LIVE: Lost Radio Rounders @ Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, 10/17/15
Review and photographs by Dave Danglis
Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay, that intrepid Lost Radio Rounders duo, celebrated the release of their first official studio recording, Hard Trials, at a Guilderland charity concert last Friday.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I’m a long-time friend of Tom Lindsay, and I designed LRR’s three most recent CDs. But living four hours away from the duo’s stomping grounds (and preferring, it must be admitted, quirky, plugged-in pop-rock rather than guitar-plucking acoustic Americana), I had not seen the band perform until this event.
Naturally, the show featured several tunes from Hard Trials, and since the album centers on the themes of death and loss, one might have expected a dark and somber evening. Instead, the show displayed a wide range of emotions, from contemplative (the lullaby “That’s All Right”) to foot-stomping (“Jesus on the Mainline”) to silly fun (“The Man Who Rode the Mule Around the World”). Festivities were wrapped up with a rousing rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Lindsay and Eck know how to structure a set list that keeps the listener interested, engaged and singing along.
The band was rounded out with guests Don McGrory (of the Berkshire Ramblers; slide guitar and vocals), Ted Hennessy (the Doornails; harmonica and vocals) and Amaal Yehia (vocals), with each enjoying several moments in the spotlight.
The show was the second in the duo’s Third Friday Charity Concert Series; each event benefits a different local non-profit.
The next in the series will be held on Friday, November 20, at the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church in Guilderland. Guests will include singer-songwriter Kim Kilby, old-time country and gospel quartet the Bluebillies and teen multi-instrumentalist Niamh Schmid.
CD: Lost Radio Rounders’ “Hard Trials”
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LOST RADIO ROUNDERS SET LIST
I Wouldn’t Mind Dying
Sign of Judgment
Nobody’s Fault But Mine
Hear the Lambs Are a-Cryin’
Jesus on the Mainline
What Are They Doing in Heaven Today?
The Lone Pilgrim
I’m Going Home
Fall on the Rock
In My Time of Dying
Glory Glory Hallelujah
I Am a Pilgrim
That’s All Right
The Man Who Rode the Mule Around the World
There Are Strange Things Happening Every Day
I’ll Fly Away
Blessed Be the Name
When the Saints Go Marching In