Thursday, June 30, 2005
The one-man king of Punk-Folk-Comedy-Rock (not that there's much competition), Hamell On Trial, rocked it last night at Satalla, a primarily world-music venue in the West 20's where he's in the middle of a Wednesday night residency. After carving a nice niche for himself at the late Fez, it seems like he's looking for a new place to hammer in his rock & roll stakes. Remains to be seen whether this is the right room for him or not, but then Hamell is a musical force to be reckoned with who commands the audience's full attention no matter where he plays.
In a brief chat after the show, Hamell said he has just one song left to record for his second album for Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe label, due for an October release. Ani is producing.
Hamell plays Satalla again next Wednesday, July 6 for the last night of this residency. Show is at 9:30 p.m. $12 cover at the door.
You can hear Hamell on two of my podcasts, Show #2 and Show #9. You can download these shows for free directly from the pages linked here, or from the brand-spankin'-new Podcasts section of the iTunes Music Store.