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Rekindling the “Fire”: Ben Sidran, December 9 and 10 in Davenport
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2014-11-26 15:16:53

(Editor's note: The venue for Ben Sidran’s December 9 lecture has changed since this article was published, and admission fees for both events have also changed.)

Ben Sidran is best known as a jazz pianist and producer; for his work with the Steve Miller Band (he co-wrote “Space Cowboy”); and as host of public radio’s Jazz Alive and VH-1’s New Visions series. But he also holds a Ph.D. in American studies, and his 2012 book There Was a Fire: Jews, Music, & the American Dream displays not only the storytelling gift and playfulness you might expect from an accomplished songwriter, but also an erudite and thoughtful mind befitting his academic credentials.

It’s the mingling of those different facets, however, that makes the book such a compelling read: a love of tales, a deep curiosity about history, the use of personal narrative to ground points in contemporary and emotional life, the creativity to unearth surprising connections, and the jazz artist’s willingness to follow a muse or idea wherever it might lead.

All those components will be evident when Sidran visits Davenport as part of the Jewish Federation of the the Quad Cities’ “Jews Rock” series: a solo lecture and performance based on his book on December 9 at Temple Emanuel, and a performance by the Ben Sidran Quartet on December 10 at the Redstone Room.


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Killing the Band for the Better: Darlingside, November 12 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2014-10-30 11:13:59

The band Darlingside drew its name from an old chestnut for writers – the instruction to “murder your darlings.” (Killing your darlings would be “darlingcide,” which is made softer and more enticingly opaque as Darlingside.)

All the band members met at Massachusetts’ Williams College, at which they heard that advice in class.

Guitarist/singer Don Mitchell explained it this way in a recent phone interview promoting his group’s November 12 show at the Redstone Room: “You should be willing to get rid of the things that were initially what made you excited about the work, because those ... tend to be the clever ones; those ... tend to be the most indulgent moments. You might need ... to blow up the song in order to put it back together and continue to move forward.”

That’s an important lesson for songwriting, but it also applied to this band as a whole, which has over the past year-plus reinvented itself – shifting from an atmospheric, earnest rock band to a folk outfit.


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Releasing the Party Band Within: The Candymakers, “Ridiculicious”; October 31 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2014-10-28 18:26:12

Halloween is an opportunity for people to try new identities, so it’s appropriate that the Quad Cities-based band The Candymakers is marking the release of Ridiculicious with a pair of All Hallows’ Eve shows at the Redstone Room.

Yes, the group will be wearing costumes. But Ridiculicious is such a radical departure from its predecessor that it feels like an entirely new – freer and better – ensemble. Using the same musical building blocks, the band has transformed itself largely by stripping the material of any pretense of nutritional value; one could say it’s found its wheelhouse by sticking to the spirit of its name.


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Fearlessly All in: Lewis Knudsen, “Joy, Pain, Love, Songs.”; June 5 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2014-05-28 16:19:18

Last year, Quad Cities-based singer/songwriter Lewis Knudsen decided to give up substitute-teaching to devote himself full-time to music. Lots of musicians make a similar leap, but few of them commit to it as fearlessly and smartly as Knudsen has.

He performed at open mics and got gigs wherever he could – restaurants, bars, wineries, nursing homes, birthday parties, company parties.

He set out to write and record a new song a week in 2013, a project that ended up generating 40 tracks (all of them available on his Web site at LewisKnudsen.com/songs-from-2013). For the uncharitable who think Knudsen was a slacker for falling short of his goal, the song-a-week project was waylaid by a three-week tour of Europe through the Germany-based Songs & Whispers organization.

He assembled a band and professionally recorded the self-released album Joy, Pain, Love, Songs. – whose debut he’ll be marking with a June 5 show at the Redstone Room.

And while studio recording can be a challenge for neophytes, Knudsen sidestepped that issue in two ways – by fine-tuning the songs in live settings and having the process come to him by tracking with mobile equipment in his quintet’s practice space. “It was exactly like being in my living room and recording the whole album,” Knudsen said in a phone interview last week.


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Unexpected Light in the Darkness: David G. Smith, May 17 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2014-05-03 14:48:36

David G. Smith. Photo by Avory Pierce.In putting together his new album One House, Blue Grass, Iowa-based David G. Smith “ended up with 10 issues-oriented songs,” he said in an interview last week.

This was a bit of an accident. Smith – who will be celebrating the album’s release with a May 17 show at the Redstone Room – said he brought 21 songs to producer Blue Miller and “figured we’d find an album out of that. ... We ended up recording two albums. ... We’ve got another one on deck. It’s already been mastered.”

And when Smith considered which songs to put on which album, One House’s 10 tracks seemed to naturally go together in the order they appear.

The title track asks the question “Can we live in one house built on higher ground?” “Ivory” deals with the illegal trade of elephant tusks. “Jesus Is in Prison” is about a death-row inmate. “Angels Flew” tells the story of a boat lift rescuing people on 9/11. “Doesn’t Take Much Light” and “Ariel” are specific narratives based on real people – with Parkinson’s disease and the extremely rare Rett syndrome, respectively. (The River Music Experience concert is also a platform to raise money for the latter illness.)

It’s a heavy collection, and for some tastes it will likely be too on-the-nose, even though it’s rarely preachy – which Smith called “the mortal sin of songwriting”: “It’s a supreme challenge to try to write something that will strike a chord with people and at least make them pause and maybe think a little bit.”

The subject matter and directness are countered by folk arrangements that are thoughtful and evocative, but more importantly the album – Smith’s second studio effort – is also filled with hope, conviction, earnest heart, and lovely turns of phrase that elevate it. Smith is at his best finding unexpected light in the darkness.


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