Swallow Hill

Live review: Marshall Crenshaw, Ellis Paul @ Swallow Hill

For many performers, the music business is a bitch coming and going. Is it tougher breaking into the business when you’re young and vital and primarily competing with your peers, or is it harder remaining IN the business after your commercial heyday is over and the business decides your presence is no longer required?

Live review: Leon Redbone @ Swallow Hill

Leon Redbone’s career has been shrouded in deliberate mystery since he first came on the music scene. From rumors suggesting he was Andy Kaufman or Frank Zappa to no one really knowing where he came from, Redbone has been able to attract a cult following of no specific demographic.

Live review: Dakota Blonde @ Swallow Hill

Think of Dakota Blonde's songs as aural love letters from an affectionate band. Photo by Todd Radunsky. Guests at the Dakota Blonde concert at Swallow Hill on Saturday night arrived to find on their seats a Valentine from the band and a foil-wrapped Hershey’s chocolate kiss -- and that was only the start of loving sentiment and musical confection.

Live review: Cheryl Wheeler @ Swallow Hill

Cheryl Wheeler's gentle, occasionally self-effacing humor won over the crowd at Swallow Hill's Daniels Hall on Friday. Though billed as a concert, Cheryl Wheeler’s Friday show, the first of two within the intimate confines of Swallow Hill’s Daniels Hall, was as much comedy act as concert.