Parade of Shoes: Val Haynes

May 24th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Sara
Val Haynes @ The JB Scott's Reunion, 5/5/12 (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Val Haynes performing with Fear of Strangers @ The JB Scott's Reunion, 5/5/12 (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Val Haynes performing at Steamer 10 Theatre, 4/21/12 (photo by Paul Jossman)

Val Haynes performing at Steamer 10 Theatre, 4/21/12 (photo by Paul Jossman)


LIVE: The Star Spangled Washboard Band @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 4/21/12

April 30th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Star Spangled Washboard Band

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.

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LIVE: Blotto @ Albany Tulip Festival, 5/8/11

May 9th, 2011, 4:04 pm by Greg

Blotto, back at Tulip Fest by popular demand after an absence of 13 years

Blotto with special guest Val Haynes

Lonesome Val Haynes (of Fear of Strangers) wards off the storm with "Running Between the Raindrops"

Blotto with special guest Jim Furlong

Special guest Jim Furlong (of the A.D.'s) wails on "It's All Over Now"

What can I say about Blotto that hasn’t already been said, and probably better?

Review and photographs by Ed Conway

Five Firsts: “Lonesome Val” Haynes

November 30th, 2010, 12:00 pm by Greg

Lonesome Val

Lonesome Val

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.

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Attention! Fans of the Units/Fear of Strangers…

October 8th, 2010, 10:34 am by Greg

Lonesome Val

Lonesome Val

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.

Not only that, but Lonesome Val will be accompanied by guitarist and former bandmate Todd Nelson, who just released a fine instrumental trio album of his own, “Here.” (Read our review here.)

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).

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