Walls and Webs
(Narrows Gallery)

Two Massachusetts artists present an exhibition that demonstrates the potential of structure-based freedom. Catherine Carter’s web-like networks, extruded as fluid paint through squeeze-bottles and rooted in the configurations of hand-writing, imply energetic movement and impressionistic forms. Jeanne Williamson’s grid-based compositions derive from architectural elements ‘ both in spirit, as the artist is inspired by views of building facades under construction, and literally, as she uses lengths of orange construction fencing as a template to print through. Together, their work goes beyond its organized framework with twisting lines, bouncing shapes and glowing colors.
Image above:
Left: Catherine Carter, ‘Wave 3,’ acrylic on paper, 30′ x 22′, 2009.
Right: Jeanne Williamson, ‘Orange Construction Fence Series #70,’ mixed media on fabric, 43′ x 33.5′, 2009.

Trio Del Rio

Trio Del Rio challenges classification, combining swingin’, jazzy, bluesy latin, R&B and Texas styles. Trio Del Rio’s essence is captured in MaryAnn Price’s grace and freedom, MariLisa’s soulful distinctive voice and Tanner Swain’s smooth vocals and tasty guitar work. Their songs explode with rich textures, haunting vocal landscapes that are unforgettable with a wide variety of storytelling songs that keep the listener mesmerized. Within the group everyone sings lead on a third of the songs and with the three part harmonies and tight unisons; it balances an eclectic mix of songs and emotions.

SOLD OUT Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks

Beginning as a drummer in the seminal 60’s San Francisco rock band The Charlatans, and continuing with his unique and legendary Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Dan Hicks is widely acknowledged as one of the defining figures in American roots music. Having earned a reputation as a true original with his signature eclecticism and humor, Hicks continues to carve his way through a number of genres from proto-psychedelia to western swing and jazz, from tin pan alley to country blues — all the while cultivating his own unique sound.

Alejandro Escovedo

In June 2008, Alejandro Escovedo released his 9th solo album Real Animal. Produced by Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T.Rex, Thin Lizzy), Real Animal is a collective journey through Escovedo’s various musical incarnations from punk rock to string quintets and is as introspective as it is retrospective. Recalling the people, places and influences that helped shape his career, Real Animal represents the primitive aspect of Escovedo’s music ‘ the instinct, the urgency and a survivor mentality that fuels his musical passion. Escovedo was a founding member of the pioneering San Francisco-based punk band The Nuns in the mid-70’s. In the early 1980’s he moved to New York City, where he joined forces with fellow Bay Area punk scene veterans Chip and Tony Kinman in Rank & File, a band that forged the early 1980s country-punk sound that later became known as alternative country. After Rank & File relocated to Austin, Texas, Escovedo left the band and formed True Believers with his brother Javier. The critically acclaimed group disbanded in the late 1980s. In 1992, Escovedo embarked on a solo career with his debut album Gravity. Subsequent solo albums have included Thirteen Years (1993), With These Hands (1996), More Miles than Money: Live 1994-1996 (1998), Bourbonitis Blues (1999), and A Man Under the Influence (2001). In the late 1990s, he began developing a dramatic work, based on his songs about his father, with the Los Angeles theater company About Productions. The resulting composition, By the Hand of the Father, premiered to critical acclaim in 2000 with Escovedo performing his songs as part of the production. His last album, The Boxing Mirror, released in 2006 was produced by John Cale and traces Escovedo’s journey from the brink of death at the hands of Hepatitis C to renewed wellness and artistic creativity.

Amy Speace

Possessing a commanding voice, a distinctive melodic sensibility and an uncanny knack for nailing complex emotions in song, AMY SPEACE makes music that’s both illuminating and effortlessly accessible. Her forthcoming release, The Killer In Me, follows her 2006 breakthrough Songs for Bright Street. While Songs won her a loyal international fan base, The Killer In Me finds the NY-based artist forging into deeper, darker lyrical and musical terrain, delivering an album of startling intimacy and resonance.

Ralph Stanley II

With Grammy nominations for his last two albums and a Grammy award for his contributions to the album Lost In The Lonesome Pines, Stanley boasts one of the most moving and dramatic voices in country music, an instrument he polished and perfected during his 14 years as lead singer for Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys. This One Is Two (a reference to Stanley’s nickname) showcases 11 emotionally probing songs by the best writers in the business, among them Lyle Lovett, Townes Van Zandt, Fred Eaglesmith, Tom T. Hall and Elton John. Stanley co-wrote two of the songs: ‘Honky Tonk Way,’ a tough, grimy, up-close look at a country singer’s life on the road, and ‘Lord Help Me Find The Way,’ a cry from the heart he composed when he was suddenly forced to stand in for his famous father.

Tao Seeger Band

Born into a musical family in Poughkeepsie, New York, Tao is the eldest grandchild of folk singer Pete Seeger. Tao spent his childhood in Nicaragua where his father was a war correspondent, making documentary films about the Sandinista revolution. With little access to pop music in Nicaragua, Tao cherished his AC/DC and Metallica cassettes along with the two tapes he had of his grandfather’s music. Here began the merging of rock and folk music that would come to influence Tao in his musical career. After nine years in Nicaragua, Tao returned to the United States and moved into the home of his grandparents, Pete and Toshi Seeger. Listening to his grandfather perform, Tao became frustrated with his grandfather’s poor Spanish singing skills and approached him. The legendary Seeger turned the criticism around saying, ‘Well if it’s so bad, why don’t you help me out?’ In 1986, a teenaged Tao joined his Grandpa Pete at a Hiroshima Day rally in front of an audience of more than half a million people in Japan for their first concert together. Thus began the musical partnership between Tao and Pete that would take them around the world together. Tao was the co-founder of the folk/rock groups RIG (Rodriguez/Irion/Guthrie), The Mammals and is the founding member of his new band the Tao Seeger Band. The Tao Seeger Band includes Tao singing lead vocals, playing electric guitar and banjo, Laura Cortese on fiddle and vocals, Jake Silver on bass, Jason Crosby on keyboards and Robin MacMillan on drums. Their music can be described as a fusion of rock and folk with a ‘rootsy and psychedelic’ sound.

(Narrows Cafe Gallery)

About the photographs:
The creation of this series of photographs began ( innocently-enough ) with a picture of cut daffodils, just beginning to open, in a vase in the photographer’s kitchen. A week later, the fading bouquet was bundled with an elastic bow and tossed out into the cold on a glass-topped patio table. As the flowers deteriorated, more pictures were made as time, light, and weather conditions affected the daffodils over the next six weeks, resulting an a wide variety of images.

About the photographer:
Jack Foley, 55, grew up in North Andover, Massachusetts. At age six, he was given an old box camera as a toy, and has been playing with cameras ever since. He is a staff photographer for The Herald News, a daily newspaper in Fall River, Massachusetts. He has been a newspaper photographer for more than 30 years. He and his wife, D.J., live in Warwick, R.I.