Posts Tagged ‘Troy’

A Few Minutes With… Dale Watson

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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Interview and story by Don Wilcock

Dale Watson – appearing Wednesday night (January 28) at The Hangar in Troy – has an axe to grind about today’s so-called country music, what it is and what it isn’t. “Blake Shelton says nobody wants to listen to granddaddy’s music, that they’re just old farts and jackasses. He’s wrong,” says the silver-haired, tattooed Texas troubadour.

Watson is single-handedly bringing the Sun Studios, rockabilly and countrypolitan music
kicking and swinging into the 21st century with apologies to none of the black-hat pretty boys who are filling Nashville’s coffers these days. He has a two-decade discography of 20 albums that declared his intentions first time out of the box with a song called “Nashville Rash” on his 1995 Hightone CD Cheatin’ Heart Attack that railed against the mainstream country hits of artists like Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney.

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LIVE: Molly Durnin @ the Ale House, 1/10/15

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Now based in South Carolina, former Nippertown singer-songwriter Molly Durnin headed north for a January homecoming tour around the Local 518, and our intrepid contributor Tim Reidy caught up with her at one of her first stops, the Ale House in Troy.

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LIVE: Rockin’ Christmas 2014 @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall,

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
Whitney Wolanin

Whitney Wolanin

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Pop singer and Albany native Whitney Wolanin and her band the Shenanigans headlined the B95.5-FM Rockin’ Christmas 2014 celebration at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall earlier this month. Proceeds from the concert benefitted Siena College’s Rockin’ Christmas Scholarship Fund.

LIVE: Eddie Angel’s Rock & Roll Christmas Party @ the Ale House, 12/18/14

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
Chris Sprague, Eddie Angel, Pete Curry and Kevin Maul

Chris Sprague, Eddie Angel, Pete Curry and Kevin Maul

Review and photographs by Ed Conway

‘Twas the week before Christmas
And all through the Capital District
Not a creature was stirring…

Because they seemed to be all packed into the Ale House, as the region’s prodigal son, Eddie Angel, was back in town. His band, Los Straitjackets, was passing through as the backing band for Nick Lowe, who was at The Egg the next night (a fantastic show, but I’ll leave that to someone else to talk about). In town a day early, they stopped into the cozy Troy pub for some libations and some wild musical fun.

Joining guitarslinger Angel were his Los Straitjackets bandmates Chris “Sugarballs” Sprague and Pete Curry (who also performed as the Outta Sites), as well as a true cornucopia of Local 518 roots-rockin’ musical talent.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Pete Curry of Los Straitjackets

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Los Straitjackets

Los Straitjackets

NAME: Pete Curry
BAND AFFILIATION: Los Straitjackets
INSTRUMENT: bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASThe BIG Sounds of the Drags!

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LIVE: Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 12/6/14

Monday, December 15th, 2014
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Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk

Environment is important, and the environment for Jaimeo Brown’s appearance at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy was certainly different from that blazing-hot June day at SPAC when his group Transcendence knocked everyone’s socks off at the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival Gazebo stage. On the plus side, this show was inside the Sanctuary’s cozy confines, so there was no danger of losing any of the power these three tremendous young musicians are able to harness; on the minus, it was cold and wet and trying to snow, which usually tends to pick off the more weather-averse concert-goer. Whether it was the viral marketing that went with this show or just the memory of the wild ride Transcendence took us on that summer, the place was almost packed at showtime.

It was great to hear emcee/booker Susan Brink confirm my recollection about how entranced the crowd had been at the Gazebo. “The entire audience was as one,” she told us during her glowing introduction. After Brown, altoist Jaleel Shaw and guitarist-loopmaster Chris Sholar had come on stage, Brown split time between thanking us profusely for braving the weather and explaining about how this music “celebrates community,” and how at its root is the Gee’s Bend, Alabama community where the field recordings that inspired Brown were created. “This music is homegrown,” he added. “And you are part of our community now!”

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LIVE: Patrick Porter @ CAC Woodside, 11/18/14

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Video and photographs by Timothy Reidy

Concert…
Art exhibit…
Birthday party…

Multi-talented Patrick Porter rolled ‘em all into one November evening at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy…

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Jim Brickman, Pianist Extraordinaire, at Troy Music Hall on Thursday [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Jim Brickman, appearing at the Troy Music Hall.

Jim Brickman, appearing at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

By Larry Murray

Christmas is warmer, more special when you celebrate it with a friend. And for many, Jim Brickman is a special person in their lives, having brought his unique music and personality to the stage for more than a decade. For those of us in the Berkshire and Albany area, his appearance at 7:30pm on Thursday (December 11) at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall will be writ large in our holiday calendar.

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