Dan tries his hand at rock criticism, goes overboard:
“Plays the Piano” was named one of the best albums of 2012 by Kevin Coffey at the Omaha World-Herald and by Michael Todd at Hear Nebraska
Very flattering. We tip our hats to Scott Joplin, who wrote half the album’s tracks.
We’re very excited about this:
We’ll be playing a live ragtime soundtrack to Buster Keaton’s brilliant “Sherlock Jr.” on December 6 at Film Streams. One night only, the band playing live with the movie on the big screen. No singing! (I know that’ll make some of you happy.)
We are playing a concert for KRNU on Sunday 11/25 at Duffy’s in Lincoln.
Trenching will be the first band, at 8 o’clock. Planning on leaving the piano at home and playing some of the old guitar jams.
KRNU actually plays our music. On the radio.
McCarthy Trenching Plays the Piano is a recording of two people, James Maakestad (of Gus & Call) and Dan McCarthy, playing upright bass and piano and singing on a Saturday afternoon.
Three of the tracks – “The Favorite”, “Swipesy”, and “Solace” – are Scott Joplin rags; the other five are original songs: the one about tv cowboys and tornadoes, the one about Hank Williams and cribbage, the one called Evil/Free Will, the one about the girl named after a salad dressing, and the one written while waiting for the bass player to show up for practice.
Plays the Piano is not in stores until October 9th; pre-orders will ship on October 2nd.
“Plays the Piano” World Tour:
No shows booked at the moment.
Our friends Dead Fingers are coming through Nebraska, and we’re playing a couple of shows with them. I remember the first time I heard them do “In Spite of Ourselves” in Birmingham a few years ago, I thought it was even better than Prine and DeMent.
June 20, Bourbon Theater / Lincoln NE
June 21, O’Leavers / Omaha NE
[I posted this without Dan's permission -ed]