John Sebastian, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

May 14th, 2012, 2:30 pm by Greg
John Sebastian

John Sebastian

“Well, let’s see… You know what’s funny? The first 33 RPM record that I bought, I still have not been able to locate because I don’t remember what it was called or who the artists were. It was a jazz album. It was a kind of a cool jazz album that I bought – maybe I was 13 or 14 years old – and I thought it was very kind of beatnik-y.

Things really started to click for me when I heard `Folsolm Prison Blues’ and tried to find a copy of it. This was when I realized that more than one person can cut the same song. And that the version that I found wasn’t the cool version that I’d heard by Johnny Cash. It was by the Fendermen, instead. And that was a good lesson to learn.

But I’d have to say, though, that what moved me earliest was people like Josh White and Harry Belafonte, who kind of led the way into folk music for me.”

Veteran singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian is lending his musical talents to the “New Yorkers Against Fracking: An Urgent Call to Action” benefit concert at The Egg in Albany at 7pm on Tuesday (May 15). Other musicians slated to perform at the all-star event include Medeski, Martin & Wood, Natalie Merchant, Citizen Cope, the Felice Brothers, Joan Osborne, Tracy Bonham, Toshi Reagon, Dan Zanes, Ida, the Horse Flies, Tamar-Kali, Carl Hancock-Rux, Meshell Ndegeocello, Marc Anthony Thompson and the Ahkwesasne Women Singers. Award winning actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo will co-emcee the concert. Tix are $40 and $150.


LIVE: John Sebastian @ Universal Preservation Hall, 7/29/11

August 3rd, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
John Sebastian

John Sebastian

“You didn’t have to be so nice, I would have liked you anyway…”

John Sebastian is so damned ingratiating in concert that he can make you forget that his once golden voice now possesses merely a shadow of its former glory. Confidant and so relaxed that you’d think he was simply doing some casual picking in your living room, the former frontman for the Lovin’ Spoonful ambled across the stage at the beautiful and funky Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs on Friday night, plugged in his electric guitar and launched into one of those jaunty blues gems from Mississippi John Hurt, “I’m Satisfied.”

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John Sebastian, What Do You Listen to When You Clean the House?

July 26th, 2011, 3:15 pm by Greg
John Sebastian

John Sebastian

“Currently, it’s an oddball compilation that (cartoonist) R. Crumb put together with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels and Gus Cannon and so forth. It’s just an incredible assembly of things I wasn’t really familiar with.”

Veteran singer-songwriter, monster harmonica player former Lovin’ Spoonful bandleader and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian takes the stage for a concert at the Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Friday. Tix are $48.

Live: Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur & John Sebastian @ The Egg, 11/11/10

November 17th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg
Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin and John Sebastian

Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin and John Sebastian

If you’re into jug bands – and, yes, we will readily admit to that – there was no better place to be on the planet than The Egg in Albany on Thursday night.

Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur – two founding members of the grand old Jim Kweskin Jug Band of the ’60s – together again on the same stage. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

Or does it?

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Caffe Lena Photo of the Day

May 19th, 2010, 10:04 am by Greg

Photographer Joe Deuel hasn’t been documenting the performances at Caffe Lena for all of its 50 years, but he’s been there for a long, long time. And in honor of the Caffe’s 50th anniversary celebration this weekend, is proud to be able to offer a photo a day this month from Deuel’s vast photographic archive.

Here’s one of Deuel’s photographs of Geoff Muldaur from 2005 – when an unannounced special guest John Sebastian dropped by to make some jug band magic on the stage:

John Sebastian and Geoff Muldaur

Geoff Muldaur – a major folk-blues talent in his own right – reunites with jug band master Jim Kweskin, former leader of the seminal ’60s folk-revival band Jim Kweskin’s Jug Band, for a very special gala celebration at the Caffe at 7pm on Friday. Tix for the gala are $75, which includes hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and dessert. We’ll be there. Please join us.

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