Music photographer Ahron Foster launches Kickstarter for new photo book

New York photographer Ahron Foster in a single moment captured what I believe could be the greatest music photograph ever snapped—Levon Helm on the cover of his 2007 comeback album, “Dirt Farmer.” For a musician who we all felt we knew so much about, primarily from his time with The Band, the look on Levon’sContinue reading “Music photographer Ahron Foster launches Kickstarter for new photo book”

Joan Osborne, Nicki Bluhm, Chris Thile: Levon Helm Studios set for outdoor shows

Levon Helm Studios is charging out of the gate with shows in the wake of officials loosening pandemic restrictions on live music. The Woodstock, New York-venue that was the home of the late Levon Helm will host a series of outdoor shows at the destination known as The Barn. Performances will take place in aContinue reading “Joan Osborne, Nicki Bluhm, Chris Thile: Levon Helm Studios set for outdoor shows”

#SaveOurStages: Capitol Theatre, Garcia’s, Capt. Lawrence Brewing insist ‘We Will Get By’

Late March of any year is an awesome time to be alive because of any number of reasons — the warmer days, the longer days, the upbeat attitudes and the sense that the winter snow, rain, cold, slosh and anxiety of uncertain weather is all behind us. For me, this time of year, the waningContinue reading “#SaveOurStages: Capitol Theatre, Garcia’s, Capt. Lawrence Brewing insist ‘We Will Get By’”

Byron Isaacs: From Lumineers to Lost Leaders, driven by the joy of sharing music

Byron Isaacs is eagerly anticipating that moment when he hits the stage, to the roar of the crowd, with his band mates in the Lumineers. “I cannot wait for it to start back up again,” said Isaacs, who plays bass for the Lumineers. “And I don’t know what it’s going to look like when weContinue reading “Byron Isaacs: From Lumineers to Lost Leaders, driven by the joy of sharing music”

Amy Helm: New album, ‘What The Flood Leaves Behind,’ set for June 18 release

Amy Helm on June 18 will release her third album, “What The Flood Leaves Behind,” an autobiographical collection of songs recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York. The first single, “Breathing,” a lush, soulful serenade punctuated by organ and horns, is out now. Click here to listen. “What The Flood Leaves Behind,” accordingContinue reading “Amy Helm: New album, ‘What The Flood Leaves Behind,’ set for June 18 release”

Levon Helm Studios: Taz Niederauer to play first post-pandemic live show April 2

Levon Helm Studios on April 2 will host its first concert with an audience since the pandemic shut down the live music industry a year ago.  From the historic building known as The Barn, teen guitar sensation Brandon “Taz” Niederauer will unleash his sonic fury on a limited capacity live audience and through a livestream. ReservedContinue reading “Levon Helm Studios: Taz Niederauer to play first post-pandemic live show April 2”

O+ Kingston, despite pandemic, plans for October festival

Despite the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, organizers of the O+ Festival in Kingston are planning to stage their annual gathering as a free event Oct. 8-10. According to a Wednesday afternoon announcement, the festival that compensates musicians and artists with health and well care “will emphasize outdoor venues and public art.” Organizers will alsoContinue reading “O+ Kingston, despite pandemic, plans for October festival”

Radio Woodstock’s Greg Gattine: Commanding the airwaves one listener at a time

Greg Gattine as a kid growing up in New York’s Hudson Valley loved listening to the radio. “Whether it was country or rock or just Top 40 or soul and Motown,” he said. “I just loved everything that was on the AM radio as a kid. It was about the music. It was about theContinue reading “Radio Woodstock’s Greg Gattine: Commanding the airwaves one listener at a time”

Cheap Trick: New album, ‘In Another World, shows how band still wants you, to want them

Nearly 50 years after forming and in the midst of gearing up for the release in April of their 20th studio album, Cheap Trick has a crystal clear message for their generations of fans – the band still wants you to want them. The ensemble with one of the most enduring live records ever hasContinue reading “Cheap Trick: New album, ‘In Another World, shows how band still wants you, to want them”

Grateful Dead: New Rennie Pincus CD leaves you feeling, well, ‘Grateful’

Perhaps the highest compliment I can pay the CD “Grateful” is that listening to it left me longing for one of the first Grateful Dead bootleg cassettes I ever owned. That would be a recording of the infamous band’s June 28, 1985, concert at Hershey Park, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I likely came into possession ofContinue reading “Grateful Dead: New Rennie Pincus CD leaves you feeling, well, ‘Grateful’”