NAME: Dave Nelson
BAND AFFILIATION: Nelson Patton
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Texas Flood
NAME: Mike Grundy
BAND AFFILIATION: The Last Conspirators
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I got Meet the Beatles for Christmas when I was in elementary school. I remember being pissed it didn’t have the cutouts like Sgt. Pepper did. Dad had a pretty big record collection: classical, jazz, Broadway cast recordings. Mom listened to the Beatles and Herb Alpert a lot. I’m pretty sure the first one I pulled my own money out for was Back in Black by AC/DC.
“It was ‘Penny Lane’ by the Beatles. I bought it for my girlfriend. I don’t even have it. I gave it away immediately.
But the first record that I bought for myself was probably ‘Walk Away Renee’ by the Left Banke. Yeah, that was the first one. I paid 74 cents for it.”
His playing has been heard on over 2,000 albums, garnering him 13 Grammy Awards, three Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year awards, a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. Dobro master Jerry Douglas leads his band into Nippertown for two shows this week. At 8pm on Wednesday (August 6), he’ll step into the spotlight at Club Helsinki in Hudson ($30). And at 8pm on Friday (August 8), he’ll take over the Swyer Theatre at The Egg in Albany ($28).
Review and photograph by Ross Marvin
By the time the Baseball Project roared into Hudson on Wednesday, they had played more than a double-header, appearing on “The Dan Patrick Show” and later on WAMC-FM (lunch was apparently quinoa burgers at Howard Glassman’s the Low Beat) before cruising south to Club Helsinki.
Despite the long day, the veteran rockers played with the spirit of newly signed bonus babies. Keyboardist Josh Kantor (who is also the official organist of the Boston Red Sox) threw the first pitch with some tasty ballpark sounds on his B3, and the band – Scott McCaughey (guitar/vocals), Steve Wynn (guitar/vocals), Mike Mills (bass/vocals) and Linda Pitmon (drums) – took the stage like the home team in the top of the first (OK, OK, enough of the baseball puns, but I could go all night).
For anyone who doesn’t know, this indie supergroup has released three albums of story songs about America’s pastime. From the obscure (Doc Ellis’ ejection for hitting three Cincinnati Reds in a row) to the infamous (A-Rod and Pete Rose), the band is a dream come true for those true blue-blooded Americans who love their baseball with a side dish of power pop.
Story, photographs and video by Timothy Reidy
On a recent Saturday, a group of us went on a travel adventure. Last year, I had as similar day trip to Hudson, but this was better planned and had more going for it. For All Over Albany’s Rail, River, Hudson Tour, there were enough folks to pack both buses from Albany to the Rensselaer train station. The group was orderly packed in the train, too, and had a nice day to go south to Hudson.
NAME: Ruby Stinson
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Fugees’ The Score
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Cher! She was also my mom’s first concert.
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … My first instrument was the viola. I was never really that great, but I stuck with it until high school.
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “I Am the Cute One” by the Olsen Twins for a Filipino talent show.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … I was in a girl group called R&B Divas in the sixth grade. I don’t think we ever had an official performance, but we sang a lot of Divine and Destiny’s Child songs, a true kid of the ’90s.
Ruby Stinson will team up with her dad Tommy Stinson (who plays bass for Guns ‘n Roses and the Replacements) for the FarmOn! Hoedown at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 7pm on Friday (July 18). Headlining the benefit for the FarmOn! Foundation will be another second generation musician, Willie Nelson’s son, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, who made quite an impression at SPAC last September at Farm Aid. The Liana Gabel Band will open the show. Tickets are $50 for general admission; $75 for reserved VIP.
NAME: Karen Cole
BAND AFFILIATION: The Dust Bowl Faeries
INSTRUMENT: Lap steel guitar / percussion / vocals
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I had a lot of 45s earlier, but the first two albums I remember actually buying were Donovan’s Greatest Hits and The Best of the Bee Gees, the one with the yellow cover.
Review and photograph by Joel Reed
Just before Many Arms crashed into “Surface of Last Standing,” the first song of their set at the Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson, someone who’d been enjoying the evening too much had a request: “Play Jimi! I love Jimi Hendrix! I know you can do it – ‘The Wind Cried Mary!’”
He was right – of course they could. Nick Millevoi (guitar), Johnny DeBlase (bass) and Ricardo Lagomasino (drums) have the chops to play anything, but in their own way. Saxophonist Colin Fisher, joining the group for this tour and on Suspended Definition, Many Arms’ latest release from John Zorn’s Tzadik label, responded that they’ll play all of Hendrix mashed-up, condensed and backwards.