photo by Michel Verlinden
photo by Michel Verlinden
Paul Rishell and Annie Raines are bidding a fond farewell to their old stomping grounds, Johnny D's in Somerville, which is closing early next year.
We'll be joined by wunderkind bassist/vocalist/songwriter Brad Bensko, folk soprano Christie Flemming and more special guests to be announced! Be prepared for a kaleidoscope of musical influences, a swirl of old wisdom and young energy!
The Burren is one of Somerville's premier listening rooms for American Roots Music. Come on down to Davis Square and enjoy their laid-back, family atmosphere and good Irish pub food!
Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock, NY
a benefit for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
Featuring Happy Traum, John Sebastian, Cindy Cashdollar and Eugene Ruffalo, plus Rishell & Raines and many more special guests
Reserve early as these shows tend to sell out quickly!
An intimate show with in a room full of history in the heart of Harvard Square. with special guests Brad Bensko and more!
47 Palmer St., Cambridge, MA
With special guests Brad Bensko and more!
The coffeehouse is held at
The Unitarian-Universalist Church of Nashua, NH
58 Lowell Street | Nashua, NH 03064
With special guests Brad Bensko, Christie Flemming and more!
Venue: Beal House
Address: 222 Main St
City: Kingston, MA
We have had a busy year, teaching country blues at Berklee, traveling to Minneapolis to teach and play for a group of 450 Music Therapists, and playing gigs with our growing band, Mojo Rodéo (pronounced Ro-DAY-oh). We've just posted a video of the band on YouTube (and on our "Video" page) singing 5-part harmony on a Junior Wells and Buddy Guy song, "Little by Little." We've always been privileged to have great musicians in our band and well as great people we can learn from.
The musical pairing of Paul Rishell and Annie Raines has been likened to a match made in Blues Heaven, following in the footsteps of virtuosic duos like Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters and Little Walter, and Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy. They have recorded 6 albums together, including MOVING TO THE COUNTRY, the W.C. Handy Award Winner for Acoustic Blues Album of the Year, and received multiple nominations for Blues Music Awards.
A few musings on the change of seasons as time yanks us forward like a puppy on a leash: Musicians are in the business of keeping time. With or without formal training, we need to recognize the difference between quarter notes and triplets, "swing time" and "straight eighths," and revere the existence of a "pocket." Ironically, many of us are chronically tardy for real-world appointments, and frequently have empty pockets.
(Annie is traveling by train and other conveyances to Mississippi and St. Louis to teach and perform at some harmonica workshops, "jam camps" and festivals this week and next. The following road blog is a work in progress.)
Day four,Tallapoosa, GA, Alabama State Line