Review by Wes Seneca
Photographs by Amaal Yehia
To those who have followed his three decade musical journey, it came as no surprise that Michael Eck was performing on his 49th birthday. The Jug Stomper, solo artist and Frank Jaklitsch sideman joined his Lost Radio Rounders cohort Tom Lindsay in the Old Chapel of McKownville United Methodist Church in Albany for the finale of the 2013 Third Friday Charity Concert Series. The concert was a sing-along program which also featured multi-instrumentalist Mike Kelley (the Sharks, Blotto) and percussionist Sam Zucchini (the Zucchini Brothers, Rodeo Barons).
Zucchini transitioned to guitarist and vocalist for Gary Davis’ “I Belong to the Band,” and second set opener “Angel Roll the Stone Away.” Mike Kelley’s vocals and dobro were featured on “Jesus on the Mainline,” and he and Rounder Tom Lindsay shared harmonies on “Kneel at the Cross.” Some of the biggest cheers of the evening came after Kelley’s performances at the Old Chapel’s upright piano.