Monday, November 30, 2015

STEVE HACKETT ELECTRIFIES SCOTTISH RITE (Collingswood, NJ) 11/21/15



Former Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett Rocks Scottish Rite Auditorium

By Rob Nagy

In what has evolved in recent years into an annual fall concert swing of the east coast, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Hackett recently returned to Collingswood, New Jersey’s Scottish Rite Auditorium.

Touring in support of his latest solo effort, “Wolflight,” as well as the 40th anniversary of his first solo album, “Voyage of the Acolyte,” Hackett and his band (Roger King (keyboards) Nad Sylvan (vocals), Gary O'Toole (drums), Roine Stolt (bass, twelve string and guitar) and Rob Townsend (saxes, flutes and keyboards)), played to a customary sellout crowd of die hard fans.

Approaching show time, an intense energy of anticipation filled the air and soon erupted into a standing ovation, whistles and cheers, as Hackett and his fellow musicians emerged from a dimly lit, fog-laden stage.

The nearly two and a half hour concert offered something for every Hackett and early Genesis fan. Showcasing a selection of solo compositions spanning his entire career, Hackett navigated through gripping renditions of “Spectral,” “Out of Body,” “Wolflight,” “Every Day,” “Love Song to a Vampire,” “The Wheel’s Turning,” “Loving Sea,” “Icarus Ascending,” “Ace of Wands,” “Tower Struck” and “Hierophant.”

Following a brief intermission, the evening’s closing set (including fan favorites “Get ‘Em Out By Friday,” “Can-Utility and the Coastliners,” “The Cinema Show,” “Aisle of Plenty,” “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” and “The Musical Box”) paid tribute to the Genesis years leading up to Hackett’s 1977 departure.

Throughout the evening, Hackett shared the spotlight by showcasing the individual and collective talents of his stellar band.

At the close of “The Musical Box,” an extended standing ovation shook the building. Hackett and his band cordially returned to the stage to close out the night with riveting renditions of “Clocks” and the Genesis classic “Firth of Fifth.”

After another mesmerizing performance, Hackett’s loyal fans are surely anticipating the return of this musical genius. 

Photo by Rob Nagy

http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20151202/ENTERTAINMENT/151209931

JOHN SCOFIELD AND JON CLEARY PLAY THE ARDMORE MUSIC HALL 12/5/15





John Scofield to join Jon Cleary
for a Taste of the Blues

By Rob Nagy

A master at bebop, jazz-fusion, funk, blues and rock, guitar legend and composer John Scofield continues to expand his creative reach.

His latest project, a live duo effort with New Orleans based British musician Jon Cleary, delves into the rich history of deep Southern blues.

“I met Jon in the 80’s,” recalls Scofield from his home in Katonah, N.Y. “I’ve been a fan of his for years. We made a record in 2009 called “Piety Street,” which was all gospel music. Jon is a great pianist and singer. He’s actually a Brit from New Orleans, one of the great keepers of the flame in New Orleans piano tradition. He is a real fountain of knowledge and one of the great R&B singers of our time.“

“This is a special project,” adds Scofield. “It’s just the two of us. You’ve probably heard of Dr. John. Well, that tradition is coming back as well as the earlier days with Professor Long Hair and people like that. We play a lot of R&B classic music from the 50’s, where a lot of these songs came from. So it’s stuff by Willie Johns, Professor Long Hair, Johnny “Guitar” Watson - songs that we both love, and we do a little music from ‘Piety.’”

“I hope people are attentive,” says Scofield. “I hope we hold their attention and they get in the groove and love the music. That’s all I can ever hope for - that what we play will speak to them somehow, and people that love music will love us. It’s nothing more than that.”

Scofield cites Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino and George Benson as his greatest jazz influences.  He fondly recalls his fascination and desire to make music his life calling as a teenager in the late 60’s.

“When I decided to be a musician, in my head it was this unbelievable alternative world that existed and was so strong with youth culture that it was so attractive and overwhelming,” recalls Scofield. “It was this incredible thing that seemed to me to be the only alternative to being a businessman like my dad, which I knew I didn’t want to do. I wanted to be an artist, and the music scene was there and people could make a living at it.”

“When I started out, the greats of jazz were not really influenced so much by rock and roll, but my generation grew-up playing both,” adds Scofield. “I wanted even more of that soulful guitar sound. I wanted blues guys. That’s where Clapton and Hendrix were coming from. B.B. King - he wrote the book on it. Albert King, Otis Rush, Freddy King - I really loved those guys too. It’s all the techniques of blues guitar playing that went into rock and roll, and all that stuff was available to us. We brought that back into the jazz arena.”

After enrolling at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1970, Scofield left three years into his studies to pursue a career in music.  Decades later, in the late 90s, he received an honorary Doctorate from Berklee.

Scofield signed a recording contract with Enja Records and released his self-titled debut in 1977. With the decade coming to a close, he formed a trio with mentor Steve Swallow (bass) and Adam Nussbaum (drums), later replaced by Bill Stewart. This formation would become Scofield’s signature group.

“The great thing about jazz music, I think, is it really accents the individual,” says Scofield. “Everybody is allowed to be their own person and to do it their way when taking a jazz improvised solo. We were just able to do it a little bit differently than our predecessors. Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall, as great as they were, we just did it a little different. Even though we copied them, there were other aspects too. It’s great to be a part of this chain that keeps going.”

Scofield joined Miles Davis in 1982 and contributed to the albums “Star People” (1983), “Decoy” (1984) and “You’re Under Arrest” (1985).

Throughout his career, Scofield has released nearly fifty solo and collaborative albums and worked in a variety of music genres with numerous notable artists, including Pat Martino, Herbie Hancock, Jaco Pastorious, Pat Metheny and John Mayer.

“I think there are a lot of things that I can’t do (laughs),” says Scofield. “I’ve made a zillion records and been around for a long time. Guitar works in all these different kinds of music. Just the fact that guitar was an element in country-western, blues, jazz, rock and roll and folk music has really exposed me to so many areas of music by being interested in the guitar ever since I was 12 years old. I really like it, because it allows me to express different parts of my musical interests and I’ve learned from each one of these situations.”

“People want to see you in a different context,” adds Scofield.  “They’re always saying, ‘Oh, what’s the new project you are doing?’ I go back and forth between these different areas, maybe more so than a lot of people. I really like playing in all these different situations.”

Humbled by the critical acclaim and fan adulation that surrounds him, Scofield cherishes his success as well as his creative opportunities.

“I’ve been lucky,” says Scofield. “I’m proud that I’ve been on the scene and around these great players like Jaco and Miles and all the great guys that I’ve played with over the years. I’m so proud that I’ve been able to develop my playing, my composing and being a musician. Because I keep playing with these guys that are so good, they inspire me and, hopefully, I inspire them. When that happens, then the audience gets inspired.”

John Scofield and Jon Cleary will perform at the Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Avenue Ardmore, PA 19003, on Saturday December 5, 2015 at 8:00 P.M. For tickets, go to www.ardmoremusichall.com.

To stay up to date with John Scofield, visit www.johnscofield.com and with Jon Cleary, www.joncleary.com.

http://www.tickettoentertainment.com/blog/2015/11/25/john-scofield-to-join-jon-cleary-for-a-taste-of-the-blues/ 

Met up with John at the Berks Jazz Fest (Reading, PA) in 2013.



Thursday, November 19, 2015

STEVE HACKETT (FORMERLY OF GENESIS)

I am honored to have one of my photographs of legendary rock guitarist Steve Hackett on his website.

http://www.hackettsongs.com/gallery/genExUS1/gallery38.html

THE MUSIC OF PETER GABRIEL

http://www.pottsmerc.com/arts-and-entertainment/20151118/the-security-project-x2014-keeping-the-musical-legacy-of-peter-gabriel-alive





The Security Project, keeping the Musical Legacy of Peter Gabriel Alive

By Rob Nagy

Founded by former Peter Gabriel drummer Jerry Marotta, “The Security Project” brings to life the early works of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Peter Gabriel.

Featuring Marotta (drums & percussion), Trey Gunn (guitar and backing vocals), Brian Cummins (lead vocals), Michael Cozzi (guitars and backing vocals) and David Jameson (keyboards and Eigenharp), the Security Project delivers flawless performances of Gabriel’s first five albums leading up to his “So” release.

Initially concerned about being labeled as a mere Gabriel Tribute band, Marotta (who played with Gabriel from 1977 through 1986) experienced a renewed enthusiasm after revisiting Gabriel’s early self-titled releases as well as the “Security” album.

“Once we got into it,” recalls Marotta, “I started listening to this music I hadn’t listened to in many, many years. A lot of the stuff that was on “The Security” record is remarkable and it’s so unusual. I just started realizing, ‘I don’t care what you call this. You can call it what you want.’ The band is so good, and everybody in the band is so good at what they do and the music is phenomenal.” 

“When you go see Peter now, he isn’t really doing much of this material,” adds Marotta. “He became famous for the record “So” and the album’s hits “Sledgehammer,” “Big Time” and “Don’t Give Up.” That stuff for me and for many fans isn’t really his best work. His earlier music really deserves to be played more. The fans that come to the shows, you can just see and feel it.  In talking to them, that’s how they learned about Peter Gabriel and they want to hear those songs.”


Committed to the rich musical legacy of Peter Gabriel, Marotta and his band mates emphasize the roll the Security Project plays in keeping with the original Gabriel sound.

“The real success of the Security Project is going to be based on people who come to see the band,” says Marotta. “We are very true to the sound.  How do you reinvent “Rhythm of the Heat? How do you reinvent some of these songs? They are classic. How different can you make them? We do what we can, but we also don’t want to make it sound goofy.”

The live shows have included such Gabriel gems as “The Rhythm of the Heat,” “On The Air,” “San Jacinto,” “Here Comes the Flood,” “D.I.Y.,” “No Self Control,” “I Have the Touch,” “Intruder,” “The Family & The Fishing Net” and “Wallflower,” along with the occasional classic from “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.”



“We didn’t want anybody to think we were just trying to ride on Peter’s coattails,” says Marotta.  “We’re no cover band; that’s for sure! We are out there playing this music and doing it really well. There are times where I would sit down and look at “Rhythm of the Heat” and I would listen to the way we were doing it and I would listen to a live version when I was touring with Peter in the 70’s and 80’s and I would listen to a version of Peter playing it now. The Security Project plays that as well as we ever did in any version of Peter Gabriel. We will eventually incorporate more music from “So” and afterwards. I continue to hope and push for the time that we integrate original material into the show so that the Peter Gabriel things are part of what we do.”

“I would love for the Gabriel fans to go away hearing a song they didn’t know off an album that they didn’t own and realizing how great it is and maybe going out and buying another Peter Gabriel record,” adds Marotta. “I want people to walk away inspired, motivated, invigorated and encouraged about what they’ve heard.”

The Security Project will perform at the Sellersville Theater; located at 24 West Temple Ave., Sellersville, PA, on Saturday December 5, 2015 at 8:00 P.M. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-257-5808 or on-line at www.st94.com.

To stay up to date with The Security Project visit www.securityprojectband.com.

http://www.tickettoentertainment.com/blog/2015/11/24/the-security-project-keeping-the-musical-legacy-of-peter-gabriel-alive/



Getting caught up with Jerry Marotta backstage at the Sellersville Theater December 5, 2015.




Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NEW DOCUMENTARY ON JACO

http://www.pottsmerc.com/arts-and-entertainment/20150521/documentary-highlights-the-life-of-jaco-pastorius

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

JEFFREY GAINES AT STEEL CITY COFFEE HOUSE 11/27/15



Get your tickets for Jeffrey Gaines at Steel City Coffee House (Phoenixville, PA) Friday November 27, 2015. Look for my feature coming soon!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ROCK GUITARIST JIM BABJAK



Happy birthday to the Smithereen's Jim Babjak, one of the best rock guitarists on the planet!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

PAUL THORN PLAYS THE SELLERSVILLE THEATRE (Sellersville, PA) 11/15/15


http://www.tickettoentertainment.com/blog/2015/11/10/the-paul-thorn-band-brings-its-brand-of-americana-to-sellersville/






The Paul Thorn Band
will bring its brand of Americana
to Sellersville

By Rob Nagy

“Too Blessed To Be Stressed” is the latest release from Americana blues/rock singer-songwriter Paul Thorn.

I’m proud of it,” says Thorn from his home in Tupelo, Mississippi. “It’s a record with a bunch of positive uplifting songs. Every song has some sort of a message of inspiration, and it’s real upbeat. In the past, I've told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life. This time, I've written 10 songs that express more universal truths, and I've done it with a purpose: to make people feel good.
It’s a happy record that is doing better than any record I’ve put out, which I’m very pleased about.”

“I’ve accumulated fans from touring and going all over the country and meeting people and doing shows,” adds Thorn. “When you have fans that like you, they’ll buy more records. It’s kind of like accumulating friends. When people love you, they’re with you for life. Anything you get real quick usually isn’t good. It takes time and a lot of work to build a quality fan base. There’s nothing that can replace hard work.  Develop your craft and go out there and be among the people. That’s what I believe in.”

Two decades ago, Thorn was applying his driven work ethic to a professional boxing career. After winning most of his fights, which included time in the ring with Roberto Duran and a Mid-South Middleweight Championship, Thorn walked away.

“I realized I If I had stayed in boxing too long I could wind up with slurred speech and dementia,” recalls Thorn. “I had people in my inner circle that weren’t trying to squeeze every dollar they could get out of me. They actually pulled me to the side when it was the right time and said, “You shouldn’t do this anymore. You’ve taken it as far as you can take it, and we don’t want to see you get hurt.  Let’s try something else.”

“Boxing helped me in the area of discipline,” adds Thorn. “I had to get up in the morning and run. I had to go to the gym. I had to eat right. It instilled discipline in me. It was great. Although I was pretty good, I wasn’t good enough to be a world champion.”

Exhibiting a passion and a talent for music, Thorn shifted his energies to where this new adventure would take him. Playing the local club scene while working a day job, Thorn gave music everything he had.

“I didn’t know what the future held,” recalls Thorn. “Everyday I’d get up and I’d say ‘what can I do to better my situation?’ Whether it would be writing a new song or going out and playing in front of a new crowd, I looked for new opportunities.”

“It’s a different time now,” adds Thorn. “A lot of the record companies have gone out of business. Part of my day is going on Facebook. I communicate with my fans. I make videos for them. I talk to them on Twitter. Everything is on the Internet now. So, I mix all that stuff in with my touring. It’s not any one thing that makes someone successful.  It’s a bunch of little things going at once. I’m trying to keep all these balls in the air and not drop one.”

After signing a recording contract with A&M Records, Thorn released his debut album, “Hammer & Nail” in 1997. Never losing sight of his dream and determined to make a name for himself, Thorn ultimately made the Billboard charts with the albums “A Long Way From Tupelo” (2008), “Pimps and Preachers” (2010) and “What the Hell Is Going On” (2012), the latter of which debuted on Billboard’s Top 100 and was one of the most played albums of the year on the AMA Chart.

Having caught the attention of some of the biggest names in music, Thorn has shared the concert stage with Huey Lewis & the News, Sting, Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck and Bonnie Raitt, among others. Appearances on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” have given Thorn critical exposure to a National TV audience.

Beyond his personal success, Thorn recognizes the invaluable staff and musicians that solidify his organization.

“The key to my longevity has been a team of people that have taken up my slack all these years,” says Thorn. “My manager, Billy Maddox, and I have been working together since I was 17. I have an incredible support group that knows my strengths and my weaknesses. When I step up and do my thing that I’m strong at, they step back and let me do my thing. When they see me running off the track, they step in. If you don’t have that in your life you can’t do anything. I also have an incredibly talented band that I have been working with for more than 20 years.”

“Music has saved my life,” adds Thorn. “It has given me something to do. I’m blessed with talent that has really served me well in my life. I actually get to do what I’m good at and what I enjoy and I get paid. What a blessing. That’s like heaven on earth!”

The Paul Thorn Band will perform at the Sellersville Theater; located at 24 West Temple Ave., Sellersville, PA, on Sunday November 15, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-257-5808 or on-line at www.st94.com.

To stay up to date with Paul Thorn visit www.paulthorn.com.



COMEDIAN PAUL REISER AT THE COLONIAL (Phoenixville,PA) 11/21/15

http://www.tickettoentertainment.com/blog/2015/11/11/paul-reiser-to-bring-his-comedic-wit-to-the-colonial-in-phoenixville/






Paul Reiser to bring his Comedic
Wit to the Colonial

By Rob Nagy


Most widely recognized for his role in the 90’s critically acclaimed hit TV sitcom “Mad About You,” comedian, actor, writer, author and musician Paul Reiser has hit the road with his one-man national stand-up tour highlighting the funnier side of life, love, and relationships.

“I’ve been out now for the last three years,” says Reiser from his home in California. “From 1992 to 2012 I didn’t do anything. The last time I was out doing stand-up was a little before 1990 or 91, before “Mad About You.” When “Mad About You” started, I got busy and just didn’t have time for it. When it was over - 7, 8 years later - I was kind of happy to just sit at home. In my head, I was going to get back to it. I was waiting for the right time, and then I realized there was no right time.”

“I just put my finger down on the calendar and I said, ‘Let’s go,’” adds Reiser. “I called up this club and I went down with no real plan. I wasn’t even thinking ‘I’ve got to go out and tour.’ I just wanted to get on stage. It was great. It felt really right. It was about a year of just going locally and doing 15, 20 minutes and building up material. It has been more fun than I remember when I did it the first time around.”

It was during his years at Binghamton University, where he majored in music (piano and composition), that Reiser was drawn to the stage. Finding his calling as a comedian, he spent his summer breaks working the New York club scene, developing his skills as a stand-up comedian.

“You would see guys on TV in the early to late 70’s who came out of that farm system - Freddie Prinze, Gabe Kaplan or David Brenner - and they came from this place, whether it was the Improv or Catch A Rising Star. So, I thought, ‘Maybe if I go there.’ It seemed there was a game plan, like applying to college. ‘If I go there I’ll get my two year degree and I’ll be on the Tonight Show,’ which is not exactly at all how it works. It was still the right place to go.”

Film director Barry Levinson enlisted the talented Reiser for the now classic film “Diner” in 1982. Follow-up feature film appearances by Reiser included “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984), “Beverly Hills Cop II” (1987), “Alien” (1986), “The Marrying Man” (1991) and “Bye Bye Love” (1995), each capturing Reiser in a variety of roles.

“I think they all have their appeal,” says Reiser. “Movies are fun because there’s an opportunity that you get to play and you get to work with talented filmmakers. They are certainly rewarding in that they are out there forever.  People see them and enjoy them. It’s great fun to be in something that’s big like that.”

Reiser’s film career remains increasingly active. He appeared in the 2014 Oscar nominated film “Whiplash,” and has four new films in post production or filming - “6 Miranda Drive” (2015), “Concussion” (2015), “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” (2016) and “War on Everyone” (2016).

Initially earning a role in the TV sitcom “My Two Dads” (1987-90), it was the launch of the comedy series “Mad About You” (1992-99) that catapulted Reiser and his co-star, Helen Hunt, into the spotlight.

Playing the part of Paul Buchman, Reiser co-created, co-starred and co-composed the show’s theme song “The Final Frontier” (with famed producer Don Was).  After earning nominations for an Emmy, a Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award, Reiser became a household name.

“Mad About You” was certainly the pinnacle moment in launching my career,” recalls Reiser. “All the gears happened to work out in the right way. If I was going to do a show, my idea was I wanted to do one about what I was doing in my act, which was being a newlywed. My material at that time was all sort of relationship stuff. Suddenly you’re with another person every moment of your life.  Life changes and you look at yourself, and it’s just a little hot bed of comedy. That was my goal. I wanted to write a show that was about that kind of stuff.”

“The timing was right, and NBC needed a show that spoke to that audience,” adds Reiser. “I don’t know if that show two years earlier or two years later would have found the same success.”

“I started out doing stand-up, then I got some lucky breaks and things worked out in TV and I got to do films,” says Reiser. “In my head, these were all bonus activities while I was waiting for the smoke to clear and I would get back to stand-up.”

Reiser’s creativity reaches beyond the stage, TV and film and has found him authoring three books, Couplehood (1995), about the ups and downs of being in a committed relationship, Familyhood (2011), a collection of humorous essays, and Babyhood (2012), about his experiences as a first-time father.

While proud of his many accomplishments, Reiser considers himself a comedian first and foremost, and his time on stage, his greatest passion.

“Part of the magic or appeal of stand up comedy is that it’s sort of elusive and unattainable,” says Reiser. “You’re trying to get a certain joke just right and routine just right - a whole act just right, and you never do. You’ll get one moment that works better one night and the next night it’s different. That joke that works out to a 6, that never got a laugh - suddenly is a 9. Like, what happened there? You keep looking for that perfection. I think the chase is what makes it so fun and appealing to me.”

“If they are laughing, it’s not just ‘cause I made something up that was so wildly funny, so much as, ‘OK, we’re not the only ones going through this stuff.’ Secretly on the other end, I’m on stage going, ‘OK, they are laughing, so I’m not the only one going through this stuff.’  It’s a mutual validating process.”

“I have a very smart game plan,” says Reiser. “I don’t do anything interesting. In that way you’re bullet proof (laughs). I was never out clubbing. I was never out getting into fights. I live a pretty normal, busy, dull life. There’s too much work to do.”

Paul Reiser performs at the Colonial Theater, located at 227 Bridge Street in Phoenixville, PA Saturday November 21, 2015 at 8:00 P.M. Tickets are available at the Colonial Theatre Box Office by calling 610-917-1228 or on-line at www.thecolonialtheatre.com. All ages are welcome at the Colonial.
To stay up to date with Paul Reiser, visit www.paulreiser.com




Friday, November 6, 2015

ELI YOUNG BAND PLAYS THE FILLMORE IN PHILLY 11/11/15

http://www.pottsmerc.com/arts-and-entertainment/20151106/eli-young-band-returns-to-philly-at-the-fillmore






Eli Young Band Returning to Philly
at the Fillmore

By Rob Nagy

The Texas based multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated country rockers of “Eli Young Band” are no strangers to success. Featuring Mike Eli (vocals, guitar), James Young (guitar), Jon Jones (Bass) and Chris Thompson (drums), the foursome has taken painstaking efforts, since releasing their 2002 self-titled debut album, to solidify their musical presence.

“It was ten years before we had any really big success,” recalls bassist Jon Jones from his home in Texas. “We’re one of the stories that you don’t hear very much anymore - the band taking the long way to get there.”

“In the time of “American Idol” and “The Voice” and those avenues to get in front of people, we took the road less travelled. If we would have been propelled into the light, I don’t think this really would have worked. This was our path and the only way it was going to work for us. I think in some ways this separates us from other acts. It was a concerted effort.”

Charting eight times on the Billboard country charts, the band has had three Number One singles - "Crazy Girl" (the top country song of 2011), "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" (2012) and "Drunk Last Night”(2013).

“Things have really gone our way,” says Jones. “There’s always a couple of valleys in there. I am impressed with our fans that come out and continue to identify with our music. It’s great. Our fans inspire us. They give us the opportunity to follow our dreams. I think it’s invaluable to remember that.”

On the heels of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful album “10,000 Towns” (2014), the band signed with a new record label, Valore.  Currently, the group is strategically releasing a batch of new songs as they continue to work on their next studio album.

“Valore has a bit more of an independent spirit,” says bassist Jones.  “They’ve been a really good fit for us. We’re now working the first single with them - a duet with Andy Grammar, “Honey, I’m Good,” which is a really big song in the pop world.”

“We released a four song EP called “Turn it On” earlier this year, which will be a pre-cursor to the next record,” adds Jones. “We had taken the mentality that we should never stop writing. You never know if a label is going to come calling for the next record so you want to be prepared. With that in mind, late last year we did a batch of songs that were new and fun and felt very in the moment. So we went right into the studio to make really good demos of the songs because we wanted to capture the feeling we had when we were writing these before we lost the vibe. The label heard the songs and loved the direction. I hope these songs continue to have a chance to be heard by people.”

“On this next album, we want to get back to the roots of where we started, which at the time was a bit more on the rock edge of where country was,” says Jones. “I think we’re finding ourselves in the atmosphere right now of where we fit in comfortably and where we can take pride in being part of country music today.”

After spending the summer touring the U.S. with Toby Keith, the band is looking forward to kicking off their twenty-city headlining tour in Philadelphia.

“By the time we get to Philly, we will have been in the studio recording some new songs,” says Jones. “Hopefully we will be playing a few of them. We try to plan our set list so everybody leaves feeling like they were catered to a little bit - all the hits, some of the misses and some of the old stuff. We love when people Tweet us requests. We love playing music in front of people and for ourselves. We try to bring that energy every night.”

“I think what makes country music so special is that everybody wants to have music they can relate to,” adds Jones. “Whether it’s a break up song or a drinking song. It’s really rooted in a story and the lyrics, and the music around it has always been more simplistic in order to let the story stand out. There’s a country culture that works really well that people can identify with both in the big city and in the small towns. There’s something for everybody.”

Eli Young Band will play the Fillmore, 1000 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125, Wednesday November 11, 2015 at 8:00 P.M.
For further info or tickets visit www.livenation.com.

To stay up to date with Eli Young Band visit

Thursday, November 5, 2015

FOLK ARTIST LUCY KAPLANSKY AT STEEL CITY COFFEE HOUSE 11/6/15

http://www.pottsmerc.com/arts-and-entertainment/20151105/folk-artist-lucy-kaplansky-to-play-steel-city-nov-6




Folk Artist Lucy Kaplansky
to play Steel City

By Rob Nagy

Once upon a time, folk artist Lucy Kaplansky found herself torn between life as a clinical psychologist and her passion to pursue music as a full time career. Taking a leap of faith, Kaplansky dove headfirst first into the unknown and never looked back.

“I always wanted to do music and was pursuing music,” recalls Lucy Kaplansky from her home in New York City. “I was in my late teens, early twenties and it was going really well in the New York folk scene. I was too unconsciously conflicted to let myself keep going. It took me years to figure that out in my own therapy - that I wasn’t allowing myself to have the thing I wanted and that’s why I left and went back to school. I told myself, ‘I don’t want to be a singer’ and it wasn’t true. When I finally figured that out, and that was after I’d become a psychologist, it was very clear to me that I had to go back.”

“I’ve always been musical,” adds Kaplansky. “I’ve always played music and sang. It’s always been important to me. I was just thinking about this. I was recently outside and it was a gorgeous sunny fall day. It felt so good. That’s what music is for me. Why do I love music? Why do you feel great and alive when you go out on a great and beautiful day and take a walk? That’s what it’s like for me. I feel alive. I feel fulfilled.”

Playing a dual role as a staff psychologist at New York Hospital and a respected musician in and around the Greenwich Village 80’s folk scene, Kaplansky enjoyed success as part of a duo with Shawn Colvin. When record labels came calling to sign them to a contract, Kaplansky, who was working toward her PhD, opted instead to pursue her medical career.

By the early 90’s, Kaplansky was feeling the creative urge. Following the release of her debut solo album “The Tide” (1994), produced by Shawn Colvin, Kaplansky gave up her psychology practice to return to music. A highly regarded collection of solo and collaborative album releases followed leading up to Kaplansky’s most recent effort, “Tomorrow You're Going” (2014) with Richard Shindell.

“Richard and I have been singing together for years,” says Kaplansky. “For a really long time, we’d been talking about doing an album together.
We both finally said, ‘Let’s finally do this thing.’  We did something neither of us had ever done with a Kickstarter campaign to get the money and it was very successful, which shocked us both. We made this album of songs we loved and we got Larry Campbell to produce.  We’d both worked with Larry Campbell many times over the years. He’s a brilliant player and producer. So, it was just all a fulfillment of a dream and we’re very proud of the album.”

“I really love collaborating musically, especially singing with other people,” adds Kaplansky. “Richard and I really have a special musical thing that makes me really happy. We also have very simpatico tastes and opinions.  So, it’s not like he wanted to make one kind of record and I wanted to make another kind. We both really wanted what we came up with.”

Kaplansky and Shindell joined forces with Dar Williams in 1998 to form the folk group “Cry Cry Cry.” The following year, Kaplansky released her critically acclaimed “Ten Year Night” album featuring the song “The Red Thread,” a tribute to 9/11.

Harboring no regret over her decision to pursue her dream, Kaplansky has never lost the invaluable life lessons that her psychology background has instilled in her daily life and her music career.

I know so much more about myself,” says Kaplansky. “I know so much more about other people and what kinds of motivations people have and conflicts.  I think I can read people better and it makes it easier to get along with them. I think it has been really helpful in all my dealings. It has absolutely informed my sense of understanding how to get along with other people.”

“I like to think that the songs I write, which I write with my husband Rick Litvin, are truthful portrayals of the human condition,” adds Kaplansky. “They tend to be about love or loss or grief or motherhood, and my audience really seems to value that.”

“The fact that I still have an audience that still comes out to see me and appreciates what I do is really something I’m proud of,” says Kaplansky. “I’ve written some songs that people have been moved by, and I know that because they tell me so. That is something I’m proud of. I didn’t think any of these things would ever happen.”

Lucy Kaplansky performs at Steel City Coffee House, 203 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460 on Friday November 6, 2015 at 8:00 P.M. Tickets can be purchased by calling 610-933-4043 or on line at www.steelcitycoffeehouse.com.

To stay up to date with Lucy Kaplansky visit www.lucykaplansky.com.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO AT SELLERSVILLE THEATER 11/12/15


Get your tickets for "The California Guitar Trio" at the Sellersville Theater (Sellersville, PA) Thursday November 12, 2015.