After taking their name from a Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem and recording the first song ever written about Jack Kerouac’s iconic American novel, On The Road – discover the band that has been described as the bridge to the Beat Generation and instrumental in ushering the music of the sixties into the 1970’s and beyond. For more than four decades, Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have been writing and performing songs that helped make their generation’s musical memories, all the while inspiring a generation of young singer songwriters.
Esteemed musician, songwriter and author Rodney Crowell has teamed up with New West Records to release Tarpaper Sky, his new self- produced album. Tarpaper Sky, which is available April 15, 2014, comes fast on the heels of Old Yellow Moon, Crowell’s critically lauded collaboration with Emmylou Harris, which is nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award and was named 2013 Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association. Crowell has pushed the boundaries of country, folk and roots music long before the term Americana was coined as a genre, making a name for himself and gaining respect as both a songwriter and as an artist. Celebrating 40 years of making music, Crowell has created an album that harkens back to some of his most revered and loved works. Tarpaper Sky would sit comfortably on the shelf right between the chart-topping fan favorite Diamonds and Dirt (1988) and Life Is Messy (1992). This album marks a reunion of the creative partnership of Crowell and musical accomplice Steuart Smith, who was an integral part of his overall sound during the late ’80s. The lyrics and message behind the bittersweet ‘Long Journey Home’ sum it up best, ‘the simple life tastes sweeter now, you have no need to roam’. A Grammy Award winner, member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and recipient of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting from the Americana Music Association, Rodney Crowell is fully engaged in his musical past, present and future.
Eilen Jewell is the queen of the minor key. Sad songs are her wealth and finery. But beware, savvy observer. Do not confuse the singer and her songs. Eilen’s fans have marveled at her warmth, unique wit, and onstage humor. Her song writing is a blend of influences from early blues, rockabilly and surf-noir, to 1960s era rock and roll. Her repertoire includes everything from up-tempo rockers that swing, to stunning, lyrically poetic ballads. The Los Angeles Daily News wrote, ‘Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition…. She’s mighty good.’ Eilen and her band have been living on the road, from North America to Western Europe, New Zealand and Australia, and have shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, Mavis Staples, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Blind Boys of Alabama, Chris Smither, and Junior Brown. Hollywood stars (Tom Hanks in Entertainment Weekly) to heads of state (British Prime Minister David Cameron in Britain’s Telegraph) have praised Eilen’s music in the press. Eilen is currently recording her fifth, full-length, solo album with her long-time road band of guitar great Jerry G. Miller, husband and drummer Jason Beek, and slapping upright bass player Johnny Sciascia.
On her first self-produced album since 2004, Melissa Ferrick takes us through the ending of one relationship and into the early stages of another. It’s a candid record that she sets to a sweeping Americana/alt-country soundtrack, layering pedal steel guitars and background harmonies into some of the lushest, brightest songs of her 20-year career. Ferrick’s life has always been an open book. Signed to Atlantic Records in the mid-’90s, she helped represent a new wave of alt-rock females – including artists like Liz Phair, PJ Harvey and college-mate Paula Cole – who sang about adult womanhood with sharp, unchecked honesty. Morrissey proved an early champion when he personally invited her to tour as his opening act, and Ferrick eventually went on to found her own label and release a number of albums in which she played every instrument herself. Her life took dips and turns along the way, and she chronicled every detail in her songwriting. On her newest album on MPress Records, the truth is, Ferrick opens up the studio doors to several outsiders, including Grammy-Award-winning mixer – and former Daniel Lanois apprentice – Trina Shoemaker (Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow), engineer Rafi Sofer (James Taylor, Juliana Hatfield) and a full band. The result is a raw, rootsy record about the ups and downs – but mostly the ups- of life and love.
The Artist, TA (Trygve Amundsen) has, since his childhood, had a strong passion for the art of drawing and oil-painting. Often when he paints, his creativity forces him to do something totally different, to veer from the same creative track. In those periods he finds himself ‘Playin’ around’ with new styles, additions and techniques, accompanied by the blues music. The result is a collection of art with no other common theme but the artist himself who created it.
‘Playin’ around’ is a group of artwork that has a harmony both in style and in color, some of which is rooted musically. The exhibition includes oil paintings and digigraphics – freehand drawings finished and produced via the computer. TA’s works present food for thought not only through the artwork itself but also through the artwork’s title.
About the Artist:
For the past 30 years, TA has enjoyed success as a graphic and design professional, an AD (art director), and in creative marketing in his hometown of Bergen, the second largest city of Norway. The artist’s contemporary paintings and drawings have been exhibited in several successful European Gallery exhibitions. The Narrows is excited to present this renowned artist in his largest solo exhibition as he continues his USA tour which started in Manhattan, NYC, in October last year.
Image: ‘Turn of strings’ Oil on canvas 36′ x 47′
Two Narrows favorites sharing the stage for a great night of music. Mark T Small quite frankly is the beast acoustic blues player in New England. Mark possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the blues ranging from Charlie Patton to John Lee Hooker to Johnny Winter. He is equally adept at flat picking or finger picking. Danielle is singer songwriter and blues woman of the highest order. With a soulful and powerful voice and superb guitar skills, Danielle really delivers a great show. She was recently named 2013 Favorite Local Female songwriter by Redline Roots Magazine.
Loudon Wainwright III has had a long and illustrious career highlighted by 22 album releases, a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for ‘High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project,’ and two previous Grammy nominations for ‘I’m Alright,’ 1985 and ‘More Love Songs,’ 1986. His most recent recording, ‘Older Than My Old Man Now’ was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of 2012. Wainwright is perhaps best known for the novelty song ‘Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)’ and for playing Captain Calvin Spalding (the ‘singing surgeon’) on the American television show, M*A*S*H. His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. He has collaborated with songwriter/producer Joe Henry on the music for Judd Apatow’s hit movie Knocked Up, written music for the British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel Lucky You, composed topical songs for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and ABC’s Nightline, and recorded several songs for the soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. As an actor, Wainwright has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, and Judd Apatow.