Two Special May 2014 East Coast Shows
I’m pleased to be performing May 16th at The Falcon & May 17th at the Bearsville Theater. Here is some background on these two fine events, as well as the direction my life is heading:
Connor Kennedy has sat in on guitar with Little Feat more than a few times, has joined me on my solo shows (along with drummer Lee Falco who brought his considerable talents to the Iridium in NYC). I have since sat in with Connor–the last time was near Woodstock on his 19th birthday celebration. His band kicks hard! Connor and Lee were great to begin with and keep raising the bar. I can’t wait to have Connor, Lee, Brandon (who plays bass) and Will Bryant (who joined me on keyboards in Jamaica recently). I’ve always said it isn’t about age. It’s about commitment and what you bring with you when you hit the stage or the recording studio. It doesn’t hurt either that these are some of the very finest people you’d ever want to know.
My friend Doug Brinkley advised me last summer to keep an eye on the Hudson Valley music scene, that good things were going on there, important things. As it turned out I was spending time there, which Doug was aware, with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. I had performed at one of the Rambles at Levon’s barn. I did my own show and later joined the Midnight Ramble Band. I was honored to be at the venue, of course, and all that it represents, but the reality of sitting in with the Ramble Band was a privilege, indeed.
There is definitely something brewing back in that part of the world.
I’m on a course of discovery right now that is at once exhilarating and, to be honest, leaves me holding my breath wondering what is coming next. Little Feat has been a huge part of my life. Still is, and always will be.
But what lies ahead is carving out new vistas and new opportunities. The two shows announced are endemic of being a free agent. Playing music with Connor, Lee, Will, and Brandon, and the circumstances surrounding these shows is something, once again, you couldn’t script.
Connor and I initially discussed my show at the Falcon. Tony Falco, Lee’s dad, had gotten in touch with me about performing at his club. I thought it might be a good idea to see if Connor and Lee would sit in with me for some songs. Connor suggested a couple of things:
1) Why not have his band sit in with me for some songs
2) He also had an idea of presenting an evening of Little Feat’s music in what he calls Cover to Cover. This show, if I was interested, would be held at the Bearsville Theater (the last place I saw Levon Helm before he passed away).
I asked him what album or what songs he might want to do. He told me he had given it much thought and his decision was to tackle the first Little Feat album. I was blown away! What a great choice! It says so much about Connor and the way he thinks that he would have made that the album of choice to give tribute to Little Feat.
I told him to count me in.
The show at the Falcon will be my solo show, without photos, just music, and with the backing on some songs from my good friends. I’m completing my 20th song with Robert Hunter sometime today, and I just finished my 3rd song with my son, Evan, who lives in Ireland. My work with Larry and Teresa continues, I’m enjoying the hell out of playing with Leftover Salmon. To say that I’m at the most productive point in my life is an understatement.
Thanks to all for tracking me on this journey…