The relationship between musician and instrument is mystical. The result of this harmonious partnership is a fluid and magic blend of sound, emotion, and spirituality. This series of paintings seeks to make visible a moment of time, the transcendental instant, when the miracle known as music occurs.
The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, released in 1989, was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records. 2005’s Childish Things garnered some of the highest critical praise of McMurtry’s career and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. In September 2006, Childish Things and ‘We Can’t Make It Here’ won the Americana Music Awards for album and song of the year, respectively. McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008’s Just Us Kids. The album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than 19 years. The Washington Post noted McMurtry’s live prowess: ‘Much attention is paid to James McMurtry’s lyrics, and rightfully so: He creates a novel’s worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he’s an accomplished rock guitar player. At a sold-out Birchmere, the Austin-based artist was joined by drummer Daren Hess and bassist Ronnie Johnson in a set that demonstrated the raw power of wince-inducing imagery propelled by electric guitar. It was serious stuff, imparted by a singularly serious band.’
Bill Kreutzmann can barely contain his enthusiasm for 7 Walkers, the former Grateful Dead drummer’s new band with guitarist / vocalist Papa Mali, legendary New Orleans bassist George Porter Jr., and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard. ‘I can’t believe how much fun I’m having playing with these guys!’ says Kreutzmann, who never missed a gig in the Dead’s 30 years together. ‘We’re making art together and having the best time.’ One listen to 7 Walkers’ self-titled debut album (Response Records / November 2, 2010) and it’s easy to understand why Kreutzmann is so pumped. With nearly all of its songs co-penned by Papa Mali and longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, 7 Walkers is an electrifying hybrid of classic Bay Area rock and New Orleans funk. Kreutzmann calls it ‘swampadelic.’
For over 30 years, Steve Forbert has been of the most compelling songwriters on the planet. Steve is an insightful lyricist with a unique view on the world we live. He is touring behind his latest release ‘The Time and The Place.’
One of the most influential singer songwriters of her generation. Rickie Lee continues to be a musical powerhouse on her latest release Balm in Gilead. A great collection of songs. She played a great show in 2009 at the Narrows. We expect more of the same on this visit.
Everybody else romances the road. Joe Ely lives it. Call him what you want – a wandering minstrel, gypsy cowboy, visionary song poet, or houserocker on fire – whatever he is, Ely’s covered a lot of ground in his time. He really has ridden the rails (in a circus train, no less), thumbed his way across the country, hopped boats to exotic foreign lands, and ridden horses across the prairie. All part of the relentless quest for revelation that only a journey can satisfy. Those sort of restless yearnings come naturally to a boy from Lubbock, Texas, where the flat dusty landscape, endless sky and vast horizons have inspired several generations of young creative types to fill up all that empty space with music, as Buddy Holly did, as did Waylon Jennings, and Roy Orbison all the way to the current Lubbock Mob consisting of Ely and his compadres Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, and Terry Allen. Like them, Joe Ely has proved to himself before he proved to a growing number of faithful that when it comes to the mystical process of writing, singing, and performing music, there’s no pretending or holding back. Where he comes from, you put your emotions on the line each and every night.
The legendary Garland Jeffreys has done it all. This Brooklyn native attended Syracuse University, where he spent a year studying art history in Florence, Italy. Back home he began his career in Greenwich Village clubs and has since released
numerous critically acclaimed albums included Ghost Writer, Escape Artist and Don’t Call Me Buckwheat featuring a roster of guest artists such as Lou Reed, Dr. John, Sly & Robbie,
David Johansen, Phoebe Snow, Luther Vandross, Randy Brecker, Duncan Sheik and members of the E Street Band’an eclectic group giving some indication of his genre-bending music. With a powerful, supple voice and a deep catalogue of songs covered by everyone from punk pioneers The Circle Jerks (Wild in the Streets) to the neo-folk group Vetiver (Lon Chaney) Jeffreys is ‘a man of diversity with music to match’had he been born earlier, Mr. Jeffreys could have had a career as a jazz singer’had he been born later, he might have been a peer to Citizen Cope and Ben Harper, who mix up their playlists and benefit from followings not bound by the dictates of radio.’ -Wall Street Journal With a long awaited new album out this May and the ripping new single Coney Island Winter out now, Jeffreys shows no sign of slowing down
He is a rock and roll legend, frontman for the J. Geils band and raconteur. He has a great new record Midnight Souvenirs.
Tommy recently won 4 Blues Music Awards for 2010!, Band of the Year, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year, Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year. He’s a soulful singer and a gifted guitarist. He and his very talented band deliver white hot Memphis style soul.
One of the most electrifying and soulful guitar players on the planet. Ronnie easily moves between blues, jazz and r&b to craft his signature sound.