Posts Tagged ‘The Linda’

LIVE: Willie Nile @ The Linda, 5/16/15

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Review by Fred Rudofsky

His songs have a deep sense of history and fervent hope for the future, but something else also is for certain: Willie Nile inhabits the world of live performance like no other. He’s dialed into the now, as his welcome return to The Linda showed on a recent Saturday night.

Old fans, some from as far away as Toronto, and the newly converted got the full depth of Nile’s canon of work, which dates back some 30-plus years. Joined his talented band of brothers – bassist Johnny Pisano, drummer Alex Alexander and guitarist Matt Hogan – Nile brought energy and passion, as well as candid stories and about many of the songs, throughout a two-hour set.

“Hear You Breathe,” from his 2010 masterwork The Innocent Ones, blended romance and a propulsive rhythm, a fine showcase for Nile and Pisano’s harmonies. The Penny Lane-like images of “Live on Bleecker Street,” punctuated by Nile’s left leg kicks, kept the mood uptempo. “You make me feel like I’m at home!” shouted Nile to the appreciative audience before dedicating an anthemic “Innocent Ones” to the people of earthquake-stricken Nepal. “Heaven Help the Lonely” from 1991′s Places I’ve Never Been got a good number in the crowd up and dancing, with Hogan channeling a blend of Richard Lloyd and The Edge in a series of chiming, melodic solos on his black Telecaster. Setting aside his Stratocaster for a weathered acoustic, Nile sent out his delicate ode to love, “She’s Got My Heart,” to his three granddaughters.

(more…)

Advertisement

LIVE: Heather Maloney @ The Linda, 4/25/15

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Northampton-based singer-songwriter Heather Maloney took the stage at WAMC-FM’s The Linda recently, celebrating the release of her new album, Making Me Break on Signature Sounds Recordings.

Will Dailey opened the show with an impressive performance of his own.

(more…)

LIVE: The April Verch Trio @ The Linda, 4/24/15

Monday, May 18th, 2015

AprilVerch2

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Canadian fiddler, singer and step dancer April Verch is a bona fide world-class talent. She’s been a student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and a teacher at Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Camp. She’s the 1997 Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and the 1998 Canadian Open Fiddle Champion. And she performed at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Recently, Verch and her band – which also features bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin – took over WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany to celebrate the release of their tenth album, The Newpart.

(more…)

LIVE: Caroline Rose @ The Linda, 4/17/15

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
Carolyn Rose

Carolyn Rose

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Balancing Northern grit and Southern charm, singer-songwriter (and self-proclaimed “modern-day hobo”) Caroline Rose rolled into WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany recently. Making her Nippertown concert debut, she brought along a somewhat less than assured band in support of her national debut album, I Will Not Be Afraid. If the band was a bit hesitant, Rose certainly wasn’t, as she churned her way through a tantalizing blend of rockabilly, vintage country and blues.

Opening the show was Nippertown’s own Americana firebrand, Henry’s Rifle.

(more…)

LIVE: The Foghorn Stringband @ The Linda, 3/27/15

Monday, April 27th, 2015

foghorn1

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Credited for igniting the renaissance of old-timey music in the Northwest, the Oregon-based Foghorn Stringband brought their self-described “ass kickin’, redneck stringband music” east to Nippertown for a wild ‘n’ woolly concert at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany.

With seven albums under their collective belt, the foot-stompin’ quartet – Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle), Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar), Yukon-based Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) and Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo) – certainly had no shortage of material to pull from during their Albany concert, and not surprisingly much of their focus was on selections from their brand new album, Devil in the Seat.

(more…)

LIVE: Capital Area Indie Fest @ The Linda, 2/7/15

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Chris Dukes Band

Chris Dukes Band (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Review and photographs by Ed Conway
Additional photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Linda was the scene of a wild musical party on a snowy Saturday night earlier this month. The occasion was the Capital Area Indie Fest, a fundraiser for the Columbia Arts Team and WEXT-FM. Organizer Andrew Gregory invited a diverse group of seven bands to share the stage. The performers ran the gamut from solo singer-songwriter to full out rock band, with each showcasing their own original songs. With seven bands in a finite time span, each band was limited to 25-30 minutes, but they made the most of it; unselfishly sharing the stage and supporting each other throughout the evening.

First up was co-organizer Sandy McKnight and his band the Idea, who set the tone for what was to become a rocking night. Next up was Legendary Losers, a power trio fronted by Dave Graham. Accents followed, calming things down slightly with wonderful harmonies during their set of Americana originals. The Holly & Evan Band heated things up again with a rocking set of blues-influenced indie rock, sprinkled with some brand new originals.

(more…)

LIVE: Chris Thomas King @ The Linda, 12/12/14

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Chris Thomas King

Chris Thomas King

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Grammy Award-winning Bluesman Chris Thomas King is probably best known for his role in the Coen Brothers’ classic film “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” but he’s been building a considerable fan base in Nippertown with his recent concerts at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany.

Sponsored by the Capital Regional Blues Network for his second annual Local 518 performance, King returned to The Linda stage to serve up a solid batch of the blues, displaying his skills on both guitar and piano.

(more…)

LIVE: Sara Milonovich & Jim Gaudet @ The Linda, 12/5/14

Friday, December 19th, 2014
Jim Gaudet and Sara Milonovich

Jim Gaudet and Sara Milonovich

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

When singer-songwriter-guitarist Jim Gaudet and fab fiddler Sara Milonovich teamed up for an evening at WAMC-FM’s The Linda earlier this month, it was indeed “A Blue(Grassy) Christmas,” as advertised.

But it wasn’t strictly holiday fare. They were joined by Greg Anderson (of Milonovich’s band Daisycutter) and mandolinist Sten Isachsen (of Gaudet’s band the Railroad Boys) for plenty of fine down-home pickin’ and singin’.

At once relaxed and energetic, the homespun show also showcased Gaudet’s wry wit and considerable storytelling prowess.

(more…)

Caffe LenaHolly & EvanCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!The LindaAlbany PoetsArtist Charles HaymesHudson SoundsKeep Albany BoringBerkshire On StageLeave Regular Radio BehindDark Wood Design