We had a fantastic weekend in Arlington, Virginia, playing for a packed house at the home of Lisa Cherkasky. I was joined in performance by my buddies from the Bacon Brothers Band, in town to play with BB at the wonderful Birchmere, as well as singer Angela Reed. All evening Friday, enjoying the Bacon Brothers show at the Birch, Lisa continued to check her phone, and by night’s end we were sold out. It was a wonderful afternoon of music and pie, not to mention full out discussions of Steve Earle’s marriage history, secret songs about secret love affairs, and alien bugs crawling in the ears of United States Senators. A magical time. Videos are out there, look on our FB page!
See you at Cowgirl on August 29th for a Songwriters In The Round hosted by the outrageously talented and prolific Emily Duff!
If you’re in the DC area, I’ll be doing a house concert in Arlington, Virgina on July 29th with some of my buddies from the Bacon Brothers Band. This concert series is run by my oldest friend, Lisa Cherkasky, a woman of many talents (you’ve GOT to check out her sandwich blog http://www.midnightsnack.com). Lisa has a beautiful home and there will be pie like you’ve never experienced in your life. Come see us at the house concert and be sure to get to the Bacons’ gig at the Birchmere on July 28/29/30. I know Kevin and Michael are pumped for a big weekend in DC.
I am over the moon to report that Americana and Folk radio have embraced our record You See This River to the point where we have charted at #19 on Airplay, and #30 on the Artist chart. For a project that has never before been on the radar of these DJs and fans, this is a remarkable event and I am beyond grateful to the independent folks in this genre who are ready to recognize and play new music they love. Please write to me here (email@example.com) and say hello if you would like to request we send the record to any other stations throughout the country, or if you are a DJ who is interested in a phone interview or in-studio event. Requests for plays to these independent stations are taken seriously, so if you have a favorite station (NYC fans…that call to WFUV couldn’t hurt!) please pick up that cellphone and request a song be played. Finally, if you have ideas for shows for next year, including a house concert near you, I’d love to hear from you.
Soon I will begin archiving radio interviews on this site. These DJ’s I’ve been speaking with are really remarkable – knowledgeable and inspiring.
We played our last NYC show at Rockwood Music Hall before taking a summer break. You guys really showed up for us once again. We videotaped, so bear in mind I have every crazy outburst from each and every one of you! What I love is that every show with this project is a community gathering. It’s as if we’re in the town square, playing music, talking town gossip (no mean girls allowed, of course!) and exchanging love, solace where needed, and (let’s face it, much-needed) hope for the future. (Lorelei and Rory would fit right in. All GG folks please identify yourselves!) Joining me in the Blue Room on June 12th were Larry Saltzman on guitar, Jeremy Beck on piano and vocals, Richard Hammond on bass, Lisa Gutkin on fiddle, Angela Reed on vocals, Gary Schreiner on harmonica, and Lisa Brigantino on mandolin, who was supposed to learn 3 songs and basically learned the set. Lisa B, you are amazing! Such a gathering of immensely talented people, committed to making good honest music. Thank you to Harold Erkins for archiving on video.
Our radio launch begins Memorial Day weekend. If you have any stations you would love us to include, let us know!
I am playing a mini set at the infamous Radigan Roundup in Brooklyn (8th Avenue and 12th St) on Sunday May 21st – a wonderful shared night, hosted by – of course – the indomitable Terry Radigan. The night starts at 7:30. Come on out and hang with us – burgers and beer and fellowship! I’ll be joined (so far) by Jeremy Beck on accordion/vocals and Angela Reed on vocals.
And a head’s up that in June we will play our last Rockwood Music Hall show of the season. June 12th on Stage 3, 7pm show. My Blue Room cohorts for the evening are (so far) John Putnam (guitar, dobro), Jeremy Beck (piano, vocals), Lisa Nutkin (fiddle, mandolin), Richard Hammond (bass), and Angela Reed (vocals). We’re expected a few juicy additions to that list, and I know it will be a joyous night of music and community. And that hang upstairs at the Rockwood after the show is one of the many reasons it is a beautiful venue.
You See This River will soon have a radio airplay launch, and keep a lookout for more local gigs as well as a little traveling. Thank you all once again for supporting the record and our CD launch event. If you haven’t noticed, the CD can be ordered here on our home page, or download tracks from CD Baby and Itunes. We are also streaming on Spotify. I have the pennies in royalties to prove it. So hey, supporters of independent music! Order your very own copy to travel through the day with.
On another note, the amazing Diane Garisto is bringing her Stoned Soul Picnic to City Winery NYC on April 23rd! Singing the stunning music of her former boss, Laura Nyro. It is a wonderful celebration of Laura’s music and life. Diane’s harmony group consists of myself, Carolee Goodgold, Emily Bindiger, and Margaret Dorn. New York’s finest players in the group: Musical Director Elise Morris, Ira Seigel, Andy Heunerberg, and David Rosenberg. This brunch event starts at 12:30. Come early and order up!
We had an amazing CD Release show at Rockwood 2 on March 27th! What a joy to play with these musicians, and what a thrill to have so many of NYC’s top musicians and singers in the audience. Thank you to all of our community, as well as our friends and family, for being with us to celebrate the release of Janie Barnett and Blue Room’s You See This River. The CD is currently available on CD Baby, and digital downloads (only) also available on Amazon and ITunes. We should be streaming on all the usual sites, but don’t forget to support your favorite artists by purchasing original music! Might I salute, with gratitude and – yup – love – the current participants in Blue Room: Jeremy Beck (piano/vocals), Richard Hammond (bass), John Putnam (guitar/dobro/vocals), Ira Seigel (guitar/mandolin), Bob Mastro (fiddle), Angela Reed (vocals), and guesting with us Bob Merrill (flugelhorn), Rachelle Garniez (accordion), Irwin Fisch (piano), Kenny White (vocals), and Rob Killenberger on sound.
We sold out Rockwood 3! October 17 I had the privilege of performing a set in front of wall to wall folks of good will and commitment to hearing live music! I was joined by Larry Saltzman on guitar/banjo/vocals, Jeremy Beck on piano/vocals, Lisa Gutkin on fiddle/mandolin/vocals, Richard Hammond on bass/vocals, and Angela Reed on vocals. My apologies to those who got turned away at the door! We’ll be back.
Look for the CD of new music coming out early 2017. Thank you so much for showing up and your great reception!
A busy season of writing, recording, and gigging. The amazing Diane Garisto mounted her tribute to her former boss, the legendary Laura Nyro with shows at Cafe Wha and the Highline Ballroom. On stage backing up Diane were Elise Morris, Larry Saltzman, David Rosenberg, Andy Heunerberg, Carolee Goodgold, Emily Bindiger, Margaret Dorn and yours truly. Look for another show in town at Christmastime.
Recording continues on the CD project. Targeting the fall for completion. Look for some live shows coming soon. Larry Saltzman, Richard Hammond, Sammy Merendino, Robin Batteau and JB.
Continuing to work on tracks for the new record. Sessions at Sammy Merendino’s Harlem Parlor Studio with SM on drums and Richard Hammond on upright. Brilliant!
Larry Saltzman and I recently broke out of the ProTools closet to do a mini set at Terry Radigan’s Roundup in Park Slope. Great to get out and play live. We heard some great music that night as well. Carmella Ramsey and Kenny Vaughn played their own mini set. Radian knows how to create a great scene.
Nashville trip last month was terrific. I captured the amazing and graceful Barry Walsh on piano on a new track. Barry and Gretchen Peters graciously welcomed the intrusion into their beautiful home and we captured the moment through the miracle of ProTools on a thumb drive.
My ex Berklee Student Steve Barnett (no relation) had his CD release while I was in Nashville. I was so pleased to be there – his new record – I really can’t stop listening. Tash Ostapovicz and I contributed harmonies to the show.
In January Allison Scola and Joe Ravo aka Villa Palagonia have released their long awaited new recording, beautiful “eclectic acoustic music brushed with hues from Mediterranean folk.” I was pleased to produce the vocals for this collection and it is a gorgeous piece of work.