Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
It was blue-eyed soul night, and another sold-out show night, at the Narrows Friday as Englishman James Hunter brought his band and a sackful of catchy tunes that sounded like they could have been recorded in 1959 or yesterday.
If you're unfamiliar with his work, just stop by the Ruby Tuesday's in South Attleboro. Your humble blogger swears that he hears something from James Hunter in the soundtrack piped through the restaurant every visit.
A young fellow originally from Arlington, MA, Jesse Dee, opened the show doing his version of the retro soul man. After his set, audience members were asking us to have him headline his own show.
Nice job, Jesse (he's pictured right).
Friday, June 18, 2010
A loud, bluesy Friday night at the Narrows, that started acoustic with master blues picker Mark T. Small, playing some Charlie Patton, some Robert Johnson, some Mark T. Small. Then the air got electric with Coco Montoya (above) and his group, sporting a new CD.
All kicked off a blues weekend that features Ronnie Earl on Saturday night. Blues fans--take note! James Cotton, Taj Mahal, Savoy Brown, Jimmy Vaughn and Johnny Winter coming up in the months ahead!
Friday, June 11, 2010
The performer, Jesse Winchester, kind of understated, too. Except with fabulous songs.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Midnight Souvenirs--Peter Wolf--The former J. Geils frontman is working hard for the money. This is a finely crafted recording that shows, despite decades on stage and in the studio, the Wolfa Guffa Mamma Tuffa still cares. For example: he wrote more than half the tracks with song doctor Will Jennings--which may bother some purists (Hell, Jennings wrote with freakin' Barry Manilow! But, hey, with Clapton too.) I suspect he wanted the best and was willing to bring in the talent. It paid off--the tunes are the absolute bedrock of this CD.
Lots of Narrows connections, including a duet with Narrows alum Shelby Lynne on the opener, "Tragedy" (the photo was taken of Wolf at the Narrows' Shelby Lynne concert in November, 2008); Narrows alums Kris Delmhorst and Catherine Russell sing back up, and the CD was co-produced by Kenny White, who's performed at the Narrows as Cheryl Wheeler's pianist. And Narrows fave Chuck Prophet helped in the writing chores for "Overnight Lows," lest I forget.
Midnight Souvenirs deserves the light of day. Nice job.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
In other news:
--Jimmie Vaughan is debuting at the Narrows in October.
--A second show has been added to Richard Thompson's late summer return to the Narrows.
--Should be up on the website any minute now: the Narrows will be holding a golf tournament!
--Speaking of golf, Seth Walker, who played the Narrows Saturday night, is a huge fan of the game. Word was he was slated to hit the links before his Sunday show in Boston.
--Nice recent article about the Narrows in the Herald News. Read it here.
Saturday, June 05, 2010
No more Bettye who? Congrats to the new Queen of Soul!