Lincoln Center to Live-Stream Three Concerts This Week, Including Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash
Continuing its popular live-stream series, which recently featured a Memorial Concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger in July, Lincoln Center will live-stream concerts on August 6 at 7:30 pm, featuring Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell plus an opening set by Robert Ellis; on August 8 at 7:30 pm with sets by The Campbell Brothers performing a sacred steel version of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme and Cassandra Wilson; and August 9 at 6 pm featuring Rosanne Cash, The Lone Bellow, and Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale.
The concerts take place at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park and are presented by Lincoln Center Out of Doors as part of the inaugural Americanafest NYC, a new partnership with the Americana Music Association, the 15-year-old Nashville-based not-for-profit that advocates for the authentic voice of American roots music. The free live-stream feeds, hosted by country singer/songwriter and former radio host Laura Cantrell, will be available internationally at LincolnCenter.org/watch. Viewers and audience can join the conversation from home or from the venue at #LCOutOfDoors.
Over the course of the last week of Out of Doors, including the concluding annual "Roots of American Music" weekend, Americanafest NYC will offer concerts by a range of artists-long-established and newer voices-drawing from the deep wells of folk, bluegrass, country, gospel, blues, jazz, rock, and R&B. Film screenings and a symposium will also explore the elders and their legacies finding new expression among younger generations of musicians.
More about the artists and programs:
AUGUST 6 at 7:30 pm
"Harris's and Crowell's chemistry class is a joy to attend," is what The Tennessean wrote about EMMYLOU HARRIS andRODNEY CROWELL's 2013 album Old Yellow Moon, the first duo album ever released by the longtime friends, bandmates, and musical collaborators, and winner of the 2013 Grammy for Best Americana Album. Harris puts her unmistakable silver-voiced stamp on interpretations of country, rock, folk, and traditional songs. She is a 13-time Grammy winner, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008, and was the first ever recipient of the Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance in 2002. Singer/songwriter/producer Rodney Crowell has penned and performed some of country music's best-loved songs and collaborated with artists Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones, and many others. Crowell was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003 and received Americana's Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2006. Rolling Stone called his just-released new solo album Tarpaper Sky, "eloquent and often elegiac" and Crowell, "a country music trailblazer."
Based in Nashville, via Texas, 25-year-old singer songwriter, ROBERT ELLIS eludes categorization. With country nods to Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, his work also shows the meticulous craftsmanship and wordsmithing of Paul Simon and Randy Newman. He's intent on exploring all the byways of blues, soul, pop, and country. Ellis' latest album The Lights From the Chemical Plant tells stories of difficult romance, broken lives and urban landscapes with help from members of Deer Tick and Dawes (he has opened for both on tour) and a guest backing vocal from Jim Lauderdale.
AUGUST 8 at 7:30 pm
Reviewing Cassandra Wilson's recent 20th-anniversary performance at the Highline Ballroom of her "game-changing, breakthrough" album Blue Light 'Til Dawn, DownBeat wrote that the singer "demonstrated that she is in full control of one of the most flexible and dramatically expressive voices in jazz." With that album in which she reworked songs by Charles Brown, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ann Peebles and Robert Johnson, she rewrote the definition of what it means to be a jazz singer, incorporating blues, country, folk, and more, paving the way for a new generation of singers. Her set will feature songs from that acclaimed album. The two-time Grammy Award- winner continues her explorations with fresh, creative work that continues to defy categories.
The Campbell Brothers will perform the world premiere of A Sacred Steel Love Supreme (commissioned by Lincoln Center Out of Doors) in celebration of the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's landmark jazz work, A Love Supreme, with visuals created live and in response to the music, by Brock Monroe, of Joshua Light Show fame. The sacred steel gospel group The Campbell Brothers have brought the deep gospel-blues sounds of Sacred Steel to Lincoln Center on a number of previous occasions. Pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell, his brother, lap steel guitarist Darick Campbell, brother Phillip Campbell on electric guitar, Philip's son Carlton on drums, and guest vocalists perform in a tradition that has been an integral part of worship in the African-American Holiness-Pentecostal church repertoire (founded in 1903 by a Tennessee street preacher), that combines gospel with the growling, wailing, shouting and singing and swinging voice of the steel guitar.
AUGUST 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM
ROSANNE CASH, "Comes full circle as a storyteller and singer of exceptional grace and grit. It's among her finest work in a 35-year career, assured and at ease, and one of 2014's first great albums," is what The Boston Globe wrote about Rosanne Cash's The River & The Thread. Daughter of Americana music legend Johnny Cash, the chart-topping singer/songwriter has carved her own path as one of America's preeminent singer/songwriters. The River & The Thread is a kaleidoscopic examination of the geographic, emotional, and historic landscape of the American South in which Cash draws from country, blues, gospel, and rock to create a soulful mix encapsulating the region's many musical strands. Cash's closing set will feature songs from the album.
Long-time friends BUDDY MILLER and JIM LAUDERDALE have been making music together from more than 30 years since they met on New York's country music scene in the 1980s. Leading lights on the Americana and Nashville scenes, as singers/songwriters (and in Miller's case, star producer)-the two only got around to doing an album together in 2012 and fans couldn't be happier with the country-soul mix of originals and covers of Joe Tex, the Mississippi Sheiks, Jimmy McCraclin, and Johnnie & Jack. Jim is the longtime host and Buddy music director of the annual Americanafest Awards and they co-host the popular "The Buddy & Jim Show" on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country Channel. Buddy and Jim's excellent adventure returns to where it started, still packing a punch.
"Brooklyn Country" band THE LONE BELLOW released its self-titled debut album last December to wide acclaim including raves from USA Today, The New York Times, Paste, Forbes, and Filter. NPR simply stated, "The world of acoustic music is about to get a new household name." The Lone Bellow is lead singer and principal songwriter Zach Williams, singer and mandolin player Kanene Pipkin, and singer-guitarist Brian Elmquist. Georgia-born Williams began songwriting in 2005, during a prolonged stay at Atlanta's Shepherd Center after his wife's near fatal accident. The band's music reflects Williams' Southern roots, incorporating elements of rock, gospel, country, and blues.
All events are FREE; no tickets required. Visit LCOutofDoors.org for complete schedule.
Pictured: Rosanne Cash. Photo by Clay Patrick McBride.