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Double Hitter at Fiddler's Dream on 11/03

By Mariah Fleming

If you love acoustic music you might think it's not easy to find a place here that's perfectly suited to the genre. Well, take heart! Acoustic music is alive and well in the Valley and there's a cozy spot in Phoenix, a made to order gem for just that. Think "a concert in my living room." Add the cream of the crop in musicians, a 1960's Greenwich Village style "coffee house" vibe and a name that evokes the spirit of the room and you've got Fiddlers Dream. On Friday November 3rd at 8 p.m. there's a real treat in store; a double bill featuring Doug Haywood with Reggie Chavez and JC & Laney. Doug and Reggie

Doug Haywood continues to be one of the preeminent sidemen in the music industry since he began in the 1960's. When I interviewed Haywood several years ago he joked that he's "the most famous musician nobody's heard of." Maybe, but not among the greats he's worked with. The list of iconic musicians Haywood has toured or recorded with is a long one. You'd recognize them all, but there's room to name only a few here: Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Linda Ronstadt and Graham Nash. On Friday, Haywood, who is truly delightful to see in concert, will be performing with guitarist Reggie Chavez. "I got to know Reggie through mutual friends and didn't know he played the guitar. Turns out he plays it very well." Haywood said.

"I've played with Reggie on stage anytime I've had the opportunity" he continued. "He is really excellent at accompanying people, something that's rarely taught. He shines, in my opinion, because of his creativity and intuition. Of course the fact that he has monster chops and finely honed execution of all the music that emanates from his guitar is a very good thing!" And what kinds of songs will they be performing? "Reggie and I are doing some old material from the 30's and 40's, Gershwin and so on. And of course we'll do some newer stuff, including mine. I will also tell stories, mainly lies, but they'd be boring if they were all true." Haywood is known for his magnificent songwriting, and that's no lie.

JC & LaneyAlso performing will be the spirited duo JC & Laney (J.C. Scott and Laney Greynolds) veteran multi genre Americana/roots musicians. This unique team shines onstage with high energy, magnetic simpatico. Known for their improvised banter, signature harmonies and songs that run the gamut from folk, blues, pop and rock to comedy, word is "they're simply a hoot to watch." JC & Laney released seven recordings from 2010 through 2016. Their seventh and most recent CD, 2016's "Hard Road to Easy Street" was on the first round ballot for 2016's 58th Grammy Awards along with two individual songs from the CD.

JC & Laney write, sing harmony and perform their songs in the Western United States. They've done 60 to 100 dates each year for the past seven years and continue full steam ahead. Thus far they have a catalog of more than 80 original songs. Since 2010 they've been working with legendary producer Steve Wood, former musical director for Kenny Loggins. "We plan to play songs from each of our seven records released from 2010 through 2016…a blast from the part, greatest hits type of thing." JC said. It promises to be a wonderfully memorable evening of music. See you at 8 p.m. Friday at Fiddler's Dream, 1702 E. Glendale Ave, Phoenix. For more info and directions go to 602 997 9795 or their Facebook page.