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LIVE: The Foghorn Stringband @ The Linda, 3/27/15

Monday, April 27th, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Credited for igniting the renaissance of old-timey music in the Northwest, the Oregon-based Foghorn Stringband brought their self-described “ass kickin’, redneck stringband music” east to Nippertown for a wild ‘n’ woolly concert at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany.

With seven albums under their collective belt, the foot-stompin’ quartet – Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle), Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar), Yukon-based Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) and Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo) – certainly had no shortage of material to pull from during their Albany concert, and not surprisingly much of their focus was on selections from their brand new album, Devil in the Seat.

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LIVE: Wooden Dinosaur @ Crandall Public Library, 4/9/15

Friday, April 24th, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Brattleboro folk-rockers Wooden Dinosaur rolled into Glens Falls recently as part of the Crandall Public Library’s Live! Folklife Concert Series.

Led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Michael Roberts, Wooden Dinosaur took the stage as a stripped-down three-piece combo focusing on selections from Rhubarb Wine, their third album as a full band.

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LIVE: Citizen Cope @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 4/1/15

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

When Citizen Cope brought his solo acoustic show to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall earlier this month, we had no idea that it was just the beginning of several concerts that he’s be performing around Greater Nippertown.

But since his Music Hall performance, it’s been announced that he would also be playing with his band at the Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival in Croton Point on Saturday, June 20, in addition to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with Counting Crows and Hollis Brown on Tuesday, September 1.

But, of course, those shows won’t be anything like the warm, soulful performance at the intimate and acoustically spakling Troy Savings Bank Music Hall…

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LIVE: Gregory Alan Isakov @ The Egg, 4/10/15

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Colorado-based singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov brought his band into The Egg in Albany recently for his Nippertown concert debut. With songs that told the story of miles, landscapes and the search for a sense of place, Isakov focused primarily on selections from his most recent album, The Weatherman. Americana favorite Jolie Holland opened the concert.

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LIVE: The Steel Wheels @ Caffe Lena, 3/30/15

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

There aren’t many guarantees in the fickle music biz, but if there’s one thing for certain, it’s this: When the Steel Wheels roll into Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, you’d better get your tickets early.

The four-piece, harmony-laden Americana stringband from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia returned to the Spa City’s venerable coffeehouse on a recent Monday night for their third annual appearance. And just like their previous two performances, this one was completely sold out well in advance of the concert.

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LIVE: Chuck Pyle @ Caffe Lena, 3/27/15

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

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Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

From Colorado, Chuck Pyle is a down to earth, warm and sincere singer, songwriter and storyteller. At his recent concert at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, the self-proclaimed “Zen Cowboy” weaved simple guitar melodies with complex and sometimes acute observations about everything from bumper-sticker philosophy to the ever-changing socio-political landscape of the country.

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LIVE: Joan Armatrading @ The Egg, 4/12/15

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

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Review by Steven Stock
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Early in her knockout performance at The Egg Sunday night Joan Armatrading mentioned that this was the 125th date on what’s billed as her “last major worldwide tour.” She joked about being weary and promised to try something new: a very short set. Then Armatrading proceeded to take a rapt audience through what was essentially a guided tour (complete with slideshow) of her marvelous 43-year career, betraying absolutely no hint of road fatigue.

For this tour Armatrading performed solo but with a couple of technical enhancements. A mid-sized video screen hung center-stage, and while she sang “City Girl” from her 1972 debut, stock footage of highways and skyscrapers were projected, later overlaid with new-agey washes of colors and patterns. To my mind the videos were neither compelling nor distracting, but if you ask a contemporary audience to put away their damn cellphones it’s probably wise to provide a substitute pacifier of some sort. The other enhancement was musical: on a few songs, Armatrading deployed pre-recorded backing tapes of synth chords. While the tapes helped highlight Armatrading’s harmonic sophistication, like the videos they weren’t really needed.

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LIVE: Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba @ The Egg, 3/21/15

Monday, April 13th, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Following her magnificent 2013 performance at Lake George’s Jazz at the Lake festival in celebration of the release of 2-CD set 30 Years: A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America, pianist-composer Michele Rosewoman brought her New Yor-Uba band back to Nippertown for another brilliant concert at The Egg in Albany last month.

With her 11-piece New Yor-Uba band – including Schenectady native and former UAlbany student Gregg August on bass – Rosewoman blended modern jazz, sophisticated funk, dynamic electric fusion with distinctive elements of Cuban folkloric music to create a unique and electrifying musical experience for all.

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