Nipper’s News: Grainbelt, Mike + Ruthy, Girls of Porn…

March 6th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg
Grainbelt

Grainbelt

GRAINBELT
It’s been a long time comin’, but the Albany cowpunksters are finally delivering their sophomore album, “A Distant Sound.” Led by the omni-present Howe Glassman (who also runs Valentine’s Music Hall and hosts “The Fabulous Sounds” on WEXT-FM), the band brings their latest recruit (pedal steel player Roger Noyes) and their beer-battered twang ‘n’ roll sound to Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Saturday (March 10) in celebration of the release of their long-awaited follow-up to “Trouble Comin’ Down.” Tix for the CD party at $12 in advance; $14 at the door.

But as they say in the commercials, BUT WAIT, There’s more… Grainbelt – which also features guitarist Jason Hughes, drummer Jimmy “The Kid” Kaufman and bassist Chris Blackwell – has also contributed a new tune to the benefit compilation album, “Chorus vs. Solos: A Tribute to Charlie Chesterman.” The compilation features covers of tunes penned by Scruffy the Cat bandleader Chesterman, who is recovering from a battle with cancer. The album is bursting with a whopping two dozen nuggets from such fab folks as Occasional Milkshake (featuring Hootie & the Blowfish’s Mark Bryan and the db’s Peter Holsapple), the Farewells, Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents, Letters to Cleo, Classic Ruins, the Ray Mason Band, Young Fresh Fellows and lots more. Grainbelt weighs in on a chugging rendition of “My Friend Ringo.”

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MIKE + RUTHY
The dynamic acoustic Americana duo rolls into the Kleinert-James Arts Center in Woodstock at 8:30pm on Saturday for a special pre-release celebration of their new disc, “The NYC EP.” The centerpiece of the seven-song EP – which won’t see its official release til Tuesday, April 17 – is Mike + Ruthy’s newly re-crafted Woody Guthrie ballad, “My New York City.” For their hometown Woodstock show, the duo will be joined by a number of musical friends including Elizabeth Mitchell and Dan Littleton of Ida, as well as Sarah Lee Guthrie and their Mammals bandmate, Jacob Silver. Tix are $15, and proceeds for the concert will benefit the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s ongoing arts programming.

GIRLS OF PORN
The all-male quartet of sonic experimentalists – singer Christian Bulmer, guitarist Mike Robbins, drummer Josh Coletto and bassist Max Wolff – has been holed up in Don Fury’s Troy recording studio lately – see Kirsten Ferguson’s recent story in Metroland – but they’re ready to hit the road once again, embarking on their third national tour in as many years. As currently scheduled, the band’s two-week tour will take them as far south as Florida and as far west as St. Louis, with some dates yet to be filled in.

But before Girls of Porn head out of town, they’re invading the Upstate Artists Guild in Albany at 8pm on Friday (March 9) for a tour kick-off bash that will also feature Monster Movie, Planet Eater, Century Plants and DJ Eric Savage. Admission is $4. Safe travelling, guys…