Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay, that intrepid Lost Radio Rounders duo, celebrated the release of their first official studio recording, Hard Trials, at a Guilderland charity concert last Friday.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I’m a long-time friend of Tom Lindsay, and I designed LRR’s three most recent CDs. But living four hours away from the duo’s stomping grounds (and preferring, it must be admitted, quirky, plugged-in pop-rock rather than guitar-plucking acoustic Americana), I had not seen the band perform until this event.
Naturally, the show featured several tunes from Hard Trials, and since the album centers on the themes of death and loss, one might have expected a dark and somber evening. Instead, the show displayed a wide range of emotions, from contemplative (the lullaby “That’s All Right”) to foot-stomping (“Jesus on the Mainline”) to silly fun (“The Man Who Rode the Mule Around the World”). Festivities were wrapped up with a rousing rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Lindsay and Eck know how to structure a set list that keeps the listener interested, engaged and singing along.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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