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Rumbling Force: Pamela Reese Smith, “Live at the Redstone Room”
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-08-10 16:33:45

Pamela Reese SmithAs “This Masquerade” begins on her recently released live CD recorded at Davenport’s Redstone Room, Pamela Reese Smith’s voice emerges from the piano prelude of Manny Lopez III as a husky, tuneful whisper, growing louder and more intense from phrase to phrase. As she builds, she blends breathiness and fullness to create a wistful and passionate melody. Her use of a light, breathy tone establishes the mournful mood of the song, especially when singing the word “lost,” imparting confusion and hopelessness.

Her voice continues to soften and grow with the lyrics. When singing the phrase “this masquerade,” she starts quietly and then allows her voice to expand as she holds out the line –communicating strength, despair, and other feelings.

Throughout the album, Smith employs this effectively expressive technique, and her big voice creates a deep, encompassing sound. But at times she misses the pitch a little, and the heavy richness of her voice becomes a disadvantage.

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Grooving as Hard as They Rock: Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, July 7 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-06-30 14:15:10

Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights

Jonathan Tyler has described his band’s major-label debut, Pardon Me, as a “handshake album” – an introduction.

But unlike that description or the apologetic title, there’s nothing polite about the full-bore rock produced by Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights – which will perform at the Redstone Room on July 7.

USA Today concisely summarized the appeal of the band in naming Pardon Me a pick of the week last year: “Did you think they’d quit making bands that groove as hard as they rock? You know, like ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Aerosmith? Listen to this riff-heavy blast, the title track from this band’s debut album, and think again.”

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Serving His Life Sentence: David G. Smith, May 21 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-05-18 19:44:50

David G. SmithBlue Grass resident David G. Smith calls himself a “50-something,” and on Saturday he’ll mark the release of his first solo full-length album at the Redstone Room.

It’s undoubtedly a late start, but Smith said in a phone interview this week that he has genetics on his side. Two of his grandparents made it to their mid 90s, and one lived to 105. So by his calculation, “I have a 20-year career ahead of me.”

It’s off to a good start. Non-Fiction is a solid debut for the longtime songwriter – acoustic rock that’s sometimes funky and sometimes gentle, smartly produced and performed with conviction.

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The Crazier Side of Camper and Cracker: David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, May 26 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-05-11 11:31:14

David Lowery

David Lowery saw no reason to make a solo album.

For more than 25 years, he’s been recording and releasing music with his bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker – a pair of “very diverse and flexible ensembles,” he said in a phone interview last week. “And so usually pretty much any piece of music I write, I can kind of put it with either one of the bands or the other.”

And both bands remain active, regularly touring together since 2002. “I know the Cracker and Camper audiences overlap like 90 percent,” he said. “And it’s just a little artificial sometimes to feel like, ‘Tonight the billboard says Cracker, and we’re only going to play Cracker songs.’”

But in February, at age 50, Lowery released under his own name The Palace Guards, a collection of nine songs that, he has said, gives “a sense of what it is that I’m kind of bringing to the bands.”

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Something to Write About: Paul Thorn, March 8 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-03-02 15:59:34

Paul ThornThe cliché says that good writers mostly write what they know, so it’s little wonder that Paul Thorn has crafted an under-the-radar career as a respected songwriter and performer.

The title of his 2010 album is Pimps & Preachers, and he speaks of both from experience: His father was a minister, and his uncle was a pimp. “When I was a kid, them was the two guys that I hung around a lot,” Thorn said in a phone interview this week. “I got to witness what went on on both sides of the tracks of life – the dark and the light side of life.”

That uncle also taught the future songwriter to box and served as his trainer, and in 1988 Thorn fought (and lost to) Roberto Durán, considered one of the sport’s greats. Thorn also used to skydive.

In the mid-1990s, Thorn was plucked from a day job in a furniture factory and a regular gig singing in a pizza joint, signed to a major-label contract. And the first concert he ever attended was a Sting show – at which he was the opening act.

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