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Quickly: I was a last minute side-note to a very cool event that happened last weekend at The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. Local music legend, Adam Levy, and Lily Troia of Invisible Button Entertainment put together a sold out show called “A Tribute to Al Kooper: Featuring Al Kooper“.

If you are unaware of the name Al Kooper, you wouldn’t be the first. However, I promise you that you have heard Al and you didn’t know it. Have you ever heard “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones? He produced that. Have you ever had a voyage into Southern Rock by listening to Lynyrd Synyrd? He discovered and produced them. You know that amazing organ part on “Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan? You guessed it, Al Kooper.

The first half of the evening was thick with talent and anticipation as local musicians Adam Levy, Alicia Wiley, Alison Scott, Kevin Bowe, Erik Koskinen, Brian Just, David Campbell, Martin Devaney, Kate Murray, Joe Savage, Ashleigh Still, John Eller [there are more… my hands are tired] performed Kooper’s songs with Al giving a pre recorded intro and story to each. After a short intermission, Kooper himself took the stage.

The encore was especially cool to me as I was able to take the stage with all of these fine folks to sing half a verse of “Like A Rolling Stone”, sandwiched between Erik Koskinen and Martin Devaney and Mr Al Kooper to my right grinding away at the Hammond organ. What a thrill!

I sat back and recalled the short period of time that made that experience possible. You see, we played Palmer’s on Thursday with Patches & Gretchen. It was hot and sticky and sweaty and awesome. With the absence of Steve Goold, we had our friend Jeffrey Dunitz beating on some noise makers and Cory Eischen provided us with a robotic drummer to fill in the rest. It was so weird!

Halfway through that set, the door flung open and there was Lily, Adam, and Al. My first internal reaction was You brought him to this gig!?!? I tried to forget that there was a musical legend in the room and the five of us rocked the end of that set as hard as we could with what we had (Levy hopped on some percussion for our closer, making it extra cool and unique).

To make a long story short, I was able to have a really nice conversation with someone I never thought I’d meet (much less at Palmer’s) and I got an invite to sing on stage with them all on Sunday.

Al Kooper Tribute by Stephen Cohen
Photo by Stephen Cohen

My lesson: You never know who you’ll run into at Palmer’s.

Thanks Lily, Adam, and Al.
.rp

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CD Release Show will be Friday, June 19th at The 331 Club in Minneapolis with Eliza Blue, Brian Just, and Special Guests

The date is set and we are ready to roll. I am so pleased about our friends who will be joining us on stage at the 331 Club. Eliza Blue has played with us before and we love her music dearly. Brian Just is a musician I have followed for a good year now.  I have been so impressed with his songwriting and band.

I also want to take the time to recognize some of the musicians who came into the studio to help us out on a few tracks:

Janey Winterbauer has been one of my favorite vocalists in Minneapolis since the first time I heard her sing (which was November of 2007). I remember sitting at the Varsity Theater watching Janey and Marc perform and feeling my heart melt into my shoes. When I asked Janey to sing on La Vita Nuova, I was not sure what to expect. What we got was greatness. La Vita Nuova engineer, DP and I were grinning ear to ear. THE ARDENT and I are so grateful for her.

Jimmy Peterson and I go back a little bit further (whether he knows it or not). In 2001 I heard Home Late by Bellwether. I very quickly became a big fan. To this day I listen to Bellwether more than I care to admit. While Wilco, Ryan Adams, and The Jayhawks influenced me very much, Bellwether is the reason I play Americana music. I can also safely say that Bellwether is/was my favorite music group of my lifetime.
So… Jimmy Peterson (of Bellwether, Missing Numbers, The 757s) came in to grace our record with some guitar work that only he is capable of playing. We are forever indebted to Jimmy for the flavor he put on the tunes he played on.

I would also like to recognize Kevin Bowe for doing the mastering of La Vita Nuova. I couldn’t believe my ears when he said “yes”. The guy is a genious and a legend.

And who could forget THE ARDENT. I could gush for hours. They are my good friends. They are family. They are some of the most talented musicians I have ever played with.

So we’ll see you on June 19th. I am not sure on all the details yet, but it will be wild!

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