Bid on a Baby Taylor signed by … WOW!

November 4th, 2009, 4:07 pm by Sara

BabyTaylorMichael Eck just sent this along – I would have posted it earlier but I just spent the past 1/2 hour listening to different versions of A Million Miles Away, one of the greatest songs of all time, on Youtube.

On January 15 of this year, the great American songwriter Peter Case underwent emergency open-heart surgery. The operation was successful and Case is well on the mend, but the medical bills – as they are for so many uninsured musicians – are staggering.

In support, a group of Case’s friends joined together to create the Hidden Love Medical Relief Fund, and they have been employing various methods to raise funds for Case’s cause. Among these was a three-night May concert series at McCabe’s in Los Angeles featuring a truly mind-boggling array of talent including Loudon Wainwright III, T Bone Burnett, Van Dyke Parks, Dave Alvin, Stan Ridgway, Bob Neuwirth, Joe Henry, Katie Melua, Geoff Muldaur, Sam Phillips, Carla Olsen, Syd Straw, Leland Sklar, Grant Geissman, Eddie Munoz, Ron Franklin, The Dark Bob, Phranc, George Gerdes and Inara George.

That evening a Taylor Big Baby guitar was brought out of its case and signed by all of the performers. That instrument is now being auctioned on eBay as an additional fundraiser for Peter. It’s a chance to own a piece of history while also honoring the man behind such closet classics as “A Walk in The Woods,” “Old Part of Town,” “Cold Trail Blues” and The Plimsouls’ “A Million Miles Away.”

Case’s songs have also been covered by a litany of performers like Alejandro Escovedo, James McMurtry, Chris Smither, John Prine, Joe Ely, Richard Buckner and Chuck Prophet, all – tellingly – know for being pretty serious songwriters themselves.

Click here to bid (or maybe just gaze in wonderment). Bidding ends Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. PST. Donations can also be made through


Odds & Ends @ the End of the Week

August 28th, 2009, 2:50 pm by Sara

If you’re hooked on any of those dance competition TV shows like “Dancing with the Stars” or “So You Think You Can Dance” or “Stop the Dancefloor, I Wanna Get Off,” you might want to drop by the Arts Center of the Capital Region tonight to see what some serious ballroom dancing looks like in person.

In conjunction with the monthly Troy Night Out arts walk, the ACCR is hosting members of the Capital Region chapter of USA Dance as they demonstrate the rumba, cha-cha, waltz, foxtrot and more at 7pm tonight. Or join in on the dance floor yourself from 6:30-10pm. It’s all free.

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Well-known Battenville painter Robert Nunnelly has a one week exhibition at Gallery 668, Robert Nunnelly: A selection of Paintings and Drawings 1953-2009. The show runs from 8/29 – 9/6 with an artist reception on Saturday, 8/29 from 4-6pm.

Sunday is your last chance to catch the current exhibition, “Afterglow: Four Photographers and the Hand-Held Light,” at Carrie Haddad Photographs in Hudson.

If you drop by at 5pm Saturday, you can catch three of the exhibit’s photographers – Robert Flynt, David Lebe and Gary Schneider – discussing their work and process in the latest installment of the gallery’s ongoing series of Artist Talks.

Can’t make it on Saturday? The Artist Talk will also be streamed online and available as a podcast through WGXC-FM.

The Guitar Army of A Crimson Grail

August 12th, 2009, 1:20 pm by Sara

As we noted previously, former Nippertown resident Richard Lainhart was one of the 200 guitarists in last Saturday’s performance of Rhys Chatham’s Crimson Grail at outdoors at Lincoln Center. It looks like it was a great show:

Video and photos on Big Ass Lens

Artforum review and photos by Andrew Hultkrans

A Crimson Grail at Lincoln Center (photo by BAL)

A Crimson Grail at Lincoln Center (photo by BAL)

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