Tuesday July 2, 2019, 11:30am-12:30pm,
The Arizona Senior Academy Building
Invented names are always fun, but how are they created? In the case of Nick McBlaine & Log Train, it’s a combination of borrowing from real names and adding a bit of imagination. Violinist/fiddler Nick Coventry, guitarist Peter McLaughlin, multi-instrumentalist Alvin Blaine, and bassist Evan Dain form the core of the band whose regular gigs at Monterey Court take place on the first Wednesday of each month.
The band likes to play and sing “whatever song or style that comes to mind” from their vast repertoire of old-time Americana, folk, country, blues, bluegrass, fiddle tunes and original songs, as well as tributes to well-known musicians.
Goleta, California native Nick Coventry was inspired as a youngster by a recording of gypsy jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli. He started his first gypsy swing band while studying classical violin at UC Santa Barbara, and currently plays with Hot Club of Tucson, the Tucsonics, and his touring jazz band The Black Market Trust.
National Flatpicking Champion Peter McLaughlin has toured nationally and internationally, collaborating with artists such as Laurie Lewis and Chris Brashear. His first solo album, “Cliffs of Vermilion,” was released in 1995, and he was inducted into the Tucson Musician’s Museum in the Bluegrass/Americana category in 2013.
Alvin Blaine performs with many local bands, recently appearing at the ASA with Cadillac Mountain, and previously with the Tucsonics. It’s hard to keep track of how many instruments he plays, from lap steel, pedal steel and dobro, to slide guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and accordion.
San Francisco native Evan Dain’s first instrument was guitar, followed by bass, banjo, trombone and tuba. His musical career has encompassed traditional, modern and Latin jazz, rock, bluegrass, pop and country-western styles. ASA audiences have enjoyed his performances with Hot Club of Tucson and the Tucsonics.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer