Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Give A Listen To Holmes Brothers Via Amazon

The Holmes Brothers, coming to the Narrows in April, have a new album out that's causing quite a stir.

Now hear some of it courtesy of by clicking here.

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Photos from Recent Shows at the Narrows

Hope you enjoy these photos from recent shows at the Narrows.

Dave Alvin rocks out and gets down with his Strat (?).

James McMurtry blazing out on one of his many guitars for the night

The Wood Brothers mixing folk and jazz.

Henry Butler, mixing New Orleans boogie, blues, soul and even classical.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

News Flash: Holmes Brothers Named By Rolling Stone

Check out for the editor's hot picks for the week.

Right up there is our very own Holmes Brothers' version of Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me."

Learn more about the Holmes Brothers' show in April at the Narrows at

Narrows Alums Doing Well On The Charts

If you check out the chart at you'll notice that Narrows "alums" are doing very well.

Hmmm, let's see...the Holmes Brothers, coming this April for, I think, their 3rd Narrows show, are at #9. If you've attended a recent show at the Narrows, you know I have publicly proclaimed the Holmes Brothers' show a "lock"--meaning that even if you don't know their music, you are guaranteed a great time. (I was right about Old School Freight Train in January!) More info at

The Duhks, #26

Eilen Jewell, #31

Jim Lauderdale, #33

Chip Taylor, #34

Chris Smither, #38

Carrie Rodriguez, #40.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Indulge Me--This Is A Cute Photo

I've been wanting to post this photo for a long time. This is Narrows' president Patrick Norton and his wife Maggie--The "first couple of the arts" in Southern New England.

I took the shot on a whim during a recent concert.

Dave Alvin & James McMurtry Sell Out

The Alvin/McMurtry show Friday night has sold out.

Thanks to everyone for making this show a financial success. Now it's up to the artists to make it a memorable evening.

For those who missed out--check out the schedule. We have a great show Saturday night!!!


Saturday, January 20, 2007

Some New Late Spring/Early Summer Shows

May 18
Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem

The Boston Globe described their sound thusly:"neo old-timey with cosmopolitan splashes of contemporary pop and jazz." By the way, Rani Arbo is a person; Daisy Mayhem is the band. Learn more at

June 1
Eilen Jewell Band
w/ Paul Burch

If you've been following the doings at the Narrows, you know that we claim to have discovered one of the hottest up-and-coming-young-Boston-area-based performers on the national Americana music scene, Eilen Jewell. Her debut album has charted nationally, and she's created a buzz in these parts with her understated take on "cosmic American music," to, I think, borrow a phrase from Gram Parsons. Visit Paul Burch has been kinda doing the same thing, but down Nashville way. He's worked with the greats, including Tim O'Brien, Mark Knopfler and Ralph Stanley.

June 22
Walter "Wolfman" Washington

This is the Wolf's second visit to the Narrows, bringing his soulful New Orleans guitar stylings. He's a snappy dresser, too. Check him out:

Friday, January 19, 2007

Our President Gets Profiled

The Narrows' esteemed president and booking guy, Patrick Norton, was profiled in SouthCoast Today.

Plus, your humble blogger's photography was also utilized in the story.

Before you get to the story link, I should let you know that the photo features volunteer Laura McNamara, musician Leo Kottke (with fork in hand) and Patrick Norton. Maybe my eyes are bad, but I couldn't find a photo caption.

That said, the link to the profile is here.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Chris Smither at the Narrows:Photo

What can you say? Chris Smither did his thing to a sell-out crowd Saturday night.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Holmes Brothers CD Getting Radio Excited

The Holmes Brothers' new CD is one of the most added CDs to Americana radio.


Saturday, January 06, 2007

A New Lock

Your humble blogger went out on a limb when I proclaimed on stage months ago that Friday night's show featuring Old School Freight Train was a "lock"--meaning an absolute guaranteed good time no matter what you dig.

Thank you to the many people who believed your blogger and came to the show! We had an excellent turnout, and the group was fab!! People were thanking your humble blogger for turning them on to this up-and-coming dawg-music ensemble from Dixie.

Today I'm announcing my next "lock": The Holmes Brothers show in April. The Holmes Brothers have played the Narrows (and Chan's) for several years, but they are hardly a household name, even for those who follow the musical genres usually featured at the Narrows.

The Holmes Brothers combine gospel, soul, rock and even a bit of country into an energetic, toe-tappin' good time. They may be artists, but they know how to entertain!

Check the schedule at

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Johnny A & Jimmy Ryan Photos

Last Friday night was a sell-out or thereabouts for the Johnny A show with opener Jimmy Ryan.
Although Jimmy has opened at the Narrows a bunch of times, Friday night was the first time in memory he employed electronic gizmos and focused on his instrumental virtuosity.

Johnny A did an inspiring show, displaying the guitar licks that have made him famous. He also seemed to genuinely appreciate the crowd, even doing an extended set.

Monday, January 01, 2007

And Now The President's List

Patrick Norton is the Narrows' president and musical booking honcho. Here's his list of top concerts in no particular order:

The Campbell Brothers
Old School Freight Train
Walter "Wolfman "Washington
The Iguanas
Porter, Batiste, Stoltz
Leo Kottke
Richard Thompson
Josh Ritter
Sarah Borges (Thanksgiving show)
Greg Brown

Honorable mention: Tim O'Brien, Asylum Street Spankers, Drunk Stuntmen, Savoy Brown