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Dixie Bee-Liners @ Passim 1.14


If you like alt country and authentic bluegrass, you’ll want to make a bee-line for Club Passim this Thursday night at 8PM. The Dixie Bee-Liners are taking the storied Harvard Square stage to play in support of their new release, Susanville, described on their Web site as “a concept album that takes listeners on a musical road trip along America's highways and byways.” Explains co-writer and mandolinist, Buddy Woodward, in a press release, "It's a collection of short stories set to music. Each song is a vignette about a different person in a different car or truck in a different highway in America, and they're all headed either to or from Susanville." The Bee-liners are fronted by Brandi Hart, a native of the Bluegrass State who was featured at the official ASCAP/IBMA Songwriters’ Showcase at World of Bluegrass 2006 in Nashville. Hart is not only a singer/songwriter but also “plays rhythm guitar, Nashville guitar, fiddle, and mountain dulcimer.”  Hart and Woodward are joined by Rachel Renee Johnson on vocals and fiddle, Robin Davis on lead guitar and mandolin, jazz-trained Jeremy Darrow on double bass, and Casey Henry on Banjo. The southern sextet is known for blending contemporary and traditional sounds, and their latest album includes not only tradition strings but also bouzoukis, dulcimers and cellos. Should be a good night to break out your best boots…and bourbon.

--Jason Rabin



Burly Song Episode 6: Lady Lioness

Local musician Rebecca Kopycinski aka Nuda Veritas just dropped episode 6 of her rare TV show, Burly Song, which features a selected artist from the Burlington music scene for an interview and the playing of some tunes. The sixth edition of Burly Song features singer-songwrite Lady Lioness. You can check out individual songs and past episodes here.

--The Deli Staff


The Low Anthem on Letterman! 1.14

Rhode Island trio The Low Anthem will embrace an exciting new decade by headlining their first North American tour in March and April and making their US television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman this Thursday, January 14th. They will also spend much of February supporting The Avett Brothers on the road (not in North America). They will come back to the states at the end of Februrary. Yay! 

--The Deli Staff


Audrey Ryan and Richard Julian at Passim 1.17

Audrey Ryan (Maine native and current Boston resident) is playing a very special show this Sunday at Club Passim in Harvard Square, Cambridge with New York's Richard Julian. Both artists are known for their creativity and song-writing superpowers. They both bend folk and indie genres into something beautifully indistinguishable and new.  Julian is a member of The Little Willies with Norah Jones. Julian has also toured with Bonnie Raitt and Suzanne Vega. Ryan recently released the full-length album, "I Know, I Know" in September. Once again the show: 8pm @ Club Passim on Sunday, January 17th, 47 Palmer St. Cambridge, MA. Tickets are pre-sale $12 (buy them HERE) and at the door $15. 

--The Deli Staff

January 2010

Rubblebucket is known for its voluminous afro-funk style and the imminent interactive dance parties that ensue at their shows. Not surprisingly, Rubblebucket won the 2009 Boston Music Award for Live Act of the Year. The band released self-titled Rubblebucket in October. I held high-expectations for the album because it is difficult to capture the feel and aura of multi-sensory performances of live music acts like Rubblebucket and I had a feeling they would pull it off well. Rubblebucket is a psychedelic garden of sound full of variety and surprises. The lyrics are earthy and make several terrestrial references to natural beings like snails, birds and the wind and sky. The first track “November” is horn heavy and fast while the vocals are dreamy and have a definite B’jork influence (most of the album does). “November” is the type of song you would hear on a space train. “Ba Donso, We Did This” is one of my favorite tracks on the album. It features the n’goni, a West-African string instrument which is usually plucked. In “Ba Donso, We Did This” the n’goni adds rhythmic twangy support to Traver’s floating vocals. While juicy horns raise the song up and the n’goni and organ mellow it out without dropping the infectious rhythm. Great contrast of sounds in this tune.“Bikes” is a signature song for the band. Jovial but strong lead vocals and big band horns it makes you feel like you are in the jungle. The lyrics of the whole album are unique and well-written and have beat-era style. “Maya” is noted as a song and poem. The first two stanzas of the poem are recited by Adam Dotson (who wrote the music and lyrics on “Maya”, the other songs are written by Travers and Toth and Craig Myers, the n’goni player on tracks 2 and 12 )in a  tinny, hollow and far away voice which adds a crisp eeriness to such a sweet song. After the reciting, Traver  sings, “Your love is like a falling flame/It sputters and goes out again/ It shoots a line across the sky/It shimmers and warms up the night” in a beautiful, elated voice. Another example of the rainbow of sonic flavor this album shares with the listener.On the final track, Hommage, the g’nogi is the star. Hommage has whimsy and a bit of old world magic laced through it. It’s a simple, beautiful song with trickling scales and soft horns that creep in and lift it up. It’s an elegant closing song for such a remarkably lively and sound rich album, like powdered sugar on a triple chocolate cake. The tracks making up “Rubblebucket” hold elements of the city and the country reflecting the backgrounds of band leaders Alex Toth and Kamila who have lived all over New England from Vermont to  Jamaica Plain. The band is in a genre of its own, they have the vibrant soul of a funk band, magical vocals, spirit-possessing percussion that makes your feet move before your head tells them to and unique lyrics of poetic grade. You can buy the album here. –review by Meghan Chiampa



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