New Riders Of The Purple Sage

New Riders Of The Purple Sage

New Riders Of The Purple Sage

New Riders of the Purple Sage's "Hempsteader: Live At The Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead, New York, June 25, 1976" captures a pivotal moment in the band's storied history. Led by the legendary John "Marmaduke" Dawson, the New Riders deliver an electrifying performance that showcases their unique blend of country, rock, and folk influences. During this unforgettable concert, Dawson's original fan favorites like "Henry," "Portland Woman," and "Glendale Train" are given the spotlight they deserve. In particular, the rendition of "Portland Woman" stands out, with guitarist David Nelson and pedal steel guitarist Buddy Cage leading the band on an exploratory journey, taking the song to new heights and pushing the boundaries of its musical potential. In addition to their original compositions, the New Riders delve into an eclectic selection of covers, showcasing their versatility and musical range. From Delbert McClinton to Hazel Dickens, Jack Tempchin to Loudon Wainwright III, the band pays homage to a diverse array of artists while putting their own unique stamp on each song. One of the standout moments of the concert is the band's rendition of the Otis Redding classic "Hard To Handle," a song that Grateful Dead fans will undoubtedly recall from the Dead's earlier days. With their trademark blend of country twang and rock 'n' roll swagger, the New Riders breathe new life into this timeless classic, turning it into a highlight of the evening. Another standout cover is The Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers," which the band tackles with gusto, infusing it with their own brand of Americana charm and infectious energy. The result is a mesmerizing rendition that pays homage to the original while showcasing the New Riders' distinctive musical style. Overall, "Hempsteader: Live At The Calderone Concert Hall" is a testament to the New Riders' enduring legacy and their ability to captivate audiences with their timeless music and electrifying performances. Whether you're a longtime fan or discovering the band for the first time, this live album is sure to delight and inspire, serving as a fitting tribute to one of the pioneers of the country rock genre.
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