2016 has been a tough year with the passing of so many of our heroes. We pay tribute to another of the greats on Thursday June 30th at Atwood’s Tavern with a celebration of the life and music of Merle Haggard. From early hits like “Mama Tried” and “Sing Me Back Home” to later career collaborations with fellow icons George Jones and Willie Nelson we’ll perform selections from throughout The Hag’s nearly six decade career. Authentic Bakersfield sound provided by local chicken picker extraordinaire Stan Martin and his band. Guests include Greg Klyma, Julie Rhodes, Chris Hersch, Susan Cattaneo, and many more.
This summer on a sweltering July evening I met with fellow songwriters Jay Psaros and Krista Baroni to record three new episodes for For the Sake of the Song. These videos were shot at Jay’s Hacienda studio in Rockland, MA in collaboration with PB&Jay Records (filmed by Katye Darling). We are thrilled with the fruits of this collaboration and hope it will be the first of many to come! Visit our episodes page to see all three or get a taste below with Krista Baroni performing Josh Ritter’s “Right Moves”:
For the Sake of the Song & New England to Nashville team up to celebrate the release of Jason Isbell’s new album Something More Than Free with two concerts Oct. 1st and 8th highlighting the songwriter’s impact on both Country and Americana genres.
“Jason Isbell is the best lyric writer of my generation. He lives at a level where even great writers can only visit.” -John Mayer
A rare crossover artist, with both critical acclaim and popular success, he excels in elevating the mundane to the mythic, whether tackling family feuds (“Decoration Day”), modern warfare (“Dress Blues”), or his own struggles with addiction (“Elephant”, “Danko/Manuel”).
In this special two night series we aim to demonstrate Isbell’s wide influence on artists in both the Americana and Country genres. Night 1 will take place at Atwood’s, arguably the capital of the rapidly expanding Cambridge roots/Americana scene while Night 2 will take place at Loretta’s Last Call, the honky tonk deep in the heart of Boston and each night will take a different flavor of Isbell’s songwriting, proving again why his latest album recently hit #1 on the Billboard album charts for Country, Folk, & Rock (simultaneously!)
Join us August 22nd at Johnny D’s as we get to the heart of the matter (the matter being rock n’ roll) with a special one-night Tribute to Sun Studios. Our incredible house band of Tony Savarino on guitar, Jesse Williams on bass, and Marco Giovino (who have collectively played with artists like Robert Plant, Susan Tedeschi, Buddy Miller, J. Geils Band, and many many more) will back up featured vocalists like Julie Rhodes, Susan Cattaneo, Barrett Anderson, Andrea Gillis, Patrick Coman, and many more. Tickets are $10 so get them while you can. BUY TICKETS HERE.
May 15th we are proud to present an encore performance of Songs Linda Taught Us: A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt. House band Comanchero will once again be joined by vocalists Susan Cattaneo, Jenee Halstead, Amy Fairchild, and Patrick Coman and we also welcome Carla Ryder to the fold. Join us as we close out the 2014-2015 season at the esteemed M & Thee coffeehouse series in Marblehead, MA.
We’ve had requests for some video from our debut performance of Songs Linda Taught Us our tribute to Linda Ronstadt and the songs she made famous. Here’s a crowd favorite Willin’, sung beautifully by Jenee Halstead, with help from Amy Fairchild, Susan Cattaneo, and Jenny Dee. Enjoy!
January 15th’s Linda Ronstadt Tribute “Songs Linda Taught Us” was just featured in the Boston Globe! Check it out at the link below and join us January 15th at Johnny D’s as we start out 2015 with a bang! Advance Tickets available HERE.
When Linda Ronstadt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April, Susan Cattaneo reacted like a lot of the singer’s fans: “Well, of course! Isn’t she in it already?”
In truth, the belated honor was overshadowed by the bigger bluster of bands such as Nirvana and Kiss. But Ronstadt, once known as the “Queen of Rock,” had 21 Top 40 hits in her heyday, from the late ’60s to the early ’80s …. (Read the full article here)
Today For the Sake of the Song founder Patrick Coman announced the release of a new album Reds & Blues. The album was inspired in large part by his work with the series, as explained in a post to PatrickComan.com:
The initial inspiration for Reds & Blues comes from Patrick’s concert series For the Sake of the Song, which spotlights current songwriters paying tribute to the artists who have inspired them. Explains Coman, “As we began our fourth year I was looking for ways to up the ante. We had already done everything from video episodes to full album concerts, so I thought it would interesting to put these influences on display in creating something brand new. It also seemed like a great opportunity for self-excavation so that I could really explore what music was down at my bedrock, because anything else I build will always be on top of that foundation.”
Click on the above video from DeSant Productions (producer of the most recent FSS Roadshow Episodes) for more information about the album or Pre-Order exclusively on PledgeMusic at:
Songs Linda Taught Us: A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt
A night celebrating the songs made famous by the legendary Linda Ronstadt, including songs originally written by Little Feat, the Rolling Stones, Warren Zevon, Neil Young, and many more! Featuring house band Comanchero and guest vocalists including Susan Cattaneo, Jenee Halstead, Jenny Dee (of Jenny Dee & The Deelinquets). January 15th at Johnny D’s!
We are excited to announce today that we will be helping local venue Johnny D’s to celebrate their 45th anniversary next month on August 15th. By awesome coincidence the date coincides with the 45th anniversary of Woodstock, so we’ll be celebrating with a special Songs of Woodstock show. Join us as some of the region’s best artists join our house band to play their favorites from The Band, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, and much more. Narragansett Beer will be bringing in some goodies (more on that later …)