On Saturday night, February 19th,
like every Saturday night, Hallenbeck’s
General Store (on Cahuenga) in NoHo, presented
an interesting and diverse lineup of bands and
Among the featured artists to perform
this evening were country-folk-rock
singer-songwriter Andrea Louise (with her band),
and solo guitar instrumentalist, Greg Lyons.
Louise is a gifted singer-songwriter who hails
from San Francisco.
Her band for the night was made up of Ray
Davidson (on electric guitar and back-up
vocals); Dave McKelvy (on harmonica); Joseph (on
rhythm acoustic guitar and back-up vocals), Dave
Horton (on upright bass) and, of course, Andrea
on rhythm acoustic guitar and lead vocals.
Andrea’s vocal style remained constant
throughout the set, with a voice that is sweet
and powerful, somewhere between Linda Ronstadt
and Norah Jones, the styles of the songs were
made the set interesting, to say the least.
set included songs from her latest release,
entitled, “So Far” (available at www.andrealouise.com).
opened with “I Need An Angel Tonight”.
Joseph and Andrea slapped on their capos
and laid down a soulful bluesy groove over which
Dave McKelvy blew solo harmonica with hot heart
Kiss” was next on the list.
A clap-a-long that chugged along with
great scrappy Strat licks from Ray Davidson and
smoldering harmonica lines from McKelvy, it
smacked of the classic “Kansas City.”
which, according to Andrea, is the
“Cliff-Notes of Stoker’s classic novel in
four verse,s” was a beautiful piece, in B
minor, picked and sung in a gothic, epic style
that had the feel of a 19th century
Transylvanian castle. Beautiful. The
arrangement included dark and haunting
whole-note lines piped by Dave McKelvy.
next song in the set was “Haunted,” a story
of a ghost, which featured Joseph on vocals. Ray Davidson’s distorted Strat sounds added a chilling
dimension to the song.
Me Through The Night” rocked with full and
rich harmonies that accentuated the choruses.
Go Moses,” which was penned by Paul Nelson and
Sue Fink, was the most moving song of the entire
and righteous, with a gospel feel, the harmonies
between Davidson, Louise and Joseph were
varied voicing between the rhythm guitars
(Andrea’s was capoed and Joseph’s was not)
gave the rhythm of the next song in the set,
“I Wait For You,” a rich and broad texture.
They played very well together throughout
the set but played especially tight on this
was a great lullaby in ¾ time and was the most
harmonically interesting song in the set because
of its chromatic chord changes.
Woman” was a good-time, 4 (four) on the floor
Great guitar work here, by Ray Davidson,
and solid bass playing by Dave Horton.
The Road I Go” ‘s harmonica solo by Dave
McKelvy confirmed the fact that he is one of the
best harmonica players to pick up a harp. His
tone was crystal clear, syrupy smooth and sweet
as he blew over this folksy ballad that was
reminiscent of Dylan’s “Blowin In The
all of the members of Andrea Louise’s band
were very accomplished musicians in their own
rite, Dave McKelvy really shined, probably, in
part, because of the fact that good harp players
are so rare and seldom seen in Los Angeles.
the most striking and unique feature about this
band would have to be the rich vocal harmonies
provided by Davidson, Joseph and Louise.
up was the solo 12-string guitar instrumentalist
He calls his brand of music “semi-classical”
and with good reason.
His classical fingerpicked style, along
with the running of the guitar though a Boss
GT-6 Effects Processor for the entire set, and
the scales he utilized, gave him a sound that
would probably be best compared to that of famed
Yes guitar master, Steve Howe.
Highlights of his set included the instrumental
pieces, “Prelude,” “Falling Leaves” and
“Alone In The Sea Of Life.”Be sure to check
out Hallenbeck’s for the best and most diverse
live music that Noho has to offer.
2005 Scott Detweiler.
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