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Josh Gold, in his basement studio

Keyboardist Josh Gold trades road life for studio producer role

Josh Gold has lately gone through a period of transition. The keyboardist and recording studio producer and engineer for the Adam Ezra Group has come off the road. He still plays his keyboard with AEG on local shows when he can. But, the married father of three has decided to focus on a career as the owner of his own Malden, Massachusetts based recording studio. Gold has had a long career to look back on while also building a shiny future for himself right in his own basement studio.

Tim Gartland lets his talent shine on If You Want A Good Woman

Tim Gartland lets his talent shine on If You Want A Good Woman

Tim Gartland had been on the greater-Boston blues and roots scene for many years before relocating to Nashville. Maintaining a strong connection to New England, Gartland also maintains a strong fan base here by releasing fine CDs like this year’s If You Want A Good Woman to remember him by while he organizes his next stop up here. If You Want A Good Woman is loaded with Gartland’s fine vocals and exceptional harmonica work. He is also a strong songwriter who has written some of these tunes with local keyboardist Tom West who also makes a solid showing on this disc.

The Wildcat O'Halloran Band have fun with Hot Pulldown, a fine bluesy concoction

The Wildcat O’Halloran Band have fun with Hot Pulldown, a fine bluesy concoction

The Wildcat O’Halloran Band are at it again. They’ve come up with another disc of fine, cruising, soothing, and sometimes stomping blues with this Hot Pulldown album. O’Halloran showcases a lot of lyrical wit in this mostly originals CD while his guitar, vocals, and his crack support band put things across in edgy, feisty, bluesy style.

Brian Templeton lets his soul shine on Blue Testament album

Brian Templeton lets his soul shine on Blue Testament album

Some years ago, greater-Boston vocalist and harmonica player Brian Templeton got religion. The gentle giant, already a pleasant fellow to begin with, accepted the salvation that many musicians of our generation have accepted. Templeton expresses his faith and spirituality on this album Blue Testament. Whether or not fans of Templeton’s oldies rock and roll, vintage country, or blues feel the faith as deeply has he does, they should enjoy this work of powerful bluesy, rockin, swinging music. Not too many people can make gospel rock like Templeton can. It doesn’t hurt that Templeton has drummer Lorne Entress, keyboardist Dave Lamina, bassist Ed Spargo, and guitarist Lyle Brewer along for the ride.

Rathskeller venue circa mid-1980s

Fifth Annual Rat Beach Party to reunite original Rathskeller bands, players

For greater-Boston/New England music fans who miss the days of the Rat music venue, The 5th Annual Rat Beach Party will feature 55 rock bands spanning over the last two weekends of September. Held at The C Note in Hull, Massachusetts on Nantasket Beach, the roster of bands performing will feature some of the bands that used to perform at The Rat in Boston, Massachusetts. Other lineups will include musicians who used to play in bands at The Rat. A host band for each day will be a notable local area band from the current greater-Boston music scene.

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Duquette shines on Trust The Night album

Duquette’s latest CD Trust The Night is an unusual amalgamation of roots music and edgy, classic rock idioms. While his combination of genres and the strong musical personality he uses to weld them together make his music hard to pigeonhole, it also makes his music easy to like. There is a freewheeling sweep of musical styles that come together brilliantly and perfectly in each track.

Niki Luparelli, photo by Ed Moose Savage is Buzzing with mid-Sept to Nov greater-Boston/New England music news

Hello Gentle Readers, Here are some helpful hints if you’re looking for something to do in the next three months, something to do with music that is. If you’re more into dinner theater, contra dancing, bowling, or the cinema, you had best check out another zine. I’ve got some shows to suggest featuring Durham County Poets, Pesky J. Nixon, Niki Luparelli, Sympli Whitney, Oktoberfest at the Beat, Atwood’s Tavern, and major events at Berklee Performance Center.


HeatherFest 23 added some fun, new twists to a fine New England blues tradition

HeatherFest 23 brought a day of good music and charitable causes to New England blues fans. For those in the blues community who still don’t know, HeatherFest is an annual backyard party/blues music festival behind the spacious home of Norton, Massachusetts resident Heather McKibben. McKibben lines up several blues each year, requests a $25 donation on the way in, and allows charities to set up tents and kiosks on one side of her tremendously huge back lawn. Yesterday, a woman named Sara Tagget from a suicide prevention group, Katrina Tagget Memorial Foundation, made a stirring speech about helping others who may be in despair. The foundation was named after Tagget’s daughter who was lost to suicide in 2008.

John Juxo is exceptionally good on Long Distance Driver album

John Juxo is exceptionally good on Long Distance Driver album

Rhode Island musician-singer-songwriter John Juxo has recently released what might be this year’s best New England blues album. Long Distance Driver is at least one of the best to drop in 2017, Aside from offering his own raspy vocals and charming keyboards, Juxo has friends like singer Lisa Marie, saxophonist Myanna Pontoppidan, acoustic guitar player Alex Krepkikh and other area favorites helping him pump out tasty, greasy, toe-tapping blues numbers.

Arnie Krakowsky, Jerzy Glod, Brad Hallen

The Evenfall Quartet soothed their Tuesday night audience at Hyde Park’s Fairmount Grille

Blue Duchess recording artists The Evenfall Quartet were missing a couple of its members at last night’s continuing residency at The Fairmount Grille in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. Saxophone player Arnie Krakowsky filled in for Mark Earley and piano player John Mulroy subbed for Joe “Sunny” Barbato.