Posts Tagged ‘The Doornails’

LIVE: The Doornails @ the Ale House, 10/22/11

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Ted Hennessy

Ted Hennessy

With verve, wit and impeccable musicianship local favorites the Doornails (with special guests Kevin Maul on dobro and Hawaiian steel, and Peggy Lecuyer on occasional vocals) celebrated the release of their new CD “BackPorchDaze” with an appreciative crowd of music lovers at the Ale House in Troy. Playing more than 20 songs, the band revealed a gift for cooking up originals and a tremendous range in their choice of cover material.

Opening with “Fact or Fiction,” a song that was a staple of his days with the legendary Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles, Ted Hennessy critiqued the sordid tales of national and local villains and emphasized the humor with a manic harmonica solo that quoted “If I Only Had a Brain” to a Johnny Cash hoedown beat. Louis Jordan’s “Early in the Morning” got a fine rhumba mood going; seamlessly, guitarist Michael McCann took the band into epic bluegrass territory, allowing all to get in a few whiplash cool solos on “Mountain Boy.”

Next, “Don’t Shoot Me”, Hennessy’s hilarious take on “housekeeping habits” showed off the fine blues spirit of all involved, especially a gritty solo by Maul. Billy Joe Shaver’s “Georgia on the Fast Train” was pedal-to-the-metal fun, showcasing McMann’s deft picking and Gene Lemme’s spot on upright bass work. “What’s the Use in Getting Sober?” slowed down things briefly, and let Hennessy play some of the best late-night blues harmonica you’ll ever hear.

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Live: The Doornails @ Clinton’s Ditch, 11/27/10

Monday, November 29th, 2010

“That’s a mighty fine sound they’ve got going on in there!” exclaimed a woman with husband and Heineken in tow as they made their way to the big-top set up behind Clinton’s Ditch in Schenectady. Snow flurries and swirling winds in the early afternoon could not deter a tent full of local singers and instrumentalists from raising funds for a noble cause.

Roots-music lovers gathered on Saturday, November 27 for a Kicking Cancer’s Ass event in honor of Kate Szuberla Jauch, a mother of three suffering from leukemia. Jauch’s uncle, harpman extraordinaire Ted Hennessy, opened the wintry afternoon with the Doornails, a talented acoustic trio featuring guitarist Mike McMann and upright bassist Geno Lemme. With gusto, the band braved the cold temperature by opening with a Chess Records-styled instrumental jam, a swinging vocal number “I’m Out,” and bluegrass instrumental featuring some deft picking by McMann and thumping bass by Lemme.

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Five Firsts: Ted Hennessy of the Doornails

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The Doornails

The Doornails

NAME: Ted Hennessy
BAND AFFILIATION: The Doornails, Shakin Bakers and formerly of Scotty Mac and the Rockin Bonnevilles
INSTRUMENT: Harmonica and vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Yikes! Well, I might as well just get this off of my chest: It was Queen – “A Night at the Opera.” I’ll try to save some face here, and tell you that my first blues record was Sonny Boy Williamson’s “This is My Story.” I picked up a used copy of that gem at World’s Record on Central Ave for three bucks back in ’79-’80.

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