Peter Mulvey is a walking secret handshake. He has been the street-singing kid in Dublin, the man fronting the storming electric band, the conspiratorial spoken-word craftsman, the Tin Pan Alley delver, an instigator in the occasional Redbird collective, and all through it he has remained the traveler out on the road, bringing his music to audiences from Fairbanks to Bilbao, Santa Monica to Montreal, in clubs, theaters, coffeeshops, the Kennedy Center, and old barns.
Mulvey continues to travel, ears open and wide awake, through the unlimited territory of music. Honing his musicianship, his phrasing, his ability to inhabit a song, he has come into his own, with a sound full of grit and warmth, at the same time startling and familiar.
His latest record, The Good Stuff (Signature Sounds 2012) is a dazzling tour de force through American song: a standards record -- if the definition of "standard" was left in Mulvey's hands. In his universe, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk are presumed colleagues of Tom Waits and Jolie Holland. Bill Frisell and Willie Nelson are obviously in the same wheelhouse. Bobby Charles is still alive and having coffee with a bemused Leonard Cohen somewhere in the Ninth Ward.
Playing solo, duo (with longtime collaborator David Goodrich) or with his most recent band, the Crumbling Beauties, he continues his restless search for the elusive moment when a song comes alive through the alchemical combining of an audience, a performer, and the song itself.
Pesky J. Nixon opens the show.
Bombastic yet brilliant, these boys from New England exude a genuine musical authenticity and mirth on stages up and down the East Coast. Drawing influences from contemporary urban balladeers, rowdy southern bluegrass, and the sardonic yet wry wit of New England's localized folk scenes, Pesky J. Nixon (PJN) creates an atmosphere both inviting and challenging for audiences. Compelling harmonies and narratives rein in disparate instrumentation including- zydeco style accordion, virtuosic mandolin, a variety of tribal percussion, and a myriad of string instrumentation.
With rich harmonies and musical versatility PJN brings a unique brand of infectious energy and stage banter to every stage they grace. At times putting on a show that borders on brotherly bickering these boys specialize on bringing the audience into their world, songs, and stories. "They raise the roof. Like Moxy Fruvous and Great Big Sea they are a band that makes me feel good no matter what. They radiate positive vibes. Their new songs are moving in a new direction; they are growing as artists as we watch." - Gordon Nash, Wise Madness (Nov 16, 2011)
The band's new album "Red Ducks" serves as a serenade to their roots in the Folk scene with unique approaches to covering songs from the bands local friends and some of their musical icons. The record is currently in the top 10 Roots Music Chart earning praise both domestically and internationally. "Pesky J Nixon's Red Ducks is a very, very good selection of covers. Beautiful vocals and arrangements make this album a delicious moment ...it is delicate, made with a good taste , really interesting" - Mike Penard, ISA Radio(Jun 15, 2012)
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