Photographs and video by Timothy Reidy
Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen were celebrating the release of their new sophomore album, Bound for Abiquiu, at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany, and the evening harkened back to the bi-weekly Americana Tuesday Night concert series that the band used to host at Valentine’s.
There was, of course, plenty of good pickin’ and singin’, not only from Johnson & the Sidemen, but also from like-minded bands Driftwood and Grassroots Rebels, who shared the bill for the celebration.
Vocalist-guitarist Dan Johnson – a former Nippertonian who now makes his home in Vermont – has penned an impressive collection of original tunes ring out with rare honesty, and the band – bassist Pete Murphy, pedal steel player Roger Noyes and Brian Elsenbeck on accordion and banjo – kept things at once organic and exciting. And Claire Byrne of Driftwood even joined the Sidemen on stage to lend her vocals to “Baton Rouge.”
Susan Rice’s review at Upstate Live
NOTE: Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen return to town on Saturday (June 8) to play at the Rhythm on the Ridge roots music festival at Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam. The two-day fest kicks off at 11:30am on Saturday with performances throughout the day by the host band Flood Road, as well as Red Haired Strangers, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Matt Durfee and lots more. Two-day, all-festival tickets are $13 in advance; $15 at the gate. Sunday-only tickets are $5. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by a paid adult admission. BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE tickets to four – count ‘em, 4 – lucky Nippertown readers! To enter the contest, just GO HERE…