LIVE: Kyle Vincent @ Empire State Plaza, 7/8

July 9th, 2009, 12:06 pm by Greg


Power-popster Kyle Vincent served up a short solo acoustic set as the opening act for the Cowsills at the Empire State Plaza’s Food Festival on Wednesday, July 8.

He sat down at the keyboards and introduced “Where You Are” like this: “This one is the title track from my new album. It’s my tenth album. (pause) Yeah, I’ve got 10 albums, and you still don’t know who I am. (pause) It’s a tough business.”

Oh too true…


Be Here Now: Rhythm on the Ridge

June 12th, 2009, 10:05 am by Greg

It’s difficult to come by a better bargain than the Rhythm on the Ridge summer music festival at the Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam on Saturday, June 13.

Organized by J. Peter Yakel of the band Flood Road, the acoustic-roots-bluegrass-Americana-folk fest features sixteen local and regional musical acts from nine different counties on two different stages. It lasts for eight hours – 10am-6pm. Admission is just $10 – with two dollars off if you bring along a canned good or two. Children under 12 are admitted free.

And it all goes to help benefit the Regional Food Bank.

Here’s the schedule:

10am: Happy Balky and the Good Livin’
11am: The Stoddard Hollow String Band
12noon: Ramblin Jug Stompers
1pm: Three Quarter North
2pm: Fairview Avenue
3pm: The Sweet Cider Trio
4pm: The Hill Hollow Band
5pm: Flood Road

10:15am: Roland “The Bard” Vinyard
11:15am: Kevin Wayne
12:15pm: Emerald Dawn
1:15pm: Technicolor Trailer Park
2:15pm: Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh
3:15pm: Tom Keller
4:15pm: Larry Meyerhoff & Bailey Quinn
5:15pm: The Bentwood Rockers

In addition, the fest also hosts several workshop sessions including a songwriters’ workshop headed up by Deb Cavanaugh at 11am and a mandolin session with Mr. Eck and Dan Johnson at 2pm.

ROB JONAS’ “Take Me Anywhere”

June 11th, 2009, 2:51 pm by Greg

No, he’s not one of the long-lost Jonas Brothers.

Americana singer-songwriter Rob Jonas is about to uncork his sophomore CD, “Take Me Anywhere,” with a release party at Valentine’s on Saturday, June 13. Sharing the bill with Jonas will be Sumac and Jo Henley.

While Jonas is best known around Nippertown as a solo acoustic performer, he’s gathered a strong collection of musicians in support on this 12-song disc. Bassist Frank Moscowitz, drummer Steve Candlen, vocalist Katie Haverly, as well as guitarists Albie, Troy Pohl and J.V. Abbey lent their considerable skills to these recordings and the results are impressive.

All but one of the tunes are Jonas originals (the other, “Calm Before the Storm,” was penned by Candlen), and they’re all pretty solid works, often echoing the John Mellencamp brand of heartland rock laced with a bit more shuffle ‘n’ twang. If there’s a drawback to the album, it’s that Jonas’ vocal efforts don’t always live up to his songs and the arrangements.

At the CD release party, Jonas will actually be pulling double-duty. In addition to leading his own band (Moscowitz, the Black Fuel’s Albie and Vox Celeste drummer Pete Sheehan), Jonas will also be playing keyboards in Jeff Burger’s band Sumac.

Admission to Saturday’s celebratory bash is $10, which includes a copy of Jonas’ new disc.

Etc. on Earle

June 1st, 2009, 11:35 am by Greg

Want to read my review of Steve Earle’s Saturday night concert at The Egg? Just go here.

And see the set list below.

My favorite quote that didn’t make it into the Times Union review?

“If this song doesn’t scare the fuck out of you, you are seriously over-medicated” (as an introduction to his dark, minor-key howl through Townes Van Zandt’s “Lungs”).

Earle is also slated to guest on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Wednesday night, June 3.

And he’s slated for another solo acoustic concert at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. at 7:30pm Tuesday, July 14.

STEVE EARLE @ The Egg, 5/30/09
Where I Lead Me
Colorado Girl
Rex’s Blues
Ft. Worth Blues
Pancho & Lefty
Brand New Companion
Tom Ames’ Prayer
Ellis Unit One
Valentine’s Day
More Than I Can Do
Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold (w/Justin Townes Earle)
Sparkle and Shine
Days Are Never Long Enough (w/Allison Moorer)
City of Immigrants (w/Allison Moorer)
The Mountain
To Live Is to Fly
Copperhead Road

SIMON & GARFUNKEL’s “Live 1969”

April 25th, 2009, 10:33 am by Greg

Live 1969

(Columbia Legacy, 2009):
Forty years on, this very impressive live disc finally sees the light of day, and it’s a revelation. Culled from a month-long run of concerts that took place between the recording of the duo’s swansong and masterpiece “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and the album’s release in early 1970, the oh-so-popular folk-rockers sound fresh, vital and downright sparkling – the music showing no signs of the impending split that would leave this as the final S&G tour for more than a dozen years. The first half of the disc features the duo acoustic, while the second half features S&G’s first forays into playing concerts with a backing band (Hal Blaine, Joe Osborn, Larry Knechtel and Fred Carter Jr.). Most of the expected songs are here (including a different verse in “The Boxer”), as well as one non-Simon tune, “That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine,” an Everly Brothers-inspired arrangement of penned by Gene Autry. The sound – originally recorded by Roy Halle and produced for this disc by Coxsackie’s own Bob Irwin – is immaculate throughout, making this a stellar, if long overdue, release.

Simon and Garfunkel: Live 1969

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