Headed back for another installment of the year-long residency at SHRINE -- Thursday, July 27, at 7:00. No cover, good food, good folks, I daresay good music. We try our best! I've got Ben Kraus (bass) and Kyle McCarter (drums) with me, and we're breaking out some new tunes including the epic Grateful Dead triumerate Help on the Way > Slipknot > Franklin's tower. Hope to see you...
This time we're a quartet: James Beaudreau (guitar/vocal), Caili O'Doherty (keys), Ben Kraus (bass), Kyle McCarter (drums). Playing Grateful Dead, Dylan, Berry, and old weird stuff.
The James Beaudreau Band returns to Shrine on April 27 at 7pm. With Ben Kraus (bass) and Kyle McCarter (drums).
James Beaudreau Band returns to the Shrine in Harlem on March 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. With Ben Kraus (bass) and Luke Folger (drums). No cover!
James Beaudreau (guitar/vocal), Ike Sturm (bass) and Zach Harmon (drums) at the Shrine in Harlem on December 22: Two sets! 8 and 9 pm. No cover! We're playing stuff from the Old Weird America songbook: gospel, early rock and roll, folk standards, Grateful Dead. Improvised, exploratory. And there will be birthday cake.
AUGUST 30, 2016
NO COVER NO MINIMUM
Come down and hear two guys with unconventional approaches to solo guitar/vocal performance do their thing in Harlem on August 30. This is Beaudreau's second solo gig this month after a break from solo performance of some eight years. Lynch will be playing material from his LP At the Start / At Long Last as well as new material. And there may be some overlap, too.
AUGUST 1, 2016, 7 pm
NO COVER NO MINIMUM (but very good hummus w/ mushrooms if you're so inclined)
Over the last six months or so I’ve been working up a new (to me) — but old (to me) — approach to music. Down went the guitar pick, and I started working finger-style chops back up. The electric guitars went (temporarily) back into their cases, and I bought a new steel string acoustic guitar. And I started learning a bunch of songs that either are, or are like, the songs I grew up listening to; the music that I first understood as “mine” and that I still love: rock and roll, folk, blues, country-rock; and other branches of that particularly American tree. What I later learned of jazz, and later discovered in the experience of playing freeform improvised music, still informs how I play (I hope), but the goal for me now is to work within these songs and see what I can find.
This is the first solo gig I’ve done since 2008, and the first solo + vocal gig I’ve ever done. Hope you can come down.
This show’s tunes are by Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, anonymous, Michael Hurley, Jeffrey Frederick, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, & J.R. Cheatham, and deal with issues involving foolish sailors, happy couples, truck driving, bullfrogs, terrifying acts of God, and disappearing foodstuffs.
Philip Lynch's debut LP, At the Start / At Long Last, is released today on Workbench Recordings. The only place to get a copy TODAY (although the webstore will be up and running soon) is at Cake Shop NYC at 9 p.m.
Details on the Facebook page.
We'll have LPs available for sale (including download code) as well as handmade download cards for those who don't do the vinyl. Downloads come with the album in 320 kbps mp3 format and a 4-page hi-res PDF with all album artwork.
A new EP is available from Workbench Recordings and James Beaudreau at Soundcloud. "Stillpoint" is 30 minutes long, and made up of 5 tracks. Listen and download for free.
1. Debris. 2. Far Orbit. 3. Scatter. 4. Stillpoint. 5. At the East of the Garden
A very short clip from the July 1 Philip Lynch rehearsal. Yes, it's just a guitar solo. But I AM a guitarist, and we ARE supposed to have big egos. Anyway, this was a moment where, afterwards, even though it ended in a trainwreck, we thought we had done something cool. So here it is, a little preview of sorts of the July 6 Bronx gig.
James Beaudreau and musician/poet Mara Drawn have been recording some improvisations recently. Here are three.
A Workbench store, where you can get copies of our CDs and CDRs, and eventually, maybe, other stuff too. Fancy.
The titles says it all! Well, most of it. Workbench was founded in 2006, and trucked along for a while. It has been a netlabel, and also a label releasing physical objects, and then, for the last few years, it has just been sleeping.
What prompted the site's relaunch is the immanent release of two new albums: Philip Lynch's long-awaited debut album At the Start / At Long Last, and James Beaudreau's new album Stillpoint.