Despite today’s snow, spring is officially here, and new music seems to be popping up on the Nippertown music scene faster than the crocuses are blossoming.
Here’s a little sampling of some of the sparkling sounds coming our way soon:
HONEY EAR TRIO: Woodstock saxman Erik Lawrence is probably best known as one of the fierce hornmen in the Levon Helm Band, but he also teaches at Williams College in Williamstown. This new three-piece outfit finds Lawrence teaming up with Rene Hart (bass, electronics) and Allison Miller (drums), and their debut album, “Steampunk Serenade” on Foxhaven Records, lands in stores on Tuesday. The album features 13 eclectic tracks, including a beautifully strange, otherworldly rendition of “Over the Rainbow.” The Honey Ear Trio will be performing at the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro on Friday, April 29.
PRIMA: The Albany rockers have been hard at work with Carl Blackwood at Warming Room Recording Studio in Albany, recording their new CD, “Tilting at Windmills.” The follow-up to the rockers’ EP “Details,” the new seven-song CD was mastered by Alan Douches, and it’s finally ready to see the light of day. Prima celebrates the occasion with a catered bash at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Saturday (March 26). They’ll be joined by the Red Lions, the City Never Sleeps and Pillowhead. Admission is $7, and the first 30 paid admissions through the door will get a free copy of “Tilting at Windmills.” Prima will also be recording the show for an upcoming live EP. The band will also be playing a showcase at Red Square in Albany at 6:30pm on Sunday, sharing the bill with Jeff Nichol, Charlie Phillips, Client Nine, Halliday and others. Tix are $8 in advance; $12 at the door.
PHIL TEUMIM: The Delmar singer-songwriter has been recording his debut album at Mark Dann’s Studio in Woodstock. The album, “All Over the Map,” includes 15 original songs by Teumim, who accompanies himself on banjo, guitar and various hand percussion instruments. Additional musical contributions on the album come from Bill Spence (hammered dulcimer), John Roberts (concertina) and the acoustic trio Gathering Time (backing vocals). Teumim – who is also president of Old Songs – will celebrate the album’s release with a concert at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 2. He will be joined by several guests musicians from the Capital Region. The concert is a benefit for B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation, and tix are $10 in advance; $12 at the door; maximum per family $25 in advance; $30 at the door; free for children age five and under.
LOST RADIO ROUNDERS: The vintage Americana duo of Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck is gearing up for the release of their new live album, “The Sunny Side,” a collection of a dozen classic songs by the Original Carter Family. The twosome are joined by Altamont roots singer-songwriter Kyle Miller on harmonica, mandolin, guitar and vocals. The album was recorded live at the St. James Church in Gloversville back in January. Lost Radio Rounders will celebrate the CD’s release with a show at the Hudson River Coffee House in Albany at 7pm on Saturday, April 9, sharing the bill with C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils. Suggested donation is $5.
SGT. DUNBAR & THE HOBO BANNED: If it seems like just a couple of weeks ago that the Hobo Banned released a new full-length album, well, that’s because it was. At their tour send-off show at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany earlier this month, they celebrated the release of their new disc, “Twelve Horse Riding Songs,” engineered by Frank Moscowitz at Collar City Sound in Troy and mastered by Nick DeVivo at Silvertone Mastering in Cohoes. But they’ve still got more up their collective recording sleeve. The Banned has already recorded a follow-up – a four-song seven-inch vinyl EP, which they recorded at B3nson Headquarters in Albany. The seven-incher is title “Amnesia Moon, Vol. 1,” and it marks the B3nson Recording Company’s first foray into the world of vinyl. Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned celebrates the release of “Amnesia Moon” with a homecoming bash at Valentine’s Music Hall on Sunday, April 10.
JOHN BRODEUR: This spring power-popmeister Brodeur is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the release of his one-man 2001 album “Tiger Pop.” In celebration, he’s releasing “Tiger Pop Ten,” a double-disc set that features the original CD, as well as a new, recently recorded version of the album plus one bonus song “Masterpiece.” Among the musicians contributing to the new recordings are pianist Adrian Cohen, bassists Keith Hosmer and Jennifer McCarron, drummers Meghan Tully and Jason Schultz and guitarist Eric Halder. The official release date is Tuesday, April 5, and Brodeur will be celebrating with a Nippertown CD release party at the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday, May 21.