LIVE: The Zac Brown Band @ SPAC, 8/24/14

August 28th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

Zac Brown Band

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

No question about it, the Zac Brown Band is one of the biggest groups on the today’s contemporary country circuit, and they delivered a two-hour super-smackdown of a concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs last weekend.

But their concert – which included a number of cover songs stretching from Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” to Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” (without a piano, by the way) – also begs the question: Just how do you define country music these days?

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LIVE: Tokyo Police Club @ Jillian’s, 4/5/11

April 15th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg
Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club

The Tokyo Police Club rolled into Jillian’s last week in support of their sophomore album, “Champ,” and proved why they are one of the brightest lights on Canada’s indie-rock scene.

Although the Toronto-area rockers released their album debut, “Elephant Shell,” just three years ago, the quirky quartet’s gig list already includes slots at many of the most prestigious, high-profile music fests around the world, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, the Glastonbury Festival, the Roskilde Festival and Bonnaroo.

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In the Studio With Michael Benedict, Part II

February 8th, 2011, 1:10 pm by Greg
In the studio with Michael Benedict

The tune rolls forward beautifully. A round robin of inspired solos is passed from one musician to another, and then the jazz classic “Whistle Stop” comes to a close.

As the last note hangs in the air, the session’s engineer Ace Parkhurst quickly turns to producer Tom Bellino and says, “The drums are coming in through the piano.” Bellino nods in agreement, answering with a sigh, “Yeah, I know. I heard that, too.”

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Live: Dailey & Vincent @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 11/19/10

November 29th, 2010, 2:00 pm by Greg

Dailey & Vincent

If Bill Monroe is the father of bluegrass music, then Dailey & Vincent and their fine group are all his grandchildren.

Guitarist and vocalist Jamie Dailey in partnership with upright bassist-vocalist Darrin Vincent have made a big splash on the national bluegrass scene since they hooked up together in Nashville just a few years ago. The boys have racked up a ton of awards and released three CDs to critical acclaim.

Paying their dues and honing their craft – Dailey as a member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Vincent as a member of Ricky Skaggs’ Kentucky Thunder – these two veteran Nashville cats have combined their road-tested talents to form a bluegrass super-group under their own names. They even got Cracker Barrel to sponsor their current tour and their latest CD tribute to the Statler Brothers.

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