We’re Not From Texas, Lyle, But We Want You Anyway!

Last weekend marked Lyle Lovett‘s third appearance at the Lowell Summer Music Series – twice with his Large Band and once with his smaller Acoustic Group. The Large Band graced the stage at Boarding House Park for this show.

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

I will take Lyle any way I can – he has incredible stage presence and (at least at his Lowell shows) obviously loves what he is doing. Overall, though, I prefer the Large Band because of the depth and range of the instrumentality.  Read the rest of this entry

A Blues Show I Sadly Missed…

On Sunday, August 10th, even though I was in New York I was unable to go to the Music Makers Blues Review (a project of the Music Makers Relief Foundation), which was part of the Americana Festival at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. There were a lot of interesting names on the roster, including several who were new to me.

All photographs are courtesy of Michael Weintraub.

Music Maker Blues Revue Standing Ovation

Music Maker Blues Revue Standing Ovation

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Great Blues Coming Up At Alternate Root TV

A night of wonderful blues is coming up on Friday, August 22nd at the Extended Play Sessions at Alternate Root TV.

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones

Sugar Ray and The Bluetones

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Another Interesting Extended Play Session Announced

The dog days of Summer may be upon us but they’re not slowing down at Alternate Root TV Studio!

Rick Dill Poster

Rick Dill Poster

They are welcoming a new friend, New Jersey based singer, songwriter, and storyteller Rick Dill to film an Extended Play Session at Alternate Root TV on Saturday, August 16th at 7PM.

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Alternate Root TV Hosts Chris Smither

Chris Smither will be the guest artist at an Extended Play session at Alternate Root TV on Monday, August 11th at 7pm!

smither

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Fabulous American Roots Music Triple Play

You would think I had enough music last weekend at the Newport Folk Festival that I might need a bit of a break, but you would be mistaken! I’m not sure I could ever hear too much Americana music, so I headed over to T.T. The Bear’s Place for this fabulous triple bill.

Spirit Family Reunion

Spirit Family Reunion

Two of the three acts I saw this night – The Deslondes and Willy Gantrim – were at Newport this year (although I did not see them except when they sat in for other sets) while Spirit Family Reunion, the headliner, was at the Festival the previous two years.

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‘In Spite of the Devil’ Spuyten Duyvil Soared

Spuyten Duyvil is a section of Bronx County, New York; it is also the name of a New York-based American roots band that roared into an Extended Play session at Alternate Root TV recently.

Spuyten Duyvil

Spuyten Duyvil

I was excited to see this band because their music seemed to be right up my favorite alley. I felt the energy that emanates from one of their publicity photos, and their live show supported that feeling.

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Initial Musings On Newport Folk Festival 2014

This year’s Newport Folk Festival has been ‘in the can’ for about 18 hours. I have not yet looked at my photos in depth, but wanted to get something out for those who were there as well as those who weren’t.

Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival

This year had some stellar moments as always, as I have come to expect.

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Fascinating Pandeiro Jazz Show

I did not know what a pandeiro was when I booked this show, but the idea of hearing a Brazilian percussion instrument alongside guitar and piano playing music that combines Brazilian music and jazz fascinated me.

Scott Feiner on the pandeiro

Scott Feiner on the pandeiro

Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz performed at Regattabar last weekend to an enthusiastic audience.

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A Night of Great Heavy Blues

I had not attended an Extended Play Session at Alternate Root TV in what felt like a very long time (in reality it was only a month), and was excited to be seeing Trampled Under Foot on Monday night.

Trampled Under Foot

Trampled Under Foot

Another band with which I was familiar in name only, Kansas City-based TUF (as they are known) has won blues awards going back about twelve years so I am not sure how my radar missed them. Unfortunately, the band announced recently that they are not going to perform together after the end of this year but will each pursue separate careers. Darn!

TUF

TUF

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