News overnight that Joy Kills Sorrow have joined the list of bands on indefinite hiatus which seems to have become the new "broken up". They were rare visitors to Europe and didn't make it past the small clubs which is a shame because they were a lot of fun to watch and listen to. They'll be missed but hopefully the component parts will re-surface soon on stages near by.
From their website:
To our dear friends and our faithful followers,
We're just back from…Continue
<Disclaimer: any terms of a qualitative nature used in this post represent exclusively my own opinions and in no way purport to assert a general qualitative claim with respect to the intrinsic worth, artistic or otherwise.> That should keep Not-really-that-Easy Ed off my case.
According to the gig diary, which is normally reliable, I made it to 65 gigs through 2013. Three of these were festivals – a 1 dayer and 2 days of a 3 dayer. The artist count is nudging 180…Continue
I’ve had a long list running since the summer and found it being added it to at least monthly as 2013 has seen some inspiring new music as well as a treasure or two from the vaults of history. Given the ferocity of the competition I decided to go for a Big Tune differentiator ie no matter how good the quality of the performance there had to be a number of truly excellent songs in there to get it over the line.
1 Sara Petite – Circus Comes To Town
Last summer Bob Weir arranged a concert at his TRI studies to celebtrae what would have been Jerry Garcia's 70th birthday. The webcast was reviewed at the time by Jim Moulton (founder of the ND Grateful Dead group).
In October Eagle Rock issued a truncated - 159 minutes - cut of the show interspersed with interviews of people reminiscing of time…Continue
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It was quite an experience seeing Suzy Bogguss in this picture book theatre in leafy Canton around 45 minutes north of Atlanta. The promoters of these shows are local people dedicated to bringing great music to their community and worked front of house making sure all went smoothly for the almost sold out crowd.
Suzy Bogguss, accompanied as ever by her personal wrecking crew Pat Bergeson (guitar, harmonica) and Charlie Chadwick (double bass) took the stage shortly after 8…Continue
There was a bit of a surprise entering La Cigale for the Iron & Wine show on Saturday night which was that the venue had put seats out in the hall. Iron & Wine may not be most people’s idea of a rock & roll act but the new record has a real soul/ R&B vibe and the last one came with beats that quite a lot of people didn’t care for.
The opening act Denai Moore from East London was playing her first show outside the UK and won over the Parisian audience with a short…Continue
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Jesse Sykes has a track record of arranging her shows to make sure I can't get there, but last night's announcement by Fargo - her European record company - that she and Phil Wandscher would be making a surprise in-store at the Fargo Boutique in the 11th district in Paris was a real bonus.
Fargo has just reissued Jesse's first album, Reckless Burning, on vinyl and the 6 song set was split between 3 tracks from that record and the latest album…Continue
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For a lot of reasons, the biggest being on the wrong continent, this was the only show of Gretchen Peters’ European Tour I was able to make. Even this modest achievement was almost scotched due to some miscommunication by the venue on show times but thanks to an attentive headliner and twitter disaster was averted.
Making up the band for the tour are Barry Walsh (keyboards, glockenspiel, accordion) and Christine Bougie (electric guitar, lap steel, drum) who provided…Continue
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Life is pretty busy between work, family, gigs, listening to music and general stuff so it's not often I get beyond the selected blogs and the live discussions here on the ND site.
The other day, on account of being laid up with a heavy cold, I had a rummage through the blogs and came across Gretchen Peters post Woman On The Wheel where she provides some background to this song…Continue
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Amidst all the doom and gloom surrounding the future of paid-for music writing it’s good to see that the specialist fanzine segment is managing to produce good writing in niche areas. I was reminded of this by the arrival of the latest edition of UK based magazine “Fantastic Expedition” produced by Jason Smith in Hertfordshire, just North of London.
“Fantastic Expedition” is into…Continue
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At the same time as we’ve had a thread about husband/wife/partner musical teams and now the can-they-can’t-they musical breeding discussion kicked off earlier this week, I’ve been casting my mind back over the shows I’ve been to during 2010 and a sense that I’d seen a lot of sibling acts. I’ve also been giving some thought to what it is makes these groups a little bit special.
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