Posts Tagged ‘Val Haynes’
Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson. See more of Kirsten’s photos from this show here.
It’s not every day that you get to see a grown man on stage playing a typewriter behind his head like Jimi Hendrix wielding a Stratocaster at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. At least the former refrained from igniting his instrument, perhaps recognizing that the Albany police station was adjacent to the Steamer No. 10 Theatre.
It’s hard to believe that the Star Spangled Washboard Band had not played a show in 15 years – even the band members themselves made reference throughout the night to that swift, odd passage of time, sometimes with dated jokes that were nonetheless funny. What was obvious as well, seriously, was that their repetoire of songs had vintage quality right from the start.
What can I say about Blotto that hasn’t already been said, and probably better?
Review and photographs by Ed Conway
NAME: Val Haynes
INSTRUMENT: voice, grade Z guitar player
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Supremes’ “Back in My Arms Again.” I played it till the grooves wore out, but I listened to every record my mom owned: Teresa Brewer, Adam Faith, Mahalia Jackson (big fan) along with whatever was playing on Top 40. At my granddad’s house I learned about country and stood in front of the record player singing Skeeter Davis’ “The End of the World” over and over and over and over….
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The original Supremes at the Colonie Summer Theatre. I was 12. My mom drove me there and picked me up. I even waited outside the tour bus and got Diana Ross to sign my ticket stub, now long gone.
Mark your calendars now.
After a rather lengthy hiatus from this thing we call the music scene, “Lonesome Val” Haynes is returning to the spotlight. She’ll be performing at The Linda in Albany as the opening act for Crash Test Dummies at 8pm on Saturday, December 4.
After Fear of Strangers split up, lead vocalist Val Haynes became Lonesome Val, and recorded two mighty fine solo albums for the Hoboken, NJ-based indie label Bar/None Records – the self-titled “Lonesome Val” (1990) and “NYC” (1994).