Oct 22 - Oct 28 How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?
Big Red Machine is an indie supergroup with Aaron Dessner (of The National) and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). In the 1970's, the Cincinnati Reds had a strong winning streak that led to back to back World Series titles in 1975 and 1976, earning the nickname, The Big Red Machine. Aaron and his twin brother Bryce (also of The National) were born in Cincinnati in 1976; flash forward to 2008, Dessner messaged Justin on MySpace to see if he'd be interested in collaborating together. Then he sent Justin a song which he named 'Big Red Machine'. Once said collaboration was confirmed, that name stuck for the supergroup.
Out with their second effort together, How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?, both musicians have made names for themselves as constant collaborators in music, and this album showcases that. Guests like Robin Pecknold (of Fleet Foxes), Sharon Van Etten, Taylor Swift, Anais Mitchell, Naeem, and more are featured throughout.
The video above is from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, if you peak at the drummer you'll find Minnesota's own, JT Bates on the drums!
Tune in to KAXE/KBXE this next week to hear more from How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last? by Big Red Machine.