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LIVE: Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen @ Valentine’s, 5/23/13

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
 Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen

Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen

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.

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Nipper’s News: Brian Patneaude, Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen, Ramblin Jug Stompers

Monday, January 9th, 2012

BRIAN PATNEAUDE:
Albany’s premier sax master Brian Patneaude recently brought his band – David Caldwell-Mason on piano and Fender Rhodes; Mike DelPrete on acoustic bass; and Danny Whelchel on drums and percussion – to Cotton Hill Studios in Albany. The upcoming album – Patneaude’s fifth as a bandleader – is titled “All Around Us” and features a half dozen original compositions, as well as arrangements of Wayne Shorter’s “Juju” and Bronislaw Kaper’s “Invitation.” The album was mixed at Bender Studios in Delmar and will be mastered by Scott Petito at NRS Studios in Catskill. It’s slated for release on WEPA Records, and Patneaude and his band will celebrate the release of the new album with a high-profile concert at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 3. Tix are $10.

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LIVE: Americana Tuesdays @ Valentine’s, 3/8/11

Friday, March 11th, 2011
Michael Eck

Michael Eck

The Americana Tuesdays series continues to roll on at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany, and we stopped by last Tuesdays to check it out. The brainchild of Dan Johnson, the rollicking roots-music shebang has hosted performances by North Carolina’s Woody Pines and Nippertown’s Blackwell Sinners in recent weeks.

Last Tuesday’s show proved to be a solid winner, too. Host band Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen opened up the evening with an introductory set, followed by man-about-town Michael Eck. Then Schenectady’s Uncle Bootsy stirred things up with a fine solo set, and Johnson and the boys returned to the stage to wrap it up with a closing set.

It’s kind of like Nippertown’s own little Grand Ole Opry – country music and bluegrass, with some folk, old-timey and blues to spice things up a bit. In addition to plenty of sparkling original tunes, the musicians also dipped into the rich songbags of such folks as Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams and Peter Case along the way. Since Tuesday was Mardi Gras, it seemed especially appropriate that Johnson led his band through a rousing rendition of Williams’ classic “Jambalaya.” Indeed, it was “some fun on the bayou.”

And it turns out that Americana Tuesdays make for some great networking opportunities as well. It seemed as though half of the crowd was made up of other area like-minded musicians.

You can hear Uncle Bootsy at the Moon & River Cafe in Schenectady at 8pm on Tuesday, March 22. Michael Eck will be sharing the stage with one of his musical heroes, Peter Case, at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Wednesday, March 23. And, of course, Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen will be right back at Valentine’s at 8pm on Tuesday for another Americana Tuesday – with special guest M.R. Poulopoulos.

Photographs by Jason Lehr.

Dan Johnson and Dave Walsh

Dan Johnson and Dave Walsh

Uncle Bootsy

Uncle Bootsy

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