LIVE: Joe Ely @ the Hangar, 11/14/13

December 6th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg
Joe Ely

Joe Ely

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Mark Gamsjager

“You know there ain’t no cure for the honky tonk blues,
And if they come up with somethin’, I’ll develop an immunity…”

He’s got wanderlust in his blood, romance in his heart and a mischievous glint in his eye.

Joe Ely is a true Texas troubadour, a poet-rambler, a storyteller as much as a singer-songwriter. And, oh, what stories he can tell…

With multi-instrumentalist Jeff Plankenhorn seated beside him, Ely unreeled a magical musical mash-up of swagger, swing and late-night serenades that blew through the Hangar like the West Texas wind. “The Highway Is My Home,” he sang, but when he gets the urge for going, Ely is likely to hop on board the nearest available mode of transportation – whether he’s riding a red Contintental down the road (“Saint Valentine”), rumblin’ along on a freight train (“Boxcars”) or gazing down from an airplane (“Dallas”).

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LIVE: The Elvis Birthday Bash @ Daisy Baker’s, 1/14/12

January 19th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
Mark Gamsjager, Johnny Rabb with Elvis and Ian Carlton

Mark Gamsjager, Johnny Rabb with Elvis and Ian Carlton

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Fans from around the world converged on Graceland in Memphis this year – as they do every January – for an Elvis Presley birthday celebration that included gospel and orchestral renditions of “Blue Suede Shoes” and other greatest hits from the King of Rock & Roll.

It all looked a bit sedate, judging from the 2012 Birthday Celebration video, but here in Nippertown, the Lustre Kings feted the 77th anniversary of Elvis’ birth – as they do every January – in true rock and roll style, with a series of hip-swiveling, rafter-shaking tributes to the King.

A run of nine Lustre Kings Elvis Birthday Bashes this year – including celebrations at The Linda in Albany, the Ale House in Troy and a packed Rodeo Bar in New York City – culminated on Saturday night with a throw-down at Daisy Baker’s in Troy.

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Five Firsts: Mark Gamsjager of the Lustre Kings

November 17th, 2010, 11:01 am by Greg
Mark Gamsjager (photo by Marty Fitzpatrick)

Mark Gamsjager (photo by Marty Fitzpatrick)

NAME: Mark Gamsjager
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Chuck Berry’s “The Great Twenty-Eight,” double album

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