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Snapshot of an Evolving Beast: Elvis Perkins in Dearland, May 3 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-04-29 12:00:00

Elvis Perkins in DearlandElvis Perkins is so full of articulated doubt in our interview that I ask him a blunt question: Does he like being a songwriter, musician, and bandleader? Because it seems like a miserable existence for him.

"Is that how it sounds?" he replied.


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Put Your Ears on: Railroad Earth, March 29 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-03-24 15:00:18

Railroad EarthRailroad Earth mandolin player John Skehan notes that most recording studios are set up so that even when musicians are isolated from each other in separate rooms, they can see each other.

But when the New Jersey-based bluegrass/jam band convened in a three-century-old farmhouse owned by Todd Sheaffer, the band's singer and chief songwriter, the setup was different. As they tracked last year's Amen Corner mostly live, the sextet didn't have the benefit of body language and visual cues. Bass was in the kitchen. The drums were in the dining room. Multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling was stuck in a bathroom.

"We had a little headphone system where everybody could control their own individual level and everybody else's level," Skehan said in a phone interview last week. "And we pretty much barely had eye contact. We just went into our individual little rooms and put our ears on, and that was the extent of the interaction. ... It does put you in a place where you're just listening."


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Half-Naked: Rude Punch, February 21 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-02-18 14:52:45
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The closing track on Killin' It, the new release from the Quad Cities reggae-rock trio Rude Punch, is called "Payment," and unfortunately it's overdue. Loose and light, the guitars and drums at the outset seem to be searching for the groove, and when they find it 35 seconds in, they sustain it for another four minutes. Brady Jager's singing is heartfelt and nimble, and background vocals and twin guitars add satisfying accents and interplay, while bassist Robb Laake and drummer Adam Tucker are each given opportunities to fill in the gaps. The lead-guitar and drum breaks suggest a band adept at jamming within a song's structure.

I'm guessing the band's CD-release party on Saturday at the Redstone Room will be a good time, as its music goes down easily and has the benefit of familiarity. If you've heard reggae, you'll have plenty of reference points. Most importantly, the band works it right on stage, and "Payment" shows what they're capable of.

But the album itself suffers from a lack of imagination.


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Innovation in Preservation: BeauSoleil, January 30 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-01-24 01:08:33

beausoleil1.jpgAs Michael Doucet tells it, the Acadian people of Louisiana have in their blood a penchant for both adaptation and preservation. They moved from France in the 17th Century and colonized Acadia - in what are now the Canada Maritime provinces and Maine. And many settled in Louisiana after the Great Expulsion of 1755 and became Cajuns.

"I think our culture has always looked at this - and not necessarily intellectually, but more on an emotional level - that you would adapt to whatever was around," Doucet said last week in a phone interview from his southwestern-Louisiana home. "That's how the Acadian sort of ethnic culture continues to be vital today, because it adapted.

"That's what we're doing now, is adapting to where we are now."


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Art and Craft: Polyrhythms Presents the Art Hoyle Quintet on Sunday, January 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-01-09 23:43:09

arthoyle.jpgBorn in Mississippi, veteran jazz trumpeter Art Hoyle was raised in Oklahoma in the early 1930s, and says that jazz "was just an inevitable part of the black community when I was growing up. You heard it everywhere - jazz and blues, and gospel music, of course. It was just part of everyday living."

It became a much bigger part for Hoyle, though, on his eighth birthday, when the young man received his first trumpet - a gift he'd long been longing for. "I was overjoyed," says Hoyle, recalling that before he turned eight, "My mother took graduate courses at Lexington University in Oklahoma in order to qualify to teach in that state, and I picked up a trumpet in the band room one day and played some notes.

"Everyone was astounded at what I could do," he says with a laugh, "and I enjoyed the attention, so I decided I wanted to play the trumpet."


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