Review by Wes Seneca
Photographs by Amaal Yehia
To those who have followed his three decade musical journey, it came as no surprise that Michael Eck was performing on his 49th birthday. The Jug Stomper, solo artist and Frank Jaklitsch sideman joined his Lost Radio Rounders cohort Tom Lindsay in the Old Chapel of McKownville United Methodist Church in Albany for the finale of the 2013 Third Friday Charity Concert Series. The concert was a sing-along program which also featured multi-instrumentalist Mike Kelley (the Sharks, Blotto) and percussionist Sam Zucchini (the Zucchini Brothers, Rodeo Barons).
Zucchini transitioned to guitarist and vocalist for Gary Davis’ “I Belong to the Band,” and second set opener “Angel Roll the Stone Away.” Mike Kelley’s vocals and dobro were featured on “Jesus on the Mainline,” and he and Rounder Tom Lindsay shared harmonies on “Kneel at the Cross.” Some of the biggest cheers of the evening came after Kelley’s performances at the Old Chapel’s upright piano.
Vocalist Kim Kilby was an unannounced (but most welcome) addition to the program. In 2012, Kilby was part of the Third Friday Charity Concert that yielded the Lost Radio Rounders & Friends live CD, Heaven’s Radio. Kilby sang both of her featured tracks from that album and also shared vocals with Lindsay on “Weary Prodigal Son.”
Back in February, violinist Joe Gumpper and vocalist Amaal Yehia helped kick off the 2013 edition of the series and more than $600 was raised for a Mohawk Valley family with a terminally ill infant. In March, dobro ace Kevin Maul and the Nellies’ bandleader Peggy Lecuyer helped raise funds for an area summer camp. Pastor Steve Butler of McKownville U.M.C. stated that proceeds from the April 19 concert would aid in the ongoing Hurricane Sandy relief.
The concert series, which is a joint venture of McKownville’s Fellowship and Growth Team and Lost Radio Rounders, began in 2010. Lindsay stated that 62 different songs were performed during this year’s series, “63, if you count singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Mr. Eck tonight!”