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POPULAR MUSIC - Fall 2012 Preview

POPULAR MUSIC - Fall 2012 Preview

Gazette music writer Michael Hochanadel gives her Best Best for this fall. At left: The Blind Boys o

Brit-pop New Wave godfather Nick Lowe just keeps rolling — recording literate, big-hearted songs, performing only sporadically, and earning the best reviews of his long career these days. Sept. 18 at The Egg in Albany.

The North Mississippi Allstars and Missing Cats featuring John Jojo Hermann and Sherman Ewing (Widespread Panic) hit the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Sept. 29. Blues rockers from down south, bringing the funk.

Rodney Crowell, one of our finest singer-songwriters riding the country-folk-rock line, will be at the Iron Horse in Northampton, Mass., Oct. 22. The Houston Kid just released a great album co-written with memoirist Mary Karr.

Dr. John and The Blind Boys of Alabama join forces Nov. 1 at the Palace Theatre in Albany. What a great gang of voices this will be, singing everything from funk to heaven: the Doc’s New Orleans gravel and the celestial choir of the Boys.

The next night, Nov. 2, Geoff Muldaur will be at Caffe Lena. One of the great blues and folk voices of all time. A few years ago when illness robbed him of about a third of it, he still sang a great show at the Caffe.

The Victor Wooten Band and the Jimmy Herring Band come to Albany’s The Egg Nov. 18. The Flecktones tremendous bassist and all-purpose collaborator, and a brilliantly adaptable team-player guitarist, respectively; leading their own bands playing their own music.

— Michael Hochanadel, Gazette popular music writer

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