First off, big thanks to everybody who has supported Old Man Kelly in various ways throughout this whirlwind of a year. For those who’ve missed out, this year has seen two album releases (one from Old Man Kelly and one from The Don’t Tell Darlings) and over 100 live performances so far. That’s a whole lot of music and dancing, and it’s only October. But there’s lots more to come. In collaboration with the River Laker Cultural Center, I’ve been assembling a monthly square dance at the Marketplace at 16 West in Roanoke. The next dance is tonight, starring Northern Roots String Band, a bunch of young musicians from Sweden and Vermont:
The following dance at 16 West will be Friday, Nov. 22, with Old Man Kelly and the Streetsweepers. Speaking of the Streetsweepers, we’ll be participating in the Land Jam, a benefit concert for the New River Land Trust, at the Lyric Theater on Saturday, Nov. 9, sharing a bill with Laura Beth and Clover Hollow. And speaking of dances, I’ll be calling dances this Saturday at the Glade Road Growing Harvest Dance (2351 Glade Road, Blacksburg) with string band Farm Use Only. An amazing farm dinner will proceed the dance at 6pm!
If you missed the Old Man Kelly album release, you can still get a CD at a live show, or online:
You can also buy a digital copy via CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, and the other usual suspects. The album is twelve songs of original and traditional music, and I’ve been pretty excited about the response it’s been getting so far.
Also exciting is the new Don’t Tell Darlings album, “Salt for Salt”:
This is a digital-only release of nine new songs recorded on our farewell beach vacation before the band parted ways to get married and have babies and such. It contains some of my favorite Darlings cuts to date, and is not to be missed.
That’s it for now. Hope fall finds you well, and remember: get off my lawn and come out to a show!
Old Man Kelly Fall 2013 Dates:
- Thu 10/17/2013: Roanoke Urban Barn Dance (with Northern Roots String Band), Marketplace at 16 West, Roanoke, VA
- Sat 10/19/2013: Harvest Dance, Glade Road Farm (with Farm Use Only), Blacksburg, VA
- Thu 10/31/2013: Gillie’s (as Old Man Kelly), Blacksburg, VA
- Sat 11/2/2013: The Cellar (with Welcome to Hoonah), Blacksburg, VA
- Mon 11/4/2013: Mountain Justice Pie Auction, Gillie’s, Blacksburg, VA
- Tue 11/5/2013: Due South BBQ (with Bob Chew), Christiansburg, VA
- Fri 11/8/2013: Due South BBQ (with Bob Chew), Christiansburg, VA
- Sat 11/9/2013: Land Jam (with Old Man Kelly and The Streetsweepers), Lyric Theater, Blacksburg, VA
- Fri 11/15/2013: Perspectives Gallery (as Old Man Kelly), Squires Student Center, Virginia Tech campus
- Fri 11/22/2013: Roanoke Urban Barn Dance (with Old Man Kelly and the Streetsweepers), Marketplace at 16 West, Roanoke, VA
- Sat 11/23/2013: London Underground Pub (as Old Man Kelly), Blacksburg, VA
- Mon 12/2/2013: Due South BBQ (with Bob Chew), Christiansburg, VA
- Fri 12/13/2013: Due South BBQ (with Bob Chew), Christiansburg, VA
It’s finally happening — Old Man Kelly is releasing his first solo CD, “Songs, Stories, Shanties and Shenanigans”. The release party happens on May 31, at the Fatso Ballroom in Blacksburg, VA, starting at 8pm.
The band for the release party will be Old Man Kelly and The Streetsweepers, featuring Matt Labarge on piano, Nathan Bowles on drums, Chris Printz on the doghouse bass, and Old Man Kelly on guitar, banjo, vocals and/or shenanigans. THIS IS DANCE MUSIC, PEOPLE — we’ll be throwing down honky-tonk, rockabilly, jump blues, and whatever else you might care to pick up. Bring your booze, bring your shoes, and shake your blues away. There will be a $5 cover to pay for this very-kick-ass band.
We’ll have a potluck starting around 8pm, so bring your food, too. Music will start around 9 and run until 11 or so. There will be contests in which you can win your very own copy of “Songs, Stories, Shanties and Shenanigans”. This will also be the first time and place the album goes on sale, so it’s pretty much your best chance to say “I was there way before it was cool.”
Not that it won’t already be cool. Because it is. Get off my lawn. Come out to the show.
Friday, May 31, 8pm
1321 Panorama Dr,
Blacksburg, VA 24060
$5 at the door
Other Old Man Kelly dates for May and June:
- 5/7 (T) — Due South BBQ, Christiansburg, VA (with Bob Chew)
- 5/10 (F) — Blues BBQ, Roanoke, VA (with Welcome to Hoonah)
- 5/16 (Th) — Cornerstone Bar, Roanoke, VA (with Welcome to Hoonah)
- 5/23 (Th) — Cornerstone Bar, Roanoke, VA (with Welcome to Hoonah)
- 5/24 (F) — The H2O Heater, Roanoke, VA (with Betse Ellis)
- 5/26 (Su) — Billy Goat’s Hoedown, WUVT 90.7 Blacksburg
- 5/30 (Th) — Cornerstone Bar, Roanoke, VA (with Welcome to Hoonah)
- 5/31 (F) — CD RELEASE PARTY, Fatso Ballroom, Blacksburg, VA (with The Streetsweepers)
- 6/4 (T) — Due South BBQ, Christiansburg, VA (with Bob Chew)
- 6/7 (F) — Clifton Forge Amphitheatre, Clifton Forge, VA (with Welcome to Hoonah)
- 6/12 (W) — Blacksburg Farmer’s Market, Blacksburg, VA (with Welcome to Hoonah)
- 6/14 (F) — Whiskey Jar, Charlottesville, VA (with Welcome to Hoonah)
- 6/15 (S) — Fardowners, Crozet, VA (with Welcome to Hoonah)
- 6/22 (S) — The Quarter, Roanoke, VA (with Fat Tuesdays)
The Old Man Kelly Couch By Couchwest video has been posted! Thanks to all the hardworking folks at CXCW2013, where the beer is cheaper and the only hipster is you.
The show schedule tells me that I’ve been busy! Effective immediately, you can catch Old Man Kelly nearly every Wednesday night at T. Flynn’s Pub in Blacksburg. (The exception is the second Wednesday of the month, when they host a traditional Irish music session. No matter what Wednesday you show up, you can’t go wrong.) I’m also excited to announce that I’ve hooked up with Roanoke super-group Welcome to Hoonah, taking over fiddle and pedal steel guitar duties. You’ll see a pile of Hoonah shows on the Old Man Kelly schedule, as well as on the Welcome to Hoonah web site. Add in the usual seasoning of square dances and Jugbusters shows, and the winter calendar is bursting with musical goodness.
The new album has been slow coming out, mostly because I’ve kept thinking of (or writing) more songs that seem too good to pass up. But the recording is now finished; the mixing is now finished. All that remains is the mastering, manufacturing, and the other details that convert these things from a concept to a product. The new target release date is May 2013, so sit tight. Also sit tight for a new Don’t Tell Darlings release in the coming months — that bun is nearly out of the oven.
And get off my lawn. And come to a show!
Old Man Kelly February/March dates:
- 2/20 (Wednesday) — T. Flynn’s Pub, Blacksburg, VA (solo)
- 2/21 (Thursday) — Square Dance, Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV (calling)
- 2/23 (Saturday) — Awful Arthur’s, Salem, VA (Welcome to Hoonah)
- 2/27 (Wednesday) — T. Flynn’s Pub, Blacksburg, VA (solo)
- 3/01 (Friday) — 419 West, Roanoke, VA (Welcome to Hoonah)
- 3/02 (Saturday) — T. Flynn’s Pub, Blacksburg, VA (solo)
- 3/05 (Tuesday) — Due South BBQ, Christiansburg, VA (with Bob Chew)
- 3/06 (Wednesday) — T. Flynn’s Pub, Blacksburg, VA (solo)
- 3/08 (Friday) — Floyd Country Store, Floyd, VA (The Jugbusters)
- 3/09 (Saturday) — Private Party, Riner, VA (The Jugbusters)
- 3/15 (Friday) — The Horseshoe, Roanoke, VA (Welcome to Hoonah)
- 3/16 (Saturday) — Annie Moore’s, Roanoke, VA (Welcome to Hoonah)
- 3/17 (Sunday) — T. Flynn’s Pub, Blacksburg, VA (solo)
- 3/20 (Wednesday) — T. Flynn’s Pub, Blacksburg, VA (solo)
- 3/23 (Saturday) — Rock the Blocks, Blacksburg, VA (solo / The Jugbusters)
- 3/24 (Sunday) — The Palisades, Eggleston, VA (solo)
- 3/27 (Wednesday) — T. Flynn’s Pub, Blacksburg, VA (solo)
- 3/30 (Saturday) — Rowdy Square Dance, Durham, NC (The Five Points Rounders)
A few cool dates this month: the Sunday, I’ll be sitting in with the house band at the Floyd Country Store, playing with old-time superstars Jaso Philips and Joe “Bass” Dejarnette. Monday night, I’ll be working in the studio with some other NRV musicians, hacking away at the long-awaited Old Man Kelly solo record. This Tuesday, you can catch me at Due South BBQ in Christiansburg, swapping tunes with the venerable Bob Chew after we cast our respective ballots, cancel out each other’s votes, and then sing honky-tonk in a show of musical bipartisanship. Wednesday night I return to T. Flynn’s Irish Pub in Blacksburg for the usual songs, stories, shanties and shenanigans. I’m also calling dances at a couple of private events this month, and possibly at a not-so-private event at the end of the month. Stay tuned for details!