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Photos from River Roots Live, August 16 and 17 in LeClaire Park
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-08-22 15:34:08

Photos from River Roots Live, held August 16 and 17 in Davenport’s LeClaire Park.

For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com. For more from Roberta Osmers on the Quad Cities music scene, visit OfTechAndMusic.Blogspot.com.

Vintage Trouble

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com


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Looking at the Greater Whole: The Wallflowers Headline River Roots Live, August 17 at 9:30 p.m.
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-08-07 17:53:08

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.


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Out of the Lurch: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas – River Roots Live, August 17 at 11 p.m.
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-08-07 17:44:55

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.


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2013 River Roots Live Information
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-08-07 17:40:22

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.


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An Element of Surprise: Keller Williams with the Travelin’ McCourys, August 17 at River Roots Live
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2012-08-13 14:13:48

Keller Williams & the Travelin' McCourys. Photo by Casey Flanigan.

Given that Keller Williams’ albums feature one-syllable titles that roughly describe their contents, a look at his discography hints at the artist’s aggressively nomadic nature. Over the past few years alone, there’s a bluegrass covers album (Thief), family-friendly music (Kids), reggae dub funk (Bass), and this year’s Pick, a bluegrass record with the Travelin’ McCourys – featuring two sons of genre legend Del McCoury. And Williams is of course known for his solo show, in which he live-loops all the parts to become his own band.

“Although I have not been diagnosed, I would think there’s an Attention Deficit Disorder that’s in play here,” Williams said in a recent phone interview. “And I mean that in the best possible way. I personally can’t just focus on one genre of music without losing interest. ... It’s very easy for me to play bass and reggae music with one group and the next day play guitar in a bluegrass band. It gives me the most joy to be able to do that. Too much of one thing, it could be bad, and I could slip into a rut where I’m just thinking about other things on stage. ... Once I play solo for many weeks in a row, I’m so ready to play with other people, and vice versa.”

Despite keeping his schedule varied, band and solo settings have their frustrations. In solo shows, he said, “I think that thought kind of creeps in: I wish I could playing with other people, communicating without language. The camaraderie of bands ... is just incredible, and I often miss that. At the same time, ... [when playing with a band] sometimes I can’t reach that level of energy that I can reach with my solo act.”

But when Williams performs at River Roots Live on August 17 with the Travelin’ McCourys, neither of those should be an issue. “The McCourys is a whole different ballgame,” Williams said. “It’s such a joy for me to be able to play with them, I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to be anywhere else than up on stage with them at that time.”


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