Florida is notorious for many things, both savory and otherwise, but it is not often the music from the state garners attention. Cypress Sessions is a unique program devoted to showcasing the fine musical talent hailing from the Sunshine State. The variety of styles and songs and performers connected to the state is astonishing.
Concerts were filmed in the cozy Squitieri Studio Theater in Gainesville, beautifully designed by Florida artists Evan Galbika and Senta Achee. The subjects were also filmed in a favorite spot in Florida, revealing some of the nuances behind their personalities, their music and their connections to the state.
After filming seven Florida artists performing concerts in the welcoming setting of the Squitieri Studio Theater in 2016, Cypress Sessions will broadcast those episodes on WUFT-TV in Gainesville. The series airs Thursdays at 10pm, starting April 13 while running weekly through May 25.
Cypress Sessions will partner with Heartwood Soundstage to host early screenings at 7pm on the evenings of the air dates. Heartwood is located at 619 S Main Street. It will be a special opportunity to view the episode in this fine location.
Cypress Sessions aims to showcase a broad spectrum of the state’s finest artists. The artists included in the first season represent a small sample of the variety of great music coming from Florida. In this season the show features the sacred steel of the Miami-based Lee Boys; the real blues of Willie Green, from Ocala; the bountiful storytelling songs of Michael Claytor, from Gainesville; the melodious and ever-joyful Currys, from Port St Joe; the ethereal while heavy-hitting Galactic Country of Venus and the Moon, raised in Alachua County; Pensacola’s Jim White weaving tales and tunes from the edges; and the Florida-flavored alt country of Big Shoals, from Gainesville.