Sunday, June 22, 2014

Chris Duarte Group - Concert Photos : Irish District Music & Arts Festival (Cedar Rapids, IA 6/21/14)


* All photos by Phillip Smith


Chris Duarte & Dustin Sargent
Chris Duarte


Chris Duarte

Chris Duarte

Chris Duarte

Chris Duarte

John McKnight

Dustin Sargent

John McKnight

Chris Duarte

Chris Duarte

Chris Duarte

Chris Duarte

Chris Duarte

John McKnight

Dustin Sargent

Dustin Sargent

John McKnight , Chris Duarte, Dustin Sargent

John McKnight , Chris Duarte, Dustin Sargent

Chris Duarte

Chris Duarte

Chris Duarte

Chris Duarte

Chris Duarte

John McKnight

Chris Duarte

Kris Lager (From Kris Lager Band), John McKnight, Chris Duarte

Chris Duarte

Kris Lager Band - Concert Photos :Irish District Music & Arts Festival (Cedar Rapids, IA 6/21/14)

* All photos by Phillip Smith


Kris Lager


Brandon Miller

John Fairchild

Jeremiah Weir

Jeremiah Weir

Kris Lager



Kris Lager

Kris Lager

Kris Lager
Kris Lager and Chris Duarte

Kris Lager

Voice of Cedar Lake (featuring Craig Erickson and Bryce Janey) - Concert Photos: Irish District Music & Arts Festival (Cedar Rapids, IA 6/21/14)



Craig Erickson

Craig Erickson

Craig Erickson

Bryce Janey

Bryce Janey & Craig Erickson

Craig Erickson
Dan 'D.J.' Johnson

Craig Erickson, Dan Johnson, Tom Giblin

Bryce Janey

Bryce Janey

Bryce Janey & Craig Erickson

Bryce Janey & Craig Erickson

* All Photos by Phillip Smith

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado - Too Many Roads





2014 – Ruf Records

By Phillip Smith; June 21, 2014


Thorbjørn Risager was an unfamiliar name to me prior to hearing his spectacular new album, Too Many Roads, recorded with his band, the Black Tornado.   But I can tell you this much, I will remember his name from now on.  This eighth release from Risager, is a sheer delight and is sure to be a reckoning force on the blues scene this year.  In a nutshell, it’s twelve well-crafted songs delivered via a tight group of musicians operating together like a well-oiled machine.

Risager grabs the listener and pulls them in on the first few bars of the lead song, ‘If You Wanna Leave”, with gritty guitar riffs, reminiscent of George Thorogood , Eric Clapton-like vocals and soulful horn accompaniment. Title track, “Too Many Roads”, follow.  I feel like I’ve been dropped on the corner of the Crossroads in Mississippi when I hear this song about making the right choices.  The way it oozes that endearing swampy sound… it doesn’t get much better than this.

I love the way Risager’s strong gravelly vocals rides atop the killer guitar riffs in “High Rollers”, all with the attitude and energy of the Rolling Stones.  This track, about taking a chance in the game of love, makes me wants to break out the air guitar and play along.   

The beautifully remade “China Gate”, from the 1957 film, takes the listener to a quieter and more solitude spade.  Pouring emotion into every note sung and played, Risager and the Black Tornado make this exceptional song stand-out.   

With a touring schedule that consists of 80 – 100 shows a year, all that’s left to do is cross our fingers and wait for a U.S. leg of the tour.   







  
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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Luke Tuchscherer - You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense



2014 - Luke Tuchscherer & The Little Red Recording Company

By Phillip Smith; June 7, 2014


Alt-rock drummer Luke Tuchscherer of the Whybirds, has ventured out with a little help from his friends, to record a dozen wonderfully written and beautifully performed treasures on his debut album, You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense.  Its title so aptly named after a book of poetry by Charles Bukowski, the album consists of extraordinary songs about ordinary people with ordinary thoughts and problems, performed in an alt-country, rootsy story-teller fashion. 

Tom Peters keeps a steady bass drum beat running in the background, while Chris Corney tackles dobro and banjo, accompanying Tuchscherer who plays acoustic guitar on opening track “(Lord Knows) I’m a Bad Man” about infidelity and maneuvering around the guilt-filled baggage tagging along. I love the thick swampy sound the dobro and banjo bring to the song.  This one is definitely one of my favorites. 

Tuchscherer shows off his song-writing chops on “One of Us” as fellow Whybird, Dave Banks joins in with both mandolin and banjo.  Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”, comes to mind when I hear this poppy bluegrass tune that tells the despairing tale of an innocent youth from a broken home and the twists and turns which will lead him to a gangster’s life of crime. 

I love the ironic way Tuchscherer can set lyrics seemingly delivered by a henpecked, sad sack drunk directed at his nagging fishwife, to such a pretty melody.  This song of self-awareness, pent up feelings and unconditional love, “I Don’t Need You to Tell Me” features Edwin Ireland on cello and Zoë Robertson on both violin and viola.  

Tuchscherer walks a fine line between alt country and coffee-house rock.  I hear a lot of influence from The Traveling Wilburys, as Tuchscherer sports the songwriting skills of Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, and possesses a voice that is somewhat of a cross between Roy Orbinson and Jeff Lynne. With credentials like that, you can’t go wrong.           



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