Guitar Legend Adrian Legg Performs Wednesday @ NightCat

Guitar wizard Adrian Legg performs Wed., July 11 at the NightCat in Easton.

Adrian Legg is one of the best guitar players you will hear playing in any concert venue anywhere. For Easton music fans, the chance to get to see the Englishman – who was voted Voted “Guitarist of the Decade” by Guitarist magazine and named Guitar Player Magazine’s Best Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist four times – in an intimate 60 seat venue like NightCat next Wednesday, July 11, is nearly criminal.

With his 1990 American recording debut on Guitars & Other Cathedrals, Legg found even greater success across the pond as a regularly touring solo act, headlining and sharing bills with fellow guitarists Richard Thompson, David Lindley, Eric Johnson (whose 2005 album Bloom Legg plays on) and Joe Satriani (on both his own shows and as part of his G3 Tour package with Johnson and Steve Vai, whose Favored Nations record label released two Legg albums). NPR radio listeners may recognize Legg for regular contributions to “All Things Considered,” as the popular public radio news show regularly uses a number of his varied guitar interpretations of its theme music.

Throughout his career, he has earned the highest praise from the media. “Legg is, above all, a guitarist of great power, invention and versatility,” observes the St. Petersburg Times. “Through fast-fingered picking, spontaneously layering parts and occasional ringing harmonics, he sounds like an orchestra.” Guitar Player heralds how he “combines a sublime melodic sense with a mighty right-hand groove, creating pretty music with rhythmically aggressive undercurrents,” while Acoustic Guitar notes that “the guitar is the most versatile instrument in the world, and nobody demonstrates this better than Adrian Legg.” But the Atlanta Journal-Constitution likely summed up his impact on listeners best when it exclaimed, “Mr. Legg’s compositions, with their narrative melodies and nakedly emotive tones, offer an antidote to the guitar-hero syndrome.”

For Legg, the fulcrum and essence of his creativity is in live performance. “Playing live is the whole point,” he stresses. “Everyone makes a journey, an effort; we all come together — me, the audience, the people who run the venue — to share this wonderful, universal, human emotional interaction. This is where music lives.

“Before we had all this mechanical stuff that’s what we did,” Legg notes. “We got together and did it ourselves, or somebody came and did it for us. Everybody is involved in some kind of effort for that to happen. So everybody contributes to the musical event, and everybody is engaged in it. It has a huge social value which I think is very important.”

Described by Audio magazine as a “kind of cross between Robert Fripp and Garrison Keillor,” Legg is a genuine entertainer who excels at not only painting pictures if not frescoes and telling stories with music but also wittily regaling his audiences with tales from his life and travels and his cogent and often oblique yet thought provoking observations on a spectrum of topics. It’s all part of his dedication to making his performances a full-blooded emotional experience. “If you haven’t shared a laugh with someone,” he insists, “you certainly can’t share a tragedy.”

So it’s no wonder that popular BBC radio personality Andy Kershaw says of Legg, “Quite simply, there is no one else like him,” citing his “dazzling technique and equally large dollops of spirit, humor, passion, eclecticism and spontaneity.” For his part, Legg appreciates all the praise, but views his mission as far more basic, and more than anything else an expression of his soul and humanity. “I don’t see what I do as particularly eclectic; I see it as perfectly normal. In terms of the music that has gone before me, I simply reflect my forebears like every other musician.” The results of that approach, however, are simply irresistible and unforgettable.

Adrian Legg

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Tickets $25

NightCat
5 Goldsborough Street
Easton, MD 21601
410-690-4544
adjoining the Red Hen Coffee House

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NightCat Hosts Truly ‘Americana’ Band – Doug & Telisha Williams – Saturday

Doug and Telisha Williams appear Saturday, July 7, at the NightCAt with their band.

It’s fitting that country duo Doug and Telisha Williams come to NightCat on Saturday the 7th, Fourth of July weekend. The duo, who will bring their band with them, play a genre-bending style of music that incorporates all of the backbones of America’s musical creations, namely bluegrass, country, blues and rock and roll. Telisha’s vocals carry the twang of Steve Earle and Nanci Griffith, while Doug’s bluesy, country guitar conveys both rhythm and harmony, and the result is something that Rod Ames of No Depression Magazine says will “knock your socks off.”

Doug and Telisha Williams met in high school, where he was the drum major and she was the majorette. They went away separately to college but returned to their economically hard-hit hometown, married, and kept performing. Over ten years their music-making has progressed to a point where they can make a living appearing on the circuit of small music venues.

Wherever Doug and Telisha go they always make quick friends with their audience, pulling them right into their lives. “That’s what it’s all about for us,” says Doug, “being out there, playing on the road, meeting people. Everything else is just… everything else.” They’ve traveled from Florida to Oregon and Michigan to Texas, and played with some of their most beloved heroes – Lucinda Williams, Darrell Scott, Charlie Louvin, and Joe Ely – and been on stage at Anderson Fair, The Birchmere, The Carolina Theater, Godrey Daniels, Madison Square Park and Floydfest.

On stage, the duo has earned a reputation for a hot live show that have turned some of the headliners they’ve opened for into fans and admirers. One of those, Nashville musician Darrell Scott says, “Doug & Telisha Williams have the old-time, pre-70s country, mountain & honky-tonk road house music all blended together into their own whiskey, everyone should open the jar and have a pull.” Scott is right, the Williams’ songs and vocals are authentic slices of the small-town South, and their Appalachian voices are also fresh, challenging, and absolutely worthy of your close attention.

Highly Recommended, especially if you like: Ray Wylie Hubbard, The SteelDrivers, Kasey Chambers

Doug and Telisha Williams

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Tickets $15,

NightCat
5 Goldsborough Street,
Easton, MD 21601
410-690-4544
adjoining the Red Hen Coffee House.

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NightCat Presents Rockin’ Blues Keyboard Artist Johnny Neel – Thursday

Johnny Neel, keyboard player & hit songwriter (Allman Borthers, John Mayall) performs Thursday, June 28 at the NightCat in Easton.

Johnny Neel, keyboard player & hit songwriter (Allman Brothers, John Mayall) performs Thursday, June 28 at the NightCat in Easton.

Although not a household name, Johnny Neel is a Grammy award nominee recognized in the music world for his work with the Allman Brothers, Lonnie Mack and Gov’t Mule, among others. In addition to his soulful vocals, harp, piano and B-3 proficiency, Johnny is an accomplished songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by the likes of the Allman Brothers, Joe Louis Walker and John Mayall.

Neel moved to Nashville, the premiere song writing city, in 1984, where he immediately became recognized as an “A” session studio player. Others began to notice Neel’s songwriting talent and decided to take advantage by recording his songs on their albums.

Performing with various bands in area clubs drew the attention of former Nashville resident Dickey Betts, who asked Neel to join his road band, and begin working on Dickey’s solo LP for Epic Records. That relationship led to seven cuts on the “Pattern Disruptive” LP including the Top 10 AOR hit, “Rock Bottom.” Neel’s talented keyboard and harp playing on that album convinced Gregg Allman to ask Neel to tour with his road band.

Neel decided to join the reunited Allman Brothers Band, immersing himself in a successful tour, which led to a number one AOR smash hit during the summer of 1990. Car radios all across America blasted “Good Clean Fun”, from the Seven Turns Album, co-written by Neel with Allman and Betts. The chart topping hit provided the reunited Allmans with their highest charting single since “Ramblin’ Man” fifteen years prior.

“…his vocals have that rough from-the-belly whiskey southern rock flavor, like his former band mate Greg Allman.” MuzicReviews

Johnny Neel

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Thursday, June  28, 2012
8 pm

NightCat Cafe
5 Goldsborough St
Easton, MD  21601
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Singer, Author & Actor Storm Large Performs @ NightCat Thursday

Storm Large will perform June 21 at the NightCat in Easton.

Fresh off a European tour singing with Pink Martini, Storm Large comes to Night Cat in downtown Easton Thursday, June 21. After a sold out tour this past January in celebration of the release of Storm’s memoir, Crazy Enough,Storm returns to the States for what promises to be another stellar run of concerts.

In January of 2012, Storm released her memoir, Crazy Enough (Simon and Schuster’s Free Press) to rave reviews. Named “Book of the Week” by Oprah.com and awarded 4 out of 4 stars in People Magazine, Rosie O’Donnell herself cheered, “I loved your book!”

As Large explains it, Crazy Enough is, “a story about losing your mind and finding yourself. A love song to the lonely, left out and messed up kid in all of us.”

A performer of Wikipedian proportions , Storm Large has been singing and slinging inappropriate banter at audiences around the globe for more than 15 years . Seven years ago she moved to Portland and quickly went from wild club act to legendary cult status . In 2006 she was tapped to be on CBS’ Rockstar: Supernova . This three month stint on television gained her worldwide fame and in late 2006, her single, Ladylike, debuted at #5 on the hot singles chart in Billboard Magazine , and the number 1 seller on CDBaby . For the next 2 years she hit the road. Touring all around the US , Canada, New Zealand , Iceland and Singapore . In 2007 , tired of touring and missing Portland , Storm took a chance and accepted the role of Sally Bowles in PCS’ production of Cabaret. The production turned out to be a huge hit and Storm fell in love with the theater .

Crazy Enough is the first theater piece Storm has ever written and , by far , the scariest thing she’s ever done . However , as a great artist once said , ” The thing that scares you the most , is the very thing you should do . ” It is a wild ride through the early life of a girl who was supposed to lose her mind and instead found that crazy works for her . The sound track follows the ups and downs of the story sequentially going from introspective meditations on sanity to pounding anthems of declaration . It was co-written by James Beaton of the Balls , there are also a couple of nods to Michael Cavaseno from Storm Inc. with a cover of ” Where Is My Mind” permitted by Francis Black of the Pixies .

 Storm Large

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Tickets $20

NightCat
5 Goldsborough St
Easton, MD  21601
410-690-4544
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