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December 13: Tom Verlaine was born in 1949 Happy Birthday

Tom Verlaine Bergenfest 2014 photo: AllDylan
Tom Verlaine Bergenfest 2014 photo: AllDylan

Tom Verlaine

Tom Verlaine (born Thomas Miller, December 13, 1949):
Singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known as the frontman for the New York rock band Television.

Tom Verlaine
Birth name Thomas Miller
Born 13 December 1949 (age 65)
Morristown, New Jersey, United States
Genres Punk rock, art punk, post-punk, new wave
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Guitar, vocals, piano
Associated acts Television, Neon Boys
Notable instruments
Fender Jazzmaster
Fender Jaguar
Fender Stratocaster
Danelectro Shorthorn Deluxe

Television played their seminal album Marquee Moon last summer at Bergenfest, it was a lot of fun. It was great seeing them and they were still a great band. They seemed to enjoy themselves immensely on stage. Verlaine is regarded by many as one of the most talented performers of the early post punk era. His poetic lyrics, coupled with his accomplished and original guitar playing, are highly influential and widely praised in the music media. He and Television bandmate Richard Lloyd are known as one of rock’s most acclaimed and inventive guitar duos. His work with guitarist Jimmy Rip in Television since 2007  is also incredibly good.

Tom Verlaine is a legend!

He is also part of the Million Dollar Bashers, a supergroup also featuring Sonic Youth musicians Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, Bob Dylan bassist Tony Garnier, guitarist Smokey Hormel and keyboardist John Medeski. Their work appears on the original soundtrack to I’m Not There, a biographical film “freely” reflecting the life of Bob Dylan.

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JV reporting from Bergenfest 2014: Day 5

Doug Seegers
Doug Seegers, Bergenfest 2014, photo: Hallgeir Olsen/Johannasvisions

Doug Seegers:

We had read the “Cinderella story” about singer/songwriter Doug Seegers. How he was discovered, or should I say re-discovered. He was homeless and living on the street. Musician Aaron Espe filmed him singing and put it on the web, then after a couple of years some people in Sweden took notice, and they had Seeger on a TV-show and had a number one iTunes hit. Yeah, it is pretty amazing!

There are many more interesting aspects of his story and it has been brilliantly told in the Tennessean. A tale mirroring a country song.

I will not say that we were sceptic, but could he really be as good as the story says?

Yes, he could. He was the best act at Bergenfest on the 5th day.

He mixed classic country cover songs with his own compositions, and they were equally good! Hank Wiliams, Dan Penn/Gram Parsons, Hal Ketchum and Doug Seegers. The highlight for me was a lovely and sad ballad about the outsiders, the geeks and misfits (and all getting perfect wings in heaven), I don’t know if it was his own song or a cover (it is not on his new album), but it had a profound impact on everybody in the audience. If anybody know what the song is called, please tell us in the commentaries. Thanks to Vibeke Sjøvold for telling us which song it was, Mark Wills’s Don’t laugh at me. 

Jerry Miller was playing electric guitar with Seegers and he was brilliant.

A heart warming story, a fine singer and a great songwriter.

Doug Seegers
Doug Seegers, Bergenfest 2014, photo: Hallgeir Olsen/Johannasvisions
Doug Seegers
Doug Seegers, Bergenfest 2014, photo: Hallgeir Olsen/Johannasvisions

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JV reporting from Bergenfest 2014: Day 4

Lee Fields & The Expressions
Lee Fields & The Expressions, Bergenfest 2014, photo: Hallgeir Olsen /Johannasvisions

Bergenfest 2014 Day 4 report

Bergenfest 2014 - day4

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JV reporting from Bergenfest 2014: Day 2

Robert Plant
Robert Plant, Bergenfest 2014, photo: Hallgeir Olsen/Johannasvisions

Bergenfest 2014 - day2

Robert Plant and The Sensational Space shifters:

Robert Plant
Rober Plant, Bergenfest 2014, photo: Hallgeir Olsen/Johannasvisions

The headliner on the second day was of course, Robert Plant and his band The Sensational Space shifters. Plant revisited  surprisingly many songs from the Led Zeppelin catalog (and an appreciative audience loved it) plus some new songs and tunes from his post-Zeppelin career. The emphasis was on blues put in a historic context, very modern sounding but also very true to it’s roots. He drew the lines from England to Memphis to Africa. This wasn’t a dry history lesson, but a joyful celebration of the blues artform.

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