We Are All Baker

WeAreBaker, a duo project of Mishal Moore and Richard Cortez, delivered one of the most emotional music experiences I have ever had. I believe everyone in the audience at the Extended Play Sessions felt the same.

WeAreBaker

WeAreBaker

This is going to be a difficult review to write because I doubt my words will adequately convey the intensity of this performance.

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The Subdudes Are Anything But Subdued

The Subdudes is one of my favorite bands and I had not seen them in at least fifteen years, so I made sure to see them at their rare area appearance at the Narrows Center for the Arts last week.

The Subdudes

The Subdudes

Hailing from New Orleans, The Subdudes are a roots rock band that incorporates swamp rock, Cajun/zydeco, blues, and soul into their unique sound. The story goes that they were originally called The Continentals, but a club owner asked if they could tone down the volume so they were subdued.

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The Rockabilly Filly Was In The House

When I know that I am seeing a rockabilly act, I expect it to be a rocking show. What I did not expect from this show at the Extended Play Sessions was the talent that is Rosie Flores, appearing with Dale Watson’s The Lone Stars.

Rosie Flores

Rosie Flores (note her color-coordinated nail polish)

Dale Watson was supposed to appear but he had laryngitis so Rosie graciously agreed to perform in his stead, with his band. Read the rest of this entry

Extraordinary Guitars

Here’s a link to my No Depression review of this extraordinary show by Daniel Lavoie, Trevor Gordon Hall, and Shun Ng at Club Passim on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

Trevor Gordon Hall, Shun Ng, and Dan Lavoie (l to r)

Trevor Gordon Hall, Shun Ng, and Dan Lavoie (l to r)

Shun

Shun

Trevor

Trevor

Dan

Dan

Trevor, Shun, and Dan

Trevor, Shun, and Dan

Shun

Shun

Trevor

Trevor

Dan

Dan

Trevor, Shun, and Dan

Trevor, Shun, and Dan

Shun

Shun

Trevor

Trevor

Dan

Dan

Trevor and Shun

Trevor and Shun

Shun

Shun

Trevor

Trevor

Dan

Dan

Trevor, Shun, and Dan

Trevor, Shun, and Dan

Shun

Shun

Dan

Dan

Trevor, Shun, and Dan

Trevor, Shun, and Dan

Trevor, Shun, and Dan

Trevor, Shun, and Dan

Songs Save Lives

Here’s the link to my review on No Depression of this marvelous roots rock show by Sarah Blacker at Club Passim on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

Sarah

Sarah Blacker

Sarah

Sarah

Seannymac, Sarah and Erik

Seannymac McLaughlin, Sarah and Erik White

Sarah

Sarah

Erik

Erik

Sarah and Erik

Sarah and Erik

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Mike and Seannymac

Mike Levesque and Seannymac

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah and Erik White

Sarah and Erik

SARAH

Sarah

Sarah Black

Sarah

Fil Pacino

Fil Pacino

Tribute to Linda Ronstadt Rocked (Yes, Rocked)

I know it’s hard to believe that a tribute to the songs of Linda Ronstadt, the fabulous singer whose career has been cut short by Parkinson’s disease, could rock, but rock it did at Johnny D’s last week.

Amy Fairchild, Jenny Dee, Susan Cattaneo, Jenee Halstead (l to r)

Amy Fairchild, Jenny Dee, Susan Cattaneo, Jenee Halstead (l to r)

People danced throughout the show, even, as Jenny Dee noted, to ‘Carmelita’ which is a song about heroin! Read the rest of this entry

JLW’s Electric Blues Rocked the House

I walked into Regattabar the other night knowing only that Joe Louis Walker is a blues legend. What I heard and saw were the reasons why he has been nominated for Grammy Awards and is a member of the Blues Hall of Fame.

Joe Louis Walker

Joe Louis Walker

JLW, as he is known, delivered a terrific show, full of energy and passion.

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Exciting News!

As of today, I am the Correspondent in the Boston area for a new program on No Depression, a wonderful magazine dedicated to all things roots music! Called ND Roots, I am partnered with Club Passim in Cambridge, and will be bringing you reviews of many shows.

For these shows, the reviews can be accessed through my page on ND Roots and photographs will be posted on this website. I will provide links from each to the other so you dear readers will not miss anything!

I am thrilled to be part of this new program. To quote Kim Ruehl, editor of No Depression, ‘I am the most important voice on live Americana/roots music in the Boston area!’ Thanks Kim!

My first two reviews are here:  Driftwood and Noel Paul Stookey.

Some Things Change, Some Things Stay The Same

Here’s the link to my review on No Depression of this nostalgic (for me) folk show by Noel Paul Stookey at Club Passim on Sunday, January 11, 2015.

Noel Paul Stookey at Club Passim, January 11, 2015

Noel Paul Stookey

Noel

Noel

Noel

Noel

Noel

Noel

Noel

Noel

Noel

Noel

Noel

Noel

Noel

Noel

Noel

Noel

Warming Up a Wintry Night With Driftwood

Here is a link to my review on No Depression of this terrific American roots rock show by Driftwood at Club Passim on Saturday, January 3, 2015.

Driftwood

Driftwood

Joe Kollar

Joe Kollar

Claire Byrne

Claire Byrne

Dan Forsyth

Dan Forsyth

Joey Arcuri

Joey Arcuri

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Joe and Dan

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Joey and Dan

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Joe

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Joey and Joe

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Driftwood

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Claire

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Claire

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Driftwood

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Mike Kelly, guest drummer

 

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