After a VERY long time without, I had been with some great musicians last month. A very fortunate constellation of stars meant I finally got to see and hear Matt Langley and that same night experience a group of musicians on their Rough House Revival tour.
As I was working my way through Matt’s performance, my external hard drive died on me and the remaining material is gone. Not completely fortunately, as I still got the tapes, but for now I’m stumped and have to make do with what I got. Which is four tracks from his upcoming new CD, Virginia Avenue. Hopefully coming out this year. When it does,and the ensuing CD release tour, I will be shouting it from the roof tops. Well, here and Facebook roof tops that is.
You might get the impression I like him? You’re right! Not only is he a great singer and songwriter, but a nice chap as well. The nice chap part you have to take my word for it, but as for the music, have a look and judge for yourself:
Last week, or was it three ago (?), time flies when trying to keep the kids busy at home, I managed to finish a video for Darren Watson & The Real Deal Blues Band. They were playing Tutweiler by Rick Holmstrom at the now defunct Ruby Lounge in Wellington, New Zealand.
It was supposed to be The Black Keys with The Greenhornes opening for them. That didn’t happen as the Keys cancelled due to exhaustion. Even though I was MIGHTILY disappointed I can understand, they’ve had an incredibly exhausting 2010, touring most of it. But the people at Bar Bodega managed to pull a fast one and there I was, seeing the Greenhornes live for the first time. Not knowing their sound intimately, but having heard in an interview that their live performances are quite a treat to experience, I was quite intrigued to hear and see for myself.
Gradually the crowd was warming up and getting whipped into a decent frenzy by their songs. And so was I, well as much as in a frenzy as one can be while trying to photograph. And I have to say, as much as I enjoyed listening to the CD’s, I definitely enjoyed the live stuff MORE!
Last weekend I went to another show at The Garden Club and had a great night. I had decided to get out the “old” dSLR and take stills instead of videos. And just as well, a huge crowd , lots of dancing and singing would have made that a hard one to film.