Daily Archives: June 19, 2014

Cynthia Hopkins samples the candy and finds it bittersweet

Cynthia Hopkins in a solo performance at Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on June 17, 2014. (Photo © 2014, Steven P. Marsh/willyoumissme.com)

Cynthia Hopkins in a solo performance at Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on June 17, 2014. (Photo © 2014, Steven P. Marsh/willyoumissme.com)

How long has Pete’s Candy Store been a concert venue on the Northside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn?

I’ve been meaning to get thee since the day it opened, but something always got in the way — my schedule,  other priorities, whatever.

So what (or should I say who) did it take to finally get me there?

Cynthia Hopkins, that’s who. Continue reading

Peter Stampfel pushes banjos to the limit

Peter Stampfel torturing a banjo and assaulting our ears at the Gerdes Folk City 50th Reunion in 2010. (Photo 2010, Steven P. Marsh)

Peter Stampfel on banjo at the Gerdes Folk City 50th Reunion in 2010. (Photo 2010, Steven P. Marsh)

The granddaddy of freak folk is still going strong with his latest album, ‘Better Than Expected’

Peter Stampfel defines freak folk.

It’s a category that didn’t even exist when Stampfel, now 75, was starting out as a young musician, releasing his first album, “The Holy Modal Rounders,” in 1964.

The genre developed to describe the work of current musicians such as Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Akron/Family, and the like. But Stampfel was there first, and has provided inspiration and collaboration all along.

The  Holy Modal Rounders cofounder is an acquired taste, for some, with his cracked vocals, inimitable fiddling and banjo playing, and genre-busting choice of material.

His is a restless mind, and his art challenges the conventionality at every turn.

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Rosanne Cash: ‘I’ve had a lot of lives’

Rosanne Cash (Eliot Lee Hazel)

Rosanne Cash (Eliot Lee Hazel)

Rosanne Cash.

The name conjures so many images: Little girl in the black and white photo cradled in the crook of her famous daddy’s right arm, step-daughter of June Carter Cash, country star, country rebel, wife, mom, folkie singer-songwriter — you name it.

Rosanne Cash and her famous father

She’s been all those things.

“I feel like I’ve had a lot of lives,” she told me the other day inan interview  for lohud.com/The Journal News.

But she refuses to be hemmed in or defined by them, or by the perceptions people have of her or her famous family.

Cash is headlining the daylong American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor in Katonah on Saturday, June 28.

She’ll be focusing on her latest album, the 11-songs collection titled “The River & the Thread,” which demonstrates the power of her Southern, country roots filtered through her life for the past 25 years in New York City.

“The focus is on the new record,” she says.  But if you’re a longtime fan, there will be rewards for you, too, she promises. “We do the old stuff, too, though. I do my so-called hits. ”

You can read the interview by tapping or clicking here. You’ll also find it in print in today’s editions of The Journal News, so pick up a copy if you’re in the Westchester-Rockland-Putnam area.