All in all, How Long is an unassuming gem that reveals a sincere and talented musician and songwriter finding his sweet spot with a killer band.
Stephen Inglis manages to find open space in the sometimes crowded field of Grateful Dead tributes. On Cut the Dead Some Slack, the Honolulu-based troubadour (with vocal harmony assistance from radio host and musician David Gans) offers a pleasing array of acoustic-based songs, demonstrating his dexterous chops on Hawaiian slack key guitar, guitarlele and the good old six string.
The audience danced, sang and grooved to the consistently inspired sound of the tight four-piece, which included Jay Lane on drums and Wavy Dave Burlingame on bass. It was a magical evening that demonstrated the power of live music performed by a talented band in a relaxed setting.
New releases by MiZ and Boris Garcia keep the dream alive . . .
Steve Kimock’s new CD Satellite City features him in a mix of styles, from his trademark explorational improvisation to song-based fare featuring Leslie Mendelson. TipJar was lucky enough to chat with Steve about his new release and to get into some fun side tangents about his early years in San Francisco.