Photographs and video by Timothy Reidy
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:
Review and photographs by Timothy Reidy
Set Length: 90 minutes
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.”
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.
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.
Story and photos by Matt Mac Haffie
Gonna be a meeting…
The Third Friday Charity Concert Series at the McKownville United Methodist Church in Albany is hosted by Lost Radio Rounders, and tonight’s edition, “Will the Circle be Unbroken,” will showcase gospel music from the songbook of the original Carter Family.
The Lost Radio Rounders are the knowledgeable and entertaining duo of Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay, who have been playing Historic American Music together for over 25 years. Talented dudes in odd hats playing the music they love.
Joining them for this performance will be the acoustic duo Kim & Clyde. Kim is Kim Kilby, the uber-talented voice and heart of the Tern Rounders. While Clyde (aka, Steven Clyde) has toured with Commander Cody, Blotto, the Lustre Kings, as well as Ramblin Jug Stompers, and is certainly no slouch. This will be the duo’s highly anticipated Albany debut.
On a recent Saturday, I headed south on a rare trip to Dutchess County. My ultimate destination – the bustling community of Red Hook, which is where Nippertown’s M.R. Poulopoulos was performing that afternoon.