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We All Need To Know Eric Erdman

Some friends are big supporters of Alabama-based singer-songwriter Eric Erdman; since we have similar taste in music (we met at AmericanaFest), they suggested I would enjoy his recent release, It’s Not Like You Don’t Know Me. They were right!!!

Eric Erdman

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A Weekend Of Traditional Music In Brooklyn

I would not have known the Brooklyn Folk Festival existed were it not for the publicist. I might have known if I lived in New York, but I do not. I am grateful to that publicist because I was introduced to some fine people – musicians, a writer, and a filmmaker – who enriched my life.

Eli Smith, founder of the Brooklyn Folk Festival

This three-day festival celebrated its ninth year with a large diverse crowd, ranging from families with babies to older people who lived through the folk revival movement of the 1950s and 1960s.The musicians were as diverse as the audience; there was an 11-year old girl playing a mean banjo and there was Jim Kweskin who was part of the folk revival movement.

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Soulful Blues? Bluesy Soul?

The fabulous Canadian blues artist Matt Andersen made his way south of the border for a tour supporting his most recent release, Honest Man, and I was fortunate to be able to see not one but two of his shows! This Extended Play Sessions show was the second of those shows, and by now I knew his new album very well.

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

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Soulful Blues Master From North Of The Border

Click here to read my review of this show on No Depression.

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Mike Farrington Jr.

Mike Farrington Jr.

Mike Farrington Jr., Matt Andersen

Mike Farrington Jr., Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Chris Kirby

Chris Kirby

Geoff Arsenault, Chris Kirby

Geoff Arsenault, Chris Kirby

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Mike Farrington Jr.

Mike Farrington Jr.

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Tom Wilson, Thompson Wilson, Matt Andersen

Tom Wilson, Thompson Wilson, Matt Andersen

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

Thompson Wilson, Tom Wilson

Thompson Wilson, Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

Thompson Wilson, Tom Wilson

Thompson Wilson, Tom Wilson

An Emotionally Rich Performance By Guy Davis

Every once in a while I see a show that truly takes away my breath, be it by the power of the music, the lyrics, or both, or by the passionate intensity of the musicians. Guy Davis who performed at The Extended Play Sessions recently delivered one of those shows in all those respects.

Guy Davis

Guy Davis

I arrived early and was treated to part of the sound check/rehearsal, which lasted until doors opened. After the first few notes, I was hooked (lucky me, I was able to hear even more of his fabulous music).

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Jorma Kaukonen Deserves His Legendary Status

Everyone in the audience eagerly anticipated Jorma Kaukonen‘s appearance at The Extended Play Sessions last week; Jorma is certainly the best-known musician to have graced the stage at the Sessions.

Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen

The crowd was buzzing with excitement as Jorma and Barry Mitterhoff took the stage for the show, but quickly became silent as the first notes wafted from their guitars.

Harry Mitterhoff and Jorma Kaukonen

Barry Mitterhoff and Jorma Kaukonen

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Acoustic Blues Master Eric Bibb Beguiled

As soon as I saw that Eric Bibb would perform at Regattabar, I made sure I would be in the audience. Eric lives in Finland and does not tour the United States frequently, which made this a relatively rare appearance.

Eric Bibb

Eric Bibb

I first saw Eric perform a couple of years ago when he toured with Habib Koité, one of my favorite Malian musicians; I was familiar with Eric in name only prior to that show, but his performance convinced me to put him on my radar.

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