Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival in 2011. (Photo © 2011, Steven P. Marsh)
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion are making a Hudson Valley appearance on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the all-free Wassaic Festival in Dutchess County, which starts today and runs through Sunday (Aug. 2-4).
There’s something nice about hitting the namesake town in the early stages of touring their latest album, the seriously charming Wassaic Way. The husband-and-wife-duo (she’s daughter of Arlo Guthrie and granddaughter of Woody Guthrie) are really proud of the self-released album (which is to be released Aug. 6) they made with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone.
Stay tuned for a full interview with the creative couple. But for now, I just wanted to alert you to their gig coming Saturday. I’ve never been to the Wassaic Project, a center that aims to create context for art making and strengthening local community by increasing social and cultural capital through inspiration, promotion and creation of contemporary visual and performing art. It’s at the very last stop on Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem Line. This is the sixth year for the festival, a free, three-day event featuring art, music, dance, and community featuring over 100 artists, 25 bands, film screenings, dance performances and more.
If you go
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug 3., on the Luther Barn Stage. The Wassaic Festival began today (Aug. 2) with various art events. Music and dance start around 6 p.m. This wrap up Sunday with a community breakfast, kids events and more music.
The Wassaic Project is at The Maxon Mills, 37 Furnace Bank Road , Wassaic, NY 12592. It’s in walking distance of the Wassaic Metro-North station with connections from Grand Central Terminal. ADMISSION IS FREE, but tickets are required for some events. Check the full schedule here.
Posted in Art, Blues, Concerts, Folk, Music, News, Recordings, World Music
Tagged Amenia, Arlo Guthrie, Chicago, Harlem Line, Jeff Tweedy, Johnny Irion, Metro-North Railroad, Pat Sansone, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Solid Sound, Wassaic Festival, Wassaic Project, Wassaic Way, Wilco, Woody Guthrie
Faye Hunter via Fidelitorium Recordings’ Facebook page.
Faye Hunter, a North Carolina-based musician best known for her work as the bass player 1980’s jangle-pop band Let’s Active with Mitch Easter and Sara Romweber, died Saturday.
The 59-year-old died of apparent suicide, according to a blog post by David Menconi on the website of The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.
UPDATE: Peter Holsapple of The Db’s reacts
Those of us who grew up with Faye also knew her as a sweet, droll and artistic friend who unintentionally served as something of a den mother and big sister to many of the younger musicians in town, myself included. … It is hard to imagine a world without Faye Hunter. We all wish we could have done more to help her, but we couldn’t.
Click here for the full text of Holsapple’s tribute.
Posted in Music, News, Pop and Rock, RIP
Tagged Blue Mountain, David Menconi, Faye Hunter, Fidelitorium Recordings, jangle-pop, John Stirratt, Laurie Stirratt, Let's Active, Mitch Easter, North Carolina, Peter Holsapple, Raleigh, Sara Romweber, The dB's, The News & Observer, Wilco, Winston-Salem
Bob Dylan gets sassy on the harmonica. (Photo © 2013, Steven P. Marsh)
Nothing compares to your first time
When Bob Dylan hit the stage of the Webster Bank Arena on Friday night, July 19, I reached a major milestone.
It was my first time seeing the legend perform live.
Yes, you might think that given the underlying theme of this blog, I would have seen him before — probably many times.
Bob Dylan spent plenty of time playing the grand piano. (Photo © 2013, Steven P. Marsh)
Sure, I treasure his music. I have many of his albums. A friend and neighbor of mine managed him once, way back before Albert Grossman hooked up with him.
But Dylan was playing arenas by the time I learned to care about him. And I just don’t like arena shows, the distance, the impersonality, the commercialism.
But when I saw the lineup for this summer’s touring Americanarama Festival of Music, I decided it was time to make an exception so that I could finally see Dylan. I figured that even if Bob was awful, I’d be able to cross him off my bucket list and still get plenty of value out of Wilco and My Morning Jacket. Continue reading
Posted in Blues, Country, Folk, Music, News, Pop and Rock, Review
Tagged Blind Willie Johnson, Bob Dylan, Bridgeport, Bridgeport Bluefish Stadium, Connecticut, heat wave, Jim James, My Morning Jacket, Solid Sound Festival, Tangled Up in Blue, Webster Bank Arena, Wilco, www.americanaramafestivalofmusic.net
The cover of Jay Farrar’s memoir, Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs
Uncle Tupelo co-founder Jay Farrar‘s easy-reading memoir, Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs, came out in March, but it landed rather quietly — at least in my world.
It was only a few days ago that I really became aware of the collection of vignettes by the ultra-serious Farrar. Some of the reviews have been unkind, but that didn’t stop me from buying it and devouring it in a matter of a few hours.
Farrar made great music in Uncle Tupelo, and has continued on a reverential path since the band’s acrimonious 1994 breakup. But that’s not the subject of this collection of short passages from just about every part of his life but the Uncle Tupelo part.
Posted in Books, Country, Folk, Music, Pop and Rock, Recordings
Tagged Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs, Jay Bennett, Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy, MASS MoCA, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Pops Farrar, Solid Sound Festival, Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo, Wilco
The Jon Langford Threesome, from left, at Maxwell’s: Tony Maimone, Steve Goulding, Jon Langford. (Photo © 2013, Steven P. Marsh)
Jon Langford looked truly puzzled on the stage of Maxwell’s.
The Jon Langford Threesome’s set list at Maxwell’s. (Photo © 2013, Steven P. Marsh)
The Welsh-born rocker has played at the Hoboken, N.J., club many times — “37 1/2… the half because tonight’s not done yet” — over the years in many bands, from the Mekons to the Three Johns.
On Tuesday, July 9, his show was billed as “Jon Langford’s Threesome feat. Tony Maimone and Steve Goulding performing Mekons, Waco Bros. and Jon Langford songs from throughout the centuries
“Did the Waco Brothers ever play here,” he asked, during a portion of the set where his cranked out several of that band’s best-loved tunes.
“Three times!” came the cry from the crowd.
The crowd gathers in the back room at Maxwell’s for the Jon Langford Threesome. (Photo © 2013, Steven P. Marsh)
Posted in Art, Blues, Country, Music, News, Pop and Rock, Review, RIP
Tagged Bloodshot Records, Chicago, Chuck Death, Dad Rock, Dennis and Lois, El Vez, Fred Armisen, God Save The King: 25 Years Of El Vez, Hoboken, Jeff Tweedy, Jon Langford, Maxwell's, Mekons, painting, Pine Valley Cosmonauts, Sally Timms, Ship and Pilot, Steve Goulding, The Three Johns, Tony Maimone, Waco Brothers, Wilco
The inimitable Sérgio Dias is the founding member who has kept Os Mutantes alive all these years. (Photos © 2013, Steven P. Marsh)
We’re definitely old enough to have experienced Brazilian rock band Os Mutantes in its first incarnation in the mid-Sixties.
But timing isn’t really everything.
We grew up in a household where listening to rock ‘n roll (aka The Devil’s Music) was, shall we say, not encouraged. And we lived in a community outside of Philadelphia where conformity ruled. And being 11, or so when Os Mutantes started making music, we were at a tender age where that type of pressure was pretty effective in keeping us in line.
Sérgio Dias shows off his sitar skills.
On top of everything else, Brazil might as well have been the other side of the moon.
So, all in all, it’s no surprise that we didn’t know anything at all about Os Mutantes — founded by brothers Arnaldo Baptista on bass, keyboards and vocals and Sérgio Dias Baptista on guitar and vocals — until the psychedelic band started its Second Act when it reunited in 2006.
We’re sorry we missed the band’s First Act, but we were hardly alone among American music fans. And we’re thrilled we didn’t miss the Second Act.
Singer Esmeria Bulgari with Sérgio Dias of Os Mutantes at Maxwell’s.
Posted in Concerts, Music, News, Pop and Rock, Review, World Music
Tagged Ani Cordero, Arnaldo Baptista, Arnolpho Lima Filho, Brazil, Dinho, Esmeria Bulgari, Hoboken, Liminha, MASS MoCA, Maxwell's, North Adams, Os Mutantes, Ravi Shankar, Rita Lee, Ronaldo Leme, Sérgio Dias Baptista, sitar, Solid Sound Festival, The Devil's Music, Tropicália, Tuff Sunshine, Vitor Trida, Wilco
You have less than a week to buy your weekend passes to this great festival before the price goes up
Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? has told you before, and is taking this opportunity to tell you again: Solid Sound, Wilco’s music and arts festival at MASS MoCA is one of the best music festivals ever. We’ve attended the first two editions and have no intention of missing V3 this year — on June 21-23 at the museum in North Adams, Mass.
Posted in Art, Blues, Concerts, Contemporary, Country, Folk, Jazz, Music, News, Pop and Rock
Tagged Foxygen, MASS MoCA, Massachusetts, Neko Case, North Adams, Os Mutantes, Solid Sound, White Denim, Wilco, Yo La Tengo