The Violin and The Sandman

On a dust ridden red bench he sat
with a violin in his trembling hands
he began to sing.
Looking up over the clock towers
and through rose colored shades
he began to strum.
Two birds danced
and shook their feathers
as he began to stand.
The violin turned into sand.
And so his time was stopped.
He looked at the sand
and dove in.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Band Review: The Josh Hart Project

                                                             The Josh Hart Project:
                                                    Benefit Show for The Kids Center


           The Derailed Saloon
            Durango, CO

             Josh Hart
            Glenn Keefe
            Richard Silen

These are a few of the songs he performed:

“Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash
“Love Blues” by Keb Mo
“Just The Memory” by Josh Hart
“Breakdown” by Tom Petty
“Let’s Take a Ride” by Josh Hart
“Sad Song Number 387” by Josh Hart
“Kryptonite” by Three Doors Down
“Kind Hearted Woman” by Eric Clapton

The Derailed Saloon isn't quite the same in the daylight with new faces and the small town presence of Bend, Oregon native Josh Hart with "The Josh Hart Project."  The bar takes on a transformed character, one that has gone from heightened chatter to small conversations and light laughter.  I was able to speak to Josh Hart before the show and automatically felt nostalgic for my hometown, Bend.  Josh was most excited to talk about the benefit portion of his concert.  He informed me about The Kids Center in Bend and how a portion of his sales goes directly to the center to help fight child abuse.  The great part about Josh is that he seems very passionate about his work, both in terms of being a musician and taking a strong stand for a brighter world.

As soon as Josh Hart got on stage it was apparent that he just wanted to play some music.  The same went for Glenn Keefe who only met up with Josh during his time in Durango.  Glenn Keefe is a great musician.  For about eight years he played with the band Leftover Salmon and has not let the music scene slip away.  I went to see Glenn Keefe at a beautiful tavern called Sweenys in Durango about a week before seeing The Josh Hart Project.  Keefe was playing with The Lisa Blue Trio.  Glenn Keefe is a very experienced guitar player because he can pick up new songs very easily.  He learns by watching the other players and waiting for obvious cues or pauses in the music.  I recently listened to a Sand Sheff CD he produced called "Free On This Mountain" and my music praise is endless.  The CD is full of folky bluegrass and original lyrics.

What I like about music is that it pulls people away from their daily work grinds and transfers them into a land of sound.  Well, Silen, Hart, and Keefe all have a knack for this.  Josh started his set with "Folsom Prison Blues"and what a rich sing to start with!  Josh Hart has a sound similar to Lyle Lovett yet still very original.  On his facebook band page under genres, Hart wrote "tasty originals, old school blues, soulful spins on classic covers, and other stuff your mom will like."  The three words I think describe his music are reminiscent, romantic, and nomadic.  He has a pure heart, good intentions, and catchy songs.  It is true, mothers probably adore him.

The concert attracted a calm dinner scene crowd at first, yet as the night drew on the saloon became much more packed.  Without Josh, Glenn, and Richard the place would not have been as enticing.  The live music really makes the place something special.  I could write on for hours about how much I enjoyed the show, but I think if someone is reading this you should go listen!

"When I was just a baby my mama told me son,
always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns.
But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.
When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry."

-Johnny Cash


What is The Kids Center?

"It shouldn't hurt to be a kid. . ." This is the first headline I see on their webpage.  I full heartedly agree with this statement! Anyway, the center provides information about child abuse.  In 1990, District Attorney Mike Dugan and his committee worked to open up a Children's Advocacy Center in Deschutes County.  The center offers medical assessment services, therapy services, advocacy services, and much more.  The center opened in 1994 and has been doing its part to really help children that need it.

The Josh Hart Myspace page : 

The Kids Center:

Listen to his music!

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