Friday, February 24

Nick Drake Tribute (Peter H, music director)

'Bryter Later: The Songs of Nick Drake'
St. Ann’s Church
Brooklyn Heights, NY
November 8, 1997
FM Broadcast (on 11-25-97)

Graphic by Ken Sinyard

REPERCUSSION: For a few years in the late 1990s, Peter had the enviable job of organizing tributes to some of the great, lesser-known artists of popular music. This one, performed in honor and memory of Nick Drake, is a beauty. Peter assembled quite an impressive roster of artists — which is a tribute to Drake, of course, but also an implicit recognition of Peter’s influence, particularly among musicians in the greater NYC area. My only regret is that Peter's voice can only be heard at the end in brief thank-you remarks, but at least we get to hear him play on the instrumental "Horn" and as a backing musician on other songs.

BIG THANKS to WFUV-FM in New York for broadcasting the concert, thanks also to the original taper and uploader, and whoever posted this in cyberspace for me to find and share here.

This is the first of similar shows I will post here, since Peter and Chris have been involved in at least a good handful over the years.

1. Intro
2. I Was Made To Love Magic - Syd Straw
3. One Of These Things First - Sloan Wainwright
4. Joey - Terre Roche
5. Things Behind The Sun - Richard Davies
6. Which Will - Duncan Sheik
7. From The Morning - Dana & Karen Kletter
8. Cello Song - Richard Barone
9. Pink Moon - Syd Straw
10. River Man - Katell Keineg
11. Poor Boy - Terre Roche
12. Crowd
13. Horn - Peter Holsapple
14. Been Smoking Too Long - Peter Blegvad
15. Way To Blue - Susan Cowsill
16. Time Has Told Me - Katell Keineg
17. Clothes Of Sand - Peter Blegvad
18. Black Eyed Dog - Mimi Goese
19. Time Of No Reply - Sloan Wainwright
20. Northern Sky - Richard Barone
21. Fly - Richard Davies
22. Hazey Jane I - Duncan Sheik
23. Fruit Tree - Rebecca Moore

“House Band” Musicians:
Peter Holsapple  - guitar, piano, bass (musical director for the show)
Chris Cunningham - guitar
Michelle Kinney - cello
David Mansfield - violin, mandolin
Deni Bonet - violin

St. Ann's looks like a cool place for a concert

The following is part of the New York Times review of the show. (Note the reference to Peter as “Mr. Holsapple”!) You can read the whole thing here.

Spare, Poetic Songs of a Gentle Dreamer
Copyright: The New York Times
Published: November 11, 1997

The word fetish is often misused in describing objects of passion, but it fits Nick Drake's body of work. Fans of the English songwriter, who died in 1974 at the age of 26, treasure the 31 songs he recorded as if they were amulets to be meditated upon privately and shared with the sympathetic few. To love Nick Drake's meditative folk-pop is to join an esoteric society. Organizing an evening in which more than a dozen singers interpret him is a daring, iconoclastic move.

Peter Holsapple clearly knew this when he arranged “Bryter Layter: The Songs of Nick Drake,” presented on Saturday night at the Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn. (“Bryter Layter” was Drake's second album.) His musical direction showed great delicacy, while his selection of singers insured that the evening would not grow reverentially leaden.

Peter Blegvad, Terre Roche, Syd Straw, Richard Barone, Richard Davies, Mimi Goese, Susan Cowsill and Mr. Holsapple himself all know what it is like to be working artists beloved by the few while fame only teases, a situation that contributed to Drake's fatal depression. For them, his music is not frozen iconography but a code unlocking key elements of the song forms they embrace. The evening's younger artists -- Duncan Sheik, Katell Keineg, Sloan Wainwright, Dana and Karen Kletter and Rebecca Moore -- similarly used Mr. Drake's songs to explore the inner workings of pop. 

Nick in London; photo by Jef Aerosol

Monday, February 20


If you wanna talk about grave injustices in the realm of popular music, you can't get far without recounting the story of The dB's -- a truly fantastic combo from the Tar Heel state that deserved a LOT better than it got. The group made a handful of classic pop/rock albums that should be heard by all lovers of cool, compelling and intelligent music.

AND in June 2012, the original lineup released an album of new studio material for the first time in ... almost forever.
That alone justifies a fan blog like this.

This blog's debut made music news! Thanks to Fred Mills, dB's friend, fan, and superb music writer, the debut of The dB's Repercussion was featured in this Blurt magazine story about The dB's upcoming album. 

Coupla things about this blog:

1. IT'S UNOFFICIAL. If you want the official dB's site, go here: I'm not trying to compete with the official site, just complement it. So I'm not going to repeat anything here that you can read there.

2. THE MAIN FOCUS OF THIS BLOG IS MUSIC: ROIOs (Recordings of Independent Origin). Yup, that means live shows, outtakes, demos. A secondary aspect of the blog (when I get to it) will be news, reviews and articles about the band.

3. THIS BLOG WILL FOCUS ON THE GROUP AS WELL AS ITS INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS as solo artists and collaborators. The solo work, side projects, collaborations, etc., that these guys have done is a compelling story in itself, and I'd like to tell it using ROIOs. Holsapple-Stamey, anyone?!?

4. NO COMMERCIALLY-RELEASED MATERIAL WILL BE POSTED HERE. Chris, Will, Gene and Peter never made the kind of money their music richly deserved, so I will not be doing anything to worsen that sucky situation. When it's warranted, I'll post links to the places where you can legitimately buy their music so the guys might actually realize a little extra revenue.

5. NEW POSTS EVERY FRIDAY. I plan to do at least one new post with fresh music every Friday by Noon EST. Over time, I'll also try to improve the look of the blog as I'm able -- but you gotta start somewhere, right?

6. LOSSY VS. LOSSLESS: I know some of you would like to see/hear the music files posted in lossless, but that will be rare here. Almost everything I post will be in high quality MP3, @320 kbps whenever possible. Also, the file servers charge you more when files get larger than a certain size. And unless you have one of those high end audio systems, I really don't think you'll hear much of a difference between these and the lossless versions of the same tracks. So, most of the time, the audiophile types out there are just going to have to settle for high quality MP3s or take a pass. (If you have an extensive dB's collection of live shows, etc., and want to discuss a possible trade in lossless, that's a different story. If so, please email me: rdfield [at] rocketmail [dot] com).

7. CONTRIBUTIONS ENCOURAGED. Got something that you think belongs here? Let me know and, if we can work it out, I'd be glad to post your stuff with full credit to you.

8. I HAVE ANOTHER LIFE AWAY FROM BLOGDOM. If you're trying to get in touch and don't hear back from me right away, that's just because I'm not online all the time. And even when I am online, I might be focusing on other stuff. I have a full-time job and a family with kids at home. But if I'm going to be offline for vacation, etc., I'll try to let folks know ahead of time.



P.S. - For the curious, my blog handle is Rob-in-Brevard in honor of where I live, which is Brevard, N.C. (not far from Asheville, for those who've heard of that great overgrown mountain town). Thus, "Rob in Brevard".