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The Sunday Blues: Worth The Wait

By Gary Wien


(ASBURY PARK, NJ -- AUGUST 10, 2013) -- Sometimes I worry when bands take several years to release a record. Will they lose momentum? Will people still care? For one incredible night at the Saint in Asbury Park, those questions were answered for The Sunday Blues. A packed house full of fans, friends, and family came out for the official cd release of "City Folklore" proving that sometimes good things can come to those who wait.

"City Folklore" is an outstanding record, one of the best of the year in my opinion. It's a mix of alt-country rock and americana that moves smoothly from the lead vocals of Keith McCarthy to Lindsey Miller and times when the duo works as one. Produced by Arlan Feiles, it's a great sounding debut record. For the record release party, the band (which also contained Andrew Clelland on bass and Johnny Macko on drums) played all but one of the songs on the new record and threw in a few newer tracks as well.

Seeing Lindsey and Keith on stage with these songs took me back to the days of the old Twisted Covers at the Twisted Tree Cafe in Asbury Park. The Sunday Blues were sort of forming at the time and some of the songs on this record were written and performed back then - even before they had a band name. Amazingly, the songs sound just as fresh today as they did when I first heard them many years ago.

Highlights of the set for me included: "You're Breaking Me", "Miranda" with Kerry McNulty (Lindsey's old bandmate from Divine Sign) on lead vocals, "The Overthrow", and "Four In The Morning". As with the album, the set flowed back and forth between Keith on lead vocals and Lindsey on lead. The new songs ("Holy War" and "You Know It's True") and the closer, "When I Paint My Masterpiece" by Bob Dylan were great additions as well.

The show was proof that if a musician supports the scene, the support will be there for them as well. Arlan Feiles, Eric Ginsberg, Frankie and Kelly McGrath, Michael Dante Summonte, Kerry McNulty, Danny White, Gregory Schwartz, Jerzy Jung, and Michael Askin were just some of the folks in attendance.

Lightning Jar opened the show, followed by Rick Barry. They all returned to the stage at the end to join The Sunday Blues in a cover of "Homegrown Tomatoes" by Guy Clark.

Prior to The Sunday Blues' set, Rick Barry gave another great solo set, playing a few songs I haven't heard him do in years like "Stupid American" which Lindsey had requested. He told the story of how that song was written at the Saint. Ironically, I was there that night and still remember the pad of paper with the original lyrics. One of the words in that song was actually banned by Scott Stamper at the Saint for many years. On this night, Rick let it fly!

His set included the "So Sweet And So In Love" tune written for his old Works In Progress series; "All Your Mistakes Have Names"; "Perfect Portrait (of a coward)"; "Atlantis" -- performed with Lindsey Miller; and a wonderful cover of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" by the Smiths featuring Keith McCarthy on guitar. It was interesting seeing Keith tone down his Keith Richards vibe for a Johnny Marr look on stage. I always wanted to have a Twisted Covers - Smiths show and seeing this made me wish we had done one.

Unfortunately, a set like this just makes me remember the times when you never knew what to expect from a Rick Barry show. He used to be so prolific that he would sometimes rattle off a completely new set list from one show to another -- all with brand new tunes. While, that's not exactly the way to build a fanbase, his show today is somewhat like a set lost in time. When his last EP was released, I thought he had dozens of songs that were better at the time than the ones chosen. While the record did earn him some praise from people who hadn't paid attention to him at the time, many long-time fans felt the way I did -- that a better album was inside him. Some of the songs that are rumored to be on his upcoming disc are actually songs I wished were on that last one. Between some of his more popular "hits" and the songs that were written around the time of his last record, but never released, it's almost as though he's playing catch up. It's almost like he needs to release his next record and immediately start recording the next to get back in the right time frame. Although, if there's one thing the Sunday Blues showed tonight... it's never too late.



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NJSO presents 2019 Winter Festival, 'Music Speaks'
(NEWARK, NJ) -- A trio of renowned guest artists with distinct musical voices—pianists Emanuel Ax and Daniil Trifonov and soprano Dawn Upshaw—headline the NJSO’s Winter Festival, “Music Speaks,” in January 2019. The Orchestra’s signature artistic event takes place across three weekends, January 10–27, in six New Jersey venues.
RVCC Chorale to Perform Annual Holiday Concert on December 8th
(BRANCHBURG, NJ) --The RVCC Chorale will give its annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 8 at 8:00pm in the Welpe Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College’s Branchburg campus. The program will feature Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata, Das Neugeborne Kindelein, as well as a cappella pieces from by Sergei Rachmaninov, Zoltan Kodaly and Giuseppe Verdi. The program also will include an audience singalong of traditional carols.
Classic Stones Live! The Complete Rolling Stones Tribute Show Comes To SOPAC
(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- The Rolling Stones, the greatest Blues band of all time, couldn’t make it to SOPAC on their 2018 tour. Instead, the acclaimed tribute band Classic Stones Live! makes an appearance on the SOPAC stage December 15 at 8:00pm for those who like to hear their Rolling Stones hits live.
Tony Trischka Presents "Of a Winter's Night" at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Of a Winter’s Night is Tony Trischka's acoustic celebration of the holiday season. Based on his CD release of the same name, this concert features Trischka’s considerable melodic inventiveness on a wide variety of seasonal tunes. He turns his inventiveness loose on bluegrass and Americana music for the holidays. This one of a kind concert will take place at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm.
Idle Wave To Hold Record Release Party At Asbury Park Brewery
(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Pop-punks Idle Wave will celebrate the release of their self-titled EP on Saturday, December 1st at Asbury Park Brewery.  The record release show also includes performances by Skyeline, Roderick, and Pollyanna.


"An Amazing Musical Genius!" Brian Wilson LIVE! at the State Theatre
In the music room in the back of our house, there’s an electric bass and amp, two acoustic guitars, a microphone and PA speakers, several pieces of music recording equipment, and a bookcase filled with books on music, not to mention a slew of assorted music memorabilia. But, perhaps, one of the most highly prized items in the room is hanging directly above the piano next to the college music diplomas.
Jazz Saxophonist Don Braden LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center
It’s a breezy day for a new installment of the Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon concert series at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Sunday Oct. 27, 2018 afternoon. Today’s special 3pm performance is entitled Earth, Wind and Wonder and is presented by jazz saxophonist Don Braden.
Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge LIVE! at The Strand, Lakewood
The stars are out this Saturday Oct. 26, 2018 evening in Lakewood, NJ for a “Golden Oldies” concert featuring Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge!
PODCAST: Grammy Winner Terri Lyne Carrington At TD James Moody Jazz Festival
Drummer, leader, and composer Terri Lyne Carrington made history as the first woman to win a Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz for her album “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue.” Now, she brings her interpretation of Duke Ellington’s “Money Jungle” to the TD James Moody Jazz Festival at NJPAC on November 11, 2018, as part of a program called “Jazz Vinyl Revisited.” Producer Susan Wallner talks to Carrington about her connections to the jazz greats Clark Terry and Max Roach; her newest project, the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice; and why she thinks drummers make natural leaders.
Sha Na Na LIVE! at the Newton Theatre
The audience is streaming into the Newton Theatre auditorium in Newton, NJ this Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 for a live concert starring Sha Na Na!










Event calendar
Thursday, Nov 15, 2018


MUSIC

New Politics @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 8:00pm

THE REPUTATIONS @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

TOTO @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm


THEATRE

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

ANNIE, The Musical @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 8:00pm

Apples In Winter @ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 7:30pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 7:30pm

Spring Awakening: The Rock Musical @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm







DANCE

PARSONS DANCE @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm


FILM

Crybaby Matinee: March of the Penguins @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am

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