Today we look back to September 28, 2007…

Page McConnell, Shawn Colvin and Roger McGuinn To Salute Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Once again Knitting Factory founder Michael Dorn and New York’s Music For Youth program will host a tribute show at Carnegie Hall. This time, the evening will celebrate the songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Artists scheduled to perform include Page McConnell, Shawn Colvin, Phoebe Snow, Ryan Shaw, Jill Sobule & Lloyd Cole, Aimee Mann, Howard Jones and Roger McGuinn. Tickets are still on sale for the event, which will tae place on Wednesday, October 10 at 8 PM.

Panic For A Talking Head

Back in 2004, Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools contributed an essay to the The Best of Talking Heads. Last evening, Schools performed one of the Heads’ signature tunes along with one of its four members. Indeed, during the second set of he Widespread Panic show, Jerry Harrison emerged along with percussionist Wally Ingram and contributed to Panics Holden Oversoul which segued into the Talking Heads Life During Wartime and then on into Drumz. This was the second Harrison sighting of the week, as on Monday he also was in the house for the closing night of music at Sweetwater. Panic returns to the Paramount this evening to close out its three show run at the venue.

Hot Buttered Railroad Earth

Hot Buttered Rum is currently on the road supporting fellow improvisational roots-rockers Railroad Earth. On Monday, the two groups appeared at Tulsa, OK s

Cain’s Ballroom and, early in the evening, fans were treated two some cross-pollination among the two outfits. During Hot Buttered Rums set, Railroad Earth saxophonist Andy Goessling appeared on Beneath The Blossoms, before the groups mandolinist John Skehan sat-in on a set closing version of the Grateful Deads Cumberland Blues. The following night, while performing at Kansas City, MOs The Crossroads, Railroad Earth fiddler Tim Carbone made his way to the stage with Hot Buttered Rum for Lucy and Return Some Day, shortly before Goessling returned for a take on Well-Oiled Machine. Tonight the traveling package will perform at Englewood, COs Gothic Theater. To hear members of the two groups play together on Relix Radio, please click here.

Feist’s New Deal

As longtime readers with particularly good memories may recall, the New Deal recruited a few female vocalists to sing on its 2003 studio release, Gone Gone Gone. One of those singers was Leslie Feist, who soon afterwards, scored a fanbase of her own through her work with Broken Social Scene, a series of successful solo albums and, most recently, via her single 1,2,3,4 which is used in an iPod Nano commercial. Not only did Feist sing on the several of the Gone Gone Gone. cuts, but she also co-authored a song with the group titled Dont Blame Yourself. For a look back at Feists studio collaboration with the fellow Canadian trio, read Jeff Wafuls interview with Jamie Shields from around the time of the albums release. Also be sure to hear some music from Feists Broken Social Scene collaborator Kevin Drew on the current episode of Cold Turkey.

Steel Train’s Trampoline film critic Evan Winiker has some day job developments that we can report. His band Steel Train, which shuffled its line-up earlier in the year, is set to release its latest studio effort in a few weeks. Trampoline was produced by Mark Trombino (Rilo Kiley, Jimmy Eat World) and will be released October 23 on Drive-Thru Records. In the interim, a brief film on the making of the record is now available online. Steel Train will begin its national tour on Thursday, October 4 at School of Rock in South Hackensack, NJ.