Posts Tagged ‘Lost Radio Rounders’
Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson
Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs was doin’ a whole lot of celebrating last weekend. On Saturday Skidmore College’s Tang Museum hosted a wine and cheese reception to celebrate the closing of the art exhibit, “Caffe Lena: Inside America’s Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse.” On Sunday afternoon, Northshire Bookstore played host to a publication party and book-signing session for the marvelous coffee-table book of the same name, edited by Jocelyn Arem.
And in between, two of the Local 518′s premier vintage Americana bands – Lost Radio Rounders and Ramblin Jug Stompers – teamed up for a joint concert at the Caffe on Saturday night (October 19) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Country Music Hall of Famer Grandpa Jones with an evening of music that ranged from the classic “Mountain Dew” to “Dust on the Bible” and “The Man Who Rode the Mule Around the World.” With plenty of corny “Hee Haw” cornfield jokes, too…
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Photographs by Amaal Yehia
To those who have followed his three decade musical journey, it came as no surprise that Michael Eck was performing on his 49th birthday. The Jug Stomper, solo artist and Frank Jaklitsch sideman joined his Lost Radio Rounders cohort Tom Lindsay in the Old Chapel of McKownville United Methodist Church in Albany for the finale of the 2013 Third Friday Charity Concert Series. The concert was a sing-along program which also featured multi-instrumentalist Mike Kelley (the Sharks, Blotto) and percussionist Sam Zucchini (the Zucchini Brothers, Rodeo Barons).
Zucchini transitioned to guitarist and vocalist for Gary Davis’ “I Belong to the Band,” and second set opener “Angel Roll the Stone Away.” Mike Kelley’s vocals and dobro were featured on “Jesus on the Mainline,” and he and Rounder Tom Lindsay shared harmonies on “Kneel at the Cross.” Some of the biggest cheers of the evening came after Kelley’s performances at the Old Chapel’s upright piano.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Robert Frost’s his book, “A Boy’s Will,” as well as National Poetry month, Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck are mounting a little something different at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 2pm on Sunday (April 7).
It’s the Lost Radio Rounders’ Robert Frost-themed benefit performance for Caffe Lena, featuring a few songs, a lot of poems and a one-act play, “Death of a Hired Man,” directed by Bob Goepfert. Among the guest performers will be author, environmental educator and Frost fan Anita Sanchez.
Tickets are $15.
Video by Audrey Noyes and Tom Lindsay
Lost Radio Rounders – the vintage Americana duo of Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck – were joined by special guests Kevin Maul and Peggy Lecuyer of the Nellies for the second of the three monthly shows in their Third Friday Concert Series. Here they’re all performing the Flying Burrito Brothers classic “Sin City,” as part of the benefit soncert for Skye Farm Camp.
You can catch Lost Radio Rounders & Friends (guitarist-vocalists Kim Kilby and M.R. Poulopoulos, harmonicat-vocalist Ryan Dunham and bassist-vocalist Bob Ristau) in action at the Roots Music Festival at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany on Saturday night (March 23). The fest also features performances by Brown Bird, Red Haired Strangers, James Edmond’s Heavenly Echoes and Olivia Quillio. The fest starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15, and all proceeds from the fest will benefit Pastor Charlie’s J.C. Club, which helps feed inner city children in Albany.
Photographs by Josh DuJack
Lost Radio Rounders – the acoustic duo of Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck – gathered together some of Nippertown’s finest roots musicians recently at Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany to celebrate the release of their new CD, Heaven’s Radio: Lost Radio Rounders & Friends Sing Gospel Songs of the Carter Family.
The hour-long lunchtime concerts take place on campus at 12noon on Thursdays. Admission is free.
Here’s the line-up of performers:
Longtime Albany music scene mainstays Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck first started playing together more than a quarter century ago – back in the early ’80s days as founding members of the roots-rock-and-beyond combo the Chefs of the Future, still one of the best Nippertown band names of all-time.
Years later, they re-connected musically as an acoustic duo with a mutual love of old-time gospel music. They called themselves Gospel Train, focusing their repertoire on a century’s worth of American spiritual and religious songs that spanned the Civil War to the Civil Rights era.
But then they started branching out. They put together a program of Civil War-era songs that they titled “Lincoln and Liberty.” They developed another theme program, “American Favorite Ballads: The Songs of Pete Seeger,” Then they assembled an evening of Carter Family classics, “Wildwood Flower: Songs of the Original Carter Family.”
So the three years ago, Lindsay and Eck decided to change the name of the duo to Lost Radio Rounders in order to encompass their broadening range of vintage acoustic music, which these days includes dipping into the musical legacies culled from the songbags of such iconic troubadours as Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Uncle Dave Macon, Pete Seeger, Grandpa Jones and countless others.
But the twosome has retained a particularly strong affinity for the classic songs of the Carter Family. Last year, they released The Sunny Side, an album of Carter Family songs that featured such nuggets as “I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes,” “I Can’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,” “Worried Man Blues” and, of course, “Keep On the Sunny Side.”
Now they’ve dipped back into the vast Carter Family catalog again for their new album, Heaven’s Radio, which will be officially issued on Friday (October 19) with a CD release party and concert at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany. But this time around LRR are once again focusing on their gospel roots, and, in fact, the disc is subtitled “Lost Radio Rounders & Friends Sing Gospel Songs of the Carter Family.” The whopping, 15-song collection includes “No Depression,” “On the Rock Where Moses Stood,” “Gospel Ship” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” just to name a few.