Howard Jones, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

November 2nd, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg
Howard Jones (photo:  David Conn)

Howard Jones (photo: David Conn)

“The first record album that I bought? Yes, it was by Blood, Sweat and Tears and that was the name of the record, too, I think. It was their first album with David Clayton Thomas. It had ‘Spinning Wheel’ on it, and ‘40,000 Headsmen,’ too.”

’80s synth-popster Howard Jones rolls into the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton at 7pm on Wednesday (November 4) with his solo show “Howard Jones: The Songs, the Piano, the Stories,” featuring such hits as “What Is Love,” “Things Can Only Get Better,” “Like to Get to Know You Well” and more. Tickets are$35 in advance; $40 at the door.


LIVE: The World Famous Headliners @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, 12/28/13

December 30th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Al Anderson

Al Anderson

Photographs by Bender Melon

Yes, face it, if you’re gonna step into the spotlight sporting a band name like the World Famous Headliners, you’ve got two options. Either you’ve got to be really good or really stupid.

As it turned out, the World Famous Headliners were definitely not stupid…

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New Release Rack: Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola’s “Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead”

October 10th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg

Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola: Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting AheadGuitar great Charlie Hunter’s performance at the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival last month was washed out when the mid-afternoon rain storm abruptly cut the festival short.

But Hunter’s fans will have three opportunities to catch him in action during the next week and a half when he teams up with drummer Scott Amendola for a series of performances in support of the duo’s new collaborative album, Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead, which was released last week.

The duo will step into the spotlight at Red Square in Albany on Thursday (October 11), followed by shows at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Wednesday, October 17 and Club Helsinki in Hudson on Friday, October 19.

Hunter’s first album of original material in three years, Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead is a collection of 10 songs that were recorded with both musicians playing in the same room simultaneously, with no headphones. And there’s no mixing, editing or overdubs on the album, either. The album was recorded straight to two-track analog 1/4-inch tape.

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LIVE: Kelly Joe Phelps @ Iron Horse Music Hall, 9/11/12

September 13th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
Kelly Joe Phelps

Kelly Joe Phelps

Review and photograph by M.R. Poulopoulos

The first time I heard Kelly Joe Phelps (KJP), I had to put down my fork and walk over to the computer to find out just what in the hell Pandora Internet Radio was playing. I was literally moved. Had I a fork in front of me during Phelps’ Tuesday night performance at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, it would have sat still on the table, and the meal gone cold. The man’s solo performance captivated, despite the occasional chatter scattered amongst the 60 or so people in attendance – not nearly a full room for the joint, but pretty good for a Tuesday.

Switching between an open-tuned steel National resonator and a standard-tuned Martin D-35 Johnny Cash Commemorative, Phelps became a river through which flowed blues, spiritual, country and gospel music, all of them caught up in soulful currents; at times a torrent of notes ran across a bluesy minor scale, and at others an inspirational and slow-moving cascade of vocals descended from the source of all major rivers.

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