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Backyard Songwriters Series - On the Patio

6-30-2016

Two great acts perform on our outdoor patio.
Full menu and bar available under the stars.

Micah Scott is a singer/songwriter with a minor prophet’s name. raised in a small northern New York State town with Revolutionary War bones in its fields. He had retro taste early, drawn to The Ventures, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and the Beatles, and shortly after that he discovered Blind Lemon Jefferson and Robert Johnson.  the die was cast. Today, he counts as seminal influences Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi John Hurt and John Fahey.

Zack Slik was raised in the mill towns of Central Massachusetts, His music was influenced by the trains, rivers, and characters he's met. All performed in a unique one-man band style, Zack brings a mix of American roots, blues, and jugband jazz to his original songs and traditional arrangements. Whether behind the mandolin, banjo, or guitar, Zack shares his love for the music with a traditional feel and modern touch.
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7:30 pm
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Ayer High School All 70's Reunion

7-2-2016
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Please join in the FUN for an evening of reconnecting with old friends and making a few new ones as well. Five years ago this was a GREAT event hosted by the Class of '76, so don't miss out this time around. Tickets are $40 per person in advance or $45 per person at the door. Price includes hot & cold hors d'oeuvres & dessert stations followed with Bull Run pizza later in the evening. Cash bar.
 
Event hosted by the Class of '76 in honor of their 40th Reunion. Even if your High School years were not completed at AHS, PLEASE feel free to join us, as this was often the case with many Devens students, as well as grade school friends that attended private or trade schools. Hope to see you there!!!... Oh, and PLEASE share this with all your Facebook Friends as well so that we may reach as many classmates as possible...Go Panthers!!!
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6:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

NRBQ & the Whole Wheat Horns

7/7/2016

THE Q ARE BACK!


If anything embodies the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll,
        this music does.”

Terry Adams, visionary, driving force and "untamed genius of the keyboards" for NRBQ since the band's inception over four decades ago, is one of music’s true originals. Adams reignited the legendary Quartet with the addition of Scott Ligon on guitar & vocals, Bobby Lloyd Hicks (Dave Alvin, Jonathan Richman, Steve Forbert, The Skeletons) on drums and Casey McDonough on bass & vocals. AND, for this show NRBQ will be joined by the Whole Wheat Horns: Klem Klimek on tenor saxophone and Carl Q on trombone.

"If you were to take every NRBQ album ever released and grade it for sheer joy and listenability, well, you probably should spend less time grading and more time listening." - Rolling Stone
“Ability to groove like no other band on the planet,” - popmatters.com
“Fans will find spontaneity, humor, breadth, and musical know-how…” - No Depression
“Music no one can make anymore.” - the Detroit Metro-Times

And live? “…the current incarnation lives up to the legacy. They reclaim not only the vast NRBQ catalog of songs and loose-as-a-goose sound, but also the band’s wildly unpredictable spirit on stage. Their willingness to step way out on a limb has always been one of NRBQ’s most endearing qualities, and in the contemporary world of pre-packaged, cookie-cutter pop stars, it’s sure great to have them back,” said the Albany Times-Union. Added the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "Meet the new Q, as fun as the old Q. NRBQ is still liable to play anything. Roaring rockabilly, transcendent pop-rock, roadhouse blues, avant jazz – you name it, Adams claims it and reframes it. The new band is a revelation, capable of playing nearly the whole NRBQ catalog, which dates back to 1966.”
Watch NRBQ HERE and
HERE

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7:30 pm
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Marty Nestor & the BlackJacks

7-9-2016 (Ballroom)

Marty Nestor will be playing his new CD "Live From the Bull Run." It's a great CD that captures the spirit of Marty's music live, but with the quality of a studio recording.

Marty Nestor's music has been described in a lot of ways; edgy roots rocker, blues player, folk singer, songwriter. It is a melting pot of many different musical styles. His songwriting conjures up comparisons to The Band, Leon Russell, Tom Petty and Dylan and his writing brings a sense of hope and dark reality that make listeners want to be involved as he weaves his tale.
 
Marty started playing the local folk mass when he was 11 years old and has toured extensively over the years in the New England area. He has been in a number of well know regional acts over the years and has shared the stage with a host of National acts. Numerous radio stations are playing songs from his record " Saint of the Highway" as he continues to write new original music that he will release in the near future. Marty will be joined by his band, Jeff Root, Lloyd llsley and Carl Johnson.

"Marty's music is a bit like Arlo Guthrie meets John Hammond Jr. All compositions are folk ballads and Americana and are very personal and introspective. His playing is solid and voice expressive and some of his music is stripped down to just a n acoustic guitar. When he flexes his muscles, his tunes are done with the slight swagger and confidence of a first rate barroom band." - A.J. Wachtel- Noise Magazine

OPENER: Carl Johnson - “A guitarist’s guitarist, Johnson's signature guitar style is smooth with harmonized leads and crisp snapping chords. Unearthing a vein of craftsmanship that’s rarely seen these days without the aid of a drum machine." - Howl in Lowell
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8:00 pm
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LOS LONELY BOYS

7/13/2016

Please Note that the Date of this show has been rescheduled to Wednesday July 13th. Please call 978 425 4311 for further details.  

Los Lonely Boys, made up of brothers Ringo Jr., Henry and Jojo Garza, released their self-titles debut album in 2003. Although originally released on small Or Music label, Epic Records picked up Los Lonely Boys for major-label distribution in early 2004. The album quickly won the band a large national audience. Its lead single “Heaven” became a Top 20 pop hit, reached the #1 spot on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, and eventually won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Los Lonely Boys solidified their success with 2006’s "Sacred," which brought two more Grammy nominations, and 2008’s "Forgiven," as well as the holiday-themed Christmas Spirit. Meanwhile, the band continued to build its reputation as a singularly powerful live act.

Los Lonely Boys’ most recent album, Revelation, released in January, is a landmark release for the siblings. While maintaining the infectiously melodic mix of bluesy rock ’n’ roll and rootsy brown-eyed soul that’s long endeared Los Lonely Boys to its fiercely loyal fan base, Revelation adds an expansive range of new sonic elements, e.g. the conjunto touches of “Blame It On Love,” the reggae groove of “Give A Little More,” the rustic acoustic textures of “It’s Just My Heart Talkin’ and the baroque pop elements of “There’s Always Tomorrow.”

Video 1  -  Video 2  -  Video 3

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7:30 pm
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Bob Marley - Comedy

7-14-2016

Bob is back!  It's laughing time again. If you missed him last time around - buy early.


Bob Marley is a riot.
Celebrating 15 years as a stand-up comic, Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought-after comedians in the country. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late-night TV circuit: “The Late Show” with David Letterman, “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, “Late Night” with Conan O’Brien and “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. A regular at the Aspen and Montreal comedy festivals, Marley was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” Marley has also appeared in several films, including the cult favorite, “Boondock Saints,” where he played Detective Greenley.

Marley, a Maine native and University of Maine at Farmington graduate, uses biographical and observational material for his high-energy routines. He began his career in his hometown of Portland, and then moved to Boston to gain experience in a city known for spawning comedy all-stars. He works nonstop throughout the country, in such cities as Los Angles, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Boston, New York and Denver. And after living in Los Angles for several years, he, his wife and three children have returned to Maine to live.

Watch video clip HERE

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7:30 pm
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Mike Zito & The Wheel

Mike Zito & the Wheel

7-15-2016

You might know multiple Blues Music Award winner Mike Zito as the hot guitarist/singer with Royal Southern Brotherhood. But if Mike had a dollar for every mile of tarmac he’s burnt since his breakout in the early ’90s, they’d be piled up to his chin. Zito began touring the Midwest circuit at the age of eighteen and has since crossed twenty-plus countries as guitarist with the Brotherhood. “In my band, 'The Wheel,' if you’re not already with us, you’d better get on board,” he grins “because otherwise we’re gonna knock you down!”

Zito’s newest release "Keep Coming Back" mixes ripping slide guitar with a lived in vocal that moves from the celebratory opening title track to the self affirming Americana of ‘Get Busy Living’, one of 3 well crafted co-writes with the weighty Anders Osborne. While his previous studio album ‘Going To Texas’ was a conceptual metaphor for some major changes in his life – not least the move from his native St. Louis to Texas – ‘Keep Coming Back’ is more of a celebration of his own broad based songwriting style with passionate vocals, great playing and deep songs that twist and turn into unforeseen directions. it's his ability to draw on social realist lyrics allied to a killer groove and a linear slide line that draws the listener in and makes Mike Zito more than your average blues rocker.

In 2016 his endless freeway is still a siren-call that this lifelong road-dog can’t ignore. “The road is part of the story,” he concludes, “and that’s why there are so many songs about it. When a tour ends, I can’t wait to get home. But by the week after, I’m itching to get back out there. It’s like the song says, the road never ends.”

VIDEO

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8:00 pm
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Headliners Comedy Series

Headliners Comedy Series (Ballroom)

7-15-2016 (Ballroom)

Each month we will bring you the best and funniest comics from the famed Headliners Comedy Club.
This month's comics are Paul Landwehr, Johnny Pizzi and Pat Napoli.


PAUL LANDWEHR
has a passion for making people laugh and he performs his awkward, crazy, unorthodox comedy up and down the East Coast of the country! He was voted “Best Of” for Best Local Comedian in New Hampshire three years in a row, by readers of The Hippo Press!

JOHNNY PIZZI  -
One of the hottest rising comics in the entertainment industry, has brought his unique brand of comedy to audiences around the country! John is a regular at the Riveria Hotel in Las vegas, the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City and a member of the Friars Club in New York City and Los Angeles.

PAT NAPOLI has performed in  almost every city in the Northeast. From a small town in the Baystate,  out of the back seat of a primer gray Matador Wagon, came the birth  of a comedy legend. Pat always had the dream to become a great entertainer,unfortunatly he went into comedy!

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8:30 pm
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Joe Krown Trio w/ Walter "Wolfman" Washington & Russell Batiste

7-16-2016

Joe Krown (Hammond B-3), Walter "Wolfman" Washington (guitar & vocals) & Russell Batiste (drums & background vocals) started playing together in March 2007, where they play every Sunday at the New Orleans nightclub, the Maple Leaf Bar. If you can't get to New Orleans, here's your chance to see them here.

The combination of the soulful vocals of Walter with the big sound of the Hammond B-3 and the masterful drumming of Russell Batiste Jr. is a unique sound; instantly familiar, but all their own. They have 3 CDs, "Live at the Maple Leaf," (which won a 2009 Offbeat Award for Best R&B/Funk CD) "Triple Threat" and their latest, "Soul Understanding" (which charted at number 7 in Relix’s Jam Band radio play charts). They won a 2009 Big Easy Award for Best R&B Band. In 2010, they did an 18 city tour with Allen Toussaint & Nicholas Payton called “New Orleans Nights," where they had a feature set and then backed up Nicholas & Allen on the their sets. “A killer collaboration between three of New Orleans greatest players!” - Jan Ramsey, offBEAT Magazine.

Joe Krown held the keyboard chair with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown & Gate’s Express from 1992 until Gatemouth’s passing in the fall of 2005. Joe also did a 62 date world tour as the opening act for Eric Clapton and Gate’s Express is featured on Carlos Santana’s Carlos Santana Presents Blues At Montreux 2004 (2006) DVD. Joe's bands have played all of the local New Orleans clubs, Tipitina’s, House of Blues, Maple Leaf, Rock & Bowl, etc. and have toured all over the U.S., Canada, Europe and Brazil.

In the fall of 2007 Joe was invited to be a feature artist in the Solid Blues Tour, a 38 U.S. city tour featuring Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, the North Mississippi All-Stars and Joe. Joe has released 10 CDs ranging from solo piano performances to trios, up to a 6 piece band playing both piano and Hammond B-3 organ.

Russell Batiste Jr. is a longtime member of one of N’awlins legendary musical families. He plays multiple instruments and has been at the drum kit since the age of four. He joined the Funky Meters in 1989 and has recorded with Allan Toussaint, Robbie Robertson, Harry Connick, Jr.; performed on the last two Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians’ CD’s and two CD’s of The Funky Meters featuring the JB Horns. He's also played with Mike Gordon (Phish), Eric Krasno (Soulive), Champion Jack DuPree and Maceo Parker. In 2001 he joined the legendary trio Vidal Blue with Page McConnell (Phish) and Oteil Burbridge (Allman Bros).

Walter “Wolfman” Washington has been an icon on the New Orleans music scene for decades. His searing guitar work and soulful vocals have defined the Crescent City’s unique musical hybrid of R&B, funk and blues since he formed his first band in the 1970’s. Wolfman was on the road by his late teens backing the great vocalist Lee Dorsey who was touring in support of his smash hits, “Ride Your Pony” and “Working in a Coalmine.” Before he went out on his own with his Solar System Band, he also did stints with acclaimed New Orleans songstress Irma Thomas as well as with the legendary jazzman David Lastie’s Taste of New Orleans Band. During the 1970s, Washington began a 20-year association with the late, great Johnny Adams. Dubbed “the Tan Canary” for his peerless vocal stylings, Adams was a mentor to Washington who developed his singing style. Washington's sound reflects the full range of New Orleans music. He certainly can howl the blues, hence his nickname, but his musical talents have always defined pure Crescent City soul.
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The DEVON ALLMAN Band

7-21-2016

You remember Devon Allman as the fiery guitarist and soulful vocalist in Royal Southern Brotherhood, when they rocked the Bull Run like no other band had done in quite a while. Devon also plays with his own band, The Devon Allman Band, and you should expect nothing less of him at this show.

Allman did not come on the music scene riding the coattails of a famous parent. Growing up with his mom, Devon was listening to anything on the radio he could find. "Something would come on the radio and I would always ask my mom who it was. She would say ‘That’s John Lennon’ or ‘that’s Styx.’ One time “Midnight Rider” came on, and I asked her ‘Mom who’s that?’ and she said ‘That’s your dad, Gregg’”


Allman made his own musical way for decades. After playing in local bands and working in Guitar Center in St. Louis, he formed Honeytribe in 1999. One part blues, one part rock, and one part jam, Honeytribe was named the 1999 Jam Band of the Year in St. Louis. Then, in 2011, his musical fate changed. Royal Southern Brotherhood was formed during JazzFest in New Orleans. Combining the vocal and musical talents of Devon, Mike Zito and the legendary Cyril Neville with the veteran rhythm section of Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott, their debut self-titled release in 2012 caught fire the moment it hit the streets and catapulted them as major new attraction on the music scene. In May they picked up a Blues Award for their live DVD/CD, "Songs From The Road."

The Devon Allman Band's new album, "Ragged & Dirty," is Devon’s ticket to the big show. “I have to say that playing with RSB took my career to a new level. It’s given me more confidence and a new found love for the music. I’m delighted that there’s a new shot of fire in my music.”

Read the interview with Devon in Guitar Player Magazine HERE

Videos:
Devon Allman Band   -   Devon band w/ Erica Blinn   -   Devon and Gregg
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7:30 pm
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Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams

7-22-2016

Multi-instrumentalist-vocalist Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams have rocked many a venue, as both center stage performers and invaluable assets to world class acts. A shortlist of artists who’ve benefited from their talents, live and in studios, reads like a Who’s Who of Music Icons: Bob Dylan (Larry spent eight years on the Never Ending Tour), Paul Simon, Little Feat, Hot Tuna, Phil Lesh, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, and, for one miraculous seven-year stretch, Levon Helm. Now, with an eponymous debut album, the couple brings it all back home. Larry and Teresa may have been simmering awhile, but the timing is perfect; the eleven tracks, produced by Campbell, distill everything into a potent, infectious blend of Americana style and timeless soul, offered with a relaxed generosity that can only come from rich experience.
The seeds for a duet project were unwittingly planted in their courting days, when Larry and Teresa sang and played with the locals under her great-great grandmother’s Tennessee cedar tree, the same one under which they married. (These gatherings continue to this day.) Later, when the duo was song-swapping all night with the band in the back of Bob Dylan’s tour bus, Dylan’s longtime manager Jeff Kramer told Larry he was crazy not to make hay with what they had as a duo. But their schedules kept the idea on the back burner until 2005, when Levon Helm called. He’d beaten cancer, was invigorated as never before, and was putting together a band for the soon-to-be legendary Midnight Rambles at his barn-studio in Woodstock, NY. He wanted some Campbell-Williams mojo to help make the most of his surprise fourth act. This humble beginning – playing in a barn on a dirt road – inaugurated the greatest musical experience of Larry and Teresa’s lives.
Larry became the unflappable leader of the shape-shifting Midnight Ramble Band, earning three Grammys for producing Levon’s final three CDs; Teresa, as an indispensable band member, frequently brought the house down. "Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams" is an extension of that time, featuring eight originals and three covers honed on the carpet of Levon’s barn, under the gaze of grateful fans. They not only bring a lot to the table, they bring the table itself – plus the house, the still, the church, the marriage bed, the sawdust-covered floor, and abiding, unconditional love, all carried in two voices harmonizing across hills, hollers, porches, and fire escapes. Those close harmonies ride atop music made in a mountain refuge, far from the madding crowd, connected to a spirit that lives on in song.

VIDEO
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Boogie Stomp!

7-28-2016

Boogie Stomp! spent the last four months at The Elektra Theatre in NYC and is now off to Russia.

This is the incredibly entertaining musical history of Boogie Woogie and how it has shaped popular music through blues, roots, swing, gospel, jazz, improvisation, syncopation, rhythm & blues and the beginnings of rock & roll. Two pianos, one stage, 100 years of American music. Filled with humorous, fascinating real life stories and music that is simply spectacular, Boogie Stomp is played by two of the best piano players in the country - Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza wailing on two grand pianos.

The show includes videos and pictures of the early innovators of America's Music starting in Marshall, Texas through New Orleans to St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago and Detroit.
Boogie Stomp! attempts to preserve “America’s forgotten music” and bring it into the modern age, making it accessible to contemporary audiences; a show you won't soon forget.
It's music - it's theater - it's history - it's really fun.


"Explosively memorable. This show is the most satisfying theatre experience everyone should have the opportunity to see.” - The Knockturnal

"Boogie Stomp! is two hours of non-stop fun.” - Theaterscene.net


"BOOGIE STOMP! is a journey you will be glad you took – educational, inspirational, and just plain fun.” - ELJNYC.com

“Boogie Stomp! is the show to catch. Both performers are excellent musicians, and it is particularly interesting that they represent two different generations connecting the past to the present and give it a future.” - Nytheatreguide.com

VIDEO

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7:30 pm
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A Ton of Blues and The Mike Crandall Band

7-29-2016

A Ton of Blues is: Mike Kelly: Vocals, Scott LeBlanc: Guitars, Vocals,
Jeff Lorenzen: Bass, Vocals, "Shakey" Steve: Harmonica, Vocals and
James Thomas: - Drums

Adopting a modern, aggressive approach to the old school blues format, ATOB burst onto the New England Blues Circuit in the summer of 2010. While taking notes from the likes of Ronnie Earl, Gary Clark Jr and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, as well as the old Chess Records' stable of blues masters, this award-winning guitar and harmonica driven, 5-piece powerhouse has been winning audiences over wherever they perform with their high energy show and first-rate musicianship.
Winner of the Worcester Music Awards (WMA's) for Best Blues/R&B Act for the last six years (2011 - 2016) and winning the 2011 Boston (MA) Blues Challenge, earned them the opportunity to compete at the 2012 International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
The band has made it a priority to create quality Blues music, emit a positive presence among the Blues community and rekindle support for American Blues and Roots music. Their 2012 debut CD, "Crooked Avenue", earned the band critical acclaim, and they are currently in the studio writing and recording new songs for a followup CD due out later this summer.

The Mike Crandall Band from Southeast Connecticut, (home to several world renowned blues greats such as Roomful of Blues, Sugar Ray Norcia) churn out traditional, hard driving blues and swing. Mike Crandall’s brilliance on diatonic & chromatic harmonica and vocals, the soulful guitar of Shawn Leonard, authentic bass of Ed Parnagoni, and masterful drumming of Liviu Pop make this a band to remember. They were the winners of Blues Society Challenges in Connecticut (2000, 2002, 2008), Boston (2010), and New Hampshire (2014), finishing in the finals in 2000 and 2008. Their latest CD, “Deep Blue C”, was recorded live at the Knickerbocker Café in Westerly, RI on September 25, 2015.

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Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash w/ A Fine Connection & The Not Fade Away Band

7-30-2016
- August 1 is  Jerry Garcia's  birthday -
We're having a Bull Run Jam to make Jerry grateful...

with two great bands
:

A FINE CONNECTION - A Central Mass based tribute band comprised of four (sometimes 5) diverse musicians that put a unique and personal twist on the Garcia/Grateful Dead catalogue. Rather than mimicking the Dead exactly, A Fine Connection chooses to tap into Jerry’s energy and style as a foundation on which to build. The result is healthy balance of creativity and tradition. Just like Garcia himself, the band is constantly pushing the envelope, growing together as musicians and performers. Jim Stevens: guitar/vocs, Daniel Cormier: keys/vocs, Steve Bragg: bass, Aaron Morey: drums.

THE NOT FADE AWAY BAND: A Grateful Dead and classic rock cover band with members from all over the New England. Greg Thom - Guitar & Vocals, Jason Lambert - Guitar & Vocals, Charlie Weir - Keyboards & Vocals, Doug Wheaton - Bass Guitar, Sven Gallee - Drums

The long strange trip continues......
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Eric Taylor

8-4-16 (Ballroom)

If you're not familiar with Eric Taylor by name, you've probably heard his songs performed by people such as Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. He has created a multitude of fans and devotees that are legends themselves in the singer/songwriter realm, artists who have long considered Taylor to be a lyrical genius and guitar master whose time is long overdue. He was just nominated for an Emmy for musical compositions written for the Storyworks TV documentary "Road Kid to Writer: The Tracks of Jim Tully."

In 1977 Taylor was a winner of the "New Folk" competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. "Shameless Love," his first album, came out in 1981, and after a hiatus of almost 14 years, he returned with the self-titled "Eric Taylor," released in 1995. His eponymous release was chosen as the 1996 Kerrville Folk Festival Album of the Year. Three years later he released "Resurrect," and it was subsequently named one of the "100 essential records of all time" by Buddy magazine. Taylor has headlined the prestigious Newport Folk Festival, played National Public Radio's "Mountain Stage" and has appeared on both "Late Night With David Letterman" with Nanci Griffith and "Austin City Limits" with Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, and Robert Earl Keen.

Nanci Griffith has recorded several of Taylor's songs, including "Deadwood," "Storms," "Dollar Matinee" and "Ghost in the Music," which they wrote together. Lyle Lovett, who has recorded Taylor's "Memphis Midnight/Memphis Morning," “Whooping Crane,” “Understand You,” and with whom Taylor co-wrote the immensely popular "Fat Babies," compares Taylor's narrative voice to that of Bruce Springsteen. Iain Matthews claims, "Once you become a Taylor fanatic, it gives one immense joy and pride to be able to enlighten others to the man's work."

In early 2011 Taylor decided to bring together some of his oldest friends and favorite musicians for a live recording at The Red Shack studio in Houston, Texas. There was a film crew and live studio audience. Nanci Griffith flew in from Nashville to sing, Lyle Lovett came in to sing, Denice Franke and Susan Lindfors Taylor came in to sing, Marco Python Fecchio flew in from Milan, Italy to play electric guitar, and James Gilmer came in to play percussion. The performances are stunning, and this "Live At The Red Shack CD" is unlike anything out there; named One Of The Top 10 Albums Of The Year (Texas Music magazine) and Best Of 2012 – Live Album (Third Coast Music magazine).

"He's one of those songwriters that has the ability to plop you down in the middle of a story or a situation and make you care that you're there." - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

"He's the real deal. Eric Taylor was one of my heroes and teachers when I started playing around Houston in the early 1970s." - Steve Earle

"To say that Eric Taylor is one of the finest writers of our time, would be an understatement. Eric is a voice I consider the William Faulkner of songwriting in our current time." - Nanci Griffith

"An audience instinctively knows to shut up and pay attention." - Charlie Hunter: Flying Under the Radar Productions

"I'm always the opening act when I'm around Eric. I love his voice and he has a great narrative quanlity and sense of detail. He sort of takes you out of your own reality and into the reality of his songs. It's good writing no matter how you cut it." - Lyle Lovett
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7:30 pm
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Tony Joe White

Tony Joe White (Sawtelle Room)

8-4-2016 (Sawtelle Room)

Louisiana born Tony Joe White, or The Swamp Fox as he's aptly called, is an American Original; a national musical treasure; the real deal - really. White is best known for 1969’s “Polk Salad Annie” and for "Rainy Night in Georgia," which he wrote but was first made popular by
Brook Benton. He also wrote "Steamy Windows" and "Undercover Agent for the Blues" both big hits for Tina Turner in 1989; those two songs came by way of Turner's producer at the time, Mark Knopfler, who is a friend of White. Dusty Springfield had a hit with “Willie and Laura Mae Jones” and Elvis Presley brought “For Ol’ Times Sake” and “I’ve Got a Thing About You Baby” to the charts.

But White has always been a singular performer in his own right; the honeyed burr of his baritone, his alternately tough and tender vocal delivery and liberal use of his “whomper stomper” wah-wah pedal lend him a completely distinctive sound. Simply put, nobody, but nobody, sounds like Tony Joe White. He's got the down-home swampy bayou thing down, not because he studied it, but because it's who he is - it's in his blood.
Some of his songs, like “They Caught the Devil and Put Him in Jail in Eudora, Arkansas” and “My Kind of Woman” could blow the doors off any roadhouse south of the Mason-Dixon line. While his ballads, like "Louisiana Rain" will show you where Blues came from and still lives…..
He has worked with all the greats in the business, including the legendary team of Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd with the mighty Muscle Shoals sessioneers in support. But despite his illustrious past, he feels no pressure to top himself. “Maybe I’ll stop playing shows and making records when the songs quit coming to me" he says. "But they still come to me…"

Tony Joe recently made a guest appearance with the Foo Fighters on Letterman for the performance of “Polk Salad Annie.” Watch the video HERE    
Also catch the Foo Fighters HBO series "Sonic Highways" Nashville episode featuring Tony Joe White, which aired Friday, Oct. 31.


Tony has just released "Tony Joe White: The Complete Warner Brothers Albums" an amazing 2-CD collection of all the
classic albums he recorded for Warner Bros. in the early ‘70s (all of which are out of print and costing a mint online) plus some non-LP singles, not available anywhere else.

AND he has a brand new CD coming out in May called "Rain Crow."  Tony will be signing copies of these albums at the show.


More great videos:   Hoodoo NowSwamp Rap   -   Lake Placid Blues

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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Garland Jeffreys Band

8-5-2016

A Brooklyn native who could fairly be called the quintessential New York City musician, Garland Jeffreys is enjoying the kind of creative second wind most artists can only hope for the first time around, earning a swarm of critical accolades and experiencing his most prolific stretch in decades. After a long hiatus Garland Jeffreys came roaring back into the spotlight with 2011’s "The King of In Between," which included contributions from Duncan Sheik and old friend Lou Reed. “As good a classic roots rock record as you’re going to hear from anybody” - (NPR). The album earned raves and led to his second appearance on David Letterman as well as sharing the stage with pals Bruce Springsteen, Levon Helm and Chuck Ragan. The experience fueled a creative revitalization for Jeffreys, whose ebullient, late-stage creative energy colors every note of his most recent release, "Truth Serum (2013).

??Long known for his amazing roster of supporting musicians  (Dr. John, Sonny Rollins, James Taylor, Phoebe Snow) Garland is an edgy singer-songwriter / urban poet whose work should be taught in schools. From his first big hit, "Wild in the Streets," Garland has shown an amazing ability to fuse Rock, R & B, Soul, Jazz, Blues and Pop into something truly his own and unclassifiable. ? ?After a string of records in the seventies including "American Boy & Girl," "One-Eyed Jack" and "Ghost Writer," the eighties brought the fiercely rocking "Escape Artist," which yielded radio favorites “R.O.C.K.” and a cover of garage classic “96 Tears.” After "Guts for Love," a record chronicling the ups and downs of a long-term relationship, Jeffreys returned with "Don’t Call Me Buckwheat," a complex and searingly honest exploration of being biracial in America.

Garland was inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame and featured in the Wim Wenders blues film “The Soul of a Man”. He is a recipient of the prestigious Schallplattenkritik Prize in Germany, the Tenco and Premio Prizes in Italy, and performed at world-class festivals such as Byron Bay Blues, Montreux Jazz, Ottawa Folk, Calgary Folk, Fuji Rock, and at venues from Alaska to Japan. And forty-plus years into his storied career, Garland Jeffreys has no intention of slowing down.

“If there's a better record this year, I haven't heard it... an old-school rocker with a timeless mind. His new album is an urban poet's masterpiece." - Steve Morse

"A seriously satisfying, hi-octane show." - Huffington Post

"He will still jump from the stage and strut through the audience. When one story ends there's always another about to begin…" - No Depression

 "This record is a good a classic roots rock record as you're going to hear from anybody this year." - NPR “All Things Considered"??

      Videos: The Arte Lange Show  -  Letterman  -  Wild in the Streets 
                           L'Oreal commercial with Victoria's Secret models!

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8:00 pm
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Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band

8-7-2016

Legendary drummer and founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band play all your favorite Allman Brothers jams with that familiar Butch backbeat. Joining him on bass is none other than Berry Duane Oakley Jr., son of late Allman Brothers bass player, Berry Oakley. Also in the band is Vaylor Trucks, Bruce Katz, Damon Fowler, Heather Gillis and Tad Isch.
Butch and "Jaimoe" Johanson pioneered the famous Allman Brothers' two drummer sound which was the solid rock rhythmic drive that became the foundation for all of the Allman Brothers material. Dickey Betts once said of Trucks' role in the band, "...When Butch came along, he had that freight train, meat-and-potatoes kind of thing that set Jaimoe up perfectly. He had the power thing that we needed."

Butch continues to be a leading component in the Roots Rock Revival summer music camp. Roots Rock Revival is a four night, five day all-inclusive intensive that features master classes, jam sessions, Q&A sessions, open rehearsals and more. Its an intimate look at the Southern Blues Rock movement, the Allman Brothers Band and the music that forms the foundation of Rock ‘n Roll. Some of the young attendees are often invited to perform with Butch at local gigs.

Whether you're an avid ABB fan or just love yourself some southern rock, don't miss this chance to get up close with a living legend. Forty years later and Oakley and Trucks are back where it all began.
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7:30 pm
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The Allman, Pitchell, King, Charles Band

8-12-2016

* PLEASE NOTE:
Due to unforseen circumstances Charles Neville will not be playing at this show. If you need more info, please call the Bull Run at: 978-425-4311.

Michael Allman (Son of Gregg Allman)
Jeff Pitchell (voted "Best Blues Musician" in New England)
Claudette King (daughter of BB King)
Sheila Raye Charles (daughter of Ray Charles).
Here's the show you've been waiting for - They've been selling out theaters all over New England - An amazing lineup.

Michael Allman, son of Gregg Allman, not only looks like his father, he sounds like him as well. Michael is an original songwriter and performs many of the Allman Brothers greatest hits!  Watch Michael HERE

Jeff Pitchell, singer/songwriter and guitar player extraordinaire, was invited last year to perform with the Allman Brothers in NYC to a sold-out Beacon Theater. Blending Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King and Jimi Hendrix with his own soulful chops, Jeff has won many National & International awards. His own song "Eye for an Eye" won an International Songwriting Contest and was recently recorded by the legendary John Mayall. He has shared stages & licks with BB King, Ted Nugent, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, J Geils and many others. Watch Jeff HERE

Claudette King is the youngest daughter of iconic blues master B. B. King. She is quick to cite her father as her main inspiration. Trained in the gospel of the Baptist church from age 13, King was mentored by two legendary singers: Aretha Franklin & Etta James. Blues, Jazz, R&B and Soul are truly in her blood. Watch Claudette HERE

Sheila Raye Charles, daughter of the incredible Ray Charles is a singer/songwriter, jazz, gospel and soul artist. She creates her own distinct sound and delivers "spine-tingling" renditions of her father's best known songs from "Georgia" to "Hit The Road Jack." Incidentally, her dad was voted by Rolling Stone magazine as the 2nd greatest singer of all-time! Watch Sheila Raye HERE

With Michael on lead vocals, Jeff on guitar with his band Texas Flood, Sheila Raye and Claudette on backup and lead vocals, this band is a Texas Twister!

VIDEO (Regent Theater) - VIDEO (MidnightRider) -  VIDEO (Pitchell w/Allman Bros)
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Glenn Hughes with Joanne Shaw Taylor

8-13-2016

Glenn Hughes is proclaimed as “The Voice Of Rock." This being said about others might sound like an outrageous boast, but with Glenn it is completely accurate. Starting in 1969 with Trapeze then moving on to Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Hughes/Thrall, all the while doing literally dozens of session/guest appearances on records. From 2009 to 2013 he formed and fronted Black Country Communion with Joe Bonamassa and Jason Bonham and from 2013 to 2015, California Breed.
The Glenn Hughes Band performs as power-trio and plays material covering his career.

British blues guitarist/ singer Joanne Shaw Taylor was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16, and the British music publication, "Blues Matters!," called her "the new face of the blues." Since her debut release in 2008, Taylor has been captivating audiences with her stellar playing and soulful voice. Her new album "The Dirty Truth" continues in this tradition. Her talent and audience continues to grow, making her a solid headline act in England with word spreading around the world as her reputation grows.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Tab Benoit Band

8-18-2015

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Tab Benoit, who makes his home near New Orleans in Houma, Louisiana, is definitely a man with the blues. He's one of a handful of bright rising stars on the modern blues scene who paid his dues as a road troubadour playing 250 nights a year. He's worked each of his brilliant records the old-fashioned way, playing anywhere and everywhere he and his band could play. Unlike so many others before him, Benoit understands that blues is not a medium typically in favor with 50,000-watt commercial rock radio stations. However, in 1992, because of his major breakout tracks, “Nice and Warm” and “Bone Pickin”, radio began playing his music on the same commercial stations that were playing the popular acts of the day such as The Dave Matthew’s Band, Spin Doctors, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, etc. It was the first time since the death of the Stevie Ray Vaughn that a new roots Artist was receiving heavy rotation on commercial Rock radio stations across the country.

Since that time Tab has recorded with Junior Wells, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, James Cotton, Cyril Neville, Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Henry Gray, and Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie to name a few.
Besides being Louisiana’s No.1 roots export, Tab is a driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to save Louisiana’s wetlands. In 2010, he received the Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. He also starred in the iMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina’s effects and a call to restore the wetlands.
And now, after fifteen solo recordings, winning the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards), three Grammy nominations and a budding movie career, Tab is a part of Louisiana folklore and legend. And though critics are comparing him to some of the greatest bluesmen and guitarists of all time, Tab doesn't aspire to be the "next" anybody. But his music, like the title of his 2011 album, "Medicine," might be just what the doctor ordered.
Watch and listen: HERE

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Hot Club of Cowtown

8-19-2016

Since their meteoric liftoff in the late 1990s, Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become their global brand. Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times, London), Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent), and “conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time” (New York Times). The band’s musical alchemy has been described as “another breathless journey in the Texas tardis” (The Times, London), while American Songwriter observed that “The excellent three players of this band could be doing anything but have chosen to honor the greats of jazz and swing with their sound.” The Belfast Telegraph calls them “a pretty much perfect country trio at the very top of their game,” while the New York Times, reviewing a live performance in New York City in 2011, describes the trio as armed with “an arsenal full of technique and joy.”

The Austin-based HC of C explores the space where "Texas swing meets early jazz." Fiddler Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin have perfected a unique and infectious hybrid that playfully blurs musical boundaries, conjuring the spirit of both Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys and jazz legend Django Reinhardt. If you've seen them before, be advised that they're only getting better - they went on hiatus, got back together, and came out of it stronger. By now they're one of the great improvising bands in any genre. Their latest album, "Rendezvous in Rhythm," is their first ever dedicated exclusively to the Gypsy jazz and French swing of Paris in the 1930s, featuring the band’s sparkling spins on standards in the style of legendary hot jazz titans Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
 

Along with the Hot Club’s dedicated cult following worldwide, they have toured with Bob Dylan, (Elana has also recorded with him), opened several shows for Willie Nelson, toured with Nelson and Dylan during a summer-long stadium tour, and recently opened seven nights of Roxy Music’s sold-out “For Your Pleasure” U.K. stadium tour. In the U.K. the Hot Club has been featured at the Glastonbury Festival and has been a returning guest on "Later With Jools Holland," the Cambridge Folk Festival, and BBC Radio 2’s Radcliffe and Maconie and Bob Harris Country shows.
In February they were winners of the 2015 Ameripolitan Music Awards: Hot Club for "Western Swing Group," and Elana James for "Western Swing Female."

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Adagio Big Band: 100th Birthday Tribute to Ole Blue Eyes

8-26-2016

The Adagio Big Band creates a magical evening of the golden era of Big Bands. The great clubs of this era offered up a romantic night out where patrons dressed "to the nines" to enjoy fine dining and dancing.

Join us on August 26 when the Adagio Band will bring that golden era back! This "Big Band Supper Club” night, features a Special 100th Birthday Tribute to Frank Sinatra. "Ole Blues Eyes" as Sinatra was known, had a career spanning over fifty years in film, music & Broadway. He garnered more prestigious awards and international recognition than any other artist of his time. Starting with his first hit release "My Funny Valentine," Sinatra established memorable hits such as "Fly Me To The Moon," "Under My Skin," "That’s Life," "All The Way," "Lady is A Tramp," "New York New York,"  and of course "My Way" - his signature closing song. Frank's music continues to resonate with new generations of fans, young and old.


The Adagio Big Band brings together the Sinatra swinging big band arrangements, with four featured vocalists; the sensational Monica Espinosa, crowd pleasing Andrea Capozzoli, Spanish tenor Santiago Paredes and MC and producer Bobby Kinney. Together they present Sinatra’s most memorable music with a show stopping finale.

This show will surely make the “Chairman of the Board” proud. So get dressed up and come out for a night of great food & old school fun from the golden era of big bands!
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Rickie Lee Jones

8-27-2016

Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums. A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance. Rickie is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as 'confessional' songwriter performances.

Her latest album "The Other Side of Desire" was written, recorded and rooted in the city of New Orleans, where Jones lives on the opposite side of the street made famous by Tennessee Williams. Produced by John Porter (of Roxy Music) and Mark Howard, this is the first new music Jones has written in over a decade. "This work is inspired by many years of sitting with all the events of my life until I had something to paint with," says Rickie. "I came to New Orleans to write and to live a different way than what I have known on the west coast.... Here is another record then, made of my imagination, and whatever else that has no words, using the clay of this place and the shapes of my eyes to form some kind of picture of my life, or my heart, that I alone can understand, and hopefully that others can enjoy."

"The Other Side of Desire"... recalls the fervor and crafty accomplishment of her best early work. The album is inspired by Jones's new home of New Orleans, a city she'd previously occupied while writing her masterpiece of heartbreak, 1981's "Pirates." Jones consciously honors the musical styles birthed within America's most sonically spectacular city." - Ann Powers, NPR Music

"She can sound like a nun who has closed the door in the chapel to sing quietly to herself. She can sound dissolute, louche, exalted, elegant, or like a figure howling against a menacing sadness... She sings like a shy person somehow released of inhibition by singing. Every word she writes and sings seems earned. Her songs are cunning and serious or playful and exuberant but always carefully made... [Jones expresses] a human truth: over time, we cannot be other than ourselves.” - Alec Wilkinson, The New Yorker

Limited VIP seats are available at front-row tables 53, 63 & 73, and will include an exclusive aftershow Meet & Greet with Rickie Lee, personal photo with Rickie, a limited edition lyric print autographed by Rickie, a collectible, autographed tour poster (numbered, limited print) and an exclusive Rickie Lee Jones VIP merchandise item.
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8:00 pm
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Entrain

9-9-2016

For all of you who've been asking when they're coming back - here they are! Last year's show was one heck of a party!

Epic in sound and kaleidoscopic in vision, the eclectic six piece Entrain has been thrilling critics and fans alike since its inception. Formed by drummer Tom Major in 1993, Entrain has recorded eight albums, available on Dolphin Safe Records, all of which have been praised for their ability to shift effortlessly between musical styles - from rock, blues, calypso and ska, to zydeco, jazz and funk - often within the same song. "The whole Entrain concept is based around the drums and infectious rhythms. Once we've got that.... anything goes, everything goes," explains Major. "The most important thing that we try to do with our music is bring everybody together in the spirit of peace, love, fun and a ton of drums!"

Their latest record "Reason To Feel Good" has enjoyed heavy rotation in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New England, Upstate New York, Aspen, Santa Fe, Houston, Cincinnati, and Nashville, and is climbing industry trade charts like CMJ, Album Network, FMQB, and The Gavin Report. The first single from the album, titled "Lucky Just to Be Alive," was number 2 in WMVY's top 25 songs for 2011. Combining top notch musicians with great songs, and infused with some passionate and conscious lyrics, this CD is undoubtedly the best work from the production team of Major/Alex.
The band with Tom Major on drums, Brian Alex as guitar wiz/lead singer, M'Talewa on bass, Rob Loyot on sax/keys/percussion, Hilary Noble on sax/percussion and Lennie Peterson on trombone/keys have jammed with James Taylor, Carly Simon, Chuck Berry, Southside Johnny, Blood Sweat & Tears, Grateful Dead alum Bob Weir and rock legend Bo Diddley.
Their goal according to Tom Major is "…to create music that makes people feel good. When we look out from the stage, all we see is smiling faces of all ages and bodies moving. You can't beat that feeling."

"Entrain zips along like a lively summit conference between the Dave Matthews Band and Little Feat.” - Steve Morse, The Boston Globe

“Entrain . . . merges funk, rock, reggae, swamp, and worldbeat rhythm into a sweaty good time . . .” - The Boston Herald

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CHRIS SMITHER

9-10-2016

Great music sounds easy. And great musicians make it so. The bluesmen on the Delta and the Appalachian mountaineers made timeless art with just voice, guitar and a stomping foot. And that is the root of the art of Chris Smither. Over the last decade Smither has released one gem of an album after another. His music draws as deeply from the blues as it does from American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers. Guitar-heads are drawn to his Lightnin' Hopkins/John Hurt derived fretwork; spiritual seekers nod in recognition at the hard-won knowledge and deep, wise songs, casually tossed off in taut lyrics. And just plain music fans who have come to him on their own - or have learned of his music from the multitude of artists covering his songs - return again and again.

"Still On the Levee," released in 2014 is Smither's career-spanning retrospective double CD. Recorded in New Orleans with studio-mates, The Motivators, the record plays host to special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III. The record highlights the vast catalog of an American music master. His music continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers. 'Link Of Chain', a tribute album of Chris Smither originals with stellar versions by Dave Alvin, Tim O'Brien, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Ritter, Loudon Wainwright III, Jorma Kaukonen, Eilen Jewell and others also released in 2014.

Chris Smither's music never shouts; it whispers. This is deeply passionate American music that can be easy to underestimate. But when you stop to listen you know that in a world dominated by cartoonish depictions of good and evil, where rebellion is a marketing concept and the natural world is merely a means to sell mass-produced consumables, to make music such as this is an act of supreme defiance and serene confidence.

Watch a video of Chris HERE

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Cheryl Wheeler

9-16-2016

It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the mic. There is poet Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a series of delightful contrasts. For really Cheryl Wheeler is a woman of many musical personalities - heart-wrenching romantic balladeer, marvelous observational humorist, poet of ordinary New England scenes and people, committed activist, irascible grump.
But Cheryl really has to be seen to be appreciated. Nothing you read about her and nothing you hear from her albums will prepare you for just how entertaining a performer she is. And if you’re not already familiar with her, you've probably heard her music. Her songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul & Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea and Holly Near.
From her albums you can tell that she is a gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice. From other people's comments about her you learn that she is a natural storyteller with a fantastic sense of humor. But until you see her in person, you never really quite believe what you've been told about her. Interestingly enough, almost half of the songs she performs during her shows have never been recorded! And each time she tells a story, it will be a little bit different, so even if you've heard it before, you still find yourself laughing.

Pick up a copy of Cheryl's latest, "Cheryl Wheeler Live," featuring Bull Run favorite Kenny White and such hits-to-be as "Lady Gaga's Singing Program."

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Open: Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli: Lori is an award winning songwriter (finalist, Great American Songwriting Contest 2010, Best Female Vocalist, Pulse Magazine 2011, 2012), combining alluring, soulful vocals and seasoned piano playing with Fred Abatalli's solid solid bass and guitar. Lori & Fred's newest CD, "Lifted" was just named "Best CD of 2015" by Pulse Magazine. Fans of Norah Jones, Sarah McLachlan and Joni Mitchell will quickly become fans of Lori & Fred as they explore Jazz, Acoustic, Folk, Pop, Gospel and blues with their own fresh style.
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Ruthie Foster

9-22-2016

From houses of worship to houses of blues, Ruthie Foster has always been a rafter-rattler. And with a soul-filled voice honed in Texas churches, she can move audiences to tears or ecstasy - sometimes in a single song. Her last two albums, 2009’s "The Truth According to Ruthie Foster" and 2012’s "Let It Burn," moved the Recording Academy to deliver Best Blues Album Grammy nominations; her latest, "Promise of a Brand New Day," releasing August 19 could make her a contender once more.

For this album, Foster put Meshell Ndegeocello in charge as her producer and then got out of the way, letting the lauded singer and bassist call the shots regarding players, takes, and mixing. “I wanted this album to highlight Ruthie’s voice and also communicate her vibe, give a fuller picture of her artistry and ability,” explains Ndegeocello. “She really trusted me with the music and I think we've made something that complements and holds its own alongside the power of her voice.” Ndegeocello played bass and enlisted her regular guitarist Chris Bruce (Sheryl Crow) and keyboardist Jebin Bruni (Aimee Mann), plus drummer Ivan Edwards and backing vocalist Nayanna Holley. Foster did request two special guests: guitarist Doyle Bramhall II and singer Toshi Reagon.

Ruthie is mostly considered a blues singer and sometimes a folkie, but if you've seen her, you know her as one of the most soulful singers out there today no matter what she sings. Her shows will lift you up and her spirit will carry you away. A Grammy nominated artist with multiple awards to her resume, she is admired by many of her peers in the musical community. Mavis Staples says, "I love Ruthie Foster. That's my little sister. A phenomenal woman, yes indeed. She's great." And seal of approval from Miss Mavis, is enough for me....

VIDEO: "It Might Not be Right"  -  VIDEO: "Brand New Day"
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The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue

9-23-2016

The Nation's Hottest 50's Show is back!

"I know that you're in love with him
   cause I saw you dancin' in the gym
     you both kicked off your shoes

      Man, I dig those rhythm and blues"

The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue is dedicated to preserving and performing the music of the 1950’s Doo Wop era. From New Hampshire to New Orleans and Virginia to Vegas, The Corvettes perform the great music of the Doo Wop era with a fresh new energy. Their incredibly entertaining show and comical stage antics have left many a happy audience screaming for more! In the tradition of legendary Doo Wop revivalists Sha Na Na, every Corvettes show is more than a concert - it’s an all out a Doo Wop Celebration!

In addition to performing their own outstanding concerts, the Corvettes tour  with many legendary Doo Wop groups including The Drifters, The Tokens, Danny & The Juniors, The Platters, The Marvelettes, The Shangri Las, The Shirelles, The Belmonts, Gary U.S. Bonds, The DelVikings, The Teenagers and many more.

Some of the great hits you might expect to hear at a Corvettes Doo Wop Revue show: Come Go With Me - Little Darlin’ - Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On - At The Hop - The Twist - Earth Angel - Sea Crusie - Rock Around The Clock - In The Still Of The Night - Runaround Sue - Runaway - Palisades Park - Twistin’ The Night Away - Splish Splash - Shake Rattle & Roll And many, many more!

"A rollicking ride through the good old days of Rock & Roll"

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Lenny Clarke, the "Crazy Train" of Comedy

9-29-2016

For all you folks that couldn't get ticket to Lenny's sold out show here last February, here's your chance. Buy 'em now before he sells out again.

Nationally known comedian, Lenny Clarke, with the heavy Boston accent and the Don Rickles attitude, might do just about anything. You really don't know what will come out of his mouth next. He came up in the 1980s, the heyday of Boston Comedy, with fellow funnymen Steven Wright, Martin Olson and Denis Leary. In fact he was roommates with Olsen, and their apartment, known by comedians as "The Barracks," was a notorious "crash pad" for visiting comics, and the subject of a documentary film as Clarke and Leary explain in "When Standup Stood Out."    


Lenny has appeared in several television shows like Lenny, Contest Searchlight, The Job, The John Larroquette Show, It's All Relative and most recently he played the role of Uncle Teddy on Rescue Me. His film credits include Monument Men, Fever Pitch and Southie. Currently he is busy working on the television series, The Winner.

“Crazy train” is the term late-night host Jimmy Fallon used to describe Lenny when they worked together on the 2005 movie “Fever Pitch.”
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7:30 pm
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Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar

10-01-2016

Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar are making some duo appearances in 2016. Louisiana’s slide guitar wizard will deliver his bottle-neck style slide chops while Austin's sweetheart of the steel guitar will showcase the renowned talent that earned her a spot in the Texas Music Hall of Fame.

Revered for his unique slide guitar technique, Sonny Landreth has collaborated with many legendary performers including John Hiatt, Jimmy Buffett,Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton. In the summer of 2013, Sonny was part of the Peter Frampton led Guitar Circus tour, often closing the night playing with Frampton on an extended 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps." This year Sonny was named Best Instrumentalist/Guitarist at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis by The Blues Foundation.

Cindy Cashdollar's expertise is in great demand on both steel guitar and dobro. She has worked with many leading artists in various genres including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart and Ryan Adams. With the iconic western swing group Asleep At The Wheel, she garnered 5 Grammy awards and was the first woman to be inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2011. She is one of this year’s Americana Music Association nominee's for Instrumentalist of the Year.

Performing a mix of original songs with contemporary and traditional blues and roots music, this show is electric, virtuosic and tastefully delivered by two masters of the guitar.
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Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur

10-7-2016

Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur are back, playing gigs and bringing knowing smiles to the faces of their fans. OK, I'll forgive you if you've never heard of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. Their records are hard to find and their mention in the annals of history is slim. BUT their influence is huge. The Grateful Dead, Country Joe and the Fish and the Lovin' Spoonful were all HEAVILY influenced by the Kweskin Jug band. A lesser influence can be seen in dozens if not hundreds of other musicians, including Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, who were the unofficial succesors to the Kweskin Band's legacy. Lastly, pretty much anyone calling themselves a Jug Band (or counting washboards, jugs, & kazoos among their instuments) since the '60s has been more or less an imitation of the Kweskin's group. The Dead, and groups like the Lovin’ Spoonful not only went for the Kweskin Jug Band’s music but also its ‘anti-show biz’ look… no more matching striped T-shirts and rehearsed jokes. It was finally okay to wear street clothes and be natural on stage. The Kweskin Band’s jug player, Fritz Richmond, brought his skinny, hipster persona to the folk and folk-rock scenes for all to emulate - his granny glasses becoming the look for The Birds, John Lennon and many others.

Although Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band appeared to have a laid back, spontaneous approach, the group was not an easy one to copy. Their music seemed simple, but was often complex. Aside from Fritz Richmond’s impossibly wonderful jug and washtub bass playing, two of the most distinctive qualities of the band were Jim Kweskin’s clean, rhythmic finger picking and Geoff Muldaur’s emotional, quavering voice. To this day, no one plays guitar like Jim Kweskin and no one sings like Geoff Muldaur.

After many years apart, Jim and Geoff were brought back together in 2006 for a Fritz Richmond memorial concert in Tokyo and their chemistry was instantly re-activated. They’ve been doing select dates as a duo since then. Jim has honed his dazzling guitar skills, developing new arrangements of American folk and jazz material. Geoff returned to full-time performing in the late nineties with his much-heralded album, “The Secret Handshake”, followed by a stunning live recording from Bremen, “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere”.

When it comes to acoustic folk, blues, and ragtime, Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur are unparalleled exponents of the best aspects of American music.

Listen to the Kweskin Jug Band HERE


Read "Stumbling into Jugband or How I learned to be a Viper"
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Leon Russell

10-8-2016

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer
Leon Russell has played on, arranged, written and produced some of rock's most important records. He has released four Gold Albums himself. He penned "Delta Lady" that gave Joe Cocker his huge hit, "A Song for You" for Ray Charles, and "Roll Away the Stone" for Mott the Hoople." George Benson's cover of Leon's "This Masquerade" was the first song in music history to occupy the number one spot on the jazz, pop, and R&B charts and won "Record of the Year" and a Grammy in 1976. Leon produced and played on sessions for Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Delaney Bramlett, Ringo Starr, Elton John, BB King, Freddie King, Eric Clapton, J.J. Cale, Ike and Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, The Ventures, Bobby Darin, Wayne Newton, Sam Cooke, Johnny Mathis and on and on. He played on most of Phil Spector's landmark records.

In the 1970's he was reported by Billboard Magazine to be the "top concert attraction in the world." He and his group The Starlighters, which included J.J.Cale, Chuck Blackwell and Johnny Williams, were instrumental in creating the school of music known as the "Tulsa Sound."

His own albums "Shelter People" and "Carney" were responsible for some of his big hits like "Tight Rope", "Sweet Emily", "Smiles Just Like a River", "Magic Mirror" and "Masquerade". After receiving his fourth gold album for "Will O' The Wisp," which included the hit single "Lady Blue," he teamed with Willie Nelson and they achieved success with the "One For The Road" LP which won the Country Music Association's "Best Album of The Year." In the '90s he toured with Edgar Winter on a double bill for two years and shared the stage of Austin City Limits with him. In the 2000's he was touring with Dave Mason of Traffic fame. And most recently he and Elton John recorded a duet album produced by TBone Burnett, "The Union," which was released October 19, 2010. The single, "If It Wasn't For Bad" was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals."

Leon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and given the Award for Recording Excellence in March 2011. He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in June 2011. With each new reincarnation, Leon Russell proves why he's still the rock 'n' roll master.
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Reckless Kelly

10-26-2016

If you haven't heard of Reckless Kelly yet, you soon will. Their songs will grab you on first listen and pull you in deeper with each play, and their live shows are wild contagious fun. They first gained steam as one of the nation's top Americana projects in Austin, Texas, where their high-energy honky tonk packed venue after venue.

Now they come armed with a formidable 8 album discography to blow the roof off. Their 2011 Grammy Nominated "Good Luck & True Love," took home four Lone Star Music Awards, and sent three singles to #1 on Texas Radio. And their newest from 2013, "Long Night Moon," was produced by band members Willy & Cody Braun, along with Lead Guitarist David Abeyta. Long Night Moon was mixed by Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris), and features additional instrumentation from legendary steel guitar player Lloyd Maines, as well as Bukka Allen (piano, organ) and Jeff Plankenhorn (dobro).

When Willy Braun, frontman and principal songwriter for the band began writing songs for Long Night Moon, he quickly found a theme emerging. “About halfway through writing this record, I noticed that almost all of the songs I was writing, whether they were songs about the road, life, or love, had something to do with traveling. It started as an accident and I decided to just go with it. Before we knew it, there was a definite theme.” It’s honest, original and constantly evolving. The group is known for their explosive live shows and a passion for making albums of substance. Long Night Moon is no exception to this rule.

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Paula Poundstone

11-25-2016

32 years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country, stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. She went on to become one of our country’s foremost humorists. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, a rascal of a weekly news quiz show, "Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me." This year she was part of the talented cast in Pixar’s critically acclaimed movie, "Inside Out," and she tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.” Audience members may put it a little less elegantly:  “I peed my pants.”

Says, Peter Sagal, Host of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me: “People love Paula Poundstone and they always have. The amazing thing about Paula is that she has an amazingly distinctive personality. You can see a lot of really, really great comedians, but you may walk away without a sense of who they really are…Paula comes out on stage and she starts talking about her life and then 20 minutes later you realize you're in the middle of her comedy act and didn't really know it.” 

Poundstone’s ability to be spontaneous with a crowd is the stuff of legend. Poundstone says: “No two shows I do are the same. It's not that I don't repeat material. I do. My shows, when they're good, and I like to think they often are, are like a cocktail party. When you first get there, you talk about how badly you got lost and how hard it was to find parking. Then you tell a story about your kids or what you just saw on the news. You meet some new people and ask them about themselves.  Then, someone says, "Tell that story you used to tell," and then someone on the other side of the room spills a drink, and you mock them. No one ever applauds me when I leave a party, though. I think they high five.” Paula's interchanges with the audience are never mean or done at a person’s expense. She even manages to handle politics without provoking the pall of disapproval less artful comics receive. 

It has been said that Paula not only shot through the glass ceiling, she never acknowledged it was there. She was never one to stereotype herself as a ‘female comedian’ or limit herself to comedy from a ‘female’ point of view. Over the span of her career, she has amassed a list of awards and accolades that include: The first woman to win the cable ACE Award for Best Standup Comedy Special (1992); The first woman to perform standup at the White House Correspondents dinner; (1993); She has starred in her own comedy specials on HBO and BRAVO. In fact, “Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard,” on HBO, was the only time the elite university has allowed their name to be used in the title of a television show. If it means anything to anyone, Paula is recognized as one of Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-ups of all time. She won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic, and in 2010 she was one of a select group voted into the Comedy Hall of Fame. "Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me" is now the most popular show on NPR, having reached #1 status in 2014.

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