Music Journalism 2012

A sampling of David’s 2012 published previews, interviews and reviews:

KEB’ MO’ REVIEW

Photo by John Mazlish

 

Keb’ Mo’ joyful, soulful at the Uptown “Three-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’ brought his eclectic and soulful blend of blues, jazz and pop to a delighted crowd at the Uptown Theatre…”

 

 

LUCINDA WILLIAMS PREVIEW / INTERVIEW

Lucinda Williams

 

Williams reflects on a uniquely American musical brew. “Although only recently minted as ‘Americana,’ the musical territory inhabited by Lucinda Williams has been around for a long time…”

 

 

BLAKE MILLS / LUCINDA WILLIAMS REVIEW

Blake Mills – Photo by Mitchell Glotzer

 

Terrific two-fer: Williams, Mills delightful at Uptown. “Last Friday night’s show at the Uptown Theatre was billed as “An Intimate Evening with Lucinda Williams,” and it was exactly that. No drums, no bass, just Williams accompanied by guitar savant Blake Mills…”

 

 

JAKE SHIMABUKURO REVIEW / INTERVIEW

Photo by Jane Higgins

 

 

Exuberant, humble ukelele master delights Opera House “Jake Shimabukuro has called the ukelele “the underdog of all instruments,” but you wouldn’t know it from his performance Friday night at the Napa Valley Opera House…”

 

 

 

 

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO PREVIEW

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: World music stars return to Napa “Its buoyant founder and leader, Joseph Shabalala, wrote that the internationally renowned singing group is on a ‘mission to spread our message and to keep our culture alive and known…’ ”

 

 

RAILROAD EARTH PREVIEW / INTERVIEW

Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone
Photo by David Licht

 

Railroad Earth returns to the Uptown “Ask a handful of fans to describe Railroad Earth and you’ll get a handful of answers…”

 

 

 

PLAYING FOR CHANGE REVIEW

Photo by Jane Higgins

 

Playing for Change: uplifting world music show at the Opera House “The Playing For Change concert at the Napa Valley Opera House Saturday night was introduced by Mark Johnson, the founder and irrepressible force behind the band…”

 

 

BLAME SALLY REVIEW

Jeri Jones, Rob Strom and Renee Harcourt
Photo by Jane Higgins

 

‘Sallies’ show versatility to Opera House crowd “A Blame Sally show feels like a house concert — relaxed, good humored, and unpretentious…”

 

 

 

SUZANNE VEGA / DUNCAN SHEIK REVIEW

Photo by Jane Higgins

 

Vega, Sheik eclectic and entertaining at Opera House “Suzanne Vega emerged in 1987 as a folk music star with her hits ‘Luka’ and ‘Tom’s Diner.’ A decade later, Duncan Sheik’s first single release, ‘Barely Breathing,’…”

 

 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN REVIEW

Springsteen in San Jose
Photo by Susan Tripp Pollard

 

Springsteen in concert: The magic ingredient “Hard-core Bruce Springsteen fans consider me a lightweight, with ‘only’ 30 years of devotion and 29 concerts under my belt…”

 

 

 

 

JERRY JEFF WALKER PREVIEW / INTERVIEW

 

Jerry Jeff Walker to make Uptown debut “Jerry Jeff Walker wrote ‘Mr. Bojangles,’ introduced Jimmy Buffett to the pleasures of the Florida Keys, and was a celebrated member of the Texas “Outlaw Country” crowd…”

 

 

LYLE LOVETT PREVIEW

Photo by Robb Cohen

 

Lovett returns to the Uptown “No one sounds, looks, or writes quite like four-time Grammy winner Lyle Lovett from Klein, Texas…”

 

 

 

 

WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY PREVIEW / INTERVIEW

Willie Nelson and Mickey Raphael
Photo by Carol Sidoran

 

Willie Nelson and family head back to the Uptown “Willie Nelson will be 80 years old on his next birthday and he hasn’t slowed down a bit. This month, his band, Willie & Family, will do 15 shows over a span of 22 days…”

 

 

 

LEO KOTTKE PREVIEW

 

Guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke coming to the Opera House “Leo Kottke has been described as the man with 20 fingers on each hand, a musical beast, and, by consensus, the best 12-string guitar player in the world…”

 

 

ROSANNE CASH PREVIEW / INTERVIEW

Photo by Rick Diamond

 

Cashing in at the Uptown — again “The last time Rosanne Cash played Napa, in November of 2010, she appeared with her full touring band. This Saturday night at the Uptown Theatre she will perform as part of a duo with her husband…”

 

 

 

BELA FLECK PREVIEW / INTERVIEW

 

Master banjo player Fleck to perform at the Opera House “It’s been quite a year for acoustic string vituosos at the Napa Valley Opera House — ukelele master Jake Shimabukuro in February, 12-string guitar giant Leo Kottke last month, and coming up next Tuesday, Sept. 4, Béla Fleck, one of the best banjo players in the world…”

 

 

THE DOWNTOWN NAPA MUSIC SCENE

Napa’s Uptown Theatre
Photo by Mitchell Glotzer

 

 

Downtown Napa’s music scene hums in 3-part harmony “Ten years ago, the Napa Valley Opera House and the Uptown Theatre were beautiful restorations waiting to happen, and Silo’s did not exist. This year the three downtown venues are presenting more than 400 live performances…”

 

 

 

 

NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND PREVIEW / INTERVIEW

John McEuen, Bob Carpenter, Jeff Hanna,  Jimmie Fadden

 

Dirt Band brings signature sound to Opera House “Multi-instrumental wizard John McEuen was reminiscing earlier this year about the early days of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band…”

 

 

 

PUNCH BROTHERS PREVIEW

Photo by Brian Stowell

 

The Punch Brothers, who perform next Thursday night at the Napa Valley Opera House, look for all the world like a traditional bluegrass band…

 

 

 

CHRIS THILE INTERVIEW

Photo by Brian Stowell

 

Chris Thile’s Punch Brothers forge ahead. As a national mandolin champion at 12, a Grammy winner at 16, and one of this year’s MacArthur “genius grant” recipients, Chris Thile has been running ahead of the musical pack all his life…

 

 

JOHN OLIVER PREVIEW/INTERVIEW

 

John Oliver of ‘Daily Show’ Heads to SF. It’s becoming a tradition. For the third year in a row, John Oliver will joke in the New Year with a four-night, eight-show run at San Francisco’s Cobb’s Comedy Club…

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