Saturday, September 30, 2006

Sarah Borges Wins Boston Music Award

This just in from Sarah Borges' publicity folks (excerpt from press release):

September 28, 2006 Boston, MA - Boston songstress extraordinaire Sarah Borges took home the award for Best Local Female Vocalist at the 2006 Boston Music Awards on Wednesday, September 27th. The awards show was held at Avalon in Boston as part of the NEMO Music Festival taking place throughout the city and surrounding areas September 28 – 30. Ms. Borges also won the local semi-finals in the NEMO Music Makers songwriting competition this past August, sponsored by NEMO and Starbucks New England.

Last week, the band performed for the Americana Music Conference in Nashville, TN where they packed the house at 3rd & Lindsley and stirred up an amazing buzz when they finished their set by playing their last song atop the bar.

The wit and charm of Ms. Borges along with her scorching vocals, charismatic songs and brilliant star power prove her to be an entertainer on the rise. Chris Morris of The Hollywood Reporter claims, “This is one performer nobody should miss… she’s the goods,” and Paste Magazine tells people to “make note of this name and get in on the sawdust covered ground floor… this stuff screams for a wider audience on par with at least Lucinda, if not Gretchen Wilson.” The Improper Bostonian names her as the top of their “IT” list and advises its readers to “go see her so when she’s bringing down the house on Saturday Night Live in a year or two, you can say you saw her way back when.”

When not on the road, the band will spend some studio time with noted producer Paul Q. Kolderie at Camp Street Studios in Cambridge, MA recording songs for their sophomore release.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Escovedo, Block, Kaukonen

Not yet posted on the schedule:

December 2--Folks Together...some of the finest roots musicians you'll hear in these parts and beyond. Good friends of your humble blogger.

Jumping ahead to frosty February, 2007:

February 3--Alejandro Escovedo...No Depression magazine named him the artist of the decade in the 1990s.

February 17--Rory Block...internationally acclaimed acoustic blues master. This is her third visit, I think.

Moving to May, 2007

May 5--Jorma Kaukonen....this will be a sell-out. It will mark this 3rd visit.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Crenshaw Cranks

Marshall Crenshaw power popped the Narrows Saturday night, mixing originals with a touch of the Stones and Buddy Holly.

It was Marshall's 3rd visit to the Narrows, but his first with a band.

Funny man Ray Mason opened the evening, strumming his Sears Silvertone and singing his humorous tunes.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Interesting Write Up On Springsteen's Folk "Conversion"

Bruce Springsteen's We Shall Overcome CD and tour have perhaps confused some of the faithful.

I stumbled across an article that provides some perspective.

Click here.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Jim Lauderdale Write Up

Jim Lauderdale is making his first appearance at the Narrows on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Tickets are still available.

I came across this write up about his new releases from Eric Banister at

You can see it by clicking here.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

More Festival Fotos

Some nice folks emailed more photos of the Narrows Festival of the Arts. Click here to see 'em.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Narrows Capacity Expands--Means More Leo Kottke Tickets!

Thanks to architect Jo Ann Bentley, the Narrows' capacity has been increased to 292!!!!

This means the formerly sold out Leo Kottke show October 7 now has tickets!!!

For more info:

Monday, September 11, 2006

Narrows Festival of the Arts Rules

The Narrows Festival of the Arts, outside the Narrows, was a HUGE success Sunday.

The weather, the talent, the volunteers and the fans came together to make an outstanding outdoor festival. Congrats to all, with a special tip of the hat to the sponsors and Narrows president, and chief "Imagineer," Patrick Norton.

Sonny Landreth, up top, closed the day as the sun set over the Taunton River. People shivered while they danced, as the temps started reminding us that summer is waning.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, left, rocked the crowd in the late afternoon, while Sarah Borges, right, did the same earlier in the day.

The Wood Brothers, featuring jam band icon Chris Wood on bass, helped opened the day. Chris, on the right, and brother and guitarist Oliver, on the left, met your humble blogger (in the center) before their set.

Jimmy Ryan and Hayride (below) helped close the day.

Of course, there were many other performers. If you have some interesting photos, please send 'em to your humble blogger at

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Slaid Cleaves Sweating It Out

Slaid Cleaves earned the title as the "hardest working guy in show biz" Friday night as he literally sweated through his shirt as he pleased his fans.

Adam Carroll opened the show, and was called back by the crowd for an encore, a rarity at the Narrows.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Richard Thompson Tickets Coming Down To A Precious Few

Our 5th anniversary show with icon Richard Thompson in November is on its way to an early sell-out.

BUT--tickets are still available.

Go to ASAP.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Free Show Outside Sunday

It's the Narrows' gift to our supporters. Sunday outside the Narrows, a free concert featuring Sarah Borges, Grace Potter, Sonny Landreth and more.

Click here for more.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Shows Not Yet Posted

December 16
Savoy Brown

These British blues rock vets had Kiss and AC/DC open for them. They opened for Cream back in 1967 and backed John Lee Hooker that same year. Members of Fleetwood Mac, Foghat, Humble Pie, Black Sabbath and other prominent bands were once members of Savoy Brown. Learn more:

February 10
Paul Brady

Bonnie Raitt covered his song "Luck of the Draw" and even named an album after it! In addition to Ms. Raitt, his songs have been covered by Joe Cocker, Santana, David Crosby, Cher (Cher?), Tina Turner, Mary Black, Lucy Kaplansky, etc. Learn more:

March 9

Beolach is Gaelic for "lively youth." Most appropriate for this young band out of Cape Breton which mixes Cape Breton, Scottish and Irish tunes.

March 23
Eliza Gilkyson/Mary Gauthier

What a double bill! Ms. Gilkyson's 2004 album was nominated for a Grammy, and she's in the Austin Music Hall of Fame. Bob Dylan plays Ms. Gauthier's music on his radio show. Need we say more? Okay, here are the websites: and

April 14 Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards came to fame with his toe-tappin' anti-war anthem "Sunshine," which still gets played on the radio, decades later. He's one of the funnest artists to see in concert, which is why we've had him at the Narrows several times.