You may have heard by now that Mick Jagger’s got a new band! They’re called Super Heavy, and it’s a super group of sorts. The other members are Joss Stone, Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics, Damian Marley (Bob’s son), and A.R. Rahman, a well known film scorer. Now, to me, this sounds like a band that might create some interesting music, but I was surprised to find that online comments about the band were almost 100% negative! And that’s before anybody even heard any of their music!
I don’t understand that kind of pre-conceived negativity. If you hate their music, fine, but at least hear it first before forming an opinion. Only time will tell, I suppose, but I heard their first single a couple of times, and while it wasn’t that memorable, it also was pretty good and definitely bears further listening. The album is coming out in September, the single is online now, and a tour is possible.
Tonight, Thursday, August 11, newly local resident, STEVE EARLE, brings his Dukes and Duchesses show to the Tarrytown Music Hall. The Dukes and Duchesses features Steve’s wife, singer Allison Moorer, who’s a major talent in her own right, with a successful solo career. The Earles are the first family of Americana. Steve is an innovator of the first order who seems to be at home in almost any genre, from rock n roll to country to bluegrass to even hip hop. He’s also a first rate songwriter, picker and performer. His show at The Bearsville Theater a couple of years ago was one of the best I saw all that year, so this is obviously highly recommended.
Friday night, August 12, is a pretty major night for music. If you’re downstate, JOHN HYATT begins a two night engagement at the City Winery in Manhattan. Now Hyatt is one of our best songwriters and also a rocker of the highest caliber. I’m a latecomer to his talents and have never seen him play live, so this is a must see of the highest order. Also on Friday night, BOB DYLAN brings his band into Bethel Woods Center for the Arts with LEON RUSSELL opening. That’s a double bill that’s tough to beat!
Saturday night, August 13 sees the great guitarist ERIC JOHNSON pull into THE CHANCE in Poughkeepsie. Johnson is top shelf all the way! His fretwork is unclassifiable and crosses all genre lines. Eric Johnson is one of the greats, and you will not be disappointed if you dig masterful, innovative, inventive, and creative guitar playing. This is a show that you do not want to miss!
Wrapping up the week is a very special show. STEVE STEVENS will be playing Les Paul Night with Les’ band at The Iridium in Manhattan. Steve is best known as Billy Idol’s guitar player during Billy’s glory days. I was always impressed with Steve’s playing, and not just because he lived in my friend’s building in Manhattan where we would pass him in the halls at 3 AM, usually in the company of a couple of beautiful women! No, it was all about the guitar playing with Steve. He had the right tone and he played the right licks. He elevated Billy’s music. After he and Billy parted ways temporarily, Steve joined up with Hanoi Rocks vocalist, Michael Monroe to release some music under the name, Jerusalem Slim, and later on released a couple of albums with drummer extraordinaire, Terry Bozzio and Woodstock’s own Tony Levin. The man has quite an impressive track record!
The Steve Stevens show would be my Pick of the Week, but this week’s live music line up is of such a high level with no clunkers anywhere, that I really have to make every show a Pick of the Week this week. You just can’t go wrong with anything this week, so have a great one, and I’ll see you here next week.