Note for note, song by song, Kris is one of the finest singers, instrumentalists and songwriters ever to grace our stage. She’s particularly well known in the Boston area, but is building a following in our neck of New England.
Benevento is riding a creative surge. Proof in point is the 30-year old keyboardist’s debut studio album Invisible Baby, scheduled for release February 12 on HYENA Records. The collection proves Benevento a sonic innovator in peak form, defying boundaries and blasting through genres to carve out his own universe. Invisible Baby was recorded in a trio configuration with Benevento joined by bassist Reed Mathis (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey) and drummers Matt Chamberlain (Tori Amos) and Andrew Barr (The Slip). Having earned a multitude of young fans and critical acclaim for his visionary electric keyboard work as one half of post rock instrumentalists The Benevento/Russo Duo, here Benevento utilizes acoustic piano as his main voice. His instincts, however, for arranging sound in fresh and unexpected ways remain firmly intact. On Invisible Baby’s eight original compositions, Benevento runs his piano through projector amps and Leslie speakers, coloring the tracks with Mellotron, Speak N Spell, banjo, a vintage church pump organ and all sorts of circuit bent toys which have become his trademark.
He’s a Grammy-nominated guitar man whom you’ve heard playing guitar on Commander Cody’s big hit ‘Hot Rod Lincoln.’ He’s sat in with Nick Lowe and others.
Out of Toronto, this group plays a range of styles, including celtic, rock, fusion and a whole lot more. Some call it world music. You may have seen their concert on PBS.
Get your tickets early for this one. This will be her second visit to the Narrows. She’s a songwriter’s songwriter of the highest caliber.
al & the transamericans are a roots rock, alt country, americana group hailing from the great northeast. the music is a nice blend of bluegrass, country, & rock. all of the musicians have ‘day jobs’ in other bands (moe., strangefolk, okemah, the gordon stone trio). these guys all come to this simply for the love of playing a good 3 chord song. their shows typically feature everything from straight up acoustic bluegrass barnburners to balls out rock.
Duke’s latest CD, A Swingin’ Session with Duke Robillard focuses on the ‘swing’ side of Duke’s playing, and includes classics like ‘Deed I Do,’ ‘The Song Is Ended,’ ‘Them That Got,’ and ‘When Your Lover Has Gone.’ Duke is currently nominated by the Blues Music Awards for Best Blues Guitarist, an award he has won 4 times previously. He is a regional and national treasure.
Truly the international queen of country blues. She’s the winner of 5 WC Handy Blues Awards. She has great new record Blues Walkin’ Like A Man A Tribute to Son House