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.
Thanks to all for your expressed excitement this month, with the posting of songs on Soundcloud. Truth is, the songs were up. But it turns out ITunes Libraries sometimes pull the wrong versions of songs when you upload. So after deleting all those alternate mixes, the right ones are up on Soundcloud, and I decided to announce that fact by posting on Facebook. More music coming soon.
Please check out the amazing new CD by artist Teri Scheinzeit, Choosing Happy. Go go go to find her online at her site or at CD Baby. The songs are beautiful constructions, she is singing herself nutty, and it all sounds heavenly. Basics arranged and played by Tom Prasada-Rao. I had the privilege of finishing production for her here in New York with engineering by the ubiquitous Mark Dann.
Another song being held for pitching by a supervisor through Music X-Ray. Nice to get to yes. Next month it’s off to Florence for a week, songwriting retreat with Gretchen Peters.
Continuing the obsession with stringed instruments and singer-players and all-things Chris Thile. Celebrate Brooklyn managed to draw him back with the stunning Punch Brothers. It was torrential rain that night but we all stayed and they played and played. And then….my girl Amelia Meath, late of Mountain Man, who I’ve known since she was a baby.. She and Nick, her partner in crime in Sylvan Esso, an absolutely blow-out concert. It didn’t rain.
We’re happy to report at Blue Room Songs that several tracks are being held by music supervisors for potential pitches. Nice progress this year in that regard.
More songs, more recording, hoping to book a show or two in the next couple of months. Meanwhile, for all my Brooklyn neighbors, see you at Celebrate Brooklyn. They have booked some amazing music this year, and it continues to be a free event, unless you are inclined to drop some money in the bucket. Nickel Creek in July! See you there.