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Humble Hero at The Double E November 23, 2018   Leave a comment

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Humble Hero pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Friday night at The Double E. It had been a long day of running errands but I hadn’t checked out the band in a while, and was hungry for tacos, so I took the drive to Essex. The start time was improbably listed as 6:45 so I arrived around 6 and had plenty of time to eat. I wandered into the almost full show room around 6:30 and a few minutes later the room filled and Humble Hero began to play. I had seen a couple of acoustic shows in that room and hoped the band would just rock out. David Francis played an acoustic guitar instead of an electric but Jerry’s bass playing rocked and Mike’s drumming was strong and I was in a happy place. They opened with a cowpunk vibe as they asked where is law and order in a song called Fortress. I loved the sound and the way they put the song together and was smiling from the first note. They sang a song about sanctity called Chaos Theory then Jerry sang a song about reconnecting. I think it was called Siren. Dave returned to vocals for a cover of a cover of Dylan’s Senor. A song about being sorry senorita followed then they sang about being by my side. Jerry sang a song about getting the hang of this then Dave lead the band as they rocked out a song called Celebrate. They closed set one with their signature song that some DJ keeps playing. L Ron Hubbard is such a fun song.

During the set break I chatted with cool people like Eric Koval and Hunter Phelps then ducked back in the room when I heard the music play. Dave began the second set solo and the band joined him at the very end of the song about lying in bed like Bryan Wilson would. The band rocked out a song about Claudine which featured some fun lyrics. They pulled out a cover of Radio Nowhere then mixed things up a little. Dave moved to bass and Jerry took the guitar and sang about excusing me my dear if I disappear. They went back to the normal lineup for Gotta Get Away which featured the fun lyric “hello 2am it’s me again.” The room was full of parents and kids and the little ones from the back row requested Where Is My Mind. The band obliged and played a sweet version of the Pixies song. They closed set two with a trio of songs they refer to as the drinking trilogy. The first was a song about drinking a box of wine called The Ocean Song. The line about how my life doesn’t come pre-assembled jumped out. They followed with The Dude At The Bar and closed with an Irish drinking song called The Beer Song. Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band should really add that one to their roster.

I hung out for the break then settled back in as Dave opened set three solo. He told stories all night long about growing up in Ireland and is an endearing front man. He sang a song about how in the ’60’s a lot of Irish people went to England for work in the building trades and about how many never made it home. The band returned for a fun indie rocker about dear your majesty. A song about unemployment in Ireland called We Govern The Breeze was brilliant then they played a pretty song about a birds eye view. They sang about trust issues on CIA then sang about how people in power have abused people’s trust in Can’t Take Away. A fun indie rocker called Playground got the audience clapping along. I think it was in F sharp minor. They closed the night with a song about a Television Show but the audience wanted more. They encored with a strong quirky rocker called Hollywood that got the kids dancing.

I said a quick goodbye and took the short drive home. I found the right road this time and was pleased I put the effort in.

 

 

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Humble Hero pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

 

 

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Posted November 26, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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

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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.

 

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Tim and Al Stewart

Posted October 24, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Aaron Flinn at The Double E September 29, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturdays ago at The Double E. It had been a while since I had caught up with Aaron Flinn. The timing was perfect, so I took a drive out to Essex. I grabbed some food from The Mad Taco then went into the former movie theater and began to listen. Aaron regaled us with fun stories, his super deep voice, and his amazing guitar playing. If he is feeling rusty at all, that night sure shook a bit off. He began by playing a fuzzy looped super cool song on a tiny electric guitar with a huge sound. He played Randy Newman’s God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind) and it was just wonderful. Scattered Birds was lovely then he let his hands dance explosively over the guitar on the instrumental Paper Tiger. It seems like he uses that one to really lock the fire into his playing and I’m always happy to hear him play it. He took us south for a visit to The House Of The Rising Sun, then played a poignant song called Love Is A Part, from his upcoming album. A very new instrumental called Stick To Your Guns was cool, as was another very new song called Insult To Injury. If you know Aaron at all, you know the next song, So Much Love, is him in a nutshell. He had switched to the acoustic guitar for several songs but moved electric with Miss Ready Blossom to end the set.

I hung out and chatted with Eric Koval for a bit, then it was time for set two. Aaron’s deep voice was perfect for a cover of Everybody Knows, then he followed with a song about dancing to a beating heart. He played Here Comes The Sun, the song that he and George wrote, then switched back to the electric for a gentle beautiful instrumental. He followed with a Neil Youngish instrumental, then played a song about how the steam that blows the whistle never turns the wheel. He dedicated a song to Eric about fractured bones and how when they heal, they still work, but they work differently now. He used his water glass and mic stand to play slide on a bluesy rock jam. He let it slip into a little bit of Let My Love Open The Door then sang about how everything makes me dizzy. He followed with the first song on his next album. I think the song was called Names and the album will be called Handsome Devil. The lyric was something about how sticks and stones will break my bones but names will only break my heart. He capped the night with a dizzying guitar pyrotechnics display as he urged us all to raise our hands.

I hung out for a bit then took the drive home. It’s always a pleasure to hear Aaron play. And, when he feels he’s shaken the rust off, watch out world.

Posted October 18, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Jason Baker and Kip de Moll at The Double E September 12, 2018   Leave a comment

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Jason Baker

 

I had a great time seeing music Wednesday night at The Double E. I had been meaning to catch up with singer songwriter Jason Baker and the timing ended up perfect, so I took a drive out to Essex. I grabbed some food at The Mad Taco and chatted with Eric Koval for a bit. I finished eating just in time to head through the open door into the old small movie theater room as Jason began playing America Dreams. He played a cool version of A Locally Specific Blues then a song about holding on to the truth. The next band got up for a few songs. Kip de Moll sang and played acoustic guitar and was joined by Jesse Cowan on bass, Ian Koeller on drums, and Joe Sabourin on lead electric guitar. They had a sweet sound with a solid rhythm and Joe alternated between quietly ripping leads and searing slide. They sang about raising your voice and rejoicing. They played a song about dressed up blues and one about an aloof cat. Jason returned and told fun stories. He sang a dual use song, the entirely familiar Film At 11 then one about the post-millennial blues. Kip and the band returned to the stage with a countryish song about leaving in the morning since it would hurt more if he stayed. Joe’s slide guitar was sweet on the song about sitting in the perpetual motion of the ocean of life, then they found a Dead like feel on one that is only over when it’s done. Jason returned for a song with super-fast lyrics about an old time breakdown. Say Now was about people who misuse words then he told us about someone else’s situation. He then pulled out a cover about Buddha and about how you’re gonna hurt. Kip returned solo for a song about being hard pressed to know what I would do without you and the band returned in the middle of the song and rocked it a bit. They sang about how playing music makes life worth living, about how sometimes a hero gets left out in the cold, and about sitting by the window. Jason came back for a song about fighting for your right to live in the light. He sang a song to help aliens understand us about how we are apes with cars and guns and money. He closed with a tribute to Lou Reed with a song about taking it into the light. Kip and the band came back for a song about wondering who knows where love goes then they followed it with one about reaching out and trying. They played one about a broken mirror then Joe came to the front to sing one. It was about leaves beginning to fall and his voice was very nice.

That wrapped up the show. I hung out and chatted with Eric and Jason for a bit then Eric showed me the larger T-rex theater room they can use for big shows. It’s a pretty cool place and I’m sure I’ll be back in the near future

 

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Kip de Moll and band.

Posted September 16, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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