Time hangs heavy on the vine/Let’s make wine,’ Ryan Montbleau sings in the lulling, sensual verse that gives his group’s new album its title. Ryan Montbleau Band has been tending its own musical vineyard for a few years, on the patient cusp of a breakthrough. Their distinctive, long-fermenting blend of neo-folk, classic soul, and kick-out-the-jams Americana finally comes to full fruition in Heavy on the Vine. It’s an album that represents the product of ‘ and further promise of ‘ a very good year. Don’t worry if the classic sounds they’ve bottled up remain a little hard to put a label on. ‘I’m not one of these people who say ‘Oh, we can’t be pigeonholed.’ I honestly wish we could, just so I could describe it quickly to people,’ says Montbleau. ‘This record has folk songs, funk songs, country tunes, a reggae tune . . . and the end is almost like prog-rock. It’s all over the map, but it’s all us, and we do it all wholeheartedly. We’ve sort of come up in the jam scene, and that’s where our hearts have been in a lot of ways, but we don’t go off on 15-minute epics. We’re actually trying to make the songs shorter as we go. So I would lean much more toward the Americana thing than the jam thing. But, more than anything, we’re definitely about the song.’
The Godfather of the British Blues scene. John had a key eye for talent, wooing Clapton from the Yardbirds and discovering Peter Green and Mick Taylor. Literally hundreds of great bluesman have been a part of the Bluesbreakers and learned from the master himself. Nearly fifty years later, he still has one of the finest blues bands on the planet. He brings a big sack of blues classics and is bound to get the ‘Room to Move.’
Tony V. is a nationally know comedian who has appeared in numerous films and television shows and is a regular in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. He is one of North America’s best comedians who has performed on Comedy Central, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, A&E’s Evening at the Improv, MTV, and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and more. His television credits include Showtime’s The Brotherhood as well as the CBS’s 2007 series Waterfront, along with Rescue Me, Seinfeld, Boston Common, two seasons of Bobcat’s Big Show on F/X, and more. His one-man show ‘The Failure Artist,’ drew critical acclaim. He has appeared in the films State and Main, Celtic Pride, Housesitter, One Crazy Summer and Shakes the Clown. Jimmy Walsh is a Boston based comic that has worked up and down the east coast from Caribou Maine to Miami Fla. He has worked with such well known figures as Lewis Black, Victoria Jackson of Saturday Night Live, Pam Stone, Stephen Wright, Jonathan Katz and Lenny Clarke. He has also worked with Ed McMahon and hosted the Boston leg of ‘Next Big Comedy Star Search.’ Walsh sees the everyman in all of us and through his observations he allows us to laugh at ourselves. He’s the guy next door that lets us see the funny in it all. Walsh is a versatile comedian and can entertain the entire spectrum of society.
Carl Palmer is perhaps best known as a founding member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) and Asia. He is also one of the most respected drummers in rock and roll history. As part of his world tour, Palmer will be promoting the release of his new DVD called ‘Decade’ that will be available at the show. He’ll also be serving up an evening of classic ELP music in a show that will last nearly two hours. Joining Mr. Palmer onstage will be guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick.
New England’s favorite party band rips it up on a pre-Thanksgiving blow out. A great night to dance the blues away. They have sold out there last two Narrows shows. This one will go fast.
The guitar duo of Nels Cline and Julian Lage features compositions by both players, along with a healthy amount of spontaneous improvisation. Those familiar with Cline\’s work may be surprised to hear him play without effects pedals or looping devices; those familiar with Lage’s work may be surprised to hear him play totally ‘free’ improvisation. The degree of creative empathy as these gentlemen create spontaneous structure is as dramatic as their compositions are original. Cline and Lage approach and pay homage to the syntax of jazz, while pushing the music into remarkable, new territories. Guitar master-explorer NELS CLINE should need no introduction having held the guitar seat in Wilco for nearly 9 years and counting. His recording and performing career – spanning jazz, rock, punk, and experimental – is well into its fourth decade, with over 130 recordings, including at least 30 for which he is leader. Accolades include Jazz Times declaring Cline ‘the world’s most dangerous guitarist’ and Rolling Stone proclaiming him to be one of 20 ‘new guitar gods’ and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. Beyond Wilco, he leads The Nels Cline Singers and has played or performed with Tim Berne, Jim Black, Yoko Ono, Vinny Golia, Julius Hemphill, Charlie Haden, Scott Amendola, Wadada Leo Smith, Lydia Lunch, Thurston Moore.. the list is endless! JULIAN LAGE has toured and recorded with Gary Burton, Jim Hall, Fred Hersch, Bela Fleck, Mark O’Connor, and many more. Originally from the Bay Area, Julian has released two critically acclaimed albums as a leader including Sounding Point and Gladwell. Sounding Point was nominated for a Grammy Award and DownBeat Magazine recently named Julian a ‘Rising Star Guitar’ winner.
Donna the Buffalo’s feel-good, groove-oriented, danceable and often socially conscious music all began over twenty years ago with roots in old time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric Americana mix infused with elements of cajun/ zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country. Donna the Buffalo is known for touring the country remaining fiercely independent as one of the industry’s most diverse roots-music bands and has ‘earned a reputation as one of the most respected, eclectic and hardest-working acts today,’ praises Encore. ‘Donna the Buffalo is in the enviable position of being a homegrown entity, a group that finds itself outside the coloring lines of the accepted formula, a formula that is now in the past tense…People doing what they love, and better, sharing that passion to the benefit of the public, is the strongest business formula ever written. Donna the Buffalo is living proof of that.’ states Beat Magazine. The Nashville Scene writes, ‘Folkies with a superior sense of rhythm are rare enough, but folkies with a good beat and a healthy disrespect for eclectic clich??s are a national treasure….they’ve never sounded better…’
Rickie Lee Jones returns with her latest outing The Devil You Know, a surprising and fascinating collection of covers produced by famed musician (and longtime fan) BEN HARPER. She is a fiercely independent artist who has amassed an amazing body of work over her 30 plus years of making great music
He is a rock and roll legend, frontman for the J. Geils band and raconteur. Always a Narrows fave, selling out every show.