LIVE: Silver Chicken @ the Parting Glass, 5/4/13

May 7th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Greg Haymes
Video by Brian Mulkerne

They hadn’t played together since the Jimmy Carter administration, but you wouldn’t have known it judging by their first performance in more than 35 years. The original line-up of Silver Chicken, one of the Local 518’s premiere country-rock combos of the mid ’70s, reunited for a string a four shows at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs last weekend, and the years just seemed to melt away.

The first of their three shows on Saturday (May 4) – at the ungodly hour (by rock & roll standards, at least) of 3pm – was not only a blast from the past. It was simply a blast.

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LIVE: The McKrells @ Music Haven, 8/12/12

August 20th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg
Katie McKrell, Kevin McKrell, Greg Anderson and Sarah Millanovich

Katie McKrell, Kevin McKrell, Greg Anderson and Sarah Millanovich

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

It’s certainly not the way that you would want to end your season, but what can you do? The music world is full of the unexpected, and you’ve got to be able to improvise…

The Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park was slated to wrap up its 2012 season with the Irish band McPeake. But unfortunately, the band was unable to get into the U.S. due to a last minute visa snafu, so they were forced to cancel their Schenectady appearance.

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LIVE: The McKrells @ The Egg, 4/8/11

April 11th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
The McKrells

In case you needed another sign of just how bad this past winter was, I do believe hell must have frozen over – on Friday night the McKrells reunion rolled into The Egg in Albany.

There was no sign of any of the rumored animosity from the last few years, either before the show backstage or during. In fact, it was difficult to tell that so many years had passed since they last played together, as they almost had that sixth sense about where each fit into the song that only comes from years of playing together. They each took their turns at the solos with pin-point precision and looked genuinely pleased by each others’ performances.

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