Michael Daves

Weekend Music: Everything Old is New Again (3/3 – 3/6)

Ah, nostalgia

Some songs and memories never leave us.

This weekend there are local opportunities to hear rockabilly, electronica, club, and calypso tunes that have stood the test of time.

Let’s begin tonight (3/3) with longtime road warrior Wayne “The Train” Hancock ringing out his Texas twang at the Knitting Factory.

I’ve been following Mr. Hancock since we were both living in Austin in the mid ’90s. All those gimmicky rockabilly bands floating around Brooklyn lately can’t hold a candle to him. Continue reading

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Electric Bluegrass: Michael Daves Debuts New Album Friday Night (3/4)

To paraphrase a quote ascribed to Austrian composer Gustav Mahler: Tradition is not preserving the ashes, but tending the flame.

Grammy-nominated guitarist and singer Michael Daves recently recorded twelve traditional bluegrass tracks for his album Orchids and Violence (Nonesuch Records), then set down an additional twelve tracks that took those same songs and added the trappings of rock and electric instrumentation.

On Friday night at the Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave), Daves will be joined by a dazzling roster of the musicians who contributed to the album, as well as a special surprise guest or two. Continue reading

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