December 17th, 2009, 3:03 pm by Sara
November 23rd, 2009, 1:30 pm by Greg
“Actually, for some reason, the first one that comes to mind is ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.’ I don’t know why, but that really seems like one of the first ones.
If it wasn’t that, it was probably a Bill Cosby record, believe it or not. I really liked the first three Bill Cosby albums – ‘Why Is There Air?,’ ‘I Started Out as a Child’ and one other one. I just had to learn all of those. And then there was George Carlin.
But I think it was ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ when I actually remember saying, ‘We’ve got to get this record.’ But my sisters usually bought all of the records, so I just kind of glommed off of them.”
Singer-guitarist-radio host John Pizzarelli steps into the spotlight at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass. at 8pm on Friday (December 18). He’ll be accompanied by his bassist/brother Martin Pizzarelli, drummer Tony Tedesco and pianist Larry Fuller.
Pizzarelli is also slated to drop by and step up to the microphone at the teeny, tiny studios of WBCR-LP to chat live on the air with “The Splatto Festival” host Paul Rapp during the show’s “bad Christmas music” special, “X-Mas From Hell ’09, Part II,” broadcast from 3-5pm on Friday. This ought to be good. In Great Barrington, you can listen live at 97.7 FM, or you can get a live stream on your computer at berkshireradio.org. Donations are greatly appreciated, of course.
September 30th, 2009, 11:19 am by Greg
“The first record I ever bought was by Chet Atkins called ‘Teensville.’ I wanted to play like Chet Atkins after that – a bit of country, a bit of blues.”
Leader of legendary British rockers the Kinks, Ray Davies and his band make a tour stop tonight (Monday, November 23) at The Egg in Albany. Christina Courtin opens the show.
September 29th, 2009, 12:37 pm by Greg
“I think the first record that I bought was a 45 of ‘Eleanor Rigby’ with ‘Yellow Submarine’ on the other side.
Album-wise, I think it was probably Joni Mitchell. Music sort of filtered in and out of the house – and I listened at friends’ houses – but she was probably the first person that I got turned onto and felt that she had a whole new slant on this whole songwriting business that was both decidedly female and very musical. She had a sense of humor, and the music was very interesting.
I had probably already bought some Simon and Garfunkel albums or something. You know, we’re talking the ’60s here. So I was already writing songs at the time, but they were more like angst-ridden songs by an adolescent who had no life experience, but wanted to write as though I did.
When I heard Joni Mitchell, I thought, ‘Oh, that’s what I want to do. That’s very cool.’ ”
Patty Larkin teams up with Lucy Kaplansky for a singer-songwriter double-bill at the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady. The performance begins at 7:30pm on Friday, October 2 in Proctors’ GE Theatre.
September 17th, 2009, 12:05 pm by Sara
Edgar Meyer (right) with Bela Fleck
“It would have been Elton John probably. Yeah, the one with ‘Candle in the Wind.’ What was that called? Right, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.’
You see, my father had an extensive collection, so the first ones that I bought were popular music. But I grew up with a wonderful classical and jazz collection, and that’s my first attachment. When I bought them for myself, the first thing that I bought was some Elton John record, I believe, when I was in the seventh or eighth grade.
I guess the point that I’m trying to make is that that was very late in my personal development because I was so involved with music from such a young age. And my father’s collection really sufficed for a long time.”
Classical and bluegrass composer-bassist Edgar Meyer teams up with banjo master Bela Fleck and tabla wizard Zakir Hussain for an innovative evening of adventurous music at The Egg in Albany on Saturday, October 3.
August 4th, 2009, 2:18 pm by Sara
“I don’t really remember what I bought, but I remember the first records that I ever heard was a collection of recordings by Paul Robeson and Fats Waller. Those are the albums that I remember. And the folk songs of the Spanish Civil War. That will tell you a lot about my background.”
(Drawing by Charles H. Haymes.)
July 23rd, 2009, 4:01 pm by Sara
“Back in those days, there weren’t really albums. When I was a kid there were 78s. Well, yeah, I guess there were actually albums even back then. I don’t know what they were made out of, but they sure were heavy. I wasn’t into buying albums back then, though.
My brother Art worked at a record shop, and he used to bring all records home. My dad used to buy stuff like Nat King Cole, Charles Brown and Louis Jordan, but Art used to buy all of the doo-wop stuff like the Clovers, Billy Ward and the Dominoes, Clyde McPhatter, Sonny Till and the Orioles, Pooky Hudson and the Spaniels and the Midnighters.
I didn’t really buy albums back in those days, but I did buy quite a few singles. I’m really not sure, but maybe the first record that I bought myself might have been ‘Earth Angel’ by the Penguins. You could say that I came up in the college of doo-wop-ology.”
Aaron Neville, his brothers and their band play a free concert as part of the Alive @ Five concert series in Albany’s Riverfront Park at 5pm Thursday, August 6.
July 13th, 2009, 4:01 pm by Greg
“I remember the first single. It was ‘The Closer You Are’ by the Channels on the Whirling Disc label. I believe that my choices were either that one or ‘Autumn Leaves’ by Roger Williams.
So I went for the Channels because it was the blacker record. I guess you could say it was the equivalent of hip-hop today. Even the label was black. That’s a great record, too. I think it’s on one of those Rhino doo-wop box sets.
And I still have that single today. It would take some digging to find it because there’s about 3,999 other ones in my collection, but it’s in there. I think I probably own about 10,000 albums, 4,000 singles and about 3,500 CDs.
And now that I think about it, I think the first album I got was the second Elvis album. Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s what it was.”
Al Kooper leads his current band, the Funky Faculty, into The Egg in Albany on Saturday, July 25 for a double-bill with Dr. John & the Lower 911.
“When I was growing up, we had some 45s and 78s around the house of Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers, and I used to play them all the time.
And my sister – who’s four or five years older than me – well, I know that the first album that she bought was the Beatles, their first album, and we used to listen to them a lot.
But the first album that I can remember actually going in and buying myself was a Flatt and Scruggs record. Of course, in the town in eastern Kentucky where I grew up, the stores where we bought groceries didn’t sell music. You had to go 25 or 30 miles to Grayson and Louise, Kentucky – the county seat of Lawrence County – to buy records.
But I also remember that I happened to be up there in Columbus, Ohio with my dad one time visiting some relatives or something, and we stopped into a music store downtown on High Street. I just went ballistic, totally nuts. I was just begging him, ‘Dad, can we buy this?’
At the time, albums were five or six dollars apiece, which was a pretty good little chunk. But I remember him buying me eight or ten Stanley Brothers albums. That’s all I bought. I didn’t buy anybody else’s records. Nothing but Carter and Ralph’s.”
Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder headline the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival at Walsh Farm in Oak Hill on Saturday, July 18. The fest runs from Thursday-Sunday, July 16-19 featuring such performers as Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, the David Bromberg Quartet, the Del McCoury Band, the Tim O’Brien Band, the Gibson Brothers, King Wilkie, Crooked Still and more.