Nashville Scene Critics’ Pick- Russ Barenberg CD Release Show
May 31, 2007
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RUSS BARENBERG CD RELEASE PARTY
It’s been way too long since guitarist Russ Barenberg made a solo album—too long, even, since he teamed up with resophonic guitarist Jerry Douglas and bassist Edgar Meyer on the memorable Skip, Hop & Wobble. But while his schedule’s been constrained by a demanding day job, the longtime Nashville resident has been quietly building up a stock of great original tunes, polishing his skills and deepening his musicality. When At Last offers up the results in a sweet, satisfying collection that pushes melody, lyricism and groove over gee-whiz licks. Barenberg will celebrate the release with most of the musicians who appear on the disc—Douglas, Viktor Krauss, Stuart Duncan and Kenny Malone among them. Anyone wanting a hefty dose of musical good taste that doesn’t come at the expense of vitality won’t find a better way to get it. The Station Inn —JON WEISBERGER
Tannahill Weavers Live and In Session Available Now
May 23, 2007
The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can’t get better...yet continue to do just that.
Combining live recordings of favorites from their 2005 US tour and studio recordings of new material recorded in 2006, the Tannahill Weavers bring forth their first release on Nashville-based Compass Records
, Live And In Session
. Weaving together tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements, the Tannahill Weavers once again prove their ability to win fans from within and far beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes.
Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town’s historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. They are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage; from reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.