This week’s Hippo

Livingston Taylor – Class is in session:

Livingston Taylor made his first album in 1970, a time when the future of music was still being written. Jon Landau, then a young rock critic whose passion for music led him to the studio, produced the record, and a follow-up, Liv, a year later.

In the introduction to his 1972 collection of essays, It’s Too Late to Stop Now, Landau said this about working with Taylor: “His insights into himself, his music and his relationships with others forced me to re-think, re-feel and re-learn most of what I thought about music and musicians.”

Truffle al fresco:

Not many bands have the staying power of Truffle, the roots rock quartet that, now in its 25th year, is as familiar to Seacoast music fans as lobster rolls and Smuttynose beer. You can catch the band in one configuration or another most every night of the week.

There’s Acoustic Truffle, a trio featuring bassist David Bailey, Ned Chase on multiple strings and Dave Gerard singing and playing guitar. The duo of Gerard and Bailey appears regularly at Fury’s Publick House in Dover, Hampton’s North Beach Bar and Grill and other Seacoast locations. Gerard plays solo at a number of venues, including York Harbor Inn, Epping’s Holy Grail, and every other Tuesday in the Dolphin Striker’s basement Spring Hill Tavern.

Above all, there’s Electric Truffle, formed as Savoy Truffle in 1986 by UNH pals Gerard, Bailey, Chase and a drummer, replaced by Mike Gendron in the mid-’90s. They’ve made five records, including their only major-label effort, Nervous Laughter in 1994.

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