New releases, live shows in GJ put excitement in music scene

It sure looks to me like April is going to be a great month for music both live and recorded.

There are some excellent new releases on the way and there is also some exciting live music scheduled for Grand Junction.


For Tuesday, April 5, there are several new releases of note.

From Kinks front man Ray Davies comes “See My Friends.”

Davies is joined by names such as Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Alex Chilton, Lucinda Williams and Billy Corgan as Davies pays tribute to his legendary band covering 16 songs including “You Really Got Me,” “Lola Waterloo Sunset” and “Till the End Of the Day.”

Hot Tuna is back with “Steady as She Goes.”

This is the first new studio record from Hot Tuna in 20 years and features Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassidy.

This album, recorded at Levon Helm’s Studios in Woodstock and produced by Grammy winner Larry Campbell, is a must for all fans with its classic retro Hot Tuna mix of acoustic and electric tunes.

Robbie Robertson, the legendary founding member and chief songwriter of the Band, is back with his first new release since 1998’s “Contact From the Underworld of Redboy” with “How To Become Clairvoyant.”

Robertson’s trademark murky, swampy rock groove is very evident here as he presents a dozen great songs, with “When the Night Was Young,” “This is Where I Get Off” and “Won’t Be Back” as my early favorites.

Also on Tuesday are two Marshall Tucker-related releases.

The original version of Marshall Tucker Band’s greatest hits will be released with six bonus tracks.

Lead singer Doug Grey’s incredible “Soul of the South” EP, recorded with the band in 1981, is finally being released as something other than a bootleg.

Look for April releases from Bob Dylan (live 1963), Alison Krauss and Union Station, Paul Simon, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Steve Miller, Lucky Peterson and the Foo Fighters among others.


Willie Nelson is on the road again.

This time it is called the Country Throwdown Tour and Nelson’s road is bringing him to Grand Junction for a sold-out show at Two Rivers Convention Center on April 22.

If you already have tickets, good for you. If you don’t, well, good luck.

Arlo Guthrie, his son Abe and the Burns Sisters will perform 7:30 p.m. April 19 at the Avalon Theatre.

Arlo Guthrie, the son of Woody Guthrie, puts on an excellent show and this one should be no exception.

I have seen Arlo Guthrie on all three of his other concert stops in Grand Junction and was thoroughly entertained each time.

In fact, I think it is the hardest I have ever laughed at any concert. If you have never seen Arlo Guthrie, you owe it to yourself to go to this show.

Texas singer/songwriter Darden Smith is going to get the month started at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in the Roper Ballroom.

This intimate show should not be missed, especially if you like the laid-back music of soft-spoken Texas musicians. I know I sure do!

I am sure Smith will feature songs from his new CD, “Marathon,” as well as many of your favorites.

If you would like to make a song request, Smith has graciously agreed to make an in-store appearance at 4 p.m. Saturday at Triple Play Records for a meet-and-greet, and I know he will be available after the show as well.

It’s April, let the music play!

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Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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