Anyone who has attended a concert with me knows that one of my pet peeves when I am out hearing live music is the audience talking (followed closely by people who sing LOUDLY along with the music without being invited […]
One of the things I love most about the Boston music community is that musicians support their performing friends. This was in evidence on a recent Sunday evening (typically not a busy night for shows) when Corporate Punk performed at […]
I recently saw Jake Armerding, a Boston-based multi-instrumentalist, at Club Passim. I knew he played mandolin and fiddle (fiddle being his primary instrument, or so I thought), but at this show he played those as well as guitar. He did […]
Is that a sacrilegious statement? Possibly, but even the most ardent fans of Bob Dylan (and specifically of his seminal album Blonde on Blonde) have to admit that Dylan’s vocals have never been what drew his fans to him. Old […]
I never imagined that I would enjoy the cello as much as I do now because I only heard it as part of a classical music orchestra. Meeting young musicians such as Mike Block has changed my perception of that […]
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 […]
I have had the privilege to see Dan Whitener, the terrific banjo player with hip-hop bluegrass band Gangstagrass as well as with the newgrass band Man About a Horse, a number of times (only with Gangstagrass) and thoroughly enjoy his […]
I was recently introduced to musician Jake LaBotz, who has a new album, Sunnyside, releasing on May 12; it was produced by Jimmy Sutton who also produces JD McPherson and Pokey LaFarge. I have heard several cuts from the album […]
I almost wish it had been a breathtakingly cold day because it would have made my mental images of palm trees and black sand beaches even more delicious. As it was, these masters of Hawaiian music – George Kahumoku Jr., […]
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