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Before they even hit a chord, Royal Southern Brotherhood has your attention. In the US South, where music is religion, two rock ‘n’ roll bloodlines tower above all others. In the saloon bars from Mississippi to Maryland, mere mention of the Allman and Neville Brothers casts a magic spell.... $30 Advance | $35 Day of Show
Widely acclaimed as one of today’s finest narrative songwriters, Shindell has a rare gift for using detail to illuminate his character’ motivations and actions without ever getting mired in minutiae. Not Far Now’s nine new compositions (complimented by a pair of outside songs) are haunting vignettes that exist vividly beyond the song that documents them: Shindell gives the listener a window into these lives, but their story continues long after the window is shut. “Time deposits me, the character I’m writing about, and a listener there at the first line,” he observes. “Then, at the end of the song, at the end of the last line, life and time go on. The song happens in between those two moments.”
Mascot Label Group / Provogue are delighted to announce the release of the new album, ‘Far As I Can See’, from guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Matt Schofield. He is lauded as the British blues guitarist of current times. Guitarist magazine said, “There isn’t a better British blues guitarist playing currently.” With his first release for Provogue, Schofield finds himself as representative for the long tradition of British Blues on the ultimate blues guitar label, and gaining a home amongst his peers - the world’s greatest contemporary blues players.
The new collection finds Schofield on stunning form, well able to justify both his fearsome reputation and also the sense of anticipation around this release. Alongside two choice covers from his musical heroes, the album’s nine original tracks showcase his continued growth as an exciting songwriter within the genre, delivered with impassioned vocals to create a diverse and unique take on the blues. “Far As I Can See” is his fifth studio album. He has also released four live collections, and a guitar instructional DVD for publisher Hal Leonard. The recipient of major awards - British Blues Awards Guitarist of the Year 2010, 2011 & 2012 (making him the first guitarist in the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame), Mojo Magazine Blues Album of the Year 2011 and British Blues Awards Album of the Year 2010 – he imbues this album with stunning musicianship; but never at the expense of heart and soul.
Matt Schofield was rated in the top ten British blues guitarists of all time by Guitar & Bass Magazine alongside such icons as Eric Clapton and Peter Green. His prowess as a blues guitarist has seen him trade licks with iconic guitarists like Buddy Guy and Robben Ford; and brought him high praise in the ‘Penguin Book of Blues Recordings’ as one of only two living British artists to gain a maximum four-star rating.
SUNDAY - MARCH 16, 2014 This is a fundraiser for Bristol Elder Services Doors open at 2:30 p.m. | Performance starts at 3:00 p.m.
Travel back to the days when rock’n’roll was fun, and music was fun, with a classic dance party starring Fall River native Charlie Quintal and Talk Of The Town.
A longtime staple at the Warwick Musical Theater, dance halls, and venues throughout the Northeast, Charlie has been entertaining music fans for six decades with classic rock'n'roll (“Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Tequila”), doo wop harmonies (“Take Me As I Am,” “Lovely Lies”) and mainstream pop (“Georgia On My Mind,” “Baby”) and has reunited his high-energy act for this special charity event, the Bristol Elder Services Emergency Assistance Fundraiser.
Jefferson Starship, created by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner; and, David Freiberg, also a former Jefferson Airplane member and co-founder of the legendary Quicksilver Messenger Service - takes aim on yet another historic milestone in 2012. The band, descended from Jefferson Airplane - who performed at Monterey and Woodstock, at Altamont with the Rolling Stones, and shared the bill countless times with Grateful Dead & Janis Joplin, and whose music helped define a generation focused on civil rights, environmental awareness and anti-war activism - is set to perform their 2,000th concert since they first soared in 1974 following the 1972 dissolution of Jefferson Airplane.
Only the finest musicians have the ability to capture the nuances of life in sound, which puts Johnny in a very exclusive group of six-stringers that includes Les Paul, Wes Montgomery, Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, and Jimi Hendrix. The secret is his blend of melody, sonic definition, technique and that indefinable-yet-tangible quality called “soul.” And he's eloquently shared that secret on the CDs Sometime Tuesday Morning (2001), Get Inside (2004) and the instructional DVD Taste, Tone, Space (2006). All the virtues of Johnny A’s playing are in abundant display on One November Night.
Johnny has shared the stage with B.B. King, Les Paul, Jeff Beck, JJ Cale, Etta James, Dr. John, Joe Satriani, Peter Frampton, Steve Vai, George Thorogood, Eric Johnson, Joe Bonamassa, Huey Lewis and the News, Sonny Landreth, Robben Ford, Monte Montgomery, Duke Robillard and Coco Montoya, among others.
Performances at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival and many more.
Toronto roots rock band, Enter The Haggis, has proven itself to be a true grassroots success story, and never has this been more evident than with the group’s latest release, The Modest Revolution. Inspired entirely by the content of one Canadian newspaper, and funded entirely through the generous contributions of loyal fans, The Modest Revolution represents the latest step in the group’s exciting musical journey.
Seven albums and a decade plus on the road have seen Enter The Haggis evolve from wildly popular local band to established international touring act, with a sound that lies somewhere between the fiercely creative and contemporary soundscapes of Radiohead, and the heartfelt story-telling and infectious grooves of The Band.
This first time Narrows event will feature a scrumptious brunch provided by the excellent Pranzi Catering with a heavy dose of smokin blues. A great way to spend a Sunday morning/afternoon. The event will be limited to 140 people with table seating for everyone. Tickets must be purchased in advance and sales will stop on Friday March 21 at 3 pm. The brunch will be an all you can eat buffet with Fresh Fruit Salad, Scrambled Eggs, Croissant French Toast, Bacon, Breakfast Sausage, Chicken Francaise, Sweet Potatoes and Red Bliss Potatoes Home Fries, Assorted Breakfast Pastries and Bagels, Juice, Coffee and Tea. We will have a cash bar with Mimosa's, Bloody Marys and Beer and Wine.
As a bandleader and composer, Stubbs has earned himself a reputation for penning soul-drenched Roots & Blues guitar instrumentals. His well-crafted songs are melodic and original; echoing the sounds of historic greats such as Booker T and the MGs, Earl Hooker, Lonnie Mack, and Freddie King. Blues guitarist Rick Holmstrom sums it up best: “The thing I like best about Matt Stubbs playing is that he leaves space. There are plenty of young blues guitarists who can play a whole lot of guitar, and Matt can hang with ‘em all, but there are very few who understand that it's important to let it breathe. I dig the economy and simplicity of Matt's playing. He's got an old soul.”
In addition to playing with The Charlie Musselwhite band, Stubbs has also toured and recorded with many top Blues and Soul acts such as Junior Watson, John Nemeth, Janiva Magness, Lynwood Slim, Brian Templeton and Sax Gordon.
Dennis Brennan is soulful vocalist and harp player. With a whiskey soaked voice and a passion for the blues, Brennan can transform a room into a Delta roadhouse. This unique pairing of the Matt Stubbs Band with Dennis Brennan on vocals will surely please lovers of the blues.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is an eight piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of seven men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. While each of the Birds are capable of lighting up the stage with jaw dropping displays of musicianship, it’s clear they’re focused on delivering the band’s infectious music as a single entity. Simply put, the band’s live show is explosive.
This double bill features two of the Narrows favorites both of whom will be celebrating the release of new cds. GGG’s latest “Good Luck” is their best yet.
With great tunes, soulful vocals and organic production from Roscoe Amble, this record rocks, Sarah’s latest “Radio Sweetheart” is produce by Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin. Well crafted tunes with brassy vocals makes this disc a winner. Expect some collaboration between the two acts as well.
While best known as a beloved “American Idol” finalist, Crystal Bowersox has become a stand out singer/songwriter whose work spans many genres, from blues and country to folk and rock. Since her season of wowing audiences around the world on season nine of “American Idol,” Bowersox has released two records, the most recent being the country/soul accented “All That for This” in 2013, which opened to widespread critical acclaim. This past fall, she branched out into Broadway, playing the lead role in “Always, Patsy Cline.” Combining her powerful and dynamic vocals with her remarkably mature songwriting, Bowersox is described as, “Bluesy and soulful, with a voice incapable of artifice...” (The Washington Post).
$38 Advance | $42 Day of Show
EXCLUSIVE - Add-On VIP Package includes meet & greet, VIP laminate, exclusive picture, question and answer time, photo op, and an acoustic song performed by Crystal. This will take place one hour before doors open. Limited tickets available.
The Melodic, whose young members hail from the South London melting pot of Brixton, are currently trekking across North America utilizing an assortment of exotic instruments including the charango, kora, and melodica. As Electronic Musician writes “these international instruments are what give Effra Parade its very British folk-pop flavor. For a band in their early 20s, the Melodic’s debut, Effra Parade, sounds aged and knowing. Paste says that the band “creates a blend of various musical stylings and spits them out as something fresh and sleek... Percussion shuffles along as the group’s harmonies intertwine, coalescing into a soft yet poignant timbre that evokes shimmering memories of careless days.”
No Depression recently described the band’s sound as “filled with globe-bouncing catchiness, young spirited harmonies, and melodically whimsical rhythms,” while The Atlantic City Weekly writes “Saluting English ‘60s folk heroes such as Bert Jansch, the Incredible String Band, Vashti Bunyan, Fairport Convention and Nick Drake while taking the baton from Scotland’s Belle & Sebastian for a stretch. Songs such as “Roots” and “Runaway” are perfectly plucked gems, while “On My Way” could be a legit hit.”
With their 2010 Nonesuch debut, Genuine Negro Jig-which garnered a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy-the Carolina Chocolate Drops proved that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music they’d so scrupulously researched and passionately performed could be a living, breathing, ever-evolving sound. Starting with material culled from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, they sought to freshly interpret this work, not merely recreate it, highlighting the central role African-Americans played in shaping our nation’s popular music from its beginnings more than a century ago. The virtuosic trio’s approach was provocative and revelatory. Their concerts, The New York Times declared, were “an end-to-end display of excellence... They dip into styles of southern black music from the 1920s and ‘30s-string- band music, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz-and beam their curiosity outward. They make short work of their instructive mission and spend their energy on things that require it: flatfoot dancing, jug playing, shouting.”
Rolling Stone Magazine described the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ style as “dirt-floor-dance electricity.” If you ask the band, that is what matters most. Yes, banjos and black string musicians first got here on slave ships, but now this is everyone's music. It's okay to mix it up and go where the spirit moves.
Austin-based Hot Club of Cowtown have grown to be the most globe-trotting, hardest-swinging Western swing trio on the planet. The first American band to tour Azerbaijan, they have opened stadiums for such artists as Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. Hot Club of Cowtown have created an international cult following for their brand of western swing. a sonic personification of joy and unique sound inspired by their namesakes: “Hot Club” from the hot jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli’s Hot Club of France, and “Cowtown” from the Western swing influence of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.
Back by popular demand! Paula Poundstone is one of the great stand-up comedians of our time. She can be heard as a frequent panelist on NPR’s popular weekly news quiz show, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.” She tours the country regularly, performing her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy. No performance is ever the same, but each is equally as funny. Be prepared to laugh out loud!
This is a 9 piece Stax/soul revue of the highest order
John Németh is a rising blues star; a singer steeped in the tradition and reminiscent of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Junior Parker, and a harmonica player of riveting intensity and virtuosity. His decade long career has found him opening for
Robert Cray, Keb Mo’, and Earl Thomas. Performing major music festivals around the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia has brought him critical acclaim.
The Bo-Keys are a Memphis Soul group featuring legendary Stax/Volt and Hi Records session players. The Bo-Keys performed the original score for Hustle & Flow, and appear in the film Soul Men, performing on-screen with stars Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac. They also appear on three songs for the film’s soundtrack including the Grammy nominated song, “Soul Music” by Anthony Hamilton. In 2010 The Bo-Keys were featured on Cyndi Lauper’s Grammy nominated Memphis Blues album. The band’s latest release “Got to Get Back!” has been featured on NPR, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
Simon Townshend delivers his uniquely personal, yet universally relatable songs with an intense emotional commitment that allows him to forge an instant connection with his audience. Whether he’s playing solo acoustic or with his band, Simon’s enthusiasm and passion for performing and sharing his music is undeniable. “There’s a certain nakedness. When you're just standing on a stage with a guitar, it comes down to the bare bones. If the songs are strong, people really like it. It's something that I love doing.
In February 2014, Simon Townshend’s album DENIAL, his most personal and affecting work to date, will be released on his own STIR Music label. Many of the tracks on DENIAL were inspired by events surrounding his family: some joyful, some difficult, some tragic. “I couldn't help writing. It was inspirational and, for me, the best medicine is writing because it heals me.”
Simon is currently busier than ever, receiving rave reviews for his work as guitarist and vocalist on The Who’s 2012/2013 Quadrophenia and More Tour. When not performing with The Who, he’s committed to an extensive solo touring schedule, highlighted by multiple sellout shows at Joe’s Pub in New York City and attaining the opening spot on Heart’s 2013 Canadian “Fanatic” tour and Big Country’s 2013 UK “The Journey Tour.” Most recently, at the invitation of both Jimmy and The Roots, Simon had a blast sitting in with the band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Sept 11, 2013.
Pete is a singer-songwriter based in New York City. He began his career with the band Dispatch. For almost ten years, the three members of Dispatch released four studio albums, a live CD, and a DVD under their own label, Bomber Records. They gained dedicated fans without the assistance of a major record company and became pioneers in the music industry, playing to capacity at major venues across the country and selling more than 600,000 albums.
In 2004 Dispatch celebrated a remarkable eight-year run by performing a farewell show in Boston, MA. Over 110,000 fans were in attendance, making it the largest independent music event in history. Three years later, the band reunited at Madison Square Garden in New York City playing three sold-out nights benefiting charities to combat famine, disease, and social injustice in Zimbabwe. They made history once again as the first independent band to headline the Garden.
The music did not stop there. Pete Francis has created a soulful catalogue of solo music as well. In his songs a poetic tension exists between textured imagery and pure improvised rock and roll. A Pete Francis record feels like a ride from New York City to the coast of Maine. Sometimes his songs are weightless abstractions. Sometimes they tell the story of experience.
Two Narrows favorites sharing the stage for a great night of music. Mark T Small quite frankly is the beast acoustic blues player in New England. Mark possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the blues ranging from Charlie Patton to John Lee Hooker to Johnny Winter. He is equally adept at flat picking or finger picking.
Danielle is singer songwriter and blues woman of the highest order. With a soulful and powerful voice and superb guitar skills, Danielle really delivers a great show. She was recently named 2013 Favorite Local Female songwriter by Redline Roots Magazine.
New York and Boston Rivalry has been around since this country was founded not just in sports, bootleggers and politics but also on the comedy front. With different styles each city has produced the best comics in the world. Boston has had amazing rapid fire comics as: Steven Wright, Denis Leary, Jay Leno, Louis C.K., Dane Cook, Bill Burr, Lenny Clarke, Conan O’Brien, Nick DiPaolo, Mario Cantone, Don Gavin, and the list continues.
New York is the breeding ground for talent and most comics will spend time there if they want to become famous. New York born Comics include: Jackie Gleason, Rodney Dangerfield, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Andy Kaufman, Andrew Dice Clay, Adam Sandler, Ray Romano, Kevin James, Greg Giraldo, Woody Allen, Rosie O’Donnel, George Carlin, Al Frankin, Eddie Murphy and many more.
Now, some of New York and Boston’s best Comedians are going to meet and face off @ The Narrows Center for the Arts!
TEAM BOSTON - Mike Donovan
Originally from South Boston, Mike attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He graduated from Career Academy School of Broadcasting in 1973 and was a top-40 DJ at WEKT-FM in Hammondsport NY in 1974-1975. Mike got his first stand-up comedy gig at Corning NY and became a full time stand-up comedian in 1978. Donovan is also a writer whose articles have been published in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Sports Collectors Digest. He has also worked as a reporter for Sports Illustrated, and was a radio talk show host on WTTK-FM Boston in 2008. Mike appears regularly at the Comedy Stops at the Sahara Las Vegas and the Tropicana Atlantic City.
TEAM NEW YORK - Sean Lynch
Sean has been on MTV, Spike TV, Firebrand TV, Comedy Central, Pilot for VH1 and has been seen at the premier comedy clubs in NYC that include Caroline’s, Broadway and the Underground Comedy Lounge. Don’t miss his hilarious stand up and characters on drinking, being Irish, friends, pop culture and everything else.
w/ special guest DJ HAZARD
A founding member of Boston’s infamous Ding Ho Club, whose members include Steven Wright, Bobcat Goldthwait, Paula Poundstone and Denis Leary, DJ Hazard went on to tour nearly all of North America before returning to New York City to act and write.
There are songwriters who sing their songs, and then there are songs who sing their writers.
Alejandro Escovedo is one with his muse and his music. Over a lifetime spent traversing the bridge between words and melody, he has ranged over an emotional depth that embraces all forms of genre and presentation, a resolute voice that weathers the emotional terrain of our lives, its celebrations and despairs, landmines and blindsides and upheavals and beckoning distractions, in search for ultimate release and the healing truth of honesty. Sometimes it takes the form of barely contained rage, the rock of punk amid kneeled feedback; sometimes it caresses and soothes, a whispery harmony riding the air of a nightclub room, removed from amplification, within the audience.
His rise has been gradual, a steady incline rather than a quick ascendance, but it has deepened and burnished his music, made it closer to the bone, where it begins to break, deepening his insight and his ability to find that insight in performance. His tireless touring, and dogged determination to place one album after another, has taken him through many musical scenes, remaining the same persona within each, of an artist who doesn't settle for the easy way out.
“I’m an acquired taste in that my kind of music’s not for little kids,” Texas singersongwriter Delbert McClinton says. “It's adult rock ‘n’ roll. I write from the sensibility of the people I knew growing up, and I grew up with all the heathens, the people who went too far before they changed and tried to make something out of their lives. There are a lot of beautiful colors and sad stories and much-deserved joy in that.”
All those colors and stories, and all that joy, are richly present in McClinton’s New West album Acquired Taste. The collection is the musician’s fourth studio set for the label, and it succeeds his Grammy Award-winning Cost of Living (2005), which was named best contemporary blues recording by the Recording Academy. The album reunites McClinton with the producer who helmed his very first Grammy winner, Don Was. The multi-talented bandleader, bassist, and studio wizard recorded “Good Man, Good Woman,” a collaboration with Bonnie Raitt that captured the best rock performance by a duo or group Grammy for 1991. Was came to the current project on the recommendation of New West president Cameron Strang, who had employed the producer on Kris Kristofferson’s widely praised 2006 album for the label, This Old Road.
“Don and I had kind of a cosmic connection, because of Bonnie,” McClinton says. “Then he and I got together and recorded a few things that were very, very good. I’ve been ricocheting off of him for about 17 years now.”
Was says, “Delbert's an erudite, urbane sophisticate, wrapped up as a roadhouse singer. There’s nothing contradictory in his character – he’s a real Texan. Neither the intellectual nor the roadhouse singer is a put-on. They come in equal parts. He's one of a kind, he’s amazing. He defies the categories and slips right through.”
One of the finest young singer songwriters in New England. Ryan has been honing his craft onstage for over 10 years. He is a soulful and sensitive singer with funky guitars stylings and a bunch of great tunes.
For over 30 years, the Funky Whites have been the areas top party band. They invade the Narrows for big dance party. The tables and chairs will be removed for a large dance floor and a good time will be had by all.
Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing, as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman, John Scofield, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Larry Carlton, Mavis Staples, Brad Paisley, and many others.
Born in 1951 in Woodlake, California, and raised in Ukiah, Robben was the third of four sons in a musical family. Robben’s first chosen instrument was the saxophone, which he began to play at age ten and continued to play into his early twenties. He began to teach himself guitar at age thirteen upon hearing the two guitarists from The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop. In the late 1960’s, Ford frequented the Fillmore and Winterland auditoriums in San Francisco to see Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Albert King, B.B. King and all of the progenitors of blues. “It was an incredible time for electric guitar,” Robben recalls.
Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group released Bringing It Back Home in February, 2013, to critical acclaim both in the U.S., Europe and Japan. This album revisits and reshapes Ford's musical roots, with studio accompaniment from Harvey Mason, Larry Goldings, David Piltch and Stephen Baxter.
In March, 2014, Provogue will issue A Day In Nashville, a tour de force of live studio recording, accomplished literally, in just one day in Nashville.
An important and essential component of Robben's career is his commitment to teaching and passing on what he's learned over the past 40 years to current and future musicians. His instructional videos and clinics over this time have culminated in a collaboration with TrueFire and the birth of the Robben Ford Guitar Dojo. The wealth of his expertise and creativity is generously presented in these state-of-the-art productions, and will be, for years to come.
Esteemed musician, songwriter and author Rodney Crowell has teamed up with New West Records to release Tarpaper Sky, his new self- produced album. Tarpaper Sky, which is available April 15, 2014, comes fast on the heels of Old Yellow Moon, Crowell’s critically lauded collaboration with Emmylou Harris, which is nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award and was named 2013 Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association.
Crowell has pushed the boundaries of country, folk and roots music long before the term Americana was coined as a genre, making a name for himself and gaining respect as both a songwriter and as an artist. Celebrating 40 years of making music, Crowell has created an album that harkens back to some of his most revered and loved works. Tarpaper Sky would sit comfortably on the shelf right between the chart-topping fan favorite Diamonds and Dirt (1988) and Life Is Messy (1992). This album marks a reunion of the creative partnership of Crowell and musical accomplice Steuart Smith, who was an integral part of his overall sound during the late ‘80s. The lyrics and message behind the bittersweet “Long Journey Home” sum it up best, “the simple life tastes sweeter now, you have no need to roam".
A Grammy Award winner, member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and recipient of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting from the Americana Music Association, Rodney Crowell is fully engaged in his musical past, present and future.
As a founder of alternative country pioneers Uncle Tupelo, as a solo artist, and as the leader of Son Volt, Jay Farrar’s work often seeks out the ghosts of America's discordant or forgotten past, converses at length with them, and writes songs that stake a claim to a better future. Most recently, Farrar has added One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: Music From Kerouac’s Big Sur (F-Stop/Atlantic), a collaboration project with Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie, to his long list of critically acclaimed albums.
For many years, Farrar’s songwriting has been inspired and influenced by Kerouac’s compositional style. He called upon this inspiration when writing the songs for One Fast Move Or I’m Gone by pulling passages directly from the Kerouac’s Big Sur and putting them to music with Gibbard. These songs were then used in the documentary about Kerouac of the same name.
Son Volt’s most recent release, American Central Dust (Rounder), marks the apotheosis of both the Son Volt dynamic and the rigorous aesthetic that distinguishes Farrar’s entire body of work, in which classic and contemporary elements are fashioned into arresting new shapes. In the classic sense, the new album exhilaratingly carries on the tradition of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Little Feat circa Sailin’ Shoes, the Rolling Stones of Exile on Main Street and early R.E.M.
Comedy, Commentary and Conversation with comedian Jimmy Tingle
The Cambridge, Mass.-born Tingle has a career spanning three decades, as a comedian, writer, actor, activist and entrepreneur. He rose up from the Boston comedy boom of the '80s, the scene that spawned Denis Leary, Bobcat Goldthwait and Paula Poundstone.
He did two seasons of "”60 Minutes II” on CBS in the “Andy Rooney” spot. Tingle was less curmudgeonly journalist and more exasperated, wry comic. “Some cities are using money from parking tickets to fund the schools,” Tingle told “60 Minutes II” viewers. “Why is the quality of a child’s education being influenced by their parent’s inability to park? ‘Dad, the school needs a computer! ‘Don't worry, son, I'll leave the car in front of the hydrant.’”
Tingle also worked as a contributor and satirist for MSNBC and has appeared on The Tonight Show, CNN, “Larry King’s Weekend,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The American Comedy Awards,” as well as his own HBO half-hour comedy special. He has also been a guest on NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” and appeared regularly on “Heat” with John Hockenberry.
“As I move forward,” says award-winning vocalist Janiva Magness, “I’m more willing to put myself on the line. I'm less willing to burden myself with unnecessary problems, less willing to care what people say about me. As it turns out, the more vulnerable I allow myself to be, the more strength I draw from that.” That vulnerability and strength is on full display on Magness’ powerful new album, Stronger For It. Magness, through her passionate vocals and, for the first time, through her own original songs, delivers the most moving and intimate album of her career.
Produced by Dave Darling (Brian Setzer, Meredith Brooks, Dan Hicks, John Waite), Stronger For It is Janiva’s declaration of independence. Having recently come through an intensely difficult period in her life, Magness has found new strength in her music. On these performances, she lays her soul bare, singing of loss and recovery, pain and redemption, hurt and healing, looking back and moving forward. Recording Stronger For It was as cathartic for Magness as listening to it will be for her fans. “Every human being I know, has gone through times of huge upheaval and personal transition,” Magness says. “I think everyone can relate.”
Forty years into his storied career, Garland Jeffreys is enjoying the kind of creative second wind most artists can only hope for the first time around, earning a swarm of critical accolades and experiencing his most prolific stretch in decades. “Truth Serum,” his second album in two years, is a cri de cour, a stripped-down tone poem from an artist taking his rightful and hard-earned place in the musical pantheon.
Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 35-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking.
In a world of shallow and shallower, where it’s all groove and gloss, that might seem a hopeless proposition. Last year, “Another Like You, ”Carll’s stereotypes attract duet of polar opposites, was American Songwriter’s #1 Song of 2011 - and KMAG YOYO was the Americana Music Association’s #1 Album, as well as making Best of Lists for Rolling Stone, SPIN and a New York Times Critics Choice.
But more importantly than the critical acclaim is the way Carll connects with music lovers across genres lines. Playing rock clubs and honkytonks, Bonnaroo, Stones Fest, SXSW and NXNE, he and his band the Gulf Coast Orchestra merge a truculent singer/songwriter take that combines Ray Wylie Hubband’s lean freewheeling squalor with Todd Snider’s brazen Gen Y reality and a healthy dose of love amongst unhealthy people.
“I guess you could say I write degenerate love songs,” Carll says. “That, and songs about people who’re wedged between not much and even less; people who see how hopeless it is and somehow make it work anyway. “And the best kind of irony, sometimes, is applying no irony and letting reality do the work.”
Loudon Wainwright III has had a long and illustrious career highlighted by 22 album releases, a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for “High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project,” and two previous Grammy nominations for “I’m Alright,” 1985 and “More Love Songs,” 1986. His most recent recording, “Older Than My Old Man Now” was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of 2012.
Wainwright is perhaps best known for the novelty song “Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)” and for playing Captain Calvin Spalding (the “singing surgeon”) on the American television show, M*A*S*H.
His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. He has collaborated with songwriter/producer Joe Henry on the music for Judd Apatow’s hit movie Knocked Up, written music for the British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel Lucky You, composed topical songs for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered and ABC's Nightline, and recorded several songs for the soundtrack of HBO's Boardwalk Empire.
As an actor, Wainwright has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, and Judd Apatow.
SATURDAY - MAY 24, 2014 www.ForeverYoungNeilYoungTribute.com This concert has been rescheduled from March 8, 2014. Tickets purchased for the March show will be honored at the May performance or refunds will be issued up to March 30, 2014. Forever Young gets you singing and dancing! Puts those Neil Young songs in your head to linger long after the show! The talent of FIVE AWARD WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITERS and an AWARD WINNING BAND channeling the harmonies of CSNY and the instrumentation of Neil Young’s band’s: Crazy Horse, Buffalo Springfield, the Stray Gators and the International Harvesters performing their interpretations of Neil Young’s classic hits and rare gems. Forever Young is: John Amitrano, Amy Bedard, Becky Chace, Mark Cutler, Leo Dumas, John Fuzek, Dan Lilley, and Pete Vendettuoli.
Carolyn Wonderland has never forgotten where she came from. On her new album Peace Meal (Bismeaux), she brings the hard-won lessons of her own blessed life together with stories from some of the world’s best-known and most beloved songwriters (Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Robert Hunter, Elmore James, and Robert Johnson) to create a musical menu of sustaining, satisfying songs that offers musical food for thought to her growing legions of fans.
Produced by a stellar cast of Grammy Award winners including long-time supporter and inspiration, Ray Benson (a nine-time Grammy winner who produced Carolyn’s 2008 breakthrough album Miss Understood), two-time Grammy winner Larry Campbell (the force behind The Band drummer Levon Helm and his recent comeback) and founding Monkee, Michael Nesmith. The album was recorded at Benson’s Bismeaux Studios in Austin and also at Helm's studio in Woodstock, NY.
Internationally heralded as one of the best vocalists in her adopted hometown of Austin (which is saying something!), Wonderland has also been highly touted as a guitar goddess and is quickly making a name for herself in her highly competitive neighborhood and far beyond.
Zoe is finding her niche, separating herself from more traditional country singers with her unique phrasing and poignant story-song writing, not to mention a pure, honest vocal delivery that has been compared to Iris and Emmylou. The result is a sound that has been referred to as “Soulful Country” and “Cosmic Americana,” a sound which is both timeless and strikingly original. Together with a new four-piece band, she’s recreating the old songs as well as arranging brand new tunes for an upcoming fourth release.
Dan Bern is best known for his prolific songwriting and electric live persona. He has released eighteen albums since 1997 and built a loyal following based on prodigious touring and output of songs in all forms. Since 2007, Bern has also focused his talent and sharp wit on writing songs for movies and other projects. He composed over a dozen songs for the Jake Kasdan/Judd Apatow spoof-biopic Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and composed songs included in Apatow’s Get Him to the Greek, starring Russell Brand. Bern’s song One Dance was also included in Kasdan’s first film Zero Effect starring Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, and Ryan O’Neal. Bern wrote a number of the songs in Walk Hard and Get Him to the Greek with fellow songsmith Mike Viola. He has also written with Marshall Crenshaw, Peter Himmelman, Greg Prestopino and many others.
Bern wrote Swing Set, a duet with Emmylou Harris, for the off-Broadway production of Family Week directed by Jonathan Demme and wrote the title song for Demme’s documentary Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains.
Grant Peeples is dubbed a “guitar-slinging poet” by Music News Nashville. A voice No Depression says “sounds like a ‘57 Chevy with glass mufflers.” Songs that Routes & Branches deemed “smart, strong lyrics that mean something, and say it in a way that you haven’t heard before.”
This finger-in-your-eye styled songwriter and 7th generation Floridian is a former expatriate. He spent 11 years on a tiny island off the coast of Nicaragua, where he installed the island’s first flushing toilet. He returned in 2006 to a very different homeland. Much of his songwriting is a response to what he found when he returned.
His latest release, Prior Convictions (2012) was produced by legendary roots icon Gurf Morlix. John Conquest of 3rd Coast Music reviewed the record: “Unusually literate, unusually honest. He’s the only songwriter I’ve ever called ruthless.”
With all the hoopla that has surrounded her, it’s easy to forget that Lisa Marie Presley is at heart a simple Southern girl whose earliest musical memories are of obsessively listening to 45’s in her bedroom at Graceland and of her dad catching her singing into a hairbrush in front of a mirror at the age of three. The Memphis-born Presley reclaims those roots on her new album “Storm and Grace” - an Americana-inspired showcase for her songwriting talent and smoldering alto voice. Produced with elegant restraint by 12-time Grammy Award-winner T Bone Burnett, “Storm and Grace” is a marked departure from Presley’s previous albums, 2003’s gold-certified “To Whom It May Concern” and 2005’s “Now What,” which both debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.
$45 Advance | $50 Day of Show VIP Pass - $150(ticket to the show must be purchased separately) Includes: One exclusive merch item, signed by LMP. One Meet and Greet opp One photo opp One admission to after show hang One VIP laminate Attendees will not gain entry if dressed in the likeness of Elvis or Michael Jackson.Buy Tickets
SATURDAY - JUNE 21, 2014 www.DukeRobillard.com This concert has been rescheduled from April 12, 2014. Tickets purchased for the April show will be honored for the June performance. Refunds for the April performance are available up until Saturday March 29, 2014.
What do Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Jay McShann, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Hammond, the late Jimmy Witherspoon, Dr. John, Maria Muldaur, Roomful of Blues, and the Canadian band The Rockin’ Highliners all have in common?
Answer: Duke Robillard
Guitarist. Bandleader. Songwriter. Singer. Producer. Session musician. And a one-man cheering section for the blues, in all its forms and permutations. And every one of those names has shared recording studio space or stage time with a man who is a legend in the blues community.
Ellis Paul is a critically-acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet, and troubadour originally hailing from a potato farming family in northern Maine. He is the recipient of thirteen Boston Music Awards, second only to multi-platinum act, Aerosmith. Over the course of fifteen years, Ellis Paul has built a vast catalog of music, which weds striking poetic imagery and philosophical introspection with hook-laden melodies.
THURSDAY - JULY 31, 2014 LeonRussellRecords.com This concert has been rescheduled from April 17, 2014. Tickets purchased for the April show will be honored at the July performance or refunds will be issued up to March 1, 2014.
Leon Russell is a legendary musician and songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma who has been performing his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years.
Leon led the famous Joe Cocker’s ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ tour and performed with George Harrison and Friends at the Concert for Bangladesh. Leon has toured with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Edgar Winter, The New Grass Revival, Willie Nelson, and Sir Elton John. His songwriting credits include ‘A Song For You’, ‘Delta Lady’, ‘Hummingbird’, ‘Lady Blue’, ‘Back To The Island’, ‘Tight Rope’, and ‘This Masquerade’.
Leon and Sir Elton John recorded a duet album produced by TBone Burnett, The Union, which was released October 19, 2010. The single, “If It Wasn’t For Bad” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Capitol/EMI released a 16-track compilation CD, The Best Of Leon Russell, on April 5, 2011.
Leon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and given the Award for Recording Excellence in March 2011 and he was also inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in June 2011.
Two-time GRAMMY nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. With a professional career spanning five decades, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide.
His unusual talent and life are common lore in Australia: born into a musical family, Tommy got his first guitar at age 4 and was taught by his mother. He quickly learned by ear, with no formal instruction, and has never read music. By age 6 he was working as a professional musician in the family band (variously named The Emmanuel Quartet, The Midget Surfaries and The Trailblazers). By the age of 10, young Tommy had already played his way across Australia.
Chet Atkins honored Tommy with the title of “Certified Guitar Player” for his contribution to guitar music, a very rare distinction shared by only four other people in the world. After an amazing performance with his brother Phil at the Sydney Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, the world wanted to know who this mysterious Australian guitar virtuoso was.
The Godfather of the British Blues scene. John had a key eye for talent, wooing Clapton from the Yardbirds and discovering Peter Green and Mick Taylor. Literally hundreds of great bluesman have been a part of the Bluesbreakers and learned from the master himself. Nearly fifty years later, he still has one of the finest blues bands on the planet. He brings a big sack of blues classics and is bound to get the “ Room to Move.”
A rare full band show by Mr. Smither and company. Chris will be celebrating the release of a 2 cd career retrospective and the release of his tribute to himself featuring Jorma, Eilen, etc. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Chris rock out.
These days Jonathan is likely to be found on the road. I've been...doing what I do best, which is playing live in front of people. I've been concentrating on that and loving it," he says.
An artist who measures his success by his ability to attract and take good care of an audience for four decades, Jonathan maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that keeps him going. “Sometimes, in our darker moments, we imagine our music not finding receptive ears, unable to reach open hearts. So it is really gratifying to hear [someone say], ‘Your stuff has meant a lot to me over the years.’”
On the verge of his fifth decade in the music business, Jonathan Edwards shows no sign of turning into a “Sit Down Rock and Roll Man.” Upcoming plans include new markets, new audiences, new songs, and a new studio recording. As this barefoot troubadour prepares for the next stage of his journey, you are more than welcome to join him for an evening or two as he continues to make good on that promise he made all the way back in 1971: “Sunshine, come on back another day. I promise you I'll still be singing.”
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On October 27, 2012 the Narrows Center presented the Spindle City Americana Music Festival and recorded the event for our first Live Music CD. The event was founded on the premise of celebrating a great songwriter on one special night by a cadre of great bands and musicians. Choosing Gram Parsons as the first celebrant of what we hope is an annual event was a no brainer. Gram has been one of the most influential figures in Americana Music.
The CD features Ryan Fitzsimmons, Danielle Miraglia, Girls Guns and Glory, Sarah Borges, Louie Leeman and Cheap Sneakers, Mark Cutler and the Men of Great Courage, Bob Kendall Band, and the ‘Mericans.
In a brief and mythical career, Gram Parsons wrote and performed songs that have lived on for over forty years. He was the original cosmic cowboy who fused country and rock into a unique sound that has had a profound influence on contemporary music. All of the bands chosen for this project were influenced on some level by Gram. We included some of their original songs to showcase his influence and their own creativity.
The Narrows Center for the Arts thanks all the bands, fans and Gram for the music, support and inspiration.
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