The only noteworthy events this week for us are JACKIE GREENE at The Bearsville Theater on Friday and The Midnight Ramble at Levon Helm Studios on Saturday, which is where I am going to be on Saturday night. On Friday however, I will probably forego Jackie to take the drive to Peekskill for a show of monumental historical proportion. That show will be DOCTOR RALPH STANLEY AND THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS. Now, not to take anything away from Jackie Greene. That should be a great show too, but Dr. Ralph Stanley is the last living picker from the golden days of bluegrass, and his career has enjoyed a resurgence in the last ten years. This could be the last opportunity to see this living legend perform in our area, and I do not want to miss it. The show is at The Paramount Performing Arts Center, and is my Pick of the Week.
Now about Jackie Greene. Jackie made his bones playing guitar with Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead. The other guitarist with Phil at that time was our own Larry Campbell, and for my money, that was the best group Phil’s had since Jerry Garcia died. Jackie and Larry’s guitar pyrotechnics together were on par with The Dead’s Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, and in some ways, even surpassed those two legends, because both Jackie and Larry could play lead guitar, so the fretwork interplay was amazing. Jackie’s own music is more folky and Americana style, so don’t expect a hard rockin’ show, but it will be good, especially if Larry drops by to jam, which is highly likely.
We lost a great singer this week in Phoebe Snow. Phoebe performed in Woodstock often and was a frequent guest at Levon’s Rambles. She will be missed.
As I sat down to write this column, it came over the TV that United States forces in Pakistan had killed Osama Bin Laden. Even though I usually leave the political commentary to my friend Frank Commando, I couldn’t let a story of that magnitude pass without comment. Hopefully the terrorism era that started with 9-11 can now be brought to an end, and please remember, George Bush had 8 years to get Osama and failed. Obama succeeded in 2 years.
Have a great week.