This week’s Compass

Horizon – Mark your calendar

What: Eilen Jewell

Where: Boccelli’s on the Canal, 46 Canal St. in Bellows Falls

When: Friday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $16/advance, $18/door available at Village Square Booksellers and other outlets, and online at


Though Boccelli’s closed at the end of last year, it still hosts an occasional show.  This one, featuring the timeless music of Eilen Jewell, is special because it will include dinner service.

The dipped in amber quality of Jewell’s 2006 debut, Boundary County, immediately established her as a talent to watch on the New England Americana scene, a reputation she cemented in 2007 with Letters from Saints and Sinners.  Her appearances at the 2007 and 2008 Roots on the River Festival were among the most well-received for both years, and she’s gone from new sensation to certified star in a very short time.

The demure singer-songwriter has also dabbled in country gospel with the Sacred Shakers and leads a Loretta Lynn cover band, Butcher Holler, which expects to release an album later this year.  Jewell’s last studio effort, Sea of Tears, is a departure from the Appalachian-flavored folk of her earlier work, taking its cues from Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and Burnette brothers’ rockabilly.

Beyond – Worth driving out of town

What: Mindy Smith & Peter Bradley Adams

Where: Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA

When: Thursday, Feb 25, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $15


Distance: 69 Miles

Mindy Smith, well known for her version of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and the aching, autobiographical “One Moment More,” is the headliner for this show, but Peter Bradley Adams is worth the price of admission.

The Nashville-based singer-songwriter is one of the more neglected musicians working today.  He’s made four albums of beautifully understated folk-pop, including the Robbie Robertson produced Eastmountainsouth, but for some reason he’s forever flying beneath the radar.  His third album, Traces, yielded his biggest song to date –  “For You” a ballad of love and patience that mirrors what Adams must be feeling as he waits for the rest of the world to catch up with his artistry.

Most recently, he recorded “In the Air” with Vienna Teng for the television show Brothers and Sisters.  To check out Adams’ music, go to to download a free three-song EP.  A fourth track, “Los Angeles (Winter ’09)” can be had with a subscription to his e-mail newsletter – a very small price to pay.

Players – Local Music Spotlight

Who:  TranScenT

What:  Alternative metal

Sounds Like: Slayer, Tool and Pantera

Founded in 2001 as a garage band led by Justin “Buzzy” Brown, TranScenT has undergone several changes since Brown’s tragic death in 2006. The band still honors the memory of its former driving force by yelling out “Buzzy” at some point during every performance. TranScenT has appeared locally at the Claremont Moose, Imperial Lounge and Electra, as well as Milly’s Tavern and TJ’s in Manchester.

Fronted by singer Chris Wentworth, the band includes Kevin Barth on bass, drummer Mark Kennett, Dan Gelina on rhythm guitar and lead guitar phenom Antonio Damiani, who also plays keyboards. The band says it began to seriously focus on professionalism when Damiani and Wentworth joined in 2007.

Last year TranScenT played over 60 shows, relying almost exclusively on original music.  Lately, they’ve started working covers into their repertoire, from bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Plunge and Bullet For My Valentine. They are nearing completion of an album recorded at Element Of The Machine leader Chris Mack’s studios in Springfield.

On Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m., the band will be interviewed on the WFRD 99 Rock Home Brew show.  They were featured on Chris Garret’s Rock ‘N’ Go Morning Show last July.

Upcoming gigs:

Saturday, March 6 – East Buffet, Pleasant Street in Claremont, with Soul Octane Burner and Element Of The Machine ($10 cover charge).

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