Black and Sparrow Release New Album

June 10, 2014

Black and Sparrow Release New Album

 

For musicians Klyph Black and John Sparrow, it’s been a long strange trip, but they keep coming back to make music together. Their songs have taken on a whole new dimension with a full band behind them on their brand new album called, “Second Time Around” which hit the airwaves back in February 2014. Between them, they have over 60 years of musical experience and have not slowed down.

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Black Prairie

May 26, 2014

Black Prairie Gets Taxidermied in New Video “Let It Out”

 

Shot in a Portland taxidermy shop (with guests folk legend Michael Hurley and Claire Coffee from Grimm), Black Prairie’s new video for “Let It Out” was conceived by frontwoman Annalisa Tornfelt, who hunted squirrels as an Alaskan teenager. […]

Roseland Closes

April 7, 2014

Roseland Ballroom and what it meant to me

 

April 7 marks the close of a very important chapter in New York and Jason Miller history. The famed and illustrious Roseland Ballroom had one last hurrah with the incomparable Lady Gaga capping an epic and record breaking 7 night run. It’s hard to put into words exactly what this venue means to concert fanatics and all of the memories that reside within its walls. Here is a list of my personal favorite top ten moments along with a little color commentary.

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John K. Band

March 27, 2014

John K. Band

Premiers New Material

 

John Kadlecik is considered by many to be the king of jam guitar here in the new century. John is of an age and generation who cut their teeth on such musical greats as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and the Grateful Dead. It’s no wonder that Rolling Stone Magazine called him “the greatest Jerry Garcia since Jerry Garcia.” This quote, while complimentary, under estimates Kadlecik as John’s music brings so much more to the musical conversation; this comparison may well diminish the musical stature of both men.

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Mike Dillon and JFJO

March 15, 2014

THE MIKE DILLON BAND & JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY TO TOUR WESTERN US TOGETHER MARCH & APRIL

 

The Mike Dillon Band and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey are set to launch a 16-date tour of the western United States. The run kicks off with three shows in Colorado beginning in Boulder on March 19. It then cuts North to Idaho and Montana before heading to the Pacific Northwest followed by a stretch down the West Coast to San Diego. The tour wraps in April with shows in Santa Fe, NM and Norman, OK. The co-billed dates between Mike Dillon and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey have deep historical significance as the artists have shared stages and collaborated for almost two decades.

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Wildcat O’Halloran

January 20, 2014

“Party up in Heaven” predicted to be Wildcat O’Halloran’s Breakthrough album!

 

Though he was born in New York City, Wildcat O’Halloran has been central to the music scene in Western Massachusetts since Carl Yazstremski roamed Fenway. Recent winner of Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam and Livewire awards he’s been a big fish in a small pond. So what about this new CD is gonna change that? The guitar slinging bluesman is getting set to release his latest album, Party Up in Heaven.

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Robben Ford

January 5, 2014

Robben Ford Announces New Album ‘A Day in Nashville’

 

For his new album A Day In Nashville (March 4 / Mascot Label Group / Provogue), revered guitarist Robben Ford and his band spent a day in the Music City studio Sound Kitchen, invited some friends and recorded seven new songs penned by Ford, along with his version of “Poor Kelly Blues” from Maceo Merriweather and “Cut You Loose”, first recorded by James Cotton. The follow up to 2013’s acclaimed Bringing It Back Home, A Day in Nashville was originally planned as a live album to be recorded during his 2013 European tour. Inspired to write some new music, Robben instead decided to challenge himself and his band by doing something he’s never done before in his 40-plus year career: recording an album live in the studio, in one session.

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The Blockley

December 10, 2013

The Blockley to close its doors

 

For the last two or three years The Blockley in Philadelphia has been the place to see rock and jam bands with a list of shows from the Skatalites to JGB, Dark Star Orchestra, Start Making Sense, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Splintered Sunlight, Re-Birth Brass band and many others on their schedule. In an announcement from ownership this morning, bands and friends of the club were informed by the music programmer Chris Perella, “The Blockley will be closing its doors after 2013….”

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NE Hard Funk

December 1, 2013


Where’s the Funk At? A Study of the New England hard funk scene.

 

It’s Wednesday night and I’m sitting at home. I’m working on a project which must get done tonight (which is not this review) and that’s just fine, but at 10:22 I’m kind-of off in my head about a band that’s just right about now starting their first set. They’re warming up, but it’s about a 45 minute drive from my home on the outskirts of rural nowhere, over a mountain and down a stretch of highway and in to the middle of the funky town of Northampton, Mass.

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