Be Here Now: Sean Rowe’s “Exile On Abbey Road” @ the Bread & Jam Cafe, 7/16/10

July 15th, 2010, 1:52 pm by Greg

Sean Rowe (photo by Leif Zurmuhlen)

(photo by Leif Zurmuhlen)

Supremely soulful singer-songwriter Sean Rowe has something a little extra up his sleeve when he takes the stage at the Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes on Friday night.

He’s calling it “Exile On Abbey Road,” and – yeah, you guessed it – it’s going to be an evening of Sean playing tunes from the vast catalogs of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.

“I’ve always considered the two bands to have this sort of primal vs. cosmic dichotomy, as if they somehow represented the separate but complimentary sides of the brain,” Rowe explains. “I don’t have much of an interest in ‘cover bands’ per se, but I thought it would be cool to dedicate a night to cover these two huge influences.”

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Five Firsts: Kim Noyes of Tern Rounders

July 15th, 2010, 11:45 am by Greg

Kim NoyesNAME: Kim Noyes
INSTRUMENT: Vocals, Guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Well, I didn’t actually make this purchase myself, but I must have been about six years old, and I vividly remember begging my dad to buy me the Beatles’ song “Do You Want to Know A Secret.” At that time, we couldn’t find it as a single, so he ended up buying me the full-length vinyl album “Please, Please Me,” which was awesome because I loved every song on that album. And, proving once again, that it is never too early to begin a lifelong appreciation of the Beatles. I mean, I had already lost six good Beatles-listening years!

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … In 1993, the Spin Doctors with Soul Asylum and Screaming Trees at the Lakewood Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA (my hometown). I was with my friend (by choice) and my mom and her friend (“accompanying” the minors).

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CD: Mike Grutka’s “Ria”

June 2nd, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

Mike Grutka: Ria(MDSM Records, 2009):

The Saratoga Springs singer-songwriter Mike Grutka describes his sound as “acoustic-based funky modern roots rock ‘n roll,” which sure as hell covers a lot of bases, but does manage to narrow down the scope of things at least a bit.

Grutka’s got some serious talent – but with this debut he wasn’t quite ready to tackle the whole magilla himself. Yes, this is a one-man project – he wrote the tunes, played and sang everything, recorded the album, produced it and snapped the photos for the album cover artwork as well.

It’s an admirable ambition to present your unique artistic vision – whether it’s music, film, canvas, whatever – without diluting it with creative compromise by bringing collaborators into the picture. And Grutka comes pretty damn close to pulling it off with this disc.

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