There are a number of reasons why Malcolm Holcombe‘s performance at the Extended Play Session for Alternate Root TV was so special, not the least of which is that it was a milestone birthday celebration for me!
I was not familiar with Malcolm prior to this show but went in with an open mind and heart.
I was almost giddy with excitement at my impending interview with Ian Anderson, scheduled during a break between legs of his current American tour (he is touring in support of his 2014 release, ‘Homo Erraticus’ – a wonderful album – I suggest buying it). Not only was it my first interview (although I feel it was more of a conversation) but I would be talking with rock royalty!
I admitted at the outset that it was my first time interviewing anyone and that admission seemed to set me free to relax and enjoy the process, and enjoy it I did! Ian did an amazing job of making me feel at ease.
I was prepared to enjoy The Howlin’ Brothers at the Extended Play Sessions at Alternate Root TV, but I had no idea just how much! In fact, I enjoyed them so much I saw them a few days later at Atwood’s Tavern!
The announcement for the show promised a foot-stompin’, loud hollerin’ show, and the Brothers delivered just that (with emphasis on the foot stomping).
“Not quite country, somewhere beyond folk, Holcombe’s music is a kind of blues in motion, mapping backwoods corners of the heart” wrote David Fricke in Rolling Stone Magazine.
I was lucky enough to attend both full days (there is a small line-up on Friday evening which I was unable to attend) of the Freshgrass Festival in the Berkshires. Saturday was a long but fabulous day, and Sunday was no less than that.
In fact, I was more excited about Sunday’s line-up. (Click here for my review of Saturday.)
This was the sixth time I’ve seen Club d’Elf this year at Lizard Lounge, and it was quite possibly the best – up to now! Okay, I am a bit biased because David Tronzo is a friend and whenever he appears with the band I try to attend.
Club d’Elf does a (mostly) bi-weekly residency at Lizard Lounge and has a devoted following.
I am in love with Gangstagrass! There, I’ve said it… This writer, who has seen a lot of bluegrass bands but never a hip-hop band, loves the hip-hop bluegrass that is Gangstagrass!
I expected the Wisewater show to be a good one at an Extended Play Session for Alternate Root TV; one of the members, Forrest O’Connor, is the son of fiddler extraordinaire Mark O’Connor. This review will not focus on that, other than to say Forrest’s apple lands right under his father’s tree yet he is a completely different musician.
Wisewater bills itself as country pop; while that is accurate, I bristle at the term ‘pop’ so I won’t use it here. Read the rest of this entry
Where do I start about a day when I heard thirteen different bands (I know, there were 14 bands that day but I ended up leaving before the headliner started)?
As I wrote in my initial thoughts on the Freshgrass Festival, this is a well curated festival, featuring bluegrass, newgrass, psychograss, country, and everything in between. Some acts were well-known, such as Sam Bush and The Infamous Stringdusters, while others were not as well-known, like Cricket Tell The Weather and The Deedle Deedle Dees. All have the kind of talent that brought them to New England for a bluegrass festival. Read the rest of this entry