LIVE: “A History of the Blues” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 6/1/13

June 4th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Sonny Speed and the Resonators with Holly & Evan

Sonny Speed and the Resonators with Holly & Evan

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

The blues is a musical genre spawned by spirituals, work songs and field hollers from the South. But it’s also the forefather of so many more contemporary American roots music forms, from rock & roll to jazz to R&B.

And last Saturday night, the Saratoga acoustic blues duo Low ‘N Lonesome and their friends traced the history of the blues from the ’20s to the dawn of rock & roll in a sprawling, across-the-years concert at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park.

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Five Firsts: Phil Drum

July 27th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

Phil DrumNAME: Phil Drum
BAND AFFILIATION: Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society, Bluesology and solo

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … This is a bit hard for me to remember cause I’m so old. But probably the first one I owned at least, was one I received in May 1964 as a Confirmation present: Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin'” – and, boy, were they ever! At the time I was … 2 …. nah, 11.

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CD: Phil Drum’s “Old Blues”

June 8th, 2010, 4:15 pm by Greg

Phil Drum: Old Blues

Phil Drum: Old Blues

(no label listed, 2010):

There ain’t nothing fancy going on here, and that’s a good thing.

This disc is about as basic as you can get: just one guy playing acoustic guitar and singing – at the same time.

No tricky overdubs, no horn sections, no… well, you get the idea. And the truth of the matter is that Phil Drum doesn’t need any of that to make these songs sing.

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Real Good for Free: Phil Drum @ Virgil’s House, 12/12/09

December 11th, 2009, 11:24 am by Greg

Phil Drum, singer, guitarist and head honcho of the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society, is whipping up a special acoustic Christmas show at 3pm Saturday (December 12) at Virgil’s House, a great little coffeehouse at 86 Henry St. in Saratoga Springs. Actually, it’s more than just a coffeehouse, sporting a considerable menu of good food, as well as a beer and wine license.

“I’ll be playing lots of Christmas and winter songs,” Drum explains, “songs by everyone from Blind Lemon Jefferson to Frank Sinatra. So stop by for some music, good food and drink, and a break from the holiday shopping madness.”

Admission is free, but donations to the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society will gratefully be accepted, and Drum promises to bring along a few SABS hats for sale, too – a great present for the blues fan on your holiday list.

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