Wed, Sep 24, 2014
FreshGrass 2014 (Mass MoCa)
Art, wooden bicycles, fancy guitars, picking with friends... oh, and some of the best musicians in the world entertaining a receptive crowd.
Also, Nate was immortalized in a Berkshire Eagle article that documents some resemblance to what actually happened... follow the link below.
[FreshGrass finds its jam at Mass MoCA - Berkshire Eagle
Thu, Sep 11, 2014
Pleasant evening in Bovina, NY with Frog Holler, Disciples of Agriculture, Esquela, The College Farm and Dan Baird and Homemade Sin.
Missing are the earlier performers; reports were of excellence.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014
Jason Isbell (Mass MoCA)
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, played through most of Southeastern, a few songs from the back catalog, and some of his Drive By Truckers songs. The band was tight. The witnesses were pleased.
Jason Isbell, Sadler Vaden, guitar; bassist Jimbo Hart; drummer Chad Gamble and keyboard player Derry deBorja.
Mon, Aug 11, 2014
West Kill Mountain
Opted to do a loop starting at the trailhead to Devil's Path up and over West Kill returning to Spruceton Rd. I'd leave a bike at the Spruceton Rd. trailhead next time as feets were tired by the end of the 3-mile (pleasant) walk-jog back to the car. A dip in the falls before heading home cured all that.
[West Kill Mountain Loop
Thu, Aug 07, 2014
Jerry Douglas (Helsinki)
Jerry Douglas makes me angry, and he bores me to death. Simultaneously, because he never makes mistakes and plays cleaner than a chip fab plant. An opinion I formed based on prior experience watching him perform from a distant perspective at larger venues, mostly festivals, either with his own band or as support. From far away, it could be an animatronic dobro player. Ignorance formed from never actually seeing the man work up close; the expression on his face, fingers working each note. Whether it's originals, bluegrass standards or covering Hendrix, the intensity and good humor of his playing comes through in a smaller club. Alison Krauss called him one of the greatest musicians in the world, something I once thought was hyperbole.
Sat, Aug 02, 2014
Grey Fox Festival 2014
The fields were saturated but the weather more than cooperated for one of the best Oak Hill experiences yet. The great thing about the festival is witnessing performances from both near and far. That and staying up all night to noodle on a stringed instrument. Highlights were Aoife O'Donovan, Nora Jane Struthers, Tim O'Brien with Darrell Scott, Nickel Creek (surprisingly) and Jim Lauderdale at the Grass Roots stage and backed up on the big stage by Della Mae.
[Grey Fox 2014
Common garter snake halfway up the ledge.
Sat, May 17, 2014
Spring hike up and over Greylock west to east. Best time of year to go even if the weather hides the view: carpet of trout lilies, hepatica, Dutchman's breeches, trillium.
Wed, May 07, 2014
Neko Case (Egg)
The Dodos opened. Was threatened with camera confiscation but stole two bad pictures.
[Neko Case / Dodos
Thu, May 01, 2014
Ray Wylie Hubbard (The Hangar)
With Kelley McWee opening. Same show as the Ale House last year, but with his son on guitar. This time, Snake Farm was not performed twice.
[View from the bar
Wed, Apr 23, 2014
Ed Palermo Big Band (Proctor's)
Two sets of arrangements of Ellington, King Crimson, Todd Rundgren, Rolling Stones, Beatles and a little Zappa... some played at the same time.
Fri, Apr 11, 2014
The Hold Steady (Hollow Bar)
The fire trap holds another sold out show. This one worth risking death.
[Pictures from the South Park pinball machine
Mon, Mar 10, 2014
Billy Eli - Ale House
Billy did two sets with local musicians Kevin Maul (slide) and Tony Markellis (bass).
Mon, Feb 10, 2014