New York’s Greenwich Village scene of the 1960s gave rise to several talented blues and folk guitarists. One of them was Danny Kalb, who’s still pickin’ and recently performed a great set at Park Slope’s Barbès.
Before You Press Play
Hometown: Mount Vernon, N.Y.
The Facts: Kalb was drawn to Greenwich Village from the University of Wisconsin in the early 1960s, where he quickly established himself as a studio session player for the likes of Phil Ochs and Pete Seeger. After encounters with Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, Kalb started the Blues Project in 1965, which went on to record five albums, including the critically-acclaimed The Blues Project Live at Cafe Au Go-Go. This evening at Barbès featured Bruce Springsteen “Seeger Sessions” drummer Larry Eagle and bassist Bob Jones in trio setting, and a visit from guitarist Randy Johnston.
The Sound: Simple, old-timey renditions by a rich, deep voice. Sometimes it ain’t that complicated, folks.
Latest Release: I’m Gonna Live The Life I Sing About (2009) on Sojourn Records
He Said, She Said: “[H]e helped introduce the blues to white audiences and launch a thousand imitators in his wake.” – Blurt Magazine
“[Bob] Dylan quickly attached himself to another local boy, Danny Kalb, an adept blues guitarist, with whom he proceeded to play at a local coffeehouse.” – author Clinton Heylin from Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited about Dylan’s time in Madison, Wisc.
The Set List:
1. "Mean Old Southern" (traditional)
2. "Feel So Bad" (Lightnin' Hopkins)
3. "I've Been Living with the Blues" (Brownie McGhee)
4. "Hoochie Coochie Man" (Willie Dixon/Muddy Waters)
5. "Good Morning Blues" (Lead Belly)
6. "Alberta" (Lead Belly)
7. "High Society" feat. Kalb (Porter Steele)
8. "Let it Rock" feat. Randy Johnston (Chuck Berry)
9. "Blue Monk" feat. Johnston (Thelonious Monk)
10. "Detroit Blues" feat. Johnston
11. "Danville Dame" (Tim Hardin)
12. "Baby, Please Don't Go" (Big Joe Williams)
13. "I've got a Secret" (Fred Neil)
14. "Samson & Delilah" (Blind Willie Johnson)
Encore: "Power and the Glory" (Phil Ochs)