Monday, June 28, 2010

June 2010 Recap, July 2010 Anticipation

Self portrait, bass amp view, NYRMA rehearsal June 2010.

June 2010 finishes with a bang, July to be crazy in the best of ways. Thankful for the work...

Tues June 29 7pm, I'll be appearing "In The Round" at Long Island's premiere live music venue, The Stephen Talkhouse, in a series hosted by Nancy Atlas. I'm hearing it's a great night for music lovers, with a great blend of serious song trading and hilarious stories and wackiness. The following month, I'll be doing a similar show happening over at the Bay Street Theatre Songwriter Series in Sag Harbor Sun July 18.

See a full list of all shows, with everyone,  everywhere...

INSIDE INFO: Those who attended my solo show at The Local 269 Friday June 19th might be interested in Stephen Bailey's blog post, which explains how things sometimes work (or in this case don't work) "behind the scenes".

FOR A CHUCKLE, here's a snippet from vocal rehearsal the night before, with Gary Pig Gold, and my talented sister-singer Jen:

THE BLAGGARDS rocked the Rodeo Bar (and New York City) for the first time Sat June 26. Hot on the heels of the release of "Kinks Unkovered", the Kinks tribute CD released 6/22 on Paradiddle Records - the band honky-tonked and rocked... and rolled... deep into the night to an enthusiastic crowd. Tom, Steve, Rich and myself really look forward to returning there ASAP. Meanwhile, there's a new music video that accompanies The Blaggards contribution to the CD, "Last of the Steam Powered Trains".

 The Blaggards at the Rodeo Bar NYC, June 26th - photo: Blair Buscareno

Upcoming shows with The Blaggards include Oyster Bay NY Thurs 7/1 at Fiddleheads, and Shelter Island NY Sat 7/10 at Lil' Joe's Pleasure Lounge. A surely nutty date looms when the band does a special "Heidy's Birthday" show at Nicks (Montauk NY)  Saturday July 31.

CAROLINE DOCTOROW and THE STEAMROLLERS performed Fri June 25 at Arlo Guthrie's church (Great Barrington, MA), better known as "Where Alice Used to Live", now going by the name of The Guthrie Center.

Gary, MH, Caroline, Andrew at The Guthrie Center

Caroline, with Andrew Carillo (Joan Osborne, guitar/sitar/mando guitar) Gary Oleyar (Loggins & Messina, fiddle/vocals) and myself (bass/duet vocals) performed "The Songs Of Richard and Mimi Fariña" to a full house. Lots of great vibes, nice people and good food. The dressing room is directly under the steeple (please resist the urge to pull on that big think rope connected to the bell), and there is no shortage of history and great spirits in the place, going back to Woody, and beyond. Upcoming Caroline Doctorow shows include the New Bedford MA Summerfest Sat 7/3 and Sun 7/4. 

THE NEW YORK ROOTS MUSIC ASSOCIATION and SATURDAY NIGHT SOCIAL CLUB continues to roll on - the next Night of Social Pleasure: "Buffalo Springfield Night" Sat July 17, Plainview American Legion Post 1812. The Blaggards, Russ Seeger, Mike Bifulco and others will be backing guest performers such as Caroline Doctorow, Gene Casey, Butcher's Blind and many more doing your favorite Buffalo Springfield material. Follow NYRMA on Facebook and Twitter.

MATTY LIOT and THE BIG UP toil hard finishing up a series of recordings begun at Sonic Youth's studio in Hoboken NJ, now finishing with the Lantern Sound mobile rig on location at the band house. When these recordings are finished, it is hoped that the mobile rig will find a more permanent home ASAP.
Matty Liot shows include Wed Aug 4th (acoustic set at Guild Hall, East Hampton NY) and Fri Aug 6th (electric set at the Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett NY).

Getting ready to do the radio show in the Songtrailer.
(I think Caroline has the good photo w/ us both.)
THE SONGTRAILS RADIO HOUR is heard on WPKN 89.5 (Bridgeport CT) and hosted by Caroline Doctorow and yours truly, and there are reports that you'll soon be able to catch archived episodes on WEER 88.7 (Montauk NY) on Saturday nights. More info as that develops. The next new episode of the show airs Saturday July 3rd at 7pm Eastern. This show will be available the very next day at the Songtrails Radio Hour Podcast/Blog.

SPECIAL OUTDOOR TREAT FOR NYC FOLKS: I'll be in Bryant Park, playing bass with Libby Johnson on Wednesday July 7th at 5pm in a free open-air show.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

PHOTO: Pack It Up

Lantern Sound preps for a move to the finishing locaiton for the Matty Liot and the Big Up sessions...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

PHOTO: Mini Amp Shootout at Lantern Sound

Mini-amps at Lantern Sound, June 14 2010

View looking backwards from the console, Matty Liot and The Big Up guitar overdub session, Skip English producing. A new (modded with replacement speaker and Russian tubes) Fender Champ 600 is being used for warm, clean jazzy tone. Not bad cranked all the way up (it goes to twelve). Other mini-amps wait their turn in the background.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

PHOTO: Practice Essentials

Practicing for upcoming shows: NYRMA, Solo, Caroline Docotorow, The Blaggards

1) Lakland Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
2) Guild D-50 Acoustic Guitar
3) Hartke Combo Bass Amplifier
4) iTunes (plugged into amplifer)
5) Coffee (in travel mug)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June 2010 - The Music Gets Crazy

Successfully cloning self, backstage, Vail-Leavitt Theatre, Riverhead, NY

We feed the omnivorous Rock and Roll Beast and it just gets hungrier. Thankfully, when overwhelmed by electronic gadgetry-driven multitasking, the solution is simple: 1 guitar, 1 glass red wine. Put over low heat. Simmer.

Bridget Music Video - Mick HargreavesReaction to the "Bridget" music video has been universally heartwarming, heartfelt, and just plain full of heart. Thanks for the help, support, kind comments. We really did give Gary Jude Anderson his due -  somewhere up there, still and all, he knows he's right somehow. The "Bridget" MUSIC VIDEO ON YOUTUBE


Friday June 18th 2010 7pm 
THE LOCAL 269 -  269 East Houston Street NYC -  "Your Local, Our Alamo" -  featuring scheduled guests Gary "Pig" Gold, sister Jen, more to be added. Of course, multi-instrumentalist Mike Bifulco will be onstage. FB Event page for 6/18

Tuesday June 29th 2010 7pm
THE STEPHEN TALKHOUSE - 161 Main Street, Amagansett NY -  Singer-Songwriters "In The Round". Other performers TBA. Host: Nancy Atlas

"Non-Schtick Rock and Roll" from Manhattan to Montauk

Sunday June 13th 4-7pm
NICKS MONTAUK - 148 South Emerson, Montauk NY. The Blaggards "Non-Schtick Rock & Roll" tour begins when we come ashore at Nick's on the beach in Montauk, assisted by able-bodied seamen Mike Bifulco and Russ Seeger. Always a circus at Nick's. FREE ADMISSION.

Saturday June 19th 8pm
NYRMA's Saturday Night Social Club - A Night of 1000 Dances. HENNESSEY'S BAR AND GRILL, Route 25 Huntington NY. The next Saturday Night Social Club, thrown by the New York Roots Music Association. The Blaggards and special guests perform all-time great dance numbers from the Twist to Blitzkrieg Bop, plus sets from The Long Island Hornets, and the Seeger-Bifulco band.

Saturday June 26th 10pm
- 3rd Ave & 27th Street, NYC. The Blaggards then finish up June with our debut at NYC's infamous Rodeo Bar. It will be rockin', authentic, honky-tonkin', entertaining and will go late! FB Event Page for 6/26

The Paradiddle Records KINKS KOMPILATION "Kinks UnKovered" drops June 22nd. Many local artists appear on this one - Look for a sneak-preview-listen of The Blaggards' recording of "Last Of the Steam Powered Trains" to be posted that day, location To Be Announced... meantime, buy it here.


Many, many shows, I'm playing the bass. Two notable tent-pole dates: Friday June 25th @ Guthrie Center (Great Barrington MA), and July 3rd & 4th New Bedford Folk Festival up in Rhode Island. See Caroline Doctorow Dot Com for full, detailed info.


Is performing shows in support of her great "Perfect View" CD. I'll be playing bass with her at two free outdoor shows: Wednesday, June 9th in Narbeth PA, and at a really cool Midtown NYC show at Bryant Park, Weds July 7th 5pm. See Libby Johnson Music Dot Com for full, detailed info.


Wow, you've made it this far - to take a cue from Dare Dukes, you deserve a reward... a quote from my dad:

"Never buy a hose for someone else. Then you'll be liable if it kinks, leaks, or doesn't coil up right"

Here's a great Twitter page with quotes from another guy's dad. (Warning: Potty-mouth language on this one)

Keep fighting the good fight, everyone. MH


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