, recorded live November 14. 2017.


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About the Band

As a band for 5 years, The Railsplitters have produced a self titled album in 2013, The Faster it Goes (2015) and their newest album released earlier this year Jump In. The band sticks to the traditional bluegrass instruments, but loves to invent new sounds and be creative. The band is currently made up of Lauren and Peter, who joined us on the interview, Dusty Rider on banjo, Joe D’Esposito playing fiddle and performing vocals and Jean-Luc Davis with the upright bass and also vocals. They are rounding out 2017 touring in Australia and starting the new year playing in Europe.

The Music

  • Artist / Track / Album / Year
  • The Railsplitters / Room at the Top of the Stairs / The Railsplitters / 2013
  • The Railsplitters / Lessons I’ve Learned / Jump In / 2017
  • The Railsplitters / Jump In / Jump In / 2017


Richard Gordon: Producer, Audio Engineer, Host
Allison Delaney: Co-Host, Web Page Author, Audio Editor

The Forest View Movement

With the groove of ’70s soul, the bite of southern blues, and the coolness of alternative rock, The Forest View Movement evoke a unique sound through their reimagined take on these genres. The New Jersey-based band stopped by The Music Room this week for a live performance in the WVUD lounge and spoke to Liz about their new music, their touring experience, and their inspirations.

The Forest View Movement’s unique sound comes from both the musical creativity of its members and their strong belief in collaboration. For vocalist and guitarist Zack Treusch, drummer Anthony Drzal, saxophonist Justin Drzal, and bassist Joe Reader, songwriting comes naturally when bandmates double as best friends. “Friends is, like, an understatement,” Justin explained. “It’s more like family at this point.”


Check out the link below to hear The Forest View Movement’s live performance and interview in the WVUD lounge.

Listen to the Interview

The Forest View Movement, recorded live November 3, 2017.
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The Music

Artist Song Source
Due to copyright restrictions, the podcast contains excerpts of some of the music heard during the broadcast of the interview.
The Forest View Movement Life on the Road WVUD Session, November 3, 2017
The Forest View Movement Won’t Stray WVUD Session, November 3, 2017
The Forest View Movement Long Run WVUD Session, November 3, 2017
The Forest View Movement The Queen WVUD Session, November 3, 2017
The Forest View Movement Use Me (Bill Withers cover) WVUD Session, November 3, 2017
The Forest View Movement Pretty Child WVUD Session, November 3, 2017

Liz Webb: Producer, Host, Audio Editor, Web Page Author
Richard Gordon: Producer, Audio Engineer
Katie Mazur: Production Assistant, Videographer

8-bit Orchestra: Appreciation for Video Game Music

This week on The Music Room, we travelled all the way to Puglisi Recital Hall to see a live rehearsal of the 8-bit Orchestra‘s upcoming show. The 8-bit Orchestra is a UD Registered Student Organization (RSO) for students who arrange and perform orchestral versions of the music from video games.

The 8-bit Orchestra will be holding their Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 5th at 1:30pm at the Puglisi Recital Hall. Entrance is free and all are welcome.

Listen to the Interview

8-bit Orchestra, recorded on Oct. 28, 2017. Aired on Oct. 31, 2017.

About the Orchestra

The 8-bit Orchestra is a student-run organization that formed in 2013. The orchestra has performed music from a wide range of video games genres, from indie games to major franchises such as Final Fantasy and Super Mario Bros. Four years after its inception, 8-bit has become the largest student-run music group at the University of Delaware.

In this interview, we visited with the President and Vice President of the orchestra, Dante Marcelle and Ross Forney, to talk about various aspects of the organization and what makes them so unique. The 8-bit Orchestra is comprised of students who are not all music majors, but bond over their shared love and appreciation for video games.

The Music

  • Track / Game
  • Chrono Cross-Trigger Medley / Chrono Cross, Chrono Trigger
  • A Call to Arms / Overwatch Overture
  • Ridley Circuit / Mario Kart

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Richard Gordon: Supervising producer
Rachel Silva: Co-host, producer, webpage author/editor
Sam O’Donnell: Co-host, producer, audio engineer, audio editor