Nippertown Music Notes

Dick Solberg
Dick Solberg
Dick Solberg – known to many of his fans as the Sun Mountain Fiddler – was seriously injured on May 28, when he was aboard a cabin cruiser that hit an unmarked submerged rock on the Fall River in Massachusetts. He went flying, breaking a table and ending up on his back on the deck unable to move his arms or legs. He was Medivaced to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence with a scalp wound, two broken ribs and trauma to his neck and spine. He’s home now after lots of hospital time and many more hours of physical therapy. “I’m on the mend. Everything works – just not that well,” says Solberg. “63 years of the world’s best luck, followed quickly by a fraction of an instant’s bad luck…ups and downs.” He was forced to cancel six weeks of gigs, but he’s hoping that he might be able to get back in the spotlight in time for upcoming gigs later this month at the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge at 8pm on Sunday (July 17) and the Inn at Saratoga in Saratoga Springs (7pm on Friday, July 22). Stay tuned to his website for updates.

No, it’s not about the economy, but the Charlie Watts Riots have down-sized from a quartet to a trio, following the departure of guitarist-vocalist Brendan Pendergast. The parting is amicable (Pendergast was in the crowd cheering on his former band at McGerary’s last Thursday), and as a power trio, CWR pump out a somewhat leaner, more muscular sound, packing more power into their power-pop. New tunes – like “Omaha” and the stompin’ “Caveman” – take advantage of the band’s new less-is-more approach.

Harnd rock quartet Selfish Needy Creatures have recently signed with the west coast booking agency, Inner Light Agency, and as vocalist Vegas Nacy says, “They are gonna keep us busy!” By the way, the band – which also features guitarist Karl Von Hielman III, bassist Tommy Q and drummer Chris Patti – have wrapped up the recording of their upcoming debut album, “The Hard Way,” which features Sevendust’s Morgan Rose guesting on “Rock n Roll Will Save Your Soul.” Hear it now…

Gary Wager’s debut solo CD, “Age of an Aquarian” (read out review here), has been garnering quite a bit of airplay on the syndicated “Echoes With John Diliberto” radio show, which airs locally at 10pm on WEXT-FM. In fact, the album leapt up to No. 17 on the radio show’s Top 25 chart for the month of May.

Berkshires-based funk-jazz quintet Unfulfilled Desires is heading over to Europe later this month for shows in London and Paris, but before they jump the Big Pond, they’ll be celebrating the release of their new album, “Plugged!” It’s their debut studio recording. Catch the band in action at their CD release party at the Gypsy Joynt Cafe in Great Barrington at 8pm on Saturday (July 16).

“Goin’ Down to Newburg,” a track from David Malachowski’s debut solo CD “The Secret Life of Colonel David,” has been licensed for use in the soundtrack for the movie, “Fairhaven,” an independent drama by writer-director Tom O’Brien.

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