Triple Played: Big show drough nearly over

When it comes to live music in this valley, it is either feast or famine” is a comment I have heard from countless customers through the years at Triple Play Records.

I have to say I agree with that statement more often than not.

For example, quickly think of the last “big” concert you have seen or heard about in the Grand Valley. By “big” I mean someone who has been around long enough to have put out more than five sell-able recordings. Time’s up!

If you thought of Michael Bolton, then you’re right. I heard it was a great show, although that depends on how big of a fan you are. I figure most everyone who was there is a pretty big fan.

I am not, but I definitely recognize and respect Bolton’s considerable talents.

I did, however, get to see half of his great band at a Blues Jam, and I am sure glad I did.

Right now, I can’t think of any other “big” show in the last six months here in happy valley, but that drought is just about over.

Starting with a solo acoustic show from James McMurtry, the man Stephen King called America’s best living singer/songwriter, on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Mesa Theater and Lounge, things are looking up.

When I interviewed McMurtry before his last show in Grand Junction, I asked him if he got to meet any of the actors from “Lonesome Dove” during filming since his father, Larry, was a writer for the TV mini-series. I specifically wanted to know about Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones, two of my favorites.

McMurtry said that not only did he get to meet them, he had a part in the mini-series as the skinny little kid who wouldn’t go into the cathouse at the start of the show. I had to go back and check it out.

Thursday’s show will be McMurtry’s first time here as a solo acoustic act and it should be great.

Then, on Friday, Feb. 22, legendary country giants the Oak Ridge Boys will make an appearance at Avalon Theatre.

These guys have been at it for more than 40 years. I can remember listening to their “Y’all Come Back Saloon” LP in college. I think we have all of their numerous LPs at Triple Play.

The Young Dubliners will perform on March 7 at the Mesa Theater in a show sponsored by Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub. This outstanding Celtic-rock outfit will get you fired up for St. Paddy’s Day.

Greg Brown, another great singer/songwriter, will bring his unique form of storytelling and song writing to Mesa Theater on March 8.

I first saw Brown here in 1995 and will always be thankful to him for sitting in on an Acoustic Sunday show for a very special hour.

America, one of my favorite country rock bands from the 1970s, will be stopping by Avalon Theatre on March 14 as part of its 40th anniversary tour.

I bought America’s first LP in 1972 and was able to see the band for the first time as a trio at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 1977 in one of my favorite concerts.

And this may go down as the finest “bluegrass” show to ever grace the Grand Valley:

Sam Bush and Del McCoury will play together on March 23 at the Avalon Theatre.

McCoury, who was part of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, and Bush, founder of New Grass Revival, are two of the genre’s most distinguished and respected artists.

Local favorite Stray Grass will open this show.

Finally, look for John Hiatt to be here in July, and stay tuned.

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. Email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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