I was expecting a good show from Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion on Tuesday night. But what I and a criminally
small audience gotvat the Mercury Lounge was a sweet, spot on show that focused on songs
from their new Jeff Tweedy/Patrick Sansone-produced album
While focusing on the news material — which sounds fantastic live, with the super-tight band supporting the lovely married couple — the show didn’t scrimp on older songs.
They even went a bit further afield, throwing in a cover of Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend.”
They closed by getting off the stage to do a couple of closing numbers, including the lovely “When the Lilacs Are in Bloom.”
The Melodic opened the early show with a nicely textured, Nick Drake-influenced set.
Live At Caffè Lena: Music From America’s Legendary Coffeehouse, 1967-2013 is slated for release on Sept. 24.
A review of Live At Caffè Lena: Music From America’s Legendary Coffeehouse, 1967-2013, with buying and streaming links after the jump
I’ve always meant to visit the legendary Caffè Lena, the tiny coffeehouse at 47 Phila Street in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Devonsquare, the sweet-harmonizing folk-rock trio, first piqued my curiosity about Lena and Bill Spencer’s cafe (or caffè, as they dubbed it, using two f’s) with their song “Caffè Lena” on the 1987 album Walking on Ice.
Caffè Lena was a place of mythical proportions to me then. For one reason or another, I never found myself in Saratoga Springs.
After all, I live close to The Turning Point in Piermont, N.Y., a music cafe that is, while 16 years younger than Caffè Lena, has a similar mission and musical profile.
And then there was the Towne Crier in Pawling, N.Y., from 1972 until closing in June with plans to reopen soon in Beacon. That gave me a backup option just a bit farther afield than The Turning Point.
So I never got myself motivated sufficiently to make the trek to Saratoga Springs.
I should have known I was missing out. And now the Tompkins Square record label has shoved into my face some very real evidence of exactly how much I’ve missed. Continue reading
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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.
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