Our friends the Wood Brothers are coming May 15. You may have seen them at the Narrows Festival for the Arts. Chris Wood, by the way, is a member of jam banders Medeski, Martin and Wood. Check 'em out at www.thewoodbrothers.com.
Also, British singer/songwriter/guitarist Steve Tilston is scheduled for May 23. Don't know much about him, but you can learn more at www.steve-tilston.co.uk.
Drew Glackin, a member of Narrows alums The Silos, died unexpectedly recently. Your humble Backstage Blogger also remembers his performing at the Narrows backing another artist, but my memory fails me.
The wonderful art exhibit Pulp Function has arrived at the Narrows! At this writing Narrows volunteers were still putting the exhibition together--but your humble blogger snapped a few shots to give you a preview. More details at www.ncfta.org.
Roots wranglers Ollabelle made a triumphant return to the Narrows Sunday night before a large, appreciative crowd.
Amy Helm, however, couldn't do the gig because she gave birth to a baby boy a few days ago. So Martha Scanlan, in the photo above, not only opened the show but filled in.
Congrats to Amy and her husband, and a special salute to Amy as well for co-producing Levon Helm's hit CD Dirt Farmer. At this writing, it's topping the Americana radio chart. (Levon's her dad; and, unless the band was kidding us during the show, her new baby's name is Levon too!)
Eric Lindell and his six piece band brought in a huge crowd Saturday night who danced to its rollicking New Orleans sound that's seasoned a wee bit with reggae and other influences, including the movie "Easy Rider." The group covered that flick's "Don't Bogart That Joint," an inspired choice nobody expected in a million years.
The group--including two sax players who have also worked with the Iguanas and Walter "Wolfman" Washington--was fresh off an appearance on Conan O'Brien's show the night before.
Maybe bring these guys back to the Narrows Festival for the Arts at the end of the summer? What do you think?
We're not sure what pedal steel great Buddy Cage is up to with this Marge-Simpson-Meets-Phil Spector hairdo, but it didn't get in the way of his playing with the New Riders of the Purple Sage at the Narrows Friday night.
A packed house whooped and boogied as these psychedelic space cowboys made their second visit to the Narrows, and kicked off their 2008 touring schedule.
Above, that's Eilen Jewell backstage (so to speak) about a half hour before she headlined at the Narrows on Saturday night.
Last year was a great one for Eilen and her group as their CD Letters from Sinners and Strangers received national acclaim and radio airplay.
Eilen was gracious to note during Saturday night's show that the Narrows was one of the first places to take a chance and book her and the boys.
The Narrows' faith in Eilen seems to be paying off--according to our observation, she drew double the audience from the last time she visited us; a fairly large and enthusiastic crowd that seemed to know her songs.
Congrats to this talented young woman! Her hard work is paying off!
Ollabelle is returning to the Narrows very soon (visit http://www.ncfta.org/ for more info)! They've played the Narrows several times and have blown the house away. This is a guarantee winner if you're into roots music. Absolutely brilliant stuff!
Amy Helm, of Ollabelle, is the daughter of Levon Helm, formerly of The Band. Last year was big for Levon, what with an extremely successful album (Dirt Farmer) and all. And Amy helped to make it happen for her dad.
The wind blew and the rain fell, and, Friday night, upstairs at the Narrows the stories they did tell.
First, opener Michael Troy set the tone with his original ballads of the mills, hills and spills of Fall River.
Headliner Rosalie Sorrels, in her first appearance at the Narrows, sang of love, hopping trains and waltzing with bears, and talked of friends and acquaintances like Hunter Thompson, Ken Kesey and Rev. Gary Davis.