Infinity Hall Live
This concert series celebrates the music and energy of groundbreaking American artists. The acoustically perfect Infinity Music Hall, a historic 130-year-old venue in Norfolk, Connecticut, provides an intimate setting for engaging, authentic and heartfelt performances by an eclectic group of musicians. Candid interviews with band members provide a window into their motivations, their inspirations and their unique styles. Cameras also eavesdrop on backstage preparations, providing a glimpse into the creative process, as well as a sense of the behind-the-scenes anticipation and nervous energy at the heart of any live concert.
Open Wings Broken Strings (#106H) Duration: 57:10 STEREO TVPG
The Open Wings Broken Strings tour pulls into Infinity Hall with Ed Kowalczyk, Emerson Hart and Leigh Nash, all performing individual acoustic sets. Ed Kowalczyk, most famous as the singer/songwriter of the multi-million album-selling alternative rock band Live, performs an unplugged set of his former group's hit singles such as "I Alone" as well as his newer solo work. He is also responsible for creating the Open Wings Broken Strings Tour. Kowalczyk explained the origin of the tour's name. "At the height of songwriting epiphanies, I seem to always break strings 'cause you get so excited. Bang! The string breaks. But there's this moment where you're really soaring. Open Wings Broken Strings just kind of came out of that." Joining Kowalczyk on the tour is lead singer/songwriter Emerson Hart of another alternative rock band, Tonic. Tonic's first album, Lemon Parade, went multi-platinum with featured hits "Open Your Eyes" and "If You Could Only See," which became radio's most played songs in 1997. In 2007, Emerson went solo and signed with EMI/Manhattan Records, continuing his successful career. His solo acoustic set brings a new intimacy to these well-known songs. Another featured artist of Open Wings Broken Strings is Leigh Nash, lead singer of Sixpence None the Richer. With hit singles like "Kiss Me," "There She Goes," and "Breathe Your Name," Sixpence None the Richer successfully reached platinum status over the past decade, along with picking up a Grammy nomination and several Dove Awards. Now Nash is offering a new perspective on the group's biggest hits as she tours with Open Wings Broken Strings. While each artist performs their own individual acoustic sets, the show features a final performance with all three artists on stage together for a cover of The Band's classic "The Weight." Infinity Hall Live allows for a wonderful experience and by hearing the instruments "stripped down, intimate and acoustic, " as Kowalczyk explains it, "you'll hear the strings on the guitar vibrate and buzz."
Melissa Etheridge (#508H) Duration: 56:50 STEREO TVPG
That iconic voice and a wardrobe of guitars make for a riveting solo performance of greatest hits "Come to My Window," "I Want to Come Over," and "I'm the Only One," as well as songs from her latest album, This is M.E. The Grammy Award-winner shares personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs. Interview with Etheridge.
Shelby Lynne (#107H) Duration: 57:10 STEREO TVPG
This program features a concert by Grammy Award-winning artist Shelby Lynne. Since her debut in 1989, Shelby Lynne has been difficult to define with her music ranging from country, blues, Southern soul, roots rock, Western swing, jazz and adult contemporary pop. When asked to define herself, Lynne replied simply, "I try not to define anything really, myself especially. I like to let the music do the talking." This simple statement speaks volumes to her craft. Shelby Lynne is a musician at heart, bringing her soulful, down-home sound and style to countless individuals. Born in Virginia but raised in rural Alabama, Lynne struggled at the onset of her career. It wasn't until her 2000 album, I Am Shelby Lynne, that she garnered critical acclaim, propelling her into the international spotlight. Since then, she has continued to dazzle audiences across the country, asserting herself as one of country music's greats. Lynne has even made inroads onto the silver screen, appearing in several films, most notably the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. At Infinity Hall, Lynne takes the stage with accomplished Nashville guitarist John Jackson. "John Jackson is an excellent guitar-playing friend of mine, " she says, introducing Jackson, who has played with musicians like Bob Dylan and Lucinda Williams. Although the pair performs only with guitars, vocals, and a harmonica,Lynne's music fills the room and captivates the audience. Her set includes three songs from I Am Shelby Lynne, the album that earned her a Grammy in 2001 for Best New Artist. The show also includes a moving performance of "Pretend," an original song she included on her 2008 Dusty Springfield tribute album, Just A Little Lovin', and "Killin' Kind," which appeared in the film, Bridget Jones's Diary.
The Wailin' Jennys (#108H) Duration: 57:14 STEREO TVPG
The Wailin' Jennys bring their brand of folk and contemporary roots music to Infinity Hall. Brought together in 2002 for what was supposed to be a one-time coffee house gig in Winnipeg, this award-winning trio soon found their irresistible chemistry and tight vocal harmonies were winning over audiences throughout North America and beyond. Comprised of Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody, and Heather Masse, The Wailin' Jennys have toured extensively since the release of their eponymously named first studio album in 2003. They've collaborating with a variety of artists and become a fixture as musical guests on public radio's A Prairie Home Companion. Steeped in classical music and art, The Wailin' Jennys have developed a style and sound all their own. With heavy use of acoustic instruments, the group's musical influences range from 70s rock to traditional Celtic folk tunes. Their complexities in style and musical offering only serve to distinguish them further from the rest of the music industry.Having won a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) in 2005 for their album, 40 Days, The Wailin' Jennys have continued to enjoy success, including their newest album, Bright Morning Stars, released to critical acclaim in the United States and Canada.
America (#401H) Duration: 55:36 STEREO TVPG
Grammy winning music group America, led for four decades by Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, perform their greatest hits. America's Infinity Hall Live concert takes the audience on a musical journey from the 70's to the 80's playing hit after hit of the folk rock band's timeless songs. The band's signature harmonies can be heard on classic hits such as; "A Horse with No Name", "Ventura Highway", "Sister Golden Hair," and "You Can Do Magic". Listen to Gerry and Dewy talk about what it was like to be a reflection of their own generation, achieving international recognition at the same time as The Eagles and Joni Mitchell all under the tutelage of David Geffen and the magnificence of the hippie counter culture that continued to permeate the seventies.
Rusted Root (#109H) Duration: 57:12 STEREO TVPG
The Pittsburgh-based fusion band Rusted Root brings their unique percussive jam-rock sound to the historic stage at Infinity Hall. With a highly unique sound, the band has cultivated a loyal following, selling more than 3 million albums worldwide. Originally formed in 1990, the band has been characterized as many things: a jam band, an eclectic collection, a college-radio wonder. Whatever the case, the band has been nothing but popular. With consistently sold-out tours, Rusted Root appears to be garnering the attention of more than just their loyal "Rootheads." Blending world influences from the African, Indian, and Middle Eastern traditions, Rusted Root embodies a percussion-driven rock band with heavy use of tight vocal harmony and pulsing chords. With hit songs like "Send Me on My Way" and "Dance in the Middle," Rusted Root has become an immovable facet in alternative rock.
Sadie and the Hotheads (#402H) Duration: 57:45 STEREO TVPG
Sadie and the Hotheads, fronted by actress Elizabeth McGovern, are a real band whose musicianship combines a world of musical influences, from 60s pop to country, esoteric folk to jazz, Celtic to torch songs. During this concert Infinity Hall Live audiences will delight in McGovern's girlish enthusiasm combined with a rock 'n' roll style that is a world away from her persona as the dignified Lady Cora in Downton Abbey. The band's mix of original songs and new approach to pop classics like the Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive or The Fixx's "One Thing Leads to Another" showcase their spirited approach to music making. The band consists of Elizabeth McGovern (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Simon Nelson (electric and acoustic guitars, dobro, backing vocals), Steve Nelson (acoustic guitar, bouzouki, banjo, backing vocals), Terl Bryant (drums and percussion), Ron Knights (bass), Nick Lacey (piano, keyboards, penny whistle, backing vocals) and Danica Chapman (backing vocals). A line-up that between them has worked with everyone from John Paul Jones to Joss Stone, Walter Trout to Faith Hill and Mavis Staples to Roddy Frame.