Wednesday, March 30, 2011

NEAF 2011 Schedule

It looks like a great line-up for the annual 3-night New England Americana Festival (NEAF) at Church. Hope to see you there!

Official website:

Here's a semi-official schedule from

Festival Night One . Thursday, March 31st @ Church $10
Ticket Link :

Main Stage:
6:40 . 7:10 Sam Otis Hill
7:20 . 7:50 Rationales
8:00 . 8:30 The Molenes
8:40 . 9:10 Jonny and the Molasses Band
9:20 . 9:50 Highway Ghosts
10:00-10:50 Sarah Borges
11:00 . 11:50 Will Dailey & The Rivals
12:00 . 12:30 Comanchero

Host Stage:
6:40-7:40 Patrick Coman
8:00-8:30 Jeff Conley
10:-10:50 Adela & Jude of They Will Hate Us

Festival Night Two . Friday, April 1st @ Church $12
Ticket Link :

Main Stage:
6:50 . 7:20 Susan Cattaneo Band
7:30 . 8:00 Abbie Barrett & Sarah Blacker
8:10 . 8:40 This Way
8:50 . 9:20 Tom Hagerty Band
9:30 . 10:00 Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch
10:10 . 10:40 John Colvert & The Great Brighton Fire
10:50 . 11:30 Treat Her Right
11:40 . 12:20 Dennis Brennan Quatro
12:30 . 1:00 Big East

Host Stage:
6:50-7:20 Mount Peru acoustic
8:50-9:20 Audrey Ryan
10:50-11:30 The Highland Drifters

Festival Night Three . Saturday, April 2nd @ Church $12
Ticket Link:

Main Stage:
6:00 . 6:30 Kieran Ridge Band
6:40 . 7:10 Sam Wheeler
7:20 . 7:50 The Resurrectionists
8:00 . 8:30 Glen Yoder & His Merry Band
8:40 . 9:10 Cactus Attack
9:20 . 9:50 Chasing Blue
10:00 . 10:30 Coyote Kolb
10:40 . 11:10 Sam Reid & The Riot Act
11:20 . 12:20 Jimmy Ryan, Tim Gearan, Eric Royer,
Christian McNeill, .Gearna, Royer, Ryan, and McNeill.
12:30 . 1:00 Three Day Threshold

Host Stage:
6:00-6:30 The Whiskey Boys
8:00-8:30 Mr. Sister
10:00-10:30 Eric Royer & his Guitar Machine

3 Day Pass . $25

See the Calendar for more shows you should know

Rolling Record Store at Newport

The full announcement is now at

The 2011 acts include Amos Lee, BrownBird, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Delta Spirit, Devil Makes Three, Earl Scruggs, Elvis Costello, Gillian Welch, Justin Townes Earle, Mavis Staples, M. Ward, Middle Brother, Rambin' Jack Elliot, Tegan & Sara, The Civil Wars, The David Wax Museum, The Decemberists, The Secret Sisters, The Wailin' Jennys, Trampled By Turtles, Trombone Shorty, Wanda Jackson and more!

Plus Third Man's Rolling Record Store... If you haven't seen Jack White's Rolling Record Store, check out this video teaser.

Jack White and Seasick Steve did a couple of songs in front of the van at SXSW. I wouldn't be too surprised to see him at Newport, since he played on and/or produced records with both Wanda Jackson and Secret Sisters.

See the Calendar for more shows you should know

Sunday, March 27, 2011

"Color Me Obsessed" at IFFBoston 2011

"Color Me Obsessed" 
the potentially true story of the last best band, The Replacements

The new documentary film on The Replacements will be shown at Independent Film Festival Boston, Apr 27 - May 4. Films will be shown at Sommerville, Brattle, and Coolidge Corner Theatres, as well as Stuart Street Playhouse.

I don't have specific info on this film, but am hoping to catch it. There are a few Boston musicians in the film (Dave Minehan, Dan Zanes), so hopefully there will be a Q&A session.

The complete film listing is

  The Replacements - Color Me Impressed by Pablo Coss

Update: The film will be shown on Thu, Apr 28 at 6:45PM as part of the Independent Film Festival Boston. There will be a Panel discussion of Rock Docs on Fri, Apr 29 at 3PM.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New England Americana Festival

The second annual New England Americana Festival will return to Church of Boston for three nights. The dates are Thu, Mar 31 through Apr 2, 2011. The lineups look great again this year and are listed below.

Will Dailey & The Rivals, Sara Borges. Comanchero, Sam Otis Hill, Patrick Coman, Rationales, The Molenes, Jeff Conley, Johnny A and The Molasses Band, Highway Ghosts, Adela & Jude of They Will Hate Us

Dennis Brennan Quatro, Treat Her Right, Big East, The Highland Drifters, John Colvert & The Great Brighton Fire, Susan Cattaneo Band, Mount Peru, Abbie Barrett & Sarah Blacker, This Way, Tom Hagerty Band, Audrey Ryan, Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch

"Gearan, Royer, Ryan & McNeill", Three Day Threshold, Sam Reid & The Riot Act, Kieran Ridge Band, The Whiskey Boys, Sam Wheeler, The Resurrectionists, Glen Yoder & His Merry Band, Mr. Sister, Cactus Attack, Chasing Blue, Coyote Kolb, Eric Royer & his Guitar Machine

Festival attendees will get a copy of the excellent New England Americana Project CD. There will be a raffle to benefit Club Passim's Music Speaks initiative.

 For TICKETS and more info:

Sunday, March 13, 2011

New England Americana Project CD

The New England Americana Association (NEAA) is releasing it's "Americana Project" CD on March 13 at Church of Boston. The festivities kick off around 5 with a listening party, followed by live music from OldJack, Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons, and Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards.
Details on the album below:

“You’ll Be Mine” - Howlin’ Wolf (Willie Dixon)
Jeff Byrd - guitar / vox / harp
John Ransom - bass
Steve Dejufo - drums/percussion
Parker Richey - slide guitar
group vox, claps (Jeff B, John R, Steve , Parker , TubbyLove, Eric R., Noel C., Sam R., Jon A.)

“My Grandfathers Clock” - Henry Clay Work
Sam Reid - guitar/ backup vox
John Ransom - bass / lead vox
Steve - Percussion (drums and washboard)

“The Goodle Days” - John Hartford 
Eric Robertson - mandolin/vox
Tubby Love - guitar/vox
John Aanestad - fiddle/vox
hand claps/crowd - Jeff B, John R, Steve , Parker , TubbyLove, Eric R., Noel C., Sam R., Jon A.

“Stewball” - Woody Guthrie 
Dave Deluca - rhythm, lead vox
Matt Slowick - drummer, backup vox
Noel Coakley - backup vox, pedal steel
Abbie Barrett - banjo, backup vox
Sarah Blacker - backup vox
Dave Procaccini- bass

“On the Banks of the Ohio” - Carter Family (or earlier)
Sarah Blacker - mandolin, vocals
Abbie Barrett - banjo, vocals

“Be Here to Love Me” - Townes van Zandt
Rick Berlin - vocals, piano
Jesse Adams-Luokowski - guitar

“Freight Train” - Elizabeth Cotton
Chadley Kolb - guitar, lead vox
Matthew Maybruck - drums, backup vox
Sonny Jim - steel guitar, backup vox
Noel Coakley - pedal steel guitar, backup vox
Dave Deluca, Sam Reid, back up vox

“John the Revelator” - Blind Willie Johnson
Brendan Murphy - vocals
MorganEve Swain - vocals, fiddle
David Lamb - vocals, banjo
Mike Burke - electric guitar
Scott Marucci - upright bass
Todd Sampson - drums
Noel Coakley - pedal steel
Matthew Girard - trumpet, harmonium

“The Last Thing I Do” - Cat Mother
Dan Nicklin - lead vox
Lauren Pearl - lead vox
Matthew Girard - bass, trumpet
electric guitar, autoharp
acoustic guitar
Werlitzer organ
Todd Sampson - drums
Backup vox - Dan, Lauren, Noel,

“Bringing Mary Home”- Country Gentlemen
Jimmy Ryan - lead vox, mandolin
Eric Royer- banjo
Scott Marucci - standup bass
Sam Reid - guitar
Dave Deluca - drums
Noel Coakley - pedal steel

"Too Late" - The Consolers
Dennis Brennan vox/guitar and friends

"Delia’s Gone” - Johnny Cash
Evan Gavry - lead vox, rhythm
John Stump - bass, backup vox
PJ Aspesi - drums
Kier Bynres - lead electric
Dave Delaney - fiddle

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble

The 24 bands have been selected for this year's Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble. It will be held over 9 nights at TT the Bear's beginning on Sun, Apr 3. The Semi-finals are Fri, Apr 15 and the Finals are Fri, Apr 22. Tickets are available at

Some of the bands on the rootsier side include OldJackThe Autumn Hollow Band and retro rockers Tired Old Bones and Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents. Lots of modern rockers, too.