Sharp 9 is the premier jazz listening room in the Triangle, in the state, in the Southeast. A hidden gem.
am local jazz pianist. that C7 is a sweet instrument. can confirm.
@David: the people who are prime age for absorbing pop music (i.e., much younger than me, and I assume, you as well) will absolutely remember Taylor and Justin in 50 years. And they will "remember" the Beatles in more or less the same terms I remember Glenn Miller.
I personally don't get why people like musicians like Justin, Taylor, or any of these manufactured pop artists. Their music really isn't that good and yet everyone seems to like them only because of the marketing that is done by the industry. Frankly, will anyone remember any of this music in 5 years, whereas it has been more than 50 years since the fab four debuted on the musical scene and everyone seems to know who they are and will remember them long after the remaining Beatles are pushing up the daisies. I think that is a far greater testimony to talent.
I saw them in 2006 with Andrew and they were still HOT!
Great article, thorough and well-researched. Plus oral histories are a cool way to tell a first-hand authentic story. Too bad Katharine didn't want to be interviewed, but what can you do.
Please do not forget that the "Hot" CD was also a state of the art "ECD" - enchanced audio CD complete with an interactive presentation.
Here's an explanation from at 1996 NC news story
Here's a link to the documentary that was made on the Zippers with the release of "Hot"
The Squirrel Nut Zipper being made in Cambridge
Saw them on the 4th of July, 1995 at Kenan Stadium perform the National Anthem and a few songs before the fireworks display. It was magical all around!
I kinda discovered the Zippers by accident while going through bins of CD's at Borders. (Remember CD's? Remember Borders?) The Inevitable had an interesting sound. Did I care that it had a sort of swing vibe? I did not. It had a few cuts that had an old-timey feel, but what I liked about it was that it sounded different. It wasn't quite like anything out there at the time. Of course, when Hot came out, I snapped it up immediately.
At the time, my daughter lived not too far from the actual Squirrel Nut Zippers factory in Cambridge, MA - the one pictured on the cover of Hot. It's smaller than you'd think... like the band's career, alas.
Swing, schming. The Zippers were unique, and I miss them.
Fantastic article; as someone who moved to the area 15 years ago and missed the original SNZ as a "local" band, there's so much fantastic oral history collected here both of the band itself and the "scene" (for lack of a better term) back then.
There's also a related event coming up this Saturday, which I hope is OK to comment here:
The Kraken, “Chapel Hill’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Roadhouse,” will host a fundraiser for community radio station WCOM on Saturday, August 20, starting at 7PM.
Five musical acts have committed to perform.
Katharine Whalen, lead singer of the original Squirrel Nut Zippers, continues to make outstanding music solo and with several groups. The Milagro Saints play roots rock Americana with great original material as featured on their new album, Stranger Times. The Cosmic Country Band keeps alive the sound of Austin in the 1970s led by Lisa Rhodes who was there. Hank and Brendan, a Carrboro guitar and banjo duo, shatter preconceptions with music ranging from Yes to Reno & Smiley. From Carthage, Mama Molasses delivers soulful Americana music.
Additional artists may be announced as confirmed. Orange County’s Grilled Delights food truck will be there.
All donations will benefit WCOM, your all-volunteer non-profit community radio station.
The Kraken is located five miles west of Carrboro at the intersection of NC 54 and Dobson’s Crossroads Road.
For more information about the Kraken http://thekrakenbar.com/ and for WCOM-FM 103.5 http://www.wcomfm.org.
good for them love their music
This article is completely wrong in so many ways. Kelly quit Cry Of Love, he wasn't let go. I know that for a fact, because I was there - I was the band's only Tour Manager (for 7 years). And for the record, Kelly drank himself to death, due to his weakness for alcohol and good times. I hated to watch it happen, especially since it happened only a couple years after another great Raleigh musical talent, David Enloe, had drunk himself to death...
Plenty of celebrities, musicians, et al will come out in support of THE LEFT. Few have the courage to stand with non-left. I have loved Avett Bros. music forever, thought them very bold and courageous......now, not sure. :-( Courage is needed now more than ever, courage to stand boldly. If the Avetts won't, I reckon almost nobody will. I hoped for more, believing (sue me) these men are courageous, that their family brought them up to be so. We were meant to be courageous.........
Great to see a label created this way. Bravo ! Looking for collectible vinyl ? Check out RecordsAlbums.com or Discogs.com
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