Saturday, October 21, 2006
The Full Milton Band
tory-teller Milton is known for weaving rhymes in a hip-hop rhythm colored by country music sensibilities. A curious blend of Lucinda Williams and Jonathan Richman, Milton has one of those rare voices which is instantly identifiable, and backs up his catchy pop melodies with honest snapshots of ordinary people.
ilton is a singer/ songwriter from New York City. He is the author of the CD song collection Milton: Scenes From the Interior released in 2003 by Raleigh, NC indie label Moon Caravan. The CDís single In The City premiered on radio host Vin Scelsaís Idiotís Delight program on New Yorkís WFUV in spring 2003 and became a local college radio hit through the fall and winter and into 2003. Other songs off of the record received air play on Bostonís WUMB, Detroitís WDET, Clevelandís WRUW and several other radio stations in the U.S. and Europe. The airplay, and praise from a Menís Health Magazine reviewer who heard a song on the radio, helped Miltonís debut climb to the top of the CD Baby sales charts in January-February of 2004. The disc continues to sell steadily and receive praise in a wide variety of circles.
ilton grew up in the suburbs and snuck off to the city whenever he could to hear any and every kind of music he could find. Way gone on Bob Dylan, The Beatles and old R&B and country, Milton began writing songs at an early age. After college, Milton set up shop in Chicago and played coffee houses all over the Mid West. Shortly thereafter he moved to New York, where he played club gigs with rock bands before dedicating himself to full time Miltondom.
potted singing at a folk showcase in Jacksonville, FL, Milt was approached by Joyce Bowden and Lee Kirby of Raleigh, NC indie label Moon Caravan Records. He recorded his debut for the label in 2003 at Jerry Keeís Duck Kee studios with the Kirby/Bowdenís and a host of great session players. Upon The CD's release, Milton sent his CD everywhere he could think of. It came to the attention of WFUV's music director Rita Houston who has since become a great Milton supporter. Other notable fans of the debut CD include famed New York concert promoter Ron Delsener who booked Milton and the band at The Irving Plaza and veteran Dylan/Cash/Leonard Cohen/Simon and Garfunkel producer Bob Johnston who invited Milton down to Nashville, TN for a visit.
ilton makes regular appearances as a solo performer and with his band in singer/songwriter and rock music venues of the East Coast and Mid West regions. Milton and his band can most often be seen at NYC's Living Room, where they've played countless one nighters and two month-long residencies. In larger venues like New York's Irving Plaza, Brooklyn's South Paw and Boston's Club Passim, Milton has appeared on sold-out bills with artists from Jamie Cullum to Yo La Tengo to Al Kooper. Recently, Milton appeared live on WFUV's City Folk Morning show with Claudia Marshall.
ilton's regular live band is made up of Sami Buccella- bass, Frank Campbell-piano and Adam Chasan- drums. Milton's second CD will feature their playing as well as the work of session players from North Carolina and New York.
his was Milton's debut appearance at the Hard Luck Cafť, and he performed here with The Full Milton Band, which now includes Martin Kearton on mandoline and the fetching Becca Parish on backup vocals. They sounded spectacular. Their tunes are melodious and their harmonies are warm and exciting at the same time ... raising the blood pressure. This was a great opportunity to catch this exciting and talented emerging soloist and band.
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and on the same program
he Daydreamers are veterans of Long Island's acoustic and rock scenes the trio is comprised of much in-demand session men. Guitarist Bob Westcott, bassist Larry Hunter and drummer Mike DiGeronimo have cooked up a tasty blend of music best described as Folkabilly, characterized by their FolkAbility.
estcott been called the "real deal", and for good reason: Bob has been performing his elegant finger style guitar work for over 30 years. Guitarist Bob Westcott is no stranger to Long Island audiences. His career began as a teenager playing guitar in the streets and baskethouses of Greenwich Village, and, more auspiciously, as one of the very first members of the Wes Houston Band. During his early '20s, Bob lived in California, Manchester in England, and the Midwest before settling on Long Island in the '70s. This Long Island Music Award nominee has shared the stage with John Hammond, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Merle Haggard and many others. Recently, he morphed into Pops, the arthritic and acerbic guitar god of those good-time blue-haired bluesrockers, The Defibrillators. His Annual Holiday Revue is a perennially favorite event of Long Island audiences, and he is much in demand as a session player. Bob's CD Rollin' Along is a top pick among independent acoustic music recordings, and his latest CD release Wherever You Go, is a beautifully crafted exploration of instrumental destinations.
hile Westcott's breathtaking skill as a fingerpicker takes on a whole new dimension on a cool red Gretsch, bassist Larry Hunter displays the driving rhythm and wonderful sense of humor that makes him such a favorite of Great Caesar's Ghost fans ... and Mike DiGeronimo keeps the backbeat on the gentle side with a snare and brushes.
assist Larry Hunter spent his formative years as a musician in the San Francisco Bay area. During the 1970s and '80s, he performed and recorded with a veritable Who's Who of awesome aggregations, playing bass for Merle Saunders, Steve Marriott, Floyd (Hey, Bartender) Dixon, The Jerry Miller Band, Bob Weir's band Kingfish, the Robert Hunter Band, and the fabled cult band, Moby Grape. In 1984, following the birth of his daughter, Larry moved east to Long Island. He quickly made an impact in his adopted home, co-founding the East End Songwriters Guild. Larry's Long Island credits include playing with Jim Turner, Willie Steele, and the cool collective Great Caesar's Ghost with ultimate sideman G.E. Smith. He has a number of studio credits accumulated, in addition to his fine solo recording Cabin Fever.
rummer Mike DiGeronimo is a native Long Islander. A tireless jammer and ardent supporter of the Long Island blues scene, Mike has played behind most of the musicians of the Long Island community at one time or another. Mike has backed up such notables as Kerry Kearney, Kane Daily, Little Toby Walker and Deep Purple guitarist Richie Blackmore. He also has recording credits with Little Toby and the band Empyre. Mike is an accomplished drummer and percussionist, but he prefers the straightforward simplicity of snare and brushes which is the signature sound of a rockabilly backbeat.
heir sound tonight was spot on, and was a great cap to an evening of bands. What an exciting evening ... !!!
Our host tonight was Amy Tuttle, and our open mike featured performances by:
If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...