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Al Stewart and The Empty Pockets at The Double E October 20, 2018   Leave a comment


Al Stewart with The Empty Pockets pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music at The Double E on Saturday. It was a short work day, then I ran a couple of errands and had a little time to settle at home and enjoy the sun streaming through the windows. October can be a fickle month but Saturday was warm and bright and the multicolored leaves were stunning.

I hopped into the car a bit early and took the lovely drive to Essex. I had some delicious food from The Mad Taco then ran into Molly King and Loren and we hung out and chatted for a while. John from The Nancy Druids sat in for a bit, then we headed our separate ways as showtime approached. I found my comfortable seat in the T-Rex Theater and settled in as The Empty Pockets began to play. The quartet from Chicago played smooth pop rock songs with hints of jazz and country. The rhythm section kept a comfortable pace, the keys floated nicely on the songs, the voices were gentle and pure and there was a nice strength in the guitar. They sang about hearing your voice in the distance and not minding being on the road. They sang a song for their niece Hannah then sang about cliches. Their stage banter was endearing and the crowd seemed to enjoy them. They played a couple more, one about traveling on, then wrapped up their set. It was a lovely show.

I chatted with Kevin Joseph Ryan for a bit in the set break then returned to my seat as the lights went down. The Pockets returned to the stage as the backing band and were joined by Al Stewart. They opened with Sirens Of Titan and we were off. Al began telling wonderful stories right away. He talked about explorers not being able to make it to the South Pole and played a song called Antarctica. Apparently, the song needed a flute so Al introduced Marc Macisso, and he gave the song a cool edge. Throughout the night he would go on to play sax, harmonica, and various other instruments. The band followed with Time Passages and the audience was in a happy place. The large room had easy sight lines and the sound was perfect as the band launched into the Year Of The Cat album. All of the songs have held up well and sounded great in 2018. Al told stories of how English folk singers can’t just write about a subject directly. He cited a story of two airplanes taking off together and flying into a cloud bank and getting lost from one another as a conceit for human relationships. He enjoyed bringing awareness of Rhodesia and the Basques while we bopped to On The Border. Many other fun stories, and some trivia, were discussed between songs as the album played out. They ended the set with a powerhouse version of the title song and said thank you goodnight. They returned quickly and rocked out a fun song that I’m pretty sure was Almost Lucy. The band left but Al stayed and played one more song about being In Brooklyn.

I hung out for a bit after the show and said hi to my friends then ran into Eric Koval. Eric told me to hang out for a bit then took me backstage to meet Al. We spoke of writing and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn for a few moments, then I wandered on.

Most everyone had left by then, so I hopped into the car for the trip home. I took a wrong turn off 289 and ended up on a familiar road heading into Colchester. I took a left on 7 and knew what was at the top of the hill. I pulled into the parking lot for the Vermont Respite House and quietly cried for a while as I stared at the building where my mother died. After a few moments, I wiped away the tears and drove into Winooski and headed for home.




Tim and Al Stewart

Posted October 24, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Radio Show 278 Thursday October 18, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm Eastern time Thursday October 18. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Be My Hero – October Project


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin tonight with an artist who used to play around all the time then moved west. He will be back for a show Sunday at Light Club.

1.) My Hero, The Enemy – Gregory Douglass
2.) The Badger Flies At Dawn – Adam Rabin
3.) Icon Of Ego – Arc Iris
4.) Hermaphorditus – Rue M.

Rue play fun dance songs with tons of drama and over the top stage shows. They are playing at the Off Center for the Dramatic Arts tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. That’s the title song to the new Arc album. They are from Rhode Island but play town often enough that’s it’s not cheating much to play them on my show. That’s the title song from Adam’s upcoming album. More details soon. Great song form Gregory. OK, this next artist will be at Nectar’s on Monday.

5.) My Heart – Francesca Blanchard
6.) Year Of The Cat – Al Stewart
7.) Miss Ready Blossom – Aaron Flinn
8.) She, Vampire Tamer – Dr Gasp And The Eeks

It’s closing in on Halloween, so I thought I’d get into the mood with that one. The Doctor will be at Radio Bean on Friday. Aaron will be at The Double E on Friday and Mr Stewart will play there on Saturday, though he will be in the larger T-Rex theater. Great song from Francesca. This next artist will be at 14th Star Brewery on Tuesday.

9.) Ghosts – Troy Millette Music
10.) Songbird – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
11.) Coming Over The Hill – Radio Underground
12.) Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker

Anders will be at Light Club on Saturday. He always puts on amazing shows. Another cool new song from Underground. That’s the last song on David’s Book Of Zoo album. If you had not noticed, I just played the whole album, one song a week, over the last couple of months. Great song from Troy. OK, let’s continue with album that I’m formally playing all the way through. It’s called MSP3 Counter Attack and is completely amazing.

13.) Meth Mouth – ROUGH FRANCIS
14.) My Red – The Lavas
15.) Heavy Psych – The Cush
16.) Windigo – Crazyhearse

Great song from the Middlebury band. Great rocker from the Cush. Lavas grew out of Queen Tangerine who grew out of Zola Turn. Such a great song. Nice rocker from Francis. OK, let’s keep rocking.

17.) Place Ov Dead Roads – Casey Merlin Rae
18.) St Patrick’s Day – Carraway
19.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler
20.) Paint It Black – Silver Bridget
21.) Super Powers – The Dead Shakers

I love that song from the Shakers. Sweet version of the classic by Bridget. Nice saw from Johnnie Day Durand on the Silver and Joe songs. I want to send Brothers out to my brother Ken and all of my other brothers and sisters in our community. Carraway are rocking the The Monkey House right now. Great song from Casey. OK, Arc Iris just put out a new album, but a couple of months ago they put out an album of their reworkings of songs from Joni Mitchell’s Blue album. Here is one of those songs.

22.) California – Arc Iris
23.) Magenta Man – Rue M
24.) If You Can See – Arc Iris
25.) Exit Strategy – Rue M.

Since Rue are playing three shows, I had to play three of their songs. See is from the new Icon Of Ego album and California is from the Foggy Lullaby album. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?


Songs after:
The Field – Fish
Nautical Disaster – The Tragically Hip
The Surprising – Deep Purple
Faith Without Works – Cell15
Then – Yes
Past The Mission – Tori Amos
Dig Him – Andriana Chobot
The Saxophone Song – Kate Bush
I Wait – Children in Paradise
Ripples – Genesis
New Americana – Halsey
On The Air – Peter Gabriel
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker – The Ramones
Capital Radio One – The Clash
When You Were Mine – The Church
Heavy – Clever Girls
Get Me Outta Here – Deep Purple
regular awesome programming