It’s a rare occasion when a fine musician who has been on the local scene for more than 40 years steps out with an amazing new first recording. Such will be the case when Tim Kapeluck, a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, fiddle and mandolin and sings with as sweet a voice as can be heard, takes the stage for his CD-release concert at 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 9 at Colony, located at 22 Rock City Road in Woodstock.
Kapeluck, who has performed for the last 25 years with the Saturday Night Bluegrass Band, alongside Bill Keith, Eric Weissberg, Brian Hollander, Fooch Fischetti and Geoff Harden, never really wrote his own songs. But after a brush with a serious illness several years ago, where he thought for a while that he might not make it, but pulled through, songs came pouring out of him.
His album, By Time and Gravity, is a stunning piece of work, produced by Kapeluck and Julie Last at her Coldbrook Productions studio, and features many old friends, including Cindy Cashdollar, Harvey Sorgen, Fooch, Hollander and Harden, Frank Campbell, Pete Levin and more.
It starts out rocking, with Kapeluck’s “Death Comes Knockin’,” a look at what comes down the road for us all, but follows with a collection of sweet ballads, love songs and a stunning song outlining the loss of towns to the building of the Ashokan Reservoir. One song tells you how there “ain’t no footprints in the sea,” and another asks his love to “meet me in the middle, where there’s no beginning and no end.” The musicianship is fierce and uncompromising, and Kapeluck’s performance is as honest as it gets.
Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. The doors open at 7 p.m.; Brad Cole opens the show at 8 p.m. and Kapeluck performs at 9 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit www.colonywoodstock.com or call (845) 679-7625.