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You should be listening/watching Rachel Fuller presents: In The Attic

Rachel Fuller is the long time, significant other, heterosexual life partner of Pete Townshend from the legendary rock band The Who.  Several years ago, she released an album that was not as well received, critically and commercially, as she had hoped and was looking for a way to connect to a wider audience.  Thus “In the Attic” was born. 

It started with a web cam in the home studio (always a risky proposition) with her and some folks talking about music and occasionally playing some tunes.  In 2006-2007 when The Who decided to tour again (Exactly how many farewell tours have they pulled off?), Rachel got the idea to take a traveling studio to the various festivals The Who played and invite other artists, who played the festivals, to come in and chat, perform a song or two and stream it over the miracle of the World Wide Web.  This worked well for the European leg of the tour and had gained quite a following.  As The Who made plans to tour North America, a new plan was needed as the logistics and expense of shipping and traveling in the studio were apparently prohibitive. 

Once in the U.S., Rachel decided to go to local small clubs that had an intimate feel, 250 person max capacity, and have a variety of artists that she and Pete were fans of, both up and coming and established, perform a song or two with her and Pete.  Which brings me to the real point of this blog, this live series of shows is captured and packaged on two CD’s and one DVD , I paid $15 at Best Buy, and you should own it.  The set list for both the DVD and CD’s is comprised of shows from “The Hotel Café” and “Joe’s” Pub.  The list of artists is as follows: 

  • Tenacious D
  • Joe Purdy (and his dad Dave on one song)
  • Ben Harper
  • Alexi Murdoch
  • Amos Lee
  • Rachel Yamagata
  • Jimmy Fallon (yes, Jimmy Fallon of moderate SNL fame)
  • Lou Reed

The fascinating part of the DVD is being able to see the star struck eyes of the performers as they play with the great Pete Townshend.  At one point in his performance, Amos Lee, “dudes” Pete, Ben Harper is wide eyed and pointing at Pete as they arrange for a duet, and as Joe Purdy and his father, Dave, are preparing to play, Pete fixes Dave’s mic stand and Joe looks on in awe and comments “Hey dad, Pete Townshend is fixing your mic”.  What a moment that must have been for father and son. 

The performances are acoustic and raw, with little or no production value and capture the intimacy of the moment for each artist.  Pete also takes the stage on occasion and performs some of his own material and songs from The Who. 

This collection is well worth the investment of time and money. 

 Great music awaits!


You should still be listening to Joe Purdy

Here is a little more info on Joe Purdy to assist in your acclimation to his style of music.

 Currently, Joe has ten albums to his credit and over 100 songs in his catalog.  Below is a list of his albums:

 Joe Purdy Discography:

  1.  Joe Purdy
  2. Sessions from Motor Ave.
  3. Stomping Grounds
  4. “Julie Blue”
  5. Only Four Seasons
  6. You can tell Georgia
  7. Paris in the Morning
  8. Canyon Joe
  9. Take My Blanket and Go
  10. Last Clock on the Wall

 The above mentioned albums are listed in chronological release order.  While I recommend them all, “Julie Blue” was my first Joe Purdy album and still ranks among my favorite.  This collection of songs were written and recorded (in less than a week) while Joe was staying on a river island in upstate New York.  The rough nature of the recording is further enhanced by the sound of the water hitting the docks in the background.  It also contains the song “Wash Away” which has been featured in the TV show “Lost” and is currently being used in a “Dawn Soap” commercial. 

 Joe recently ended his 2009 tour in Austin on December 20th.  He should begin touring sometime in early 2010.  And, I stand corrected from my previous blog, the Austin date was not his first venture into Texas, he has previously played at Austin’s SXSW in 2007.

 In addition to me being a fan, Joe seems to have a growing legion of folks who praise his musical prowess.  Pete Townshend (The Who) is among one of the many.

 Check out the amazing duet of “Let My Love Open the Door” with Joe Purdy and the legendary Pete Townshend at the Hotel Cafe.  http://www.ilike.com/artist/Joe+Purdy/videos/352175492

 So, continue to take your time and immerse yourself to the greatness of Joe Purdy and let me know what you think.  All songs are available to stream for free from his website www.joepurdy.com .

 Great music awaits!