It’s easy to pigeon-hole the Mickey Finns as a New York City-based Celtic band. You’ve got the fiddle, the drinking songs, a reel and a jig on Prayers and Idle Chatter. But there is a lot more going on here.
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With the average Christmas album, you dig it out sometime around Thanksgiving, then stuff it back in with the tinsel and garland sometime around New Year’s Day. Singer-songwriter Emily Hurd may have broken that pattern with Any Given Day.
Garth Hudson, fresh off an emotional concert tribute to the fallen voices of the Band, has begun work on a new musical project — and this one promises to be even more personal.
So I decided a while back that it would be a good idea for me to start backing up stuff from my computer.
You imagine that Amy Helm, daughter of the late Band drummer and singer Levon Helm, would want to carry on his legacy, and “Roll the Stone” connects on that level. She’s not aping any expected Americana cliches, though — welcome news, indeed.
Where else will you find, side by side by side, new reissues of Miles Davis’ Porgy and Bess, Nirvana’s 1992 compilation Incesticide, and the Fat Boys’ Pizza Box album — packaged in (yes) a pizza box?
This week’s “Songs of the Band” event at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania doesn’t just pay tribute to Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Richard Manuel. It features in multi-instrumentalist Garth Hudson one of just two surviving members of the original Band lineup
In an often numbingly disengaged world bereft of protest songs — from the left, right or center — Don Quixote is welcome, indeed. As Mayday Radio, singer-songwriter Jeff Ting pushes buttons, and boundaries, that have grown dusty from inattention.
For Garth Hudson, next month’s gala “Songs of the Band” event at Pennsylvania’s Keswick Theatre is another chance to remember the group’s departed fellow co-founding members — Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Levon Helm.
For Mungo Jerry band founder Ray Dorset, summertime never ends. Coming off the 2011 release of Cool Jesus, Dorset and Co. have continued a fun genre-melding career dating back to the turn of the 1970s.