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Ian Richardson, Duxbury troubador

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Ian Richardson

I first met Ian Richardson when he was a 16 year old kid looking to drum in my Boston area Grateful Dead cover band, American Beauty, back in the 90’s. He did an exceptional job and played several gigs with us as an underage musician. Don’t tell anyone. He has since pulled a David Grohl and become a formidable guitarist-singer-songwriter. One of his songs (“The Beer Song” if I’m not mistaken) made the scrap pile of an MTV feature, which must be worthy of SOME kind of honor. He’s also one of several of my Boston friends who has personally encountered Juliana Hatfield (see post below). An excerpt of that went like this:
Ian: “So I’m from Duxbury, too!”
Juliana: “I’m sorry.”
Go check out Ian’s myspace page and listen to his track “Nothing At All.” Then consider buying his CD Surrogate Mind. You can hear Ian live on almost any given night in the Boston area.

PS: found this impromptu performance by Ian on youtube.

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June 29, 2011 at 8:35 am

Posted in folk, music, rock, songwriter

Bill Morrissey – acclaimed folk songwriter from New Hampshire

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Bill Morrisey -Standing Eight

If you are a songwriter with folk tastes and you haven’t heard Bill Morrissey’s 1989 releaseĀ Standing Eight, find a way to do so. Once you get past Bill’s odd singing voice and his phrasing, which do (thankfully) grow on you after a bit, you have an amazing collection of songs by one of the more gifted living songwriters in New England. They run the gamut from comical to downright morose – but they’re mostly very memorable. When I was with The Black Finks, I used to cover “She’s That Kind of Mystery.”

Here’s a clip of Bill playing the opening track Handsome Molly live.

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June 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

Posted in folk, music, songwriter