Posts Tagged ‘Murali Coryell’

LIVE: Joe Louis Walker @ the Parting Glass, 5/26/11

Friday, June 10th, 2011
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Joe Louis Walker

In essence, bringing blues legend Joe Louis Walker and his trio into the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs was a historical event. But adding Murali Coryell as the second lead guitarist in the band made it monumental.

The fledgling Capital Region Blues Network helped get the word out, and the Parting Glass was comfortably packed with fans. There on the floor by the drummer was a two-page “set list” – really just a pick-n’-choose guide of more than 50 songs culled from the 21 albums that Walker has released over the course of the past 25 years.

From the first note, the 61-year-old Walker’s vocals and guitar pyrotechnics went into over-drive, as he hit the ball out of the park with relentlessly soulful blues runs and emotional depth.

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Festival Fever: Caroline Street Arts & Blues Festival, 6/6/10

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

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Murali Coryell performing at Caffe Lena in January, 2010 (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)


With the Dave Matthews Band at SPAC on Friday and Saturday, Saratoga Springs is sure to be hopping this weekend, and there will be plenty more happening downtown on Sunday, as the tenth annual Caroline Street Arts and Blues Fest takes over the streets from 1-7pm on Sunday.

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In a Blues Bag

Friday, May 28th, 2010

If you’re craving some barbecue but aren’t particularly looking forward to standing next to the hot grill all weekend long, now you’ve got another option.

The American Glory BBQ has just opened its doors in the old firehouse on Warren Street in Hudson. We haven’t been there yet, but the menu looks mighty tasty.

And it looks like there’s going to be some fine music on tap there, too. Bluesman Murali Coryell will be rolling in for a solo acoustic performance at 8:30pm on Saturday.

You just can’t beat that blues ‘n’ brews ‘n’ barbecue combo platter, can you?

And if you’re in the mood for a little blues on the move, you might want to hop on board the Cooperstown Blues Express on Saturday night.

Boarding begins at 6pm on Saturdays from the train depot in Milford, and at 7pm you’ll be rolling down the tracks. It’s a three-hour trip that drops you right back where you started, but along the way there’s plenty of great blues music, a cash bar, food, fun and dancing. Tickets are $16.

The music this Saturday will be provided by George Kilby Jr. – longtime guitarist with Pinetop Perkins – who will be showcasing selections from his new album, “Let the Melody Live On.”

LIVE: Murali Coryell @ Caffe Lena, 1/29/10

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Murali Coryell

Murali Coryell


Murali Coryell is a ball of passionate energy when he’s onstage singing and playing guitar. But he also had that same non-stop enthusiasm when he was on his break at the Saratoga Springs coffeehouse, chatting with the members of the audience about his legendary father (guitarist Larry Coryell), the blues and soul masters who influenced him or his latest album, which he recorded in Nashville with his dad and blues great Joe Louis Walker.

Making his Caffe Lena debut as a solo acoustic artist, Coryell’s voice had a bit of Rod Stewart’s rasp, and his superb guitar playing had some of that old-style, back-porch Mississippi bluesman-bite. But Coryell is very much his own man, and he gets at the heart and soul of any song, regardless of whether he wrote it or not.

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Five Firsts: Murali Coryell

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

NAME: Murali Coryell
INSTRUMENT: Guitar/Vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Jimi Hendrix’s “Are You Experienced?”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Kinks

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Drums

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … The Beatles’ “Drive My Car”

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The Ambassadors

Murali Coryell has been playing frequently around Nippertown with a power trio, but he’ll be playing solo at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs on Friday (January 29). Tequlia Mockingbirds open the show.

LIVE: Murali Coryell @ the Van Dyck, 10/17/09

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

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Murali Coryell, the blues-playing son of jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell, made a stop at the Van Dyck last Saturday night, and it wasn’t long before the Schenectady nightspot was hopping. Fronting a trio featuring bassist Steve Aldin and Dorian Randolph sitting behind the traps, Coryell wrestled his Strat’s fretboard, bending strings and sending notes screaming out into the audience.

Blues-drenched tunes from Coryell’s about-to-be released “Sugar Lips” CD featured prominantly throughout two powerful sets that mixed originals tunes with other songs written by, among others, Buddy Guy. The highlight of the evening’s performance was friendly guitar battle between Coryell and special guest George Boone on Z.Z. Hill’s “Down Home Blues.”

Playing for more than two hours over the course of the night, Coryell wrapped up the evening with a riveting and soulful version of the old Curtis Mayfield classic, “People Get Ready.”

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

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