Grammy-winning guitar legend ALBERT LEE first came to prominence during a 1964-68 stint in British Blues and R & B stalwarts Chris Farlowe’s Thunderbirds. After working in the UK bands for touring country acts such as Bobby Bare and Skeeter Davis, Lee’s next full-time berth was two years with the UK answer to the Flying Burrito Brothers and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band-Head , Hands, and Feet. His reputation grew and session work blossomed, including appearances on ‘The London Bo Diddley Sessions’ for Chess and Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘The London Sessions’. This and other work with U.S. based greats led to a permanent position in the Crickets, and by the time that ended Albert had long since made Southern California his home. There he became friendly with Don Everly, who had also settled in Southern California; they played regularly on a formal and informal basis, with Albert contributing to Don’s 1974 solo effort ‘Sunset Towers’. The move to California also led to work on sessions for the debut album of Jackson Browne. Lee joined Joe Cocker’s band in the mid 70s, a time that included recordings for the April 1976 release ‘Stingray’. From there A & M records signed Albert as an artist in his own right. The solo album’s completion was delayed by constant studio and touring work, primarily in Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band; in 1976 Albert replaced James Burton when Burton left to continue work with Elvis Presley’s TCB band. The Emmylou Harris albums ‘Luxury Liner’ (Jan. 1977), ‘Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town’ (Jan. 1978) ‘Blue Kentucky Girl’ (April 1979), ‘Roses in the Snow’ (May 1980, recorded July 1979), and ‘Evangeline’ (Jan 1981, recorded 1978-80) all include Albert. He ended his touring tenure with the Hot Band to complete his solo album, and ‘Hiding’ was finally released in 1979. An invitation around the Christmas season in 1978 led to a five year adventure for Albert in Eric Clapton’s band. The live album ‘Just One Night’, recorded at Budokan in December 1979, was the first release (April 1980) to feature Albert. ‘Another Ticket’ (Feb. 1981), ‘Time Pieces Vol 2-Live in the 70s’ (1983), and ‘Money and Cigarettes’ (Feb. 1983) all were part of Albert’s tenure with Eric. His studio work in this period continued, including contributions to three albums by Rosanne Cash: 1979’s ‘Right or Wrong’, 1981’s ‘Seven Year Ache’, and 1982’s ‘Somewhere in the Stars’. Other sessions included work with Dave Edmunds, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Carlene Carter, and countless others. His solo efforts continued as well, with the self titled ‘Albert Lee’ in 1982, and instrumental releases on MCA- the acclaimed ‘Speechless’ (1986) and ‘Gagged But Not Bound’ (1987). When the Everly Brothers reunited on September 23, 1983 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Albert was on hand as guitarist and Musical Director. He continued in that role for over 20 years until the Brothers retired. An invitation in 1987 by steel guitarist Gerry Hogan for Albert to play his annual festival led to the formation of Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes, who remain an active touring force in the UK and Europe- and a recording force worldwide, with 7 albums to their credit. The DVD ‘Live at the Tivoli’ was released in 2011, and the new CD, ‘On the Town Tonight’ was released on February 14, 2012. Albert remains an occasional member of the Crickets, and tours regularly with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. Sugar Hill records released Albert’s solo efforts ‘Heartbreak Hill’ in 2003 and ‘Road Runner’ in 2006. A summer 2011 jaunt with John Jorgenson prompted Albert to form his own U.S. band for the very first time. The Albert Lee Band includes John Thomas, aka ‘J.T’, on keyboards. J.T.’s musical resume includes 23 years with Bruce Hornsby, who graciously called John ‘the greatest keyboard player in the band.’ Emmylou Harris, Don Henley, Sparks, Tracy Chapman and a host of other have called upon John’s gifts. Bass player Will MacGregor’s credits are a testament to his wide-ranging talents, having worked with the likes of the Pretenders, Pat Boone, Exene Cervanka, and more. Jason Smith brings both the subtlety of jazz and pounding pulse of rock to his drum stylings. Among his many credits: his jazz trio released the celebrated ‘Tipping Point’ and ‘Think Like This’ CD’s , and on the rock side Jason toured with Five For Fighting, supporting the ‘America Town’ CD with it’s smash single ‘Superman (It’s Not Easy)’. With sellouts at McCabe’s in Santa Monica and the Theatre at the Musical Instrument Museum already in their rear view mirror, the newly minted Albert Lee Band is on tour in the United States in July and August 2012.
This co-bill features two of the Narrows favorite up and coming acts. Amy sings like an angel who has spent serious time in a honky tonk saloon. She has great stage presence and is a real talent. Girls, Guns and Glory channel the spirit of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. They put their own spin on a raucous americana sound. Visit their websites: www.amyblack.com www.girlsgunsandglory.com
In 1977, the Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late \’70s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue\’s name: the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Thirty years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine, whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. They have revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world, progressing from local parties, clubs, baseball games and festivals in their early years to touring nearly constantly in the U.S. and in over 30 other countries on five continents. The Dirty Dozen have been featured guests on albums by artists including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John and the Black Crowes. The city of New Orleans even has an official Dirty Dozen Brass Band Day.
Twelve students from the BFA degree and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate programs, College of Visual & Performing Arts, UMass Dartmouth will be exhibiting at the Narrows Center May 3 – 22, 2012. The exhibit will incorporate works from the Artisanry Department’s three areas of concentration: Textile Design/Fiber Arts, Ceramics and Jewelry/Metals.
Reception for the artists will be held Sunday, May 6th from 1:00-4:00 pm
Alecia Cahill, BFA Textile Design/Fiber Arts
Hannah Cameron, PBC Ceramics
Gina Guidi, BFA Textile Design/Fiber Arts
Sara Janoff, BFA Textile Design/Fiber Arts
Jennifer Koch, BFA Ceramics
Paul Murray, BFA Ceramics
Christine Rebhuhn, PBC Ceramics
Jaclyn St. Laurent, BFA Jewelry/Metals
Judd Schiffman, PBC Ceramics
Denise Sokolsky, PBC Textile Design/Fiber Arts
Lacy Taylor, BFA Ceramics
Lindsey Vieira, BFA Textile Design/Fiber Arts
Photo: Star Store – U Mass Dartmouth
On one level, the sizable body of work accumulated by celebrated writer/artist Dar Williams is a continuing narrative of her life ‘ what she’s experienced and what she’s observed during her years of intensive touring. On another, it forms a detailed look at the course of modern-day existence in the decade and a half between 1993, when Williams released her debut album, The Honesty Room, and 2008, when her longtime label Razor & Tie released her seventh and most recent studio album, Promised Land. Throughout her career, Williams has employed a reporter’s keen eye and a fiction writer’s feel for nuance in the act of confronting what she’s described as ‘the big picture of how people approach life,’ doing by examining and illuminating the minute details.
Bettye ripped up the Narrows last time through. Impassioned vocals writhing and prancing the stage like a panther. One of the best shows we have ever hosted. We are honored and estatic for her return performance.
SNAP is a club where Diman student photographers, pure amateur to the more advanced at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, can meet after school to share ideas and a common interest in photography. These twenty eight students are led by instructors, Ms. Michelle Gaudencio and Mr. Paul Beaudoin of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School. The photo club provides and fosters an understanding of photography as a means of diverse creative expression, cultural insight, and experimental practice. Students are introduced to digital SLR cameras and camera equipment through hands-on participa?ªtion while documenting school events and contributing photos for the school newspaper, website and yearbook.
Reception: Sunday, May 6th 1:00 – 4:00 pm
In the Narrows Caf?? Gallery April 26 ‘ May 30 is an exhibition showcasing how Students are Nabbing Artistic Photographs these days.
Ottmar has been nominated five-times for a Grammy award. Ottmar first pursued his rock and roll aspirations in his native Germany and then in Boston where he played in the alternative band RED with his brother Stefan. Ottmar then moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. By 1989, he had founded the first \\’Luna Negra\\’ band. The ground-breaking album Nouveau Flamenco began life as a self-produced local release called Marita: Shadows and Storms, copies of which local artist Frank Howell distributed in his art galleries. When the record found its way to radio stations and began generating a response among listeners, Higher Octave Music picked it up and released a re-mastered version. Since 1990, Ottmar Liebert has released a total of 25 albums including live releases, Christmas CDs, 15 CDs of original music, a DVD and remixes. He has received 38 Gold and Platinum certifications in the USA as well as certifications in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. His debut album sold double-platinum and has become one of the best-selling guitar albums of all time. In May 2006 Ottmar was ordained as a Zen Monk by Dennis Genpo Merzel, at the Kanzeon Zen Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In music there are those special artists that seem to transcend genre and defy categorization. From time to time one hears a voice that can stop you dead in your tracks and shake your very foundation to the core. Mike Farris is that artist and he has that voice. In June of 2007 Farris released the critically acclaimed Salvation in Lights which married old time roots gospel sounds with his own unique arrangements that were mainly inspired by New Orleans, Stax and the blues. The music was both spiritual and personal for Mike as it dealt with individual struggle but it also had a commonality that music fans from all walks of life could enjoy. In 2008 he won the Americana Music Association\’s ‘New & Emerging Artist of the Year’ award and started to make a name for himself as a dynamic performer. In 2008 and 2009 Mike Farris and his Roseland Rhythm Revue performed monthly residencies at Nashville’s’ Station Inn and called it ‘Sunday Night Shout!’ The shows had audiences that consisted of people from all walks of life and the goal was to make the crowd feel ‘excited, delighted and loved.’ The official live recording of the Station Inn shows, Shout! Live, was released in 2009 and won the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for ‘Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year’ in 2010. When the ‘1,000 year flood’ hit Middle Tennessee in May of 2010 it became obvious to Mike that he needed to do something to help those who were affected. He gathered up some of the finest musicians in town including: Sam Bush, Ketch Secor & Gill Landry (Old Crow Medicine Show), Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart), Byron House (Robert Plant) and members of his Roseland Rhythm Revue. Six songs were recorded in 6 hours at Nashville’s Downtown Presbyterian Church and the music was a beautiful blend of old time country, gospel and blues with Mike leading the ‘Cumberland Saints’ from the pulpit. In October of that year the EP was released as The Night The Cumberland Came Alive with partial proceeds donated to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. With recording near completion on his next solo project, Already Alright, Mike Farris continues to amaze audiences whenever he plays solo or with any one of his different configurations from the stripped down Cumberland Saints to the full 9 piece Roseland Rhythm Revue. His voice connects and mesmerizes in such a way that it doesn’t matter if the songs are his own compositions or ones sung 200 years ago. As Mike puts it ‘this music – it’s so beyond us, we only perpetuate it. We are just cooks in the kitchen.’ If so Mike Farris is one ‘cook’ with an immediate voice.