INTERVIEW WITH EDGAR MEYER
MULTIPLE GRAMMY AND MACARTHUR AWARD WINNING INSTRUMENTALIST AND COMPOSER
The duo’s music flows with call and response, delights with the quick melodic fingering conversation of Chris’s mandolin and the dancing, gliding bow strums of Edgar’s bass. It’s more than peanut butter and jelly…it’s like a flowing chocolate caramel swirl that delights your mind and fills your senses. And as it is with all good cooking, you can’t help but ask for more. They are very much at home playing together and this album invites us in for a listen.
I spoke with Edgar Meyer about his music and recent recording as well as the 2014 Fall tour.
GORDON LIGHTFOOT: A TRUE KNIGHT UPON THE ROAD
A PREVIEW OF THE SABAN THEATRE CONCERT - SEPTEMBER 27, 2014
Gordon Lightfoot almost lost his life in 2002 when his abdominal artery burst and he was in a coma for six weeks following the surgery that saved his life. When he finally and almost miraculously woke up he could barely play the guitar and his vocal chords were so constricted his golden voice was no more. That’s when a lifetime work ethic kicked in and literally pulled him back from the dead. Talk about a ribbon of darkness over me—this was the true crossroads and test of artistic character that he passed with flying colors.
Lightfoot started to practice guitar again like there was no tomorrow—which there almost was not—until he even surpassed his previous skill-level on the instrument that defined his sound from the early 1960s on—when he helped to create the folk revival on the entire North American continent—both his native Canada and his adopted homeland America. When others who cherished his work and recorded his imperishable songs—including Bob Dylan, Ian and Sylvia, Judy Collins and fellow Canadian Neil Young—drifted into folk rock or country rock, Gordon Lightfoot stayed true to his folk roots and never put his finger into the wind to find out what the marketplace wanted to hear. That personal certitude of an inner vision and voice is what has endeared him to fans around the world for more than fifty years. It is what has kept his music timeless as the ancient ballads and current as today’s newspaper.
NEXT FOLKWORKS CONCERT
Saturday, September 27th
8:00pm doors open at 7:00pm
(food will be available)
newly renovated Talking Stick Cafe
1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
at Lincoln and California St. in corner behind Pollo Loco
Parking available behind or in Ross Dress For Less parking lot.
General Admission: $18
FolkWorks members (Friend and above) – reserved seating: $16
Online: Nevenka Concert Tickets
By Mail: FolkWorks PO Box 55051, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413
Information: 818-785-3839 concerts@FolkWorks.org
FINAL 2014 Concert
(Click on hyperlink for tickets)
Series at the Talking Stick Café
1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
SYNCOPATHS October 25th
REMEMBERING JEAN REDPATH:
THE VOICE OF SCOTLAND
APRIL 28 1937 – AUGUST 21 2014
In the dead of winter in 1961 a brilliant young folk singer from the North Country blew into Greenwich Village and caught the eye of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Dave Van Ronk—even sharing their village flat—and the ear of Mike Porco at Gerdes Folk City—who was booking the best and the brightest for his growing clientele of folk music fans—at the behest of the Folklore Center’s Izzy Young next door; a young Bob Dylan, from Hibbing, Minnesota?
Wrong gender; wrong city, wrong country; wrong folk singer; she was Jean Redpath—all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland—who shared an apartment with Dylan that first fateful “coldest winter in 17 years” when together they redrew the map of American folk music. Thirty-six years later, in 1997s Time Out of Mind, Dylan opened a window onto this early relationship with his long rhapsodic love song, Highlands, inspired by Robert Burns’ song My Heart’s In the Highlands, where he avowed his heart still belonged:
MUSIC FOR A CAUSE, OR A CAUSE FOR MUSIC?
Flashback! As I’m writing this, Scotland is in its final weeks of political frenzy leading up to an important referendum vote on September 14. It will be one of the most significant votes taken in any European country in decades… a chance to decide whether we will remain in the United Kingdom or become a separate country on our own, no longer tied to England, Wales and Northern Ireland except as neighbors on the same group of islands.
This is a true grassroots political event, the likes of which I haven’t witnessed since the sixties. And it’s reassuring to note that folk and trad musicians are involved in much the same way they were in those turbulent times.
TITLE: YOU GOT THIS
ARTIST: HAAS KOWERT TICE
RELEASE DATE: JULY 2014
Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert and Jordan Tice are friends who, after meeting at various string band festivals in their youth, represent a new wave within the American string community. Bursting with their combined influences, You Got This is less like newgrass music and more reminiscent of works for a contemporary music ensemble. Released in July of 2014, the nine original compositions are densely packed with contrapuntal exchanges, changing meters and extended harmonies. The result: fiddle, guitar and bass at their most innovative.
ARTIST: DENNIS ROGER REED
LABEL: PLASTIC MELTDOWN RECORDS
RELEASE DATE: 2014
From the very first blue notes of Dennis Roger Reed’s guitar, I knew I was hooked. And the vocals that followed did not disappoint. Reed has “that sound” – so casual, so fluid, so rhythmically right-on-the-money – that makes his blues-infused Country/Americana, rootsy, rock-a-billy and other “stuff” groove so immediately appealing. It’s a sound that conjures up fantasies of old-time honkytonks and gritty biker bars; yet at the same time, it’s the timeless sound of polished talent.
But before I go further, let me make one thing clear: This CD is NOT about tractors. Mr. Reed has a sense of humor – as evident in some of his upbeat original songs as well as the liner notes, in which he explains that the album’s title was inspired by the words of a “fan review” which read: “There was a group of geezers playing songs about tractors and stuff to an apparently appreciative audience of slack-jawed locals...”
Sunday, September 21, 2014
MARCIA BALL / TERRANCE SIMIEN & THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE
JIM "KIMO" WEST
Friday, September 26, 2014
WAY OVER YONDER FESTIVAL
TOUMANI & SIDIKI DIABATÉ / ROKIA TRAORÉ
NA LEI HULU I KA WEKIU
Saturday, September 27, 2014
WAY OVER YONDER FESTIVAL
LONG BEACH FOLK REVIVAL FESTIVAL
TOM CORBETT BAND
MOIRA SMILEY AND VOCO
EL CUARTETO ARGENTINO
Sunday, September 28, 2014
THE BIG SQUEEZE: O.C. ACCORDION FESTIVAL
Monday, September 29, 2014
THE WATKINS FAMILY HOUR
Saturday, October 25, 2014