Be Here Now: Lloyd Cole @ Club Helsinki, 6/14/12
Father and son…
Around the Nippertown music scene, the roots-rockin’ Tichy Boys – father John and son Graham – are spearheading the charge, but they’re not alone. Last month, Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard and his 18-year-old son Lucas mesmerized a nearly sold-out crowd at The Linda; dad Steven Clyde Davies sat in on keyboards with his son Mike’s band the LateShift at the Albany Tulip Festival; and Maceo Pray picked up his melodica to jam with dad Keith Pray’s Soul Jazz Revival for a Troy Night Out performance.
Now Lloyd Cole – British-born singer-songwriter and former leader of the band the Commotions – is venturing into father-and-son territory, too, on his oh-so-brief northeastern U.S. tour that culminates with a pre-Father’s Day concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Thursday (June 14), in which he’ll be accompanied by his 19-year-old son William.
“The hope is that Will’s youth and playing style bring something fresh and vibrant to my show,” says Cole the elder. “The worry is I have stand next to someone who looks better than I did 30 years ago. We may need special lighting.”