David Bromberg at Hugh’s Room

It was a great treat to be at Hugh’s Room tonight for David Bromberg’s solo performance. I like a lot of things about David Bromberg. He’s a remarkably eclectic musician and it seems that he creates his shows on the fly without a set list. He plays what he feels like playing. At one point tonight he morphed an old jug band tune into a Wooly Bully audience singalong – not something I ever would have expected.

I love the way David Bromberg serves up a song – great timing, creative guitar work, with just enough drama in the vocals and occasionally a spoken word story contained within the song. I wish you all could have been there with us.

I didn’t take any photos at the show tonight. I used to try to take a few shots at shows but more recently, I prefer to put away the camera and simply enjoy the performance. There is some excellent video of Mr. Bromberg performing available on YouTube though, if you don’t know his work. Here he is performing Mr. Bojangles from 2011.


Dancing in your Head

I was writing the previous post about my experience of painting, and I thought of Ornette Coleman. He came to mind because it occurred to me that when I’m working in the studio I rarely think about the work of other painters (it does happen from time to time – for instance I named a recent painting after Asger Jorn because I saw something in one of my paintings that reminded me very much of his work). I do however sometimes think about music and musicians when I’m painting.

Ornette Coleman by Eugene Knapik, acrylic and acrylic spray enamel on canvas

Ornette Coleman by Eugene Knapik, acrylic and acrylic spray enamel on canvas

At one point in the late 90s, I fell in the habit of listening to Ornette Coleman CDs while I painted. There is something about his approach to jazz that feels right at home with my paintings. I not so sure anybody else sees that, but it is something that was intuitively obvious to me. In fact I even named a painting Ornette Coleman back in 1997.  I’m still very fond of that painting, one which happily has a good home.

So since he’s on my mind, let’s listen to some Ornette Coleman. Here is the Ornette Coleman Quartet performing Dancing in your head in 2010

Honky Tonk Morning

Let’s take a little trip to Bakersfield…..Buck Owens and the Buckeroos performing Buck’s Polka

Wouldn’t if be fun if everybody dressed like Buck Owens? Just imagine going to the grocery store and all the cashiers and the customers have these Nudie suits happening.

Rome wasn’t built in a day….

Sometimes I just need a little dose of Nick Lowe. He’s one of just a handful of performers I can honestly say I’ve been listening to for 35 years.

Check out these beautiful, sparse performances. Damned near perfect (at least in my tiny little brain).

I remember like it was yesterday, going to Massey Hall back in the late 70s to see Mink DeVille followed by Nick Lowe and Rockpile and Elvis and the Attractions. That still stands up for me as one of the top music shows I’ve ever seen. Later I tired of Elvis but Nick Lowe has captivated my attention through the years.

Remember “I knew the bride when she used to rock ‘n’ roll?”

As for Mink DeVille, what can I say?

As a side note, I do believe that is Paul James on guitar on this performance of Spanish Stroll. Mr. James has a special place in our hearts – The Paul James Band rocked our wedding when Tuffy P and I got hitched back in the day.


I’ve got a paper in my shoe….

Here’s the late Boozoo Chavis and the Magic Sounds….just because we need more accordion music around this joint.