Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Take two A-list solo singer-songwriters in the folk tradition. Pair them up with a master multi-instrumentalist/producer. Back them up with a crack rhythm section. And have them serve up an evening of their favorite songs, both originals and a wide swath of cover tunes.
It sounds like the recipe for a best-concerts-of-the-year-list contender, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, last weekend’s Albany debut of the new Pine Hill Project – featuring folk stars Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky – rarely caught fire. Their performance at The Egg was simply too tentative. Considering that it was only their third tour-stop, maybe that was to be expected.
Kaplansky and Shindell have been friends for 25 years, and for nearly all of that time, they’ve talked about making an album of duets. Earlier this year, after a successful fan-funded Kickstarter campaign, they finally made the album, Tomorrow You’re Going, a collection of songs by other songwriters who they admire. And although the album isn’t slated for release for another four months, they’ve hit the road to offer fans a preview.