Greetings and welcome to this week's Reservoir Music Notes. Well, we lost another one this week. The great blues guitarist, harp player, and vocalist, Louisiana Red, passed away February 25 at the age of 80. Red was a three time W.C. Handy Award winner, and had played and recorded with some of the immortals of the genre. Now he's immortal. RIP Red.
Strangely enough, almost all of this week's live music picks are in the city. The only local show I'm recommending this week is The CKS BAND at The Falcon in Marlborough, and they are strongly recommended! So I'm going to take this opportunity to profile the band, who I consider one of the most promising and exciting new bands to come along in a while! They're not really a brand new band though, as the members have played together in other outfits for a long time. Consisting of drummer Randy Ciarlante, keyboardist Bruce Katz, and guitar player Scott Sharrard, all three are world class players who never fail to put on a great show.
Randy Ciarlante, one of my favorite drummers and an awesome singer, has been a fixture on the Hudson Valley music scene for a long time. A member of The Band in later incarnations, Randy has also played with Jim Weider's percolator, The Honky Tonk Gurus, The Levon Helm Band, and along with Bruce, was a member of the precursor to CKS, The Organiks.
Bruce Katz, a three time W.C. Handy Award nominee for Piano Player of the Year, is a member of the Gregg Allman Band, and also plays regularly with Delbert McClinton, John Hammond,and leads his own Bruce Katz Band. Bruce is a soulful master of the keyboard!
Scott, also a member of Gregg Allman's band, has been called "Gregg Allman's secret weapon".
Together, these three master musician's can't be anything but great, and I think they've finally found the right configuration of members to take it to the next level. If these guys aren't touring nationally and opening shows for artists who are household names by this time next year, I'll eat your lunch! Well what did you think, I'd eat a hat? Saturday, March 3 at The Falcon in Marlborough with added bonus of David Kraai and Amy Laber as opening act!
And now for the best of the rest. All of these shows are in Manhattan, except where noted.
Well, that's a damn fine week of music…IF you're downstate. In the Hudson Valley, if you wanna rock this week, you better show up at The Falcon.
Have a great week.
Fred Perry is the owner of Reservoir Music Center on Route 28 in Shokan, and founding member of Alt-Country supergroup, The Brooklyn Cowboys, is from a 3rd generation musical family and lives in the Hudson Valley, where he does what he can to promote live music.