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Kelly Joe Phelps live @ the Knitting Factory
with the Zubot & Dawson Band
New York City
March 12th, 2003
Kelly Joe Phelps - vocals, guitar
Steve Dawson - weissenborn
Jesse Zubot - violin & mandolin
Eliot Polsky - drums, percussion
Keith Lowe - acoustic bass
recorded to MD
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I love this place. It's a grungy out-of-the-way venue in lower Manhattan. A refreshing look-the-other-way attitude towards taping. All one has to do is get there early and as it's sit-where-you-will seating, head right for the upstairs and get a front row balcony seat. Which I did. And after setting up both the MD and DAT (recorded on both as I'm not 100% familiar with the DAT controls yet) - taping the mics that fed the DAT to the front of the balcony (out of voice-shot so I could whishper safely to Sarah (met through an exchange of e-mails after she read review of last December's show I posted to the official KJP site) and her friend Rachael.......
Zubot & Dawson (and a stand-up bass player and percussionist - and I do mean percussionist...more later on that) opened and played a 45-minute set. Zubot plays violin and mandolin, Dawson plays lap-slide, though technically it's called a weissenhorn. They sound like a quasi-blue-grass-jazz-band. At times the music flows, at times it enters a short (Thankfully!) Grateful Dead "Space-Jam" area, with a hint of Zappaesque instumental humor. Dawson uses banjo-finger-picks. Zubot occasionally taps the violin strings with his bow, and more often plucks the strings to add a nice counterpoint to the slide notes. the bass player also uses a bow at times, so now and then you'll hear a nice sound of three string instruments played somewhat unconventionally. (I mean, a stand-up bass in a Country Westernish tune?) and the percussionist pulled out more gizmos, gadgets, and whatchamacallits that he resembled a sex-toy salesman plying his wares....and I mean that in a nice-n-naughty way....
Zubot & Dawson
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