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Let's recap last night in live music (or at least the part I took in): The Mark Robinson Showband Residency got off to a stellar start. Mark Robinson is truly one of my favorite performers to see live. He delivers every single time. Guests Ted Drozdowski, Richie Owens, and Nick Kane were amazing, and when all four took the stage together, I thought the stage was either going to levitate or explode from all of the great guitar. I even added assistant guitar tech to my resume. Okay, all I did was hold a light for Richie Owens, but who doesn't embellish on resumes?
After the show ended, a group of us headed a few blocks over to The Basement East for the Louisiana Flood Benefit. Lot's of awesome Louisiana music performed by an extraordinary line-up of musicians. Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra was the first act I saw (I missed the first act of the night). Better Than Ezra (the long-running New Orleans band has a foundation that does tons of amazing things in the Pelican State. All proceeds from last night's show went to that foundation to be earmarked for flood relief. Details about the foundation can be found here. Chuck Mead lead an all-star band (including Fats Kaplin on accordion) including the Cajun music standards "Diggy Liggy Lo" and "Joli Blon" plus the "faux" but essential Cajun song by Hank Williams "Jambalaya". Next, the phenomenal Will Kimbrough who as then joined by Emmylou Harris!!!!! Emmylou sounded soooo good. Next up was Robyn Hitchcock and Emma Swift. I've been seeing Robyn around the neighborhood a bunch recently (which feels really weird to say), but this was the first time I have seen him perform in a while. Fantastic stuff! Next up Chase McGillis with a band billed as The Mini Meters. Doing Meters covers which had everyone moving. Patrick Sweany was up next, and he was as incredible as always. He brought up Kevin Gordon for a couple of songs and then gave up the stage for Gordon and his band to close out the night in fine style. The vibe and the people and the music were all incredible and made for a magical night.
It is Friday!!!!!! Tonight, Tim Easton is celebrating the release of his new album American Fork with an outdoor show at Fond Object (6:00pm). The weather is about perfect. Ariel Bui and Erin Rae and the Meanwhiles open the night.
Time for some featured Friday music:
"Cold Hearted" by Chase Walker Band
First up another excellent track from Not Quite Legal. Word is that blues phenom, Chase Walker is living and going to school in Nashville. I will have to add this album to my Music City Monday playlist. Great stuff.
"Breaking Skin" by Angels on the Fourth
Angels on the Fourth are a relatively new band from Saratoga Springs, NY. The line-up includes Jeff Ayers, who long time E2TG readers will remember from the 2012 Band of the Year, Skeletons in the Piano. Angels of the Fourth play unique brand of melodic hard rock music. Really great stuff. This song is the title track of their debut album.
"No Moon At All (for Frida)" by Gabrielle Louise
Next, a gorgeous song from Gabrielle Louise and her forthcoming If the Static Clears album. We posted a link to her Kickstarter a few days ago. Check it out!
"Head Up" by All Those Ships
Meteorology For Runners is due out in two weeks. You can pre-order and hear download one track now on Bandcamp. All Those Ships plays really quirky cool songs - indie baroque pop - whatever, it's awesome!
"Commoner to King" by Si Cranstoun
Some "Old School" music from the UK. Actually the album is appropriately titled Old School. Really nifty retro rock and roll music.
"Addicted to Your Love" by Laurence Jones
Our second blues guitar prodigy in today's shuffle. Laurence Jones is from the UK.