Posts Tagged ‘The Ale House’

LIVE: Kim Lenz & the Jaguars @ the Ale House, 5/19/14

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Kim Lenz

Kim Lenz

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Ed Conway

It may have been a Monday night in Troy, but it sure sounded like a Saturday night was brewing when Kim Lenz & the Jaguars played a raucously fun 80-minute set of rockabilly tunes at the Ale House.

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.



LIVE: The Catbirds @ the Ale House, 4/5/14

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
The Catbirds

The Catbirds

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.


LIVE: J.D. McPherson @ the Ale House, 3/3/14

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
JD McPherson

J.D. McPherson

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.


Win FREE TICKETS to JD McPherson @ the Ale House

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
JD McPherson

JD McPherson

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.

LIVE: Rocky Velvet @ the Ale House, 1/18/14

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014


Review and photographs by Fred Rudofsky

Allegedly, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays in his career; compellingly, Rocky Velvet performed 37 songs in a night with – by their own admission – largely beer-induced rehearsals. The Bard remains a man of mystery; in contrast, the reunited quartet was as open as a slide guitar tuning, sharing jokes, exercising a hilarious feng shui moment and thanking their friends, literally, by name at a packed Ale House in Troy on a recent Saturday night.

Rockabilly, early blues and garage-rock informed two sets that left a throng of Ale House dancers sweating and thirsty and the local live music scene’s ultimate fan, Dick Quinn (name-checked by singer Ian Carlton to great applause) smiling and ecstatic. Ike Turner’s “You’ve Got to Lose” (performed as “You’ve Got to Move”), the Elvis Presley hit “Wear My Ring around Your Neck,” and “King Kong”, a primo cut from the band’s classic album It Came from Cropseyville, established that this was not going to be a sit-and-drink-a-beer kind of night. It made sense that the band dipped heavily into the Presley cannon – after all, his visage overlooks the small stage. “Just Because” got a light polka treatment, but it soon took off with two scorching solos from Graham Tichy, who was sporting a pink Fender Jazz Master. “Trouble,” full of Memphis swagger, got the crowd hooting and hollering. Todd Bradley, guest bassist on loan from the Hi-Risers, stepped to the microphone for an angsty “It’s Now or Never”; in the second set, he put a serious Fender bass groove to “One Night with You” and “King Creole.”


A Few Minutes With… Joe Ely

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Interview and story by Don Wilcock

Joe Ely raises some dust…

West Texas troubadour Joe Ely was only about six years old, but he remembers the first time he saw Jerry Lee Lewis tear it up on a flatbed truck in the middle of a dust storm. “I was in Amarillo. All I remember is my parents took me out to this car lot,” says the roadhouse rocker who plays at the Hangar in Troy on Thursday night (November 14), presented by the Ale House.

“They were selling cars. I think it was a Pontiac dealership, and I just remember it was kind of a flatbed trailer on a little high-up stage, and the guy would get out there and sell cars, and then they were giving away free hot dogs and Cokes, but I remember it being this terrible dust storm, and you couldn’t hardly see across the street.

“The wind was blowing about 40 miles an hour, and then they said, ‘Now we got this kid to play a little piano for you,’ and I remember him pounding away on this piano in a dust storm, and the wind was blowin’ so hard it actually would blow the microphone over. Somebody would run out there and prop it back up, and then later, I guess it was three or four years later he had a big hit, ‘Whole Lotta Shakin,’ and my parents told me that was who we saw at the Pontiac dealership.”

That performance fundamentally changed the way Ely looked at life.

“I was fascinated. You know, the only other place I’d ever seen a piano before was in a church, and here was this guy just beating the holy hell out of it, and I guess it was the whole scene – the desert storm, the microphone blowing over, somebody pounding this rock and roll out on the piano… And it was the whole combination of all those things made such a lasting memory in my head.”


Five Firsts: Terry Adams of NRBQ

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
Terry Adams of NRBQ @ The Ale House in Troy (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

Terry Adams

Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

NAME: Terry Adams
INSTRUMENT: Piano, Clavinet, Vocals

THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Duane Eddy’s “Especially For You”



Bobby Lloyd Hicks, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
Bobby Lloyd Hicks

Bobby Lloyd Hicks

“My first long-player was The Submarine Officer by Jose Jimenez… followed in quick succession by Sandy Nelson’s Let There Be Drums, Drummin’ Up a Storm and Drums Are My Beat.

“But it’s really hard to say which artist had a bigger influence on me.”

With Conrad Choucroun off on paternity leave, drummer Bobby Lloyd Hicks of the legendary Skeletons has been recruited to man the drum throne when NRBQ romps and rolls into the Ale House in Troy on Thursday night (September 12). Tickets are $30.

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