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Notes and Last Week’s Live Music

Posted in Luminescent Orchestrii, Nels Andrews, Pinetop Perkins, Tennessee Shines on February 23, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

***First off… I want to send out some get well wishes to Americana icon Buddy Miller. Buddy suffered a heart attack on Thursday and is currently recovering from a triple bypass surgery.

Get well Buddy.

***It’s Tennessee Shines time again. This month, Jim Lauderdale is joined by The Gibson Brothers, Megan McCormick, local favorite Erick Baker, and blues legend Pinetop Perkins. Perkins recently celebrated his 95th birthday and is still churning out great blues records. His latest, Pinetop Perkins and Friends, includes guest shots from Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughn, and B.B. King.

Tennessee Shines airs live on WDVX Wednesday night at 7:00 (Eastern). Here’s a classic cut from Pinetop.

Pinetop Perkins: Got My Mojo Working (Buy Album)

***Now that you know what’s coming up, I can tell you about a couple of great live acts I saw last week here in town.

On Wednesday, Nels Andrews came to town to play the Blue Plate Special. Nels is a terrific singer-songwriter whose sparse and simple songs transport the listener instantly to the American Southwest where he spent a good portion of his life. For his performance, he was joined by mandolin/banjo player Brandon Seabrook. I actually found myself focusing on Seabrook for most of the performance as he coaxed sounds out a four-string banjo that I have never heard before. At times, he even drew a fiddle bow across the strings of both instruments. It filled out the sound quite nicely.

Friday it was Luminescent Orchestrii for a Blue Plate at The Square Room. The Gypsy folk rockers from New York put on a high energy show that was as diverse as it was entertaining. From Albanian folk songs to Romanian rave-ups, the band brought the traditional sounds of Eastern Europe to East Tennessee. Another concert attendee commented that Luminescent Orchestrii sound like The Duhks might sound if they were based out of Romania instead of Canada. It didn’t matter that I didn’t understand most of the lyrics (the songs were performed in many different languages)… I understood the music, and it was one of the more enjoyable shows I’ve seen in a while.

Here’s a taste of each artist.

Nels Andrews: Dollar and the Dream (Buy Album)
Luminescent Orchestrii: Moldavian (Buy Album)