Hamilton Leithauser – Live From Levon Helm Studios
In celebration of his Live! at Café Carlyle LP release, Hamilton Leithauser will be performing at Levon Helm Studios (Woodstock, NY) at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT Saturday evening 9/12. In these times of Social Distancing, this will be a special virtually ticketed event allowing you to watch from the comfort of your own home!
This new Live! at Café Carlyle LP was recorded at New York City’s landmark Café Carlyle in January 2020 and is one of the few live performances I photographed in 2020. The walls of this lovely intimate space are highlighted with wonderfully colored hand-painted murals by Marcel Vertès and it’s always a special treat to be at the Carlyle! Now that we are trying to survive the global pandemic and shutdown of all tours and most events, it’s given me a whole new perspective about how special this night was and how fortunate I feel to have been there.
This year’s run was the first time I had heard “Miami”, an amazing cover of the legendary Randy Newman classic as well as a couple of songs and stories from his newly released record, The Loves Of Your Life. The highlight of the evening for me was a new song “Don’t Check The Score” and a surprise cover of “Not” by Big Thief (all included on the live album). Hamilton is an amazing songwriter and lyricist but he also has a very special gift for hearing a song and playing/arranging it with his own touch; “Not” is one of those interpretations that feels like he really made it his own.