Carolyn Kruse

Weekdays 9:00am - 2:00pm

Every once in a while you hear a song so fresh, so alluring, so stimulating that you take it out of the background and move it to the front. You have to listen with intent. You can’t help it. Then you have to listen again. That happened when I clicked on “Like Love Again” from the Boston-based band Copilot. It’s a fun piece of indie/pop. Copilot cooks up a rhythmically rich, massively melodic recipe that’s hard to put down.

Lead singer Maggie Quealy’s vocals are steering this ride with pure power. But it’s only as needed. There are times when she lets the foot off the gas, that’s when the vulnerability shines. And it’s beautiful. But when the band needs to accelerate, she is all in. This band has all cylinders firing, from the instrumentation to the lyrics and harmonies. Copilot has carved their own unique cloud in the bright blue sky of the music world. And it’s a lovely place to land.

  • The Song

    Push play to hear Copilot’s latest release, “Like Love Again” According to the band, the song is about “that feeling where you’ve met someone really special but you’re scared to let your guard down after being hurt in a relationship. You have to break through that last bit of scar tissue from your last heartbreak.”

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  • The Story

    * How did you get your name: Band member Ry McDonald, would take family road trips to Florida every year. His mom and dad would let him stay up late and be the “Copilot” and they show him all their favorite songs.

    * Currently resides in : Boston

    * Hometowns: Norfolk, Plainville, Wolfeboro NH, St. Johnsbury VT

    * Current single: “Like Love Again”

    * How did you come together and when: We came together as fans of each other. We all knew one another from different musical projects/walks of life. College, high school, friends bands etc. A few years ago the 6 of us had the opportunity to play together as a full band and we haven’t looked back since!
    * Band members: Maggie Quealy (vocals), Ry McDonald (vocals, guitar) Jake Machell (vocals, tambourine), Austin Beveridge (bass and former Country 1025 morning show producer), Dylan Allwine (drums), Jack Snow (lead guitar)

    * How would you describe your sound: Roots Rock/Pop

    * Biggest influences: Fleetwood Mac, Lake Street Dive, Bahamas

    * Day jobs: Bank of America (jake), Cardinal Cushing Center Special Needs Teacher (Maggie), Marty’s Fine Wines (Dylan), School of Rock (Austin), Amazon Driver (Jack)

    * Most proud moment: opening for One Republic & Nathaniel Rateliff

    * Crazy thing that happened in your music career: Austin’s amp catching on fire in the Basement of Mt.Washington Hotel while covering Blitzkreig Bop by the Ramones.

    * Fun facts: Ry McDonald won the 2022 New England Music Awards “Song of the Year” with his band Ohyah. Dylan Allwine runs wine tastings around the city. Austin Beveridge mixed one of Ayla Brown’s singles. Maggie Quealy is one of New
    England’s premier softball coaches. Jake Machell may be the best Pokemon Go player in the State.

     

  • The Gig

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  • The Social Network

    Follow Copilot on their social media sites to keep up with music, shows and happenings

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  • Are YOU a Catch?

    Every week, Kruser’s Local Catch highlights New England’s homegrown country music talent, and tells you where to catch them locally and in Nashville. Click here to view previous catches.

    *Singer/songwriters with original music: Please submit for consideration on The Local Catch by emailing: carolyn.kruse@bbgi.com

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