Live at the Dovecote

Tom McWatters, “Live at the Dovecote”

Recorded in April 2011 at the (now sadly closed) Dovecote Artspace in Albany, Live at the Dovecote features a mix of McWatters’s old and new material stripped down to its essence. With nothing but an acoustic guitar to accompany his rich vocals, McWatters plays through selections from both of his solo albums, the self-titled release by his band The Sense Offenders, and previously unreleased tracks. To buy Live … Continue reading Tom McWatters, “Live at the Dovecote”

Tom McWatters, “A Beast Among the Civilized”

A Beast Among the Civilized, the second solo album by Tom McWatters, is a rollicking vaudevillian stage show of a record. McWatters uses elements of his history both as singer-songwriter and hard rocker to craft this latest work, a bombastic account of troubles both earthly and astronimical. Along with Albany music veterans Eric Halder, Bob Buckley, and Steve Candlen, McWatters fuses Tom-Waitsian honky-tonk, Gershwinian ballads, … Continue reading Tom McWatters, “A Beast Among the Civilized”

Murder Ballads & Lies

Laura Boggs, “Murder Ballads and Lies”

The second studio album by Laura Boggs, Murder Ballads and Lies, expands on virtually every aspect of her 2006 debut while retaining the essence of Boggs’s style. The record is a set of alt-folk Americana songs, primarily new material by Boggs, along with a few traditional tunes and covers (one by fellow the Rev artist Tom McWatters). Produced by Jon Krakat, Laura’s latest has a lushly arranged … Continue reading Laura Boggs, “Murder Ballads and Lies”

Tom McWatters, “atomicwaters”

Tom McWatters’s full-length solo debut, atomicwaters, calls to mind all of the reasons his performances are so arresting. McWatters, mostly alone with his guitar and piano, displays both the poetic lyricism and dramatic delivery that his audiences have come to love. With additional sonic flourishes by John Brodeur and Frank Moscowitz, the songs, while spare, never feel small. With this record as with his performances, McWatters opens up an … Continue reading Tom McWatters, “atomicwaters”