LIVE: Cindy Cashdollar & the Lustre Kings @ The Hangar, 11/28/15

December 11th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Jon Flanders

Steel guitar virtuoso and Woodstock native Cindy Cashdollar returned to the Local 518 last month for a rip-snortin’ concert with Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings at The Hangar in Troy.

Sparks were flying and hot licks were traded as Cashdollar dueled with the Lustre Kings’ own steel guitar master Kevin Maul.

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LIVE: J.D. McPherson @ The Hangar, 8/31/15

September 28th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
J.D. McPherson

J.D. McPherson

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Ed Conway

The city of Troy has witnessed some memorable rock and roll shows in the past three years – the Fleshtones, Los Straitjackets, the Lawn Sausages, the Catbirds and the Split Squad certainly come to mind. J.D. McPherson, however, may have raised the bar for indelible rockin’ to one-for-the-ages.

The last time he played Troy, McPherson and his remarkable band packed the Ale House. It was a sure sign that a bigger venue had to be in order.

On a steamy Monday night, a long of ticket-holders made their way into The Hangar – for the uninitiated, it’s a slice of roadhouse heaven just across the street from The Ale House with superb sound no matter where you sit or stand. Rising above a patch of desiccated sunflowers, a giant sign outside proclaimed the show was sold out.

I barely had enough room to clutch a cold beverage, take notes and forget that the beautiful blonde I’d asked out to the show said she couldn’t make it – whatever. (Somehow, mid-show, I would make it up to the stage front; within minutes, a beautiful brunette squirmed through the crowd, danced with me for several songs, and then was gone. Who was she?). It was that kind of night.

The Mickey James Trio opened the show and had the crowd howling approval immediately. Mickey James, the teenage son of McPherson’s powerhouse drummer, Jason Smay, sported a black T.K. Smith t-shirt, confident vocals and astounding chops on guitar. Seriously, this kid’s rhythm and lead style brought to mind such greats as Dave Gonzalez and Eddie Angel. With his dad smiling behind the kit and Graham Tichy playing some mighty fine Danelectro bass, James covered a lot of ground in his 45-minute set: Chan Romero, Howlin’ Wolf, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Link Wray and Freddie King to name a few). Singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins, who had emailed me a few days before, was right: don’t miss this kid.

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CD Release Party: Maurizio @ The Hangar on Saturday

September 25th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg

Maurizio - Before the Crowd

Veteran singer-songwriter Maurizio has released several recordings over the course of the quarter century that he’s been making music in Greater Nippertown. But the Troy native considers his new album, Before the Crowd, to be his official debut.

“Although I have numerous recordings, this is my first full-production studio album,” he explains. “I have been performing in the local 518 for over 25 years, and I have been chipping away at this album for almost four years, as life has posed numerous challenges along the way. Now at age 46, well, you could call me a late bloomer, finally releasing my first true studio album.”

Maurizio will be celebrating with a CD release party at The Hangar in Troy on Saturday (September 26). Most often seen about town as a solo musician, he’ll be joined by a full band featuring members of the Rodeo Barons at The Hangar, performing Before the Crowd in its entirety. Joining in Saturday’s festivities will be Eric Margan (8pm) and the Rodeo Barons (9pm). Maurizio is slated to play at 10pm. Available in advance or at the door, tickets are $15, which includes a copy of the new CD.

With James Gascoyne serving as producer and bassist, the album was recorded at the now-defunct Black Dog Studios in Stillwater with Chris Carey (guitar, keyboards), Sam Zucchini (drums), Kevin Maul (pedal steel) and Casey J. Chapman (ukulele, keyboards).

The emotional centerpiece of the album is the theme of family. “My Sister Rose” is a direct address to his sister Rose, while the inspiration for the song “Radio Waves” is Maurizio’s sister Grace, who died tragically at the age of 25 while serving in the Peace Corps in Africa.

“It’s a call to squarely face our devils, find that elusive inner peace and accept the impermanence of this life,” explains Maurizio. “The album as a whole would have been described as a ‘confessional’ in a previous era, and thematically it wrestles with a yearning to go back, to try and regain what’s been lost along the way. Ultimately, the songs glow with a positive message: embrace the here and now.”

WHAT: CD release party for Before the Crowd
WHO: Maurizio
WITH: Eric Margan and the Rodeo Barons
WHERE: The Hangar, Troy
WHEN: 8pm Saturday (September 26)
HOW MUCH: $15, which includes a copy of the CD

LIVE: The Lawn Sausages @ The Hangar, 12/14/13

January 6th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg
The Lawn Sausages

The Lawn Sausages

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

They said it couldn’t be done, but there it was on stage at The Hangar in Troy – a reunion of the Lawn Sausages. Call it an early Christmas present for Local 518 music fans of questionable taste…

Of course, it wasn’t pretty. Never was. Never will be.

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Reunion: The Lawn Sausages @ the Hangar on Saturday

December 11th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

The Lawn Sausages

The legendary Lawn Sausages are re-forming – but definitely not reforming – to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of their debut CD, Kick Out the Hams.

Court jesters of the Nippertown music scene in the mid to late 1990s, the Lawn Sausages were well known for their incendiary live shows which combined outrageous costumes, hysterically funny R-rated lyrics and fearless, bombastic showmanship.

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LIVE: Joe Ely @ the Hangar, 11/14/13

December 6th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg
Joe Ely

Joe Ely

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Mark Gamsjager

“You know there ain’t no cure for the honky tonk blues,
And if they come up with somethin’, I’ll develop an immunity…”

He’s got wanderlust in his blood, romance in his heart and a mischievous glint in his eye.

Joe Ely is a true Texas troubadour, a poet-rambler, a storyteller as much as a singer-songwriter. And, oh, what stories he can tell…

With multi-instrumentalist Jeff Plankenhorn seated beside him, Ely unreeled a magical musical mash-up of swagger, swing and late-night serenades that blew through the Hangar like the West Texas wind. “The Highway Is My Home,” he sang, but when he gets the urge for going, Ely is likely to hop on board the nearest available mode of transportation – whether he’s riding a red Contintental down the road (“Saint Valentine”), rumblin’ along on a freight train (“Boxcars”) or gazing down from an airplane (“Dallas”).

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Win FREE Tickets to Peter Rowan @ the Hangar on Sunday

November 26th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg

Bluegrass fans may know him best as the former guitarist and vocalist with the legendary Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys, and more recently with the bluegrass guitar phenom Tony Rice.

Classic rock fans know him from his stints with such groundbreaking ’60s bands as Earth Opera and Seatrain.

Jam band fans and Deadheads know him from his tenure in Old & in the Way with Jerry Garcia, David Grisman and Vassar Clements. And let’s not forget that he also wrote the New Riders of the Purple Sage’s anthemic “Panama Red.”

And at 8pm on Sunday evening (December 1), the masterful Peter Rowan will take the stage at the oh so funky-but-chic, intimate, new Troy hotspot the Hangar. The concert is presented by the Ale House.

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A Few Minutes With… Joe Ely

November 13th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

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.”

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