John Platt’s On Your Radar April 8, 2014

The April edition of On Your Radar featured Sam Baker, Krista Detor, and Hannah and Maggie on Stage 3 of Rockwood Music Hall. This one was arguably, one of the best ever. The talent level was through the roof. We should preface with a “better late than never” qualification. it take me a while to…

CD Review | The Boxcar Lilies | Sugar Shack

Since they met in 2009, Jenny Goodspeed, Katie Clarke and Stephanie Marshall  have taken their abilities in three-part harmony higher each year they’ve been together. They’ve presented indisputable truth in this regard on their latest studio release, Sugar Shack, and in a recent live performance at Brooklyn’s First Acoustics series. The album kicks off with…

John Platt’s On Your Radar March 11, 2014

The March edition of On Your Radar featured The No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow, Cricket Tell the Weather, and Mike Laureanno on Stage 3 of Rockwood Music Hall. At 7pm, when the show began, it was to have led off with Mike Laureanno.  However, Mike, on his way down from his home in Rhode island,…

The Sea The Sea – Performance and CD Review

CD Release Show at Rockwood Music Hall Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa, who call their duo The Sea The Sea, held a CD release performance at Rockwood Music Hall, Saturday, March 1. I had seen the two perform at The Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference previously. I don’t recall what I heard at…

CD Review: What You See is What You Get by Toby Walker

One of the chief attributes of a top-notch blues player, using Mississippi Delta or Piedmont fingerstyle guitar, is the ability to maintain a steady bass line while inducing thrills with playfully rollicking, achingly sad or ominously dark melodies on the treble strings. Add in wicked slide licks, and you have almost all the ingredients that…

CD Review: Truth Serum by Garland Jeffreys

This review is long overdue. Garland Jeffreys is a long-time favorite, whose voice has remained robust and vibrant into his seventh decade. He’s sung alongside many greats including Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger. He has the ability to combine rock, blues and reggae into a rootsy mix with a socially progressive viewpoint. Truth Serum…

John Platt’s On Your Radar, Feb. 11, 2014

John Platt hosted another stellar lineup consisting of Wool&Grant, Darlingside and Meg Hutchinson tonight at 7pm at Rockwood Music Hall, on Allen Street (just below Houston Street), New York City. Viki and I started the evening with a stop for dinner at the Meatball Shop around the corner on Stanton Street. Our favorite is the…