Review and photographs by Timothy Reidy
Set Length: 90 minutes
M.R. Poulopoulos played a generally quiet set for a full audience at More Bread and Jam in Cohoes on Saturday, October 20. The night began with him and John Rice (from Red Haired Strangers) on slide acoustic guitar for a couple of tunes, including “Sweepin’.”
Then he got together with his four-piece band that includes John Rice, Roger Noyes (from Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen, the Arch Stanton Quartet, Grainbelt) and Tommy Krebs (Alta Mira), all of whom plan to record an album with M.R. soon. The next songs started with some quiet tunes “Hard Times” and “Skeleton Dream,” getting steadily louder and finishing up with “White Line.”
The duo started up again for a couple more songs, “Pepper Dish” and a strong instrumental section on the second.
For the final section of songs, the quartet got into a couple of honky-tonk-styled songs, “Advice from an Old Man” and “Comanche Moon,” which showcased the strong steel guitar work of Roger Noyes. “Harvest the Heart,” a train ride song, showed the roots focus of what was presented. M.R.’s backing band played well – especially the slide guitar work – but was very quiet, and I did not get enough noise from Tommy Krebs.
It was a great evening full of smiles and familiar faces on a nice Saturday in Cohoes.