NAME: Pete Curry
BAND AFFILIATION: Los Straitjackets
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The BIG Sounds of the Drags!
Photographs by Timothy Reidy
Singer-songwriter-ringmaster Chandler Travis makes his home on Cape Cod, but Nippertown has become his home-away-from-home. Heck, he plays more Local 518 gigs than most local bands do.
On his latest stop, he brought his fab Catbirds to the Ale House in Troy, and as usual they ripped the place up with their unique, oh-so-sweet brand of rock ‘n’ roll. And once again the getting-a-little-less-reclusive Pete LaBonne was sharing the bill, both as the opening act in and joining the Catbirds in some delicious, five-piece musical mayhem.
The Catbirds have flown the Nippertown coop for now, but never fear, it’s never long before Travis returns in one of his many musical merauding incarnations or another. OH WAIT… the Chandler Travis Three-O will be returning to the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge for a free show at 9pm on Saturday (November 22). See, I told you it wouldn’t be long…
The versatile roots trio No Outlet – featuring vocalist-resonator guitarist Kevin Maul, drummer-vocalist Dale Haskell and bassist Tony Markellis – is back with a new album, No Outlet – Live, and they’ll be celebrating with a CD release party at the Ale House in Troy at 9pm on Saturday (October 18).
In keeping with the band’s eclectic repertoire which stretches from country to the blues, the album’s 11 songs range from Bo Diddley’s “Before You Accuse Me” to Little Jimmy Dickens’”Sally Boogie,” from Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s “Strange Things Happening” to Bob Dylan’s “Watching the River Flow.”
Fab fiddler Mike Barnett teams up with mandolin master Jake Jolliff for an evening of exciting, adventurous acoustic music at the Ale House in Troy on Wednesday (October 8). And while they may not be household names, they’ve collaborated with some of the finest bluegrass musicians around.
Barnett has worked with the likes of Bobby Hicks, Buddy Spicher and Vassar Clemens, and at age 15 he toured with Jesse McReynolds & His Virginia Boys, including regular weekend performances on the Grand Ole Opry. He has been a member of such New England favorites as Northern Lights and the Gordon Stone Trio. His extensive resume also includes stints as a member of the Deadly Gentlemen and the David Grisman Sextet.
Meanwhile, Jolliff has been playing the mandolin since he was seven years old, and by age 16 he was playing in a swing group with violin prodigy Alex Hargreaves. In 2008, he joined the New England-based new-acoustic group, Joy Kills Sorrow and recorded three albums with them. A 2011 graduate of Berklee College of Music, Jake also won the 2012 National Mandolin Championship and now tours with the Yonder Mountain String Band.
Barnett & Jolliff are slated to perform at the Ale House in Troy at 9pm on Wednesday (October 8). Tickets are $10.
BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Wednesday (October 8), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.
Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Ed Conway
Backed by four exceptional musicians, Lenz made quite an impression in her Nippertown debut. If Poison Ivy and Lux Interior of the Cramps had had a daughter, and raised her on Sun Records platters and bordertown honky tonk 45s, and perhaps named Janis Martin the girl’s godmother, she would have grown up to be Lenz. With her fiery red hair and vintage dress and high heels, the LA-based singer had everybody’s attention as she strolled out into the audience to say hello.
With a road-tested acoustic guitar in hand, Lenz opened with a “Saturday Jump” that featured guitarists Ramon Espinoza and Joel Morin trading some scorching solos over a swinging rhythm by Santos de Leon on drums and Shorty Poole on upright bass. Her vocal prowess was undeniable, as was her sense of humor. “Thanks for being part of that sound check!” cracked Lenz after taking a sip of red wine.
Photographs by Joseph Deuel
Chandler Travis roared back into town last weekend, this time around fronting the Catbirds as they ripped up the Ale House in Troy. And once again the getting-a-little-less-reclusive Pete LaBonne was sharing the bill as the opening act and joining the Catbirds in some five-piece musical mayhem.
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Following his riotous Ale House debut last summer, this was supposed to be his big, triumphant two-night return to the cozy Troy pub. Oh, it was triumphant without a doubt. But J.D. McPherson was grounded in Dallas with travel issues, and he couldn’t make it to town for the first night of his two-night stand.
Never fear, McPherson made it to Troy on Monday, and fans who had purchased tickets for either one of the scheduled shows packed into the House of Ale for one night of seriously rollicking root-rock, fueled by drummer Jason Smay, who has pounded out the big back beat for such favorites as the Lustre Kings, the Hi-Risers and Los Straitjackets.
Monday night has rarely rocked so hard, and the fact that it was Lundi Gras (the day before Mardi Gras) only added to the party atmosphere.
JD McPherson roars into the Ale House in Troy for a two-night stand this weekend – Sunday & Monday, March 2&3. This is Mardi Gras week, of course, and if anybody knows how to throw a party, it’s JD McPherson and his merry roots-rockin’ band.
With the rollicking single “Fire Bug” leading the way, McPherson’s 2012 Rounder Records album, Signs & Signifiers, thrust the Oklahoma rocker into the national spotlight, and soon he was everywhere from “The Late Show With David Letterman” to Bonnaroo. In his Nippertown debut last summer, the intimate Ale House was so jam-packed that the crowds spilled out onto the sidewalk where they danced and peered through the windows to watch McPherson tear it up.
This time around, the folks at the Ale House are wisely bringing McPherson and band back for two nights. Showtime is 8pm on Sunday and Monday (March 2&3), and admission is $15.
BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to Sunday’s show and another pair of tickets to Monday’s show. That’s right, two winners and two chances to win. So if you want to win a pair of FREE TICKETS to one of these shows, just post a comment below telling us which show you want to see. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (February 28), and the winners will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winners, who have been notified by email.