What a crazy good weekend of music. I couldn’t have asked for a better playing experience than The Ramblers’ Stone Mountain Arts Center show in Maine on Friday. It’s a beautiful, welcoming place, staffed by folks who care, that draws a great, responsive audience. Sunday I played a Rhode Island house show that renewed me in ways I’m still feeling. Thanks to a funny, cool crowd whose soul, humor and attention made it a night I’ll carry with me for a long time.
Here’s something new for your September ears –– a demoish version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Roomful of Mirrors,” a song I’ve always loved. I recorded this a few months back on harmonium, at my rehearsal space. Hope you enjoy it!
I’m happy to announce that The Tarbox Ramblers will play a special early-eve show at Johnny D’s, in Somerville MA, on Saturday, October 12. The show will run from 7-9 PM. The last Ramblers show at JD’s sold out, so you may want to consider buying tickets for the October date in advance. You can get them HERE!
The Tarbox Ramblers return to NY State for a few shows next week, both on September 7. First up is a festival date in Norwich, to be followed by an evening show at The Haunt in Ithaca, always one of my favorite towns to visit. I have good associations with the NY countryside, where I spent time, in winter and summer, as a kid. They were reinforced when as a touring musician I discovered what a great place it is to play. So hail Ithaca, and see you soon!
Like all great singers, he fully inhabits his music, in some way becoming the song he sings. In his way, he’s done with the old American songs what Ornette Coleman did with American blues in the late 50s, revisiting and renewing a great art form with inneffable grace.
John Koerner will be 75 years old on August 31.
Bob’s photo, to the left, was slated for the cover of Works and Days but, unable to find the printworthy original, and with a deadline, we went with another image. But check it out — the photo’s called Mangia Dancers, and it has all the evocative black and white glory that characterized Bob’s work. Godspeed you Bob Reuter. Thanks for your beautiful spirit.
Hey, I’ll be playing on two Boston-area radio shows this week. Friday April 12 at noon I’m on WUMB, 91.9 FM Boston; Saturday April 13 at 9.30 AM I play on WMBR 88.1 FM, Cambridge.
Works And Days comes out next week… I’m excited about the music, and looking forward to the album release show at Johnny D’s on April 13.
Many amazing friends helped get this project off the ground: Adam Mujica, Zack Hickman, John Sands, Chris Rival, Steve Jurgensmeyer, Todd Goodman, Josiah Altschuler and 177 Kickstarter contributors who – without exaggeration – made this album possible. Thank you all.
Hey Mr Starlight is a rock and roll song I’ve been playing live for some time now. It’s one of the few songs on Works And Days with overdubs: I’m playing guitar and bass here. Bass was the first instrument I played in a band, and cutting this track made me want to play a lot more of it.