Videos

Rees Shad and the Convo Combo
01:24:31
Caffe Lena

Rees Shad and the Convo Combo

LIVE STREAM: Please use this link to send a tip to Rees Shad and support Caffe Lena: https://www.caffelena.org/tips Become of member of Caffe Lena's Patreon community: https://patreon.com/caffelena Rees Shad made a name for himself as a wordsmith troubadour traveling the country and the world sharing his particular blend of American gothic storytelling. His albums Anderson Ohio (1994), and the Riggley Road Stories (1997) were warmly received by Americana radio and music critics around the world. He withdrew from touring in the early 2000s, choosing instead to focus more on wider ranging compositions as he recorded music for theater and film while continuing to hone his personal brand of storytelling. To date Rees has recorded over 26 albums, several of which are full narrative concept albums including his most recent work The Watcher (2018) which is an opera revolving around the story of a serial killer on the Underground Railroad. Over the years, Rees’ compositions have included many songs inspired by early and mid 20th century jazz and blues. The influence of classic American songbook writers such as Hoagy Carmichael, Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson, and Cole Porter can be heard in this work, and recently Rees began performing this material with a group he calls The Convo Combo. Together with longtime collaborator/drummer, Rob Kovacs, and bassist Jeff Link, Rees seeks to make the audience smile, tap their feet, and enjoy the many stories he loves to share and sing. Caffè Lena offers extraordinary music in an intimate venue steeped in history. It has been in continuous operation longer than any other folk club in the USA. First opened in 1960 in Saratoga Springs NY, the Caffè's early years were entwined with the social movements of that era. Emerging artists such as Bob Dylan, The Freedom Singers, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris and Don McLean took their turn on the stage, alongside esteemed veterans such as Clarence Ashley, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James and Pete Seeger. The venue has been called “An American Treasure” by the Library of Congress, and has received recognition from the GRAMMY Foundation for its contribution to American music.
Flor De Luna (MoonFlower)
04:33
I Want You Back
05:25
ConvoComboTurnaround
04:04