LIVE: Betty & the Baby Boomers @ The Linda, 11/12/16
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
Originally a quartet featuring Steve Stanne, Paul Rubeo, Jeanne McAvoy and Betty Boomer, the group was expanded in 2010 to include bassist Robert Bard. And for this performance, Dobro player Steve Stanne’s old college friend Dave Gordon was added to the line-up.
Generally known for their renditions of folk songs associated with the Hudson Valley and Pete Seeger, their repertoire has greatly expanded with this new release. Among the new songs covered are Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” Jobim’s “Waters of March” and the Laura Nyro-penned BS&T classic, “And When I Die.” And Randy Newman’s sardonic “Sail Away” has been arranged in a medley the old spiritual “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” giving a sweetness but irony to both songs.
Members of the group took turns singing lead and harmonizing. Multiple instruments were played including kazoos for the children’s song “Their Brains Were Small and They Died”. Rubeo played the Irish bodhran in his unique style with brushes, when percussion was needed.
One could not help but hum along with the music.
What will the next few years bring to Betty and the Betty Boomers no one knows, but it sure will be filled with harmony.
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