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Live at the Anchorage 2.0
  • Artist: Niagara Rhythm Section
  • Label: CD Baby
  • UPC: 676868176128
  • Item #: SRD817612
  • Genre: Blues
  • Release Date: 11/4/2008
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  • Rank: 1000000000
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Live at the Anchorage 2.0 on CD

Live at the Anchorage CD review Canadian Blues. Ca Niagara Rhythm Section - Live At The Anchorage 1.0... Niagara Rhythm Section - Live At The Anchorage 1.0 - Shed 07-12 Niagara Rhythm Section - Live At The Anchorage 2.0 - Shed 08-13 Written By John Taylor There are tons of gigs like this going on across the country - seasoned musicians, holding court as invited guests make each week's show a special event ... Some, of course, do it better than others. Together since 2004, The Niagara Rhythm Section play like the dream band every guest longs for - tight yet supple, responding to the musical needs of the moment with assurance and aplomb, accomplished enough to get along quite well on their own, yet selfless enough to concentrate on making the star shine. The NRS consists of bassist Steve Goldberger (bandleader and producer, he's responsible for recording and mixing), with Steve Grisbrook on guitars and Herb Nelson on keys. Drummer Dave Norris and percussionist Penner McKay provide the propulsion. The theme on Volume 1.0 is predominantly bluesy, beginning with the relaxed "Early In The Morning" that kicks things off. Guests are primarily local legends, though all are first-rate performers. There's Chuck Jackson, Downchild's current vocalist, who contributes fine harmonica to the rhumba-rhythm "Who's Been Talking." Fathead's John Mays is typically soulful on "Georgia Swing," while Johnny Max gets suitably swampy on a sizzling "Polk Salad Annie." Tony Springer, who's worked with the likes of David Bowie, brings a funky sensibility to Bob Marley's immortal "Stir It Up," and Lance Anderson nails the Memphis groove of "Green Onions" on the B3 he actually lugs from gig to gig. Things come to a fitting close with the belly-rubbing "Talk To Me," done here with classic bar-band beer-bottle bravado. Volume 2.0 is a little more varied, from the opener (and NRS theme song) "Looking For The Heart Of Saturday Night," here treated as an easy-going shuffle, to a extended, funked-up instrumental take on Ellington's "Don't get Around Much Anymore." There's foot-stomping bluegrass ("Can't Stop My Heart From Loving You,"), balls-to-the-wall rock 'n' roll with John Dickie leading a furious romp through "Long Tall Sally," the obligatory Stones cover (Paul Martin, "Sympathy For The Devil," with Martin Alex Aucoin sparkling on keys), and a spine-tingling "I'd Rather Go Blind" courtesy of Gayle Ackroyd. Return appearances include Chuck Jackson supplying the Bob Marley content with "No Woman No Cry," Lance Anderson playing both piano and accordion on Professor Longhair's "Back To New Orleans," and Tony Springer, whose interplay with Grisbrook on "I Play The Blues For You" is a highlight. ...If you are looking for an instant party platter, one that puts you in the party, either volume will provide a suitable soundtrack - Goldberger's production strikes a fine balance between clean sound and a lively ambiance. ...Both volumes are eminently likeable outings by a solid, unpretentious, and uniformly excellent cast. Real music by real players - it's a good thing! ----------------------------------------------------------- 'Niagara Rhythm Section and guests is best entertainment value in Niagara' - Bob & Terry Wheatley, NOTL ' ...one of the town's best sources of entertainment - Steve Goldberger and the Niagara Rhythm Section at the Anchorage every Saturday night. The three times I have been during the past three months I am amazed ...to hear some truly excellent musicians. God bless Steve for his enthusiasm and persistence... Come on NOTL residents, get out and enjoy the fun.' - Jon Nicholls, (letter to the Editor, Niagara Advance) '...Later that same night ... I dropped in on Steve Goldberger and the band over at The Ancorage in Niagara-On-The-Lake. Besides Steve on (kicking) bass, there was Dennis Keldie on (steaming) keys, Steve Grisbrook on (burning) guitar, Mark Inneo on (smoking) drums, and Penner McKay on (smoldering) percussion. Why are these guys so @#$% good?' - Greg Holmes '...brother let me tell ya, you guy's are the tits!!. if your music was a gumbo, i'd have to say i tasted so many spices including, but not limited to, afro celtic sound system, dave grusin, toots thielman, djanjo rienhardt, stephan grappelli, hot tuna, the chieftains, Jackson browne, victor wooten. Man, the spices just kept goin' on.' - another satisfied music lover ------------------------------------------------------------ This is the second volume of a series of live recordings featuring Niagara Music Award winners, The Niagara Rhythm Section, Canada's hottest back-up band and their weekly guests. The Niagara Rhythm Section has been performing every Saturday night since 2003 at The Anchorage Inn in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. Steve Goldberger on bass and vocals, Dave Norris on drums, Penner MacKay on percussion (all verteran musicians originally hailing from Toronto) and Herb Nelson on keyboards are the core of the band with several rotating guitar players filling out the mix. (Steve Grisbrook, Ed Kopala and others) Each week they invite a different Canadian artist to be their guest and the put on an unrehearsed two-hour show of live improvised music. Their guests have included both well-known Canadian name artists as well as some of the most in demand studio musicians in the country. They come from far and wide to spend a night with these stellar musicians and groove on the wonderful vibe. Some of the guests artists over the years have been: Chuck Jackson, Tony Springer, Carlos Del Junco, Lance Anderson, Denis Keldie, Johnny Max, Gayle Ackroyd, Mark Lalama, John Dickie, Steve Grisbrook, John Mays, Al Lerman, Danny Marks, Jerome Godboo, Neil Chapman, Whiskey Jack, Tom Leighton & Conrad Kipping, Blair Packham, and many more amazing talents. Most weeks, bandleader and record producer, Steve Goldberger will lug his 16 track mobile recording rig down to the club and record the show. Produced and mixed later at his "Hitsville NOTL/Shed Studios, these CD's are a result of these efforts and capture some of the amazing moments and great improvised jams. Live at the Anchorage 2.0 features 12 tracks a variety of styles and artists. - Chuck Jackson lead does a great reggae version of Bob Marley's, "No Woman No Cry". - Lance Anderson does Professor Longhair's "Back to New Orleans" - Mark Rutherford does a swampy version of Ellington's, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - Tony Springer sings an soulful version of Albert King's, "I Play the Blues for You" - Gayle Ackroyd does a heartfelt version of Etta James', "I'd Rather Go Blind" - Mark Lalama does a great medley of Randy Newman's, "You Can Leave Your Hat On" combined with Billy Preston's, "Nothin' From Nothin" and "Will it go Round in Circles" - John Dickie rocks out on the classic, "Long Tall Sally" - Paul Martin and Martin Aucoin tear up the joint with the Stones', "Sympathy for the Devil" - Bob McNiven does a great bluegrass tune, "Can't Stop My Heart From Loving You" - Suzanne Hyatt funks the house with the classic, "Standing on Shaky Ground" - And Steve Goldberger sings a couple heart-felt tunes including Tom Waites', "The Heart of Saturday Night" and the Fringe Locals' signature tune, "Come From the Heart" written by Susanna Clarke and Richard Leigh Live at the Anchorage CD review Canadian Blues. Ca Niagara Rhythm Section - Live At The Anchorage 1.0... Niagara Rhythm Section - Live At The Anchorage 1.0 - Shed 07-12 Niagara Rhythm Section - Live At The Anchorage 2.0 - Shed 08-13 Written By John Taylor There are tons of gigs like this going on across the country - seasoned musicians, holding court as invited guests make each week's show a special event ... Some, of course, do it better than others. Together since 2004, The Niagara Rhythm Section play like the dream band every guest longs for - tight yet supple, responding to the musical needs of the moment with assurance and aplomb, accomplished enough to get along quite well on their own, yet selfless enough to concentrate on making the star shine. The NRS consists of bassist Steve Goldberger (bandleader and producer, he's responsible for recording and mixing), with Steve Grisbrook on guitars and Herb Nelson on keys. Drummer Dave Norris and percussionist Penner McKay provide the propulsion. The theme on Volume 1.0 is predominantly bluesy, beginning with the relaxed "Early In The Morning" that kicks things off. Guests are primarily local legends, though all are first-rate performers. There's Chuck Jackson, Downchild's current vocalist, who contributes fine harmonica to the rhumba-rhythm "Who's Been Talking." Fathead's John Mays is typically soulful on "Georgia Swing," while Johnny Max gets suitably swampy on a sizzling "Polk Salad Annie." Tony Springer, who's worked with the likes of David Bowie, brings a funky sensibility to Bob Marley's immortal "Stir It Up," and Lance Anderson nails the Memphis groove of "Green Onions" on the B3 he actually lugs from gig to gig. Things come to a fitting close with the belly-rubbing "Talk To Me," done here with classic bar-band beer-bottle bravado. Volume 2.0 is a little more varied, from the opener (and NRS theme song) "Looking For The Heart Of Saturday Night," here treated as an easy-going shuffle, to a extended, funked-up instrumental take on Ellington's "Don't get Around Much Anymore." There's foot-stomping bluegrass ("Can't Stop My Heart From Loving You,"), balls-to-the-wall rock 'n' roll with John Dickie leading a furious romp through "Long Tall Sally," the obligatory Stones cover (Paul Martin, "Sympathy For The Devil," with Martin Alex Aucoin sparkling on keys), and a spine-tingling "I'd Rather Go Blind" courtesy of Gayle Ackroyd. Return appearances include Chuck Jackson supplying the Bob Marley content with "No Woman No Cry," Lance Anderson playing both piano and accordion on Professor Longhair's "Back To New Orleans," and Tony Springer, whose interplay with Grisbrook on "I Play The Blues For You" is a highlight. ...If you are looking for an instant party platter, one that puts you in the party, either volume will provide a suitable soundtrack - Goldberger's production strikes a fine balance between clean sound and a lively ambiance. ...Both volumes are eminently likeable outings by a solid, unpretentious, and uniformly excellent cast. Real music by real players - it's a good thing!