in performance: cyril neville/rob ickes

Now this was what you call a Monday night lineup – an elder expatriate of New Orleans funk and soul and a Nashville dobro great on a jazzman’s holiday.

cyril neville.

cyril neville.

First up at last night’s immensely enjoyable taping of the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour at the Kentucky theatre was Cyril Neville, once the most socially and politically verbose of the Neville Brothers and, to this day, a true performance warhorse. Neville has settled, as have his siblings, over the years. And while the five songs he delivered last night fell far from the volcanic fire of the Nevilles in their prime, they summoned an earthy, blues heavy spirit that was still merrily drenched in Crescent City soul.

Of the four tunes performed off of Neville’s Brand New Blues album, Cheatin’ and Lyin’ best reflected the uprising attitude that has been dormant within the Nevilles’ music of late. I Found Joy maintained that drive, but turned the party lights on with a taste of carnival fun, as did the merry encore of Indians Got the Fire (from 2007’s The Healing Dance).

Though soft-spoken between songs, Neville painted no rosy pictures of post-Katrina life in New Orleans for the WoodSongs crowd. Having relocated to “physically live” in Austin, Tx. in the hurricane’s wake, Neville admitted that he was still “spiritually living in New Orleans.”

A trimmed touring lineup of his Tribe 13 band (with son Omari Neville on congas) reflected that sentiment. It dressed the music with light layers of percussive fire, piano and guitar but, curiously, no bass. The space that left in the music, though, simply added to the tunes’ atmospheric yet earnestly rhythmic charm.

rob ickes

rob ickes

Dobro ace Rob Ickes, a wildly versed bluegrass and country instrumentalist with a welcome thirst for exploring stylistic turf that falls far outside of the Nashville norm, teamed with pianist Michael Alvey to open his WoodSongs set will a real delight, the 1964 Horace Silver jazz classic Song for My Father.

Later excursions into Duke Ellington territory – a modest country swing taming of Take the “A” Train and an Eastern flavored Caravan where the dobro, at times, seemed to mimic a sitar – were also great fun. But Song for My Father was a knockout with the dobro’s inherent warmth and the tune’s infectious piano sway creating a fascinating and fluid musical dialogue.

Knoxville singer Robinella joined Ickes and Alvey for two tunes – a reading of Hank Williams’ You Win Again that downplayed country affection for pure, aching blues and the standard If I Had You. Striking a nice balance between country and jazz etiquette, Robinella’s phrasing again brought the great Billie Holiday to mind. But her tone was never imitative. She simply found her own spot within Ickes’ wonderfully inventive and respectful new string music and had a ball.

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PAGES 32-33: Left: Silk chandelier shade in taupe: Target. Paint in Cape Hatteras Sand: Benjamin Moore. Self-hem Solgull Linen curtain: Ikea. Bottom right: Corner cabinet # WC 2A1104 (72″H, 22″D from corner), unfinished: Woodcraft Industries. “Louis” patterned wallpaper (used as runners) in Cream (#686971) from the En Vogue Collection: Gramercy. this web site home decorators coupon

PAGE 34: Stiles Brothers’ corner cabinet BP940 (29″ sides, 19″D shelves): Bauer International. Ethan Allen’s New Country corner china cabinet 336438 has adjustable shelves and is available in five finishes (toast, barn red, charcoal, seafoam, and cotton). Saint Remy corner cabinet 601-70: French Heritage. Broyhill’s Attic Heirlooms corner cabinet 3397-27 has three adjustable glass shelves with plate grooves and requires 29 1/8″ of wall space. Ikea’s Leksvik in Antique stain has lockable doors and a removable lower shelf.

antiques PAGE 39: Hooked Rug: Woodard & Greenstein American Antiques.

PAGE 40: Top left: Laura Fisher Antique Quilts and Americana, Bottom right: Woodard & Greenstein American Antiques.

PAGE 42: Top right: Judith and James Milne Antiques; (details from left to right) Judith and James Milne (2), Laura Fisher Antique Quilts and Americana, Woodard & Greenstein.

house of the year PAGES 82-83: Construction of the Genesis “Ariana” house: Off-site built at Genesis Homes of Florida in Lake City, Fla., a division of Homes of Merit, Inc., part of Champion Homes. On-site builder: Larry Kelner. Concept drawings: Vincent Falini III, A.I.B.D. Project manager: Ellen Frankel. Hardie Plank Select Cedarmill siding: James Hardie. Trim paint in Super White: Benjamin Moore. Windows: Integrity from Marvin. Stonefield Faux Louver shutters in white: Atlantic Premium Shutter Co. Floorizon tongue-and-groove porch flooring planks in Cedar with White-sand Ornamental railing and square balusters: Timber Tech. Double-rim planters: Global Pottery. Classic Adirondack chairs: L.L. Bean.

PAGES 84-85: Left: Designer Series two-sided see-through 36″ vent-free fireplace: Vermont Castings/CFM Specialty Home Products. 42″ Plasma TV RU-42PZ90/H: LG Electronics. Alex II sectional sofa (consisting of left-arm loveseat #726-056-L-M, right-arm loveseat #726-056-R-M, and corner #726-059-M-C) in Erin fabric in Chalky Blue color #100724, Simone chairs with soft suede fabric in Chalky Blue #100797 and contrast seat in Juicy Berry Bowl #101087, Henry VI etagere #10027-ETA-65, Belladonna table #10064-CTB: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Textured bulb vase (on etagere): West Elm. Pillows on chairs: emelies. Lucid nesting table #105-0354 (sold in set of two): Chiasso. Button bowl in Cream Multi (on nesting table): Garnet Hill. Square well bucket and glass fishing floats: Great Stuff by Paul. Athena bust: Oly. Right: Modern wall paneling in Maple: New England Classic. Lamp table #5702-16 and bunching table #5700-13: Celerie Kemble for Laneventure. Seascape rug 9′ X 12′ in Natural: Home Decorators Collection. Hampton vase: Areo Inc. Hemp grain-sack bolster pillows: Susan Oostdyk. Wood tray: Big Daddy’s Antiques. Throw: T. Lockman. MILA stripe Birgit curtain in Bluebell: The Silk Trading Co. Fluted wood curtain rod with William brackets and Niles finials from the Somerset Collection: Paris Texas Hardware.

PAGES 86-87: Left: WoodHaven 1140 Classic White ceiling planks: Armstrong. Designer Series two-sided see-through 36″ vent-free fireplace: Vermont Castings/CFM Specialty Home Products. Natural Earth Clay wall treatment in Snow Canyon with a meld of Nantucket Sand: American Clay. Local American Clay application: Arte Bello Inc. Hand-sculpted, 5″-plank engineered hardwood flooring in Coffee Bean: Robbins from Armstrong. Provenance woven wood shades in Shoji fabric in Rice Paper: Hunter Douglas. Outdoor Original ceiling fan (on porch) in white with stainless hardware: Hunter Fan Co. 54″-diameter column-base dining table with galvanized-tin top #CB54: Archatrive. Slipcovered dining chairs #111-41 (with throws): Lee Industries. Spa weave fabric in Shell #32001/0000 (on dining chairs and banquette cushion), Trax fabric in Ocean #40046/0010 (welt on dining chairs): Sunbrella. Throws: T. Lockman. Wood tray: Great Stuff by Paul, Candles: Illuminations. 9′ X 12′ Nimes Ticking rug: Dash & Albert Rug Co. Workroom for banquette cushions, shades on breezeway: Blackburn’s Interiors Inc. Top right: Camille settee #MC0200 and Camille chairs #MC0210: Maine Cottage Furniture. Mason fabric in Capri #56010/0000 on cushions and shades: Sunbrella. Oriental Floral mat in Eggplant: Mariachi Imports. Indigo Resist Euro pillow: Pine Cone Hill. Throw: T. Lockman. Olive jar with two handles: Fortunata Inc. Candles: Illuminations. Bottom right: Halifax hand-sculpted hardwood flooring in Coffee Bean: Robbins from Armstrong. Trax fabric in Ocean #40046/0010 (on stools): Sunbrella. Handmade round dinner plates in Aqua: Alex Marshall Studios.

PAGES 88-89: Left: Lightbulbs in recessed lights and pendants: GE. Cabinets in Liberty and Montgomery door styles in White, factory-painted finish: Diamond Cabinets. Kitchen cabinet layout: Leah Kress for Diamond Cabinets. Provenance woven wood shades in Shoji fabric in Rice Paper: Hunter Douglas. Culinaire self-rimming dual-level sink 7504.103 with small steel dish rack and Culinaire pull-down faucet 4147.300 in polished chrome: American Standard. 30″ CleanDesign Convection Slide-In range in stainless steel, 30″ Designer hood, and fully-integrated dishwasher: GE Profile. Man-made cement-composite countertop in Light Gray: Fire-slate. Tessera glass tile in White #101, non-iridescent: Oceanside Glasstile. Timeless pendants in Pewter: Shades of Light. Mossby shelves with Bjarnum connection fittings: Ikea. Nimes Ticking 4′ by 6′ rug: Dash & Albert Rug Co. On countertops: Antique large glass apothecary jar with white lid: Big Daddy’s Antiques. Still-life oil paintings and ceramic soap dish: PMA Design. Handmade rectangular platter and 14″ round serving bowl in Gloss White: Alex Marshall Studios. Coffeemaker and 2-slice toaster in white and steel: Krups, available at Williams-Sonoma. Premium Pump espresso machine: Krups. Melior 5.7-qt. pan with lid: Bodum. Square glass canisters: Libbey. On Ikea shelves: Glass and porcelain mortars and pestles and mixing bowls in pale blue: Typhoon. White mixing bowls and glass cookie jars (with pasta): Pier 1 Imports. French presses and salt and pepper mills: Bodum. Right: Advantium wall oven/microwave in stainless steel and Arctica CustomStyle 22.6 cu.ft. refrigerator: GE Profile. Natural quartz countertop with Microban in Blanco Maple with Leather finish: Silestone. Handmade rectangular platters, round dinner plates in Aqua and in Gloss White: Alex Marshall Studios. Glasses: Vagabond Vintage. Scale: Typhoon. White dinner plates: Pier 1 Imports.

PAGES 90-91: Left: Top left: Heritance hardwood shutters in Bright White finish with 3 1/2″ louvers: Hunter Douglas. Candle: Tocca. “Hampton” table lamp: Cindy Ciskowski. Top right: Suspension dining table base in Wenge finish with glass top: Directions Inc. Wood tray: Williams-Sonoma Home. Plate stand: Nanny’s Attic. Wave music system: Bose. Bottom: Circle chair #7611-23 with Chocolate finish, upholstered in fabric #2409; Hollywood chairs #7623-22 with Antique finish, upholstered in fabric #2409; Crystal table #7788-10; and Calla bed #7660-10 with Chocolate finish, upholstered in fabric #2409: Mariette Himes Gomez for Hickory Chair. Faux bois table lamp (on glass-top table), Tahiti framed shell collection: Oly. Basket (under table): Great Stuff by Paul. Belladonna mirror #10062-MIR: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Pink/brown ticking pillows (on Hollywood chairs): Susan Oostdyk. MILA taffeta curtains in Toffee: The Silk Trading Co. Fluted wood curtain rod with William brackets and Adelaide finials from the Somerset Collection: Paris Texas Hardware. “Keep on the Sunnyside” quilt in chocolate/cerise: Denyse Schmidt Designs for Sarita Handa. Winthrop hotel sheets in Chocolate and Carlisle quilt in Chocolate: Pine Cone Hill. Le Jardin chocolate/fuchsia pillow: Ankasa Home Couture. Burlap bed pillow: emelies. Beautyrest Exceptionale Haverille Plush mattress and box spring: Simmons Bedding Co. 9′ X 12′ Chocolate ticking rug: Dash & Albert Rug Co. Right: Top: Bathroom: WoodHaven 1148 Painted White wall planks: Armstrong. Provenance woven wood shades in Shoji fabric in Rice Paper: Hunter Douglas. Heritage 5′ whirlpool tub in White and Town Square deck-mount tub filler in Polished Chrome: American Standard. Sonterra mosaic glass tile in Acapulco Blue and Landscape porcelain floor tile in Paros: Daltile. Seashell prints in Tarnished Nickel wood frames: J. Pocker & Son. Rug: Habidecor. Towels: Abyss European Towels. Antique large glass apothecary jar: Big Daddy’s Antiques. Round wooden stool: Go Home, Ltd. Glass canisters with stainless lids: Libbey. Blue Aromatherapy bath fizzies and Ylang Ylang bath salts: von Natur. Sensory Fusion Honey Papaya bath milk: Aromafloria. Bottom left: Heritage pedestal sinks in White and Town Square wide-spread faucets in Polished Chrome: American Standard. Quattro bath accessories and lighting in Polished Chrome: Motiv Legitimate Design by Ginger. C Series medicine cabinets MFC 2028: Robern. Bottom right: Town Square showerhead and controls in Polished Chrome and Heritage two-piece toilet in White: American Standard. Towels: Abyss European Towels. here home decorators coupon

PAGES 92-93: Left to right: Bulls Eye Laser level and Digital tape measure: Black & Decker. Table decoration with shells: Darleen Duggan of Nanny’s Attic. Large apothecary jar: Big Daddy’s Antiques. Ylang Ylang bath salts: von Natur. Canister with stainless top: Libbey. Interior/exterior paint in Leather Brown: Krylon. American Accents paint in Canyon Black: Rust-Oleum. White soup bowls: Pier 1 Imports. Soda glasses, Gibraltar goblets, Tulip sundae glasses, and Acapulco clear glass pitchers: Libbey. Ribbed glass canisters: Comptoir de Famille.

the budget makeover PAGES 102-103: Left, clockwise from top left: Framed 1872 vintage reproduction map: Maps of the Past. Black Collectors’ frames: Exposures. Southern Tip YR 27/404 orange wall paint: Glidden. Patchwork ottoman: Paula Rubenstein Ltd. Shaker-style peg rack in custom lengths: Best of New England. Alumina 30GG 44/013 gray wall paint, and White on White trim and ceiling paint throughout: Glidden. Bronze exterior light fixture #HD295-329: The Home Depot. Exterior door paint Copper Coin 70YR 19/432: Glidden. Right: Ektorp white slipcovered sleeper sofa and chair, Bromma storage footstool in white slipcover, Alve bureau in gray, Samtid floor lamps, and assorted baskets: Ikea. White insulated Essex Roman shades: Country Curtains. Antique quilt (on sofa), orange checked blanket, gray wool throw, ticking pillows and oil painting (in bureau): Paula Rubenstein Ltd. Orange wool patchwork rug: The Rug Co. Black shutter hinges: Shuttercraft, Inc.

PAGE 104: White vintage bistro table, wire basket, and Black Dragon pot: Great Stuff by Paul. Old cast-iron Acorn lamp with Chocolate silk shade, wire urn and solid wood finial: Aidan Gray Home, Inc. Orange wool throw: Pendleton. Leksvik bookcases in gray, Alvine Ruta black-and-white blankets, clip-on lights, and White Kassett storage boxes: Ikea.

PAGE 106: Urban View charcoal rectangular table with leaves, and charcoal bookcase deck and base unit with buttercream beadboard interior: Broyhill. Agen wicker chairs and pads, and large glass vase: Ikea. Bryant small chandelier in antique nickel with white paper shades: Circa Lighting. Old weathered column in black-and-white: Aidan Gray Home.

PAGES 108-109: Left: Wallpaper: Waverly. Limed Oak with Authentic Finish #UF 1896 Perspective laminate floor: Quick Step. Basalt Slate Honed-finish countertop: Formica. Formica Installation by Sanett Corporation. Battleship Gray cabinet paint: Majic Diamond Hard. Chrome Vintage French Country faucet: Price Pfister. Black Avalon base island with dropleaf maple top: Michael Scott. Melanie swivel counter stools in brushed aluminum: Home Decorators Collection. Reproduction polished-nickel bin pulls #R-08BM-1312X, and large porcelain knobs #R-08BM-5675: House of Antique Hardware. Staffordshire blue-and-white striped runner: Dash & Albert Rug Co. Blue-and-white striped pitchers, canisters, and bowls: Ronnie’s Ceramic Co., Inc. Retro round orange wall clock: Infinity Instruments. Calico blue-and-white and pale blue Felicity collections of plates, pitchers, cups and saucers, and soap dish: Home-Co. Right: Bottom left: Ready-made faux wood blinds in White: JCPenney. Orange colander and garbage can: Hold Everything. Bottom, right: White Kenmore 30″ electric range with Radiant Elements, White Kenmore Microhood Combination over-the-range microwave oven, White Kenmore 24″ Built-In UltraWash dishwasher with SmartWash Technology, and White Kenmore Side-by-Side refrigerator (not seen): Sears.

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PAGE 119: “Mini Cocotte” enamel castiron pot in Eggplant: Staub,

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