July 23, 2014
Two additions and one subtraction over the next week or so.
July 24 - The Jacks of Kings County - The Way Station – 10pm
July 25 - Jeff Litman - Bowery Electric (Map Room) – 8pm
July 31 – Joe Whyte – Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm
July 23, 2014
After heading over to NPR yesterday to listen to the Jenny Lewis album, The Voyager, which will be released next week, I found that my favorite track off the album is She’s Not Me. Fortunately, there’s already an official video for that song, which I’m sharing with you today.
July 22, 2014
Years ago, when my daughter was a pre-schooler, she once said “Daddy, stop talking to people you don’t know.” That will never happen; it seems to be inscribed in my DNA that I do so.
And so a few months ago, I found myself talking to the woman sitting next to me at a club (I think it was the Manhattan Hill Country). Her name was Amy Black, and we had a very nice conversation during which she told me about her new CD and that she would be playing Hill Country NY on August 6, after the Emmylou Harris – Rodney Crowell show at Lincoln Center Out of Doors . We traded cards and she promised to send me her new record.
That CD, This Is Home, arrived at my mailbox not long ago. Having listened to it a few times, I can tell you that it is a wonderful record. Amy sings Americana and alt country in a strong voice that is at times reminiscent of Rosanne Cash, but with a bit more honey and a drop less vinegar. The original songs on This Is Home are strong and the covers (of songs by Rodney Crowell and John Prine) inspired. The band backing Amy is tasty and includes the exceptional Will Kimbrough on guitar.
Finding a record this good from a someone I had not previously known about is a delight. And it’s one of those reasons, that despite my kid’s long ago plea, I will continue to talk to people I don’t know.
NPR will frequently make available, via streaming, new records the week before they are due to be released. This week two records which have been anticipated are available: Hypnotic Eye from Tom Petty and Jenny Lewis’ The Voyager. Just click the links here and you can hear them. But remember, you’ll only have this week to do so.
July 21, 2014
Here’s a wonderful video to start your week off. It’s from a long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite, Israel Nash (who recently simplified his name by dropping Gripka from it). Israel was in NYC earlier this year, when he played a couple of shows and made this video on the roof of Electric Lady Studios. This song, Rain Plans, is the title track off of an album coming from Israel next month. Like another band who once played on a roof top, Israel has passed the audition.
July 20, 2014
Here are some noteworthy shows coming up over the next few months. In August, The Bushwick Book Club will be heading over to City Winery with a bunch of newly written songs inspired by the book My Life as a Dog. In September, Misty Boyce will play the CD Release show for her new album The Life. Finally, in October, Mary Lee Kortes will once again sing the songs of Beulah Rowley at The Rockwood Music Hall.
Aug. 20 – The Bushwick Book Club playing songs inspired by My Life as a Dog by Reidar Jönsson
- City Winery – doors 7:30pm / show 8pm
Sept. 3 – Misty Boyce (CD Release Show) – Rockwood Music Hall – Stage and Time TBD
Oct. 7 - Mary Lee Kortes plays the Songs of Beulah Rowley – Rockwood Stage 2 – 7pm
July 20, 2014
The 11th Street Bar continues its new Sessions on the Bench series (that means the shows are at the front of the bar rather than in the performance space in the back and are acoustic) tonight with Freedy Johnston. Freedy, who is originally from Kansas, first got attention through the albums he released with Bar None Records back in the 90s. His songs tell great stories and sound great whether they are played with a single guitar or a band. Freedy recently moved back to New York City and is preparing to release his next album, Neon Repairman.
Freedy Johnston, 11th Street Bar, 510 E. 11th Street between Avenues A &B (Any train to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, then transfer to the 14 A bus to 11th Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)