Signs o’ the City: Where’s Nipper?

August 11th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg


Photograph by M.R. Poulopoulos

“I found Nipper and his Gramophone on South Congress Street mural in Austin, Texas, at an electronics repair shop just past the hip strip…”


LIVE: Rebel Darling @ barVino, 6/25/14

June 30th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
John Rice and M.R. Poulopoulos

John Rice and M.R. Poulopoulos

Review and photographs Tom Lindsay

With the advent of summer, Nippertown musicians often find themselves heading for the hills to entertain tourists and locals alike. It could be the Berkshires, Catskills or, in this case, the Adirondacks.

Singer-songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos has been performing under the moniker Rebel Darling with a flexible and floating group of musicians that has included Ryan Dunham (harmonica), Roger Noyes (pedal steel), John Rice (guitar) and others. A duo version of Rebel Darling landed at barVino in North Creek last Wednesday night (June 25) for a two-hour set, and followed that up with a three-hour performance at the North Creek Farmers Market Thursday afternoon (June 26).

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Be Here Now: The Nellies & M.R. Poulopoulos @ Caffe Lena, 4/6/14

April 4th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

At 2pm on Sunday (April 6) Americana band the Nellies and singer-songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos team up for a lovely afternoon concert at Caffe Lena in Sartoga Springs. The concert is a benefit for the Amanda’s Journey Foundation – which assists children who are battling Mitochondrial Diseases and raises awareness about these genetic disorders. Tickets are $18.

LIVE: M.R. Poulopoulos @ More Bread & Jam Cafe, 4/20/13

May 8th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
Caroline Cotter and M.R. Poulopoulos

Caroline Cotter and M.R. Poulopoulos

Photographs and video by Timothy Reidy

M.R. Poulopoulos and Caroline Cotter shared the stage at the More Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes last month…

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Best of 2012: M.R. Poulopoulos

December 27th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg

Chris Smither: Live As I'll Ever Be

Chris Smither: Live As I’ll Ever Be


Story by M.R. Poulopoulos

I stood in front of Chris Smither after his set at Caffe Lena and told him I had a gift for him. I handed him a copy of “Greenhorn,” and he smiled. “Here, take one of these,” he said. He caught me off guard. I said, “Are you sure?” “Trading’s cool,” he replied.

Trading music is cool, and it’s a practice songwriters and musicians engage in and enjoy after shows. So, in that light, I’m sharing my top five trades of 2012, in no particular order:

The Stray Birds’ The Stray Birds
Caitlin Canty’s Golden Hour
The Womack Family Band’s The Blue Room
Michaela Anne’s To Know Where
Chris Smither’s Live as I’ll Ever Be

Best of 2012: M.R. Poulopoulos: Top 5 CD Trades

Tim Livingston
Pete Mason
Gene Sennes
Stanley Johnson
J Hunter

LIVE: M.R. Poulopoulos @ More Bread & Jam, 10/20/12

October 30th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg

M.R. Poulopoulos @ More Bread & Jam, 10/20/12 (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Review and photographs by Timothy Reidy

Set Length: 90 minutes
16 songs

M.R. Poulopoulos played a generally quiet set for a full audience at More Bread and Jam in Cohoes on Saturday, October 20. The night began with him and John Rice (from Red Haired Strangers) on slide acoustic guitar for a couple of tunes, including “Sweepin’.”

Then he got together with his four-piece band that includes John Rice, Roger Noyes (from Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen, the Arch Stanton Quartet, Grainbelt) and Tommy Krebs (Alta Mira), all of whom plan to record an album with M.R. soon. The next songs started with some quiet tunes “Hard Times” and “Skeleton Dream,” getting steadily louder and finishing up with “White Line.”

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LIVE: Kelly Joe Phelps @ Iron Horse Music Hall, 9/11/12

September 13th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
Kelly Joe Phelps

Kelly Joe Phelps

Review and photograph by M.R. Poulopoulos

The first time I heard Kelly Joe Phelps (KJP), I had to put down my fork and walk over to the computer to find out just what in the hell Pandora Internet Radio was playing. I was literally moved. Had I a fork in front of me during Phelps’ Tuesday night performance at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, it would have sat still on the table, and the meal gone cold. The man’s solo performance captivated, despite the occasional chatter scattered amongst the 60 or so people in attendance – not nearly a full room for the joint, but pretty good for a Tuesday.

Switching between an open-tuned steel National resonator and a standard-tuned Martin D-35 Johnny Cash Commemorative, Phelps became a river through which flowed blues, spiritual, country and gospel music, all of them caught up in soulful currents; at times a torrent of notes ran across a bluesy minor scale, and at others an inspirational and slow-moving cascade of vocals descended from the source of all major rivers.

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Portraits o’ Nipper

August 30th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Sara

Nipper (photo by M.R. Poulopoulos)

Photograph by M.R. Poulopoulos, who notes:

I shot this photo on Saturday, July 14 while on the road. This old Nipper statue sits in the front store window on Mynotera Old Books at 65 E. Market Street, Suite 101 in Corning, NY. I was stuck in Corning on Friday night, busked Saturday morning and afternoon (was kicked out of the square by “The District”) and wandered after a bit.

Caffe LenaThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCartoonist John CaldwellJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysHolly & EvanAdvertise on Nippertown!Hudson SoundsAlbany PoetsBerkshire On StageMohawk Hudson Humane Society