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Looking at the Greater Whole: The Wallflowers Headline River Roots Live, August 17 at 9:30 p.m. PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 11:53

On paper, the Wallflowers’ 2012 album Glad All Over has the whiff of trying to recapture past glories.

It was the band’s first album of new material in seven years, a hiatus that included a rote best-of compilation, a couple tours, and two solo albums by frontman/songwriter Jakob Dylan.

But talking to Dylan last week – and, more importantly, listening to the album – it’s clear that the band and its leader aren’t crassly trying to capitalize on fondness for the quadruple-platinum Bringing Down the Horse (and its chart-topping single, “One Headlight”) from 1996. As the All Music Guide correctly summarized, with Glad All Over the Wallflowers “now feel the freedom to mess around, and they’ve come up with one of their loosest, liveliest records that not-so-coincidentally is one of their best.”

So the long absence of the Wallflowers – headlining River Roots Live on August 17 – can be explained by Dylan wanting the band to survive and thrive. He obviously views it as his band – less in the sense of belonging to him than being his primary musical outlet.

 
Out of the Lurch: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas – River Roots Live, August 17 at 11 p.m. PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 11:44

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas

Jessica Hernandez had a good story to tell about being signed by the venerable jazz label Blue Note Records. She canceled a meeting with the company’s president in New York, and instead had him fly to Detroit to hear her in a loft space she created above her family’s bakery.

She got a record deal.

That was a few years ago, and recently her tale turned more typical. Warner Music Group acquired the label from Universal (a deal that was finalized in July), and Hernandez – who had been working on her debut album – found herself in the classic music-industry lurch.

 
2013 River Roots Live Information PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 11:40

The 2013 River Roots Live festival will be held in conjunction with the Rib Festival on Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17, in Davenport’s LeClaire Park. Rib vendors will serve food starting at 11 a.m. Admission is free for children 10 and under, free for everybody before 5 p.m., and $5 after 5 p.m. For more information, visit RiverRootsLive.com.

You’ll find the music schedule below, along with links to new and old River Cities’ Reader interviews with performers.

 
Photos from the Wild Rovers Tour, August 4 at Codfish Hollow Barn PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Roberta Osmers   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 11:35

Photos from the Wild Rovers Tour concert August 4 at the Codfish Hollow Barn in Maquoketa, Iowa. The tour included Cory Chisel, Adriel Denae, The Candles, and Space Woman, with special guests Norah Jones and Bucky Baxter.

For more from Roberta Osmers on the Quad Cities music scene, visit OfTechAndMusic.Blogspot.com.

Photo by Roberta Osmers, OfTechAndMusic.Blogspot.com

 
Photos from the Melvins Concert, July 18 at RIBCO PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Matt Erickson   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 09:25

Photos from the Melvins concert at RIBCO on July 18, 2013, with opener Honky. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

The Melvins:

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com

 
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