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Neil Rossi and Tom Akstens
Neil Rossi and Tom Akstens

Local musicians celebrate 50 years of playing together

For the last year musicians Tom Akstens and Neil Rossi have been traveling around the region celebrating their 50th year of performing together. They first started playing together as high school students in Massachusetts, heavily influenced by the Cambridge folk revival of the early 60s. They'll play their last gig of 2013 this Sunday afternoon in North Creek. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article

Israeli pop star to conclude U.S. tour in Potsdam Wednesday

Idan Raichel is an Israeli pop star whose band, The Idan Raichel Project, has band members from five continents. He has been touring the United States for the last three weeks and wraps up his tour on October 30, 2013 in Potsdam. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article
Canal Street String Band. Photo: Bill Gamble
Canal Street String Band. Photo: Bill Gamble

Preview: Canal Street String Band

The Canal Street String Band features three musicians, 55 strings, and music spanning a couple of centuries. This Buffalo-based group will be playing three shows here in the North Country beginning this weekend. Joel Hurd spoke to band member Dave Ruch..  Go to full article
Kellylee Evans. Photo courtesy <a href="http://www.kellyleeevans.com">kellyleeevans.com</a>
Kellylee Evans. Photo courtesy kellyleeevans.com

Juno Award winner Kellylee Evans takes the stage in Norwood

The Juno Award-winning singer is very popular in Canada and France, but not too well known (yet) in the U.S. She'll be bringing her unique blend of jazz and soul to the Norwood Village Green Concert Series June 20 at 7 pm. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article

Saxophonist Tim Green reveals life's many seasons in an outstanding debut CD

Baltimore native Tim Green's debut CD, Songs From This Season, showcases writing and playing way beyond his 30 years. Joel Hurd thinks it's the best CD he has heard in at least a year, and he talked with Tim Green about it on The Bridge.  Go to full article

Terri Lyne Carrington brings her Grammy winning Mosaic Project to Potsdam

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington will bring a stellar band to Potsdam, NY on February 22, 2013 as part of the Community Performance Series. She talked to Joel Hurd about the group, teaching jazz to young people, and winning the 2012 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.  Go to full article
Reggie Quinerly
Reggie Quinerly

Hometown history inspires drummer Reggie Quinerly for his debut CD

Drummer Reggie Quinerly's debut CD, "Music Inspired by Freedmantown" pays tribute to the neighborhood in Houston, TX that was founded by freed slaves. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Taylor Haskins playing "No Regrets." Still from <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yfF5zo2V4s">Youtube video</a>
Taylor Haskins playing "No Regrets." Still from Youtube video

Preview: Taylor Haskins in Elizabethtown

An award-winning jazz trumpeter who grew up in rural New Hampshire, then lived for many years in New York City, has returned to rural life right here in the North Country. He's playing two concerts in Elizabethtown this weekend as part of the Piano By Nature series, and Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article
Renee Yoxon and Mark Ferguson
Renee Yoxon and Mark Ferguson

Ottawa Singer Renee Yoxon partners with pianist Mark Ferguson for second CD

Renee Yoxon's ambitious new CD is a collaboration with Ottawa pianist/composer Mark Ferguson and features all original tunes with some of the finest jazz musicians from Ottawa and Montreal. She talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
The headstock of the guitar Tracy inlayed for the FarmAid 25th Anniversary concert.  John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young all played this guitar in the concert. Image courtesy Tracy Cox
The headstock of the guitar Tracy inlayed for the FarmAid 25th Anniversary concert. John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young all played this guitar in the concert. Image courtesy Tracy Cox

Traditional techniques make modern instruments

This holiday week, we're taking a second listen to one of our favorite series of 2012. This May, we profiled people doing traditional work, including a North Country craftsman who builds stringed instruments and applies inlay to them in a way that is the same as it has been done for generations.

Joel Hurd, a guitar enthusiast himself, traveled to Parishville to meet Tracy Cox.  Go to full article

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