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R. Crumb And The East River String Band: Iconic Comix Artist Meets Old-Time Blues

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Robert Crumb performs with John Heneghan and Eden Brower of the East River String Band in the Soundcheck studio. Robert Crumb performs with John Heneghan and Eden Brower of the East River String Band in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

You'll probably recognize Robert Crumb from his artwork -- the prolific cartoonist was a founder of the underground "comix" movement, and illustrated iconic album covers for Janis Joplin and The Grateful Dead. What you may not know is that from time to time, R. Crumb sits in on mandolin with the East River String Band, the New York City-based country blues duo of Eden Brower and John Heneghan.

An avid collector and evangelist of old-time blues, jazz and exotica, Crumb joins the East River String Band at the Bell House this Saturday for an evening set at the Brooklyn Folk Festival. Hear them perform some tunes from their newest record, last year's Take A Look At That Baby, in the Soundcheck studio and chat about how this collaboration began.



Set List:

  • "Take A Look At That Baby"
  • "Me And My Chauffeur"
  • "So Sorry Dear"


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Comments [4]

Uri Geller from NY

I was listening to this broadcast when my cereal just dumped onto my lap! The music bent the spoon! Well done John Shaeffer! More!

Mar. 25 2015 02:45 AM
Phil Stern from New York

Saw Mr. Crumb and the ERSB at Brooklyn's fantastic Jalopy Theatre on Wednesday night, in a preview of the coming folk fest. It was a great evening. The Jalopy is a magical place in Red Hook that all music lovers should check out. It is run by a couple with the same passionate spirit as the Soundcheck folks. And thank you Soundcheck for capturing these sounds for a wider audience! Check out more great trad sounds this Monday night as The Sidney Bechet Society presents a 4 band, 14 musician mega-jam session at Symphony Space. The cutting edge of NYC's retro jazz cats. The very type of repertoire for which Mr. Crumb has done so many beautiful illustrations. Use code JAZZ for a special deal:

Apr. 18 2014 06:01 PM
Oliver Charters McKuen from Time Tunnel, NY

John Heneghan IS the blues…blazing pyrotechnics and that intensely personal sound. Eden is "woman with uke" extraordinaire! Crumb is the mandolin king and blows Apollon out of the water-and while playing backwards! Why can't WNYC consistently maintain this quality broadcast??? Holy Smokes!!

Apr. 18 2014 04:10 PM
Aloyisus from New York, NY

That sure is some swell old-timey music!

Apr. 17 2014 06:25 PM

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