Finalist- Capital Region Blues Network Blues Challenge!
August 16, 2018
Thanks to the folks at the Capital Region Blues Network for choosing me as a Finalist in their annual Blues Challenge. I'll be joining the other three Finalists for the finals at Caffe Lena on Sunday, Sept. 9th. Fingers crossed-- oh no, wait, I couldn't play like that! See my calendar for details.
New Review for "Little Red Wagon"
March 12, 2018
I thought I'd spend time on the last snow day "catching up on my listening," so I broke out some of the CDs that were on my "to hear" list. I won't claim to have gotten that far--partly because (as is my wont) I started playing the same one or two almost obsessively. Anyway one of the day's favorites (and STILL in heavy rotation) was Elly Wininger's most recent record, LITTLE RED WAGON--which, contrary to the old saying, scarcely needs any "fixing". Elly was inducted into the NYS Blues Hall of Fame a few years back, and deservedly so. But like so many other favorites of mine (including, say, Bonnie Raitt and Tracy Nelson), she is not limited to any one genre. As her self-penned liner notes indicate: "LITTLE RED WAGON" is my interpretation and integration of the country blues, folk, a bit of Cajun, a touch of country, some R&B spice..." And I'd add some beautiful balladeering. I dare anyone to listen to her gorgeous and very moving, "For Fred" (which when I first heard her perform it live, I assumed was called "Thank You For Getting Me To Dance") and NOT choke up at least a little. Beautifully produced and packaged, with an extensively detailed booklet of lyrics, photos and notes, and featuring an array of talented musicians accompanying her (including back-up vocals by her fellow "Cupcakes," Janice Hardgrove Kollar and Lyndon Hardy, and THAT's a blend I'm always all too glad to hear). Too early in the year to announce my album of the year, but this will be in my Top 10 fer sher.
~Gregory Callahan, Music Curator, Hyde Park Library
Review of "Little Red Wagon"
February 27, 2018
Thanks to music journalist John Burdick for this review!
"Little Red Wagon" Charts at #8
February 6, 2018
Happy to report that my new CD, "Little Red Wagon" is #8 on the Folk DJ Chart for January 2018! I'm doing better than the stock market!!
October 26, 2017
After numerous delays (broken leg, schedules,
cosmological oddities and what not) my new CD Little Red Wagon will be released
January 5, 2018. I'll be posting music on this site and of course on FaceBook. Sooooo excited!
Cousins at the Colony Cafe
July 19, 2017
Looking forward to playing at the historic and beautifully refurbished Colony Cafe. I'll be sharing the bill with my newly discovered cousin Beki Brindle. Thank you ancestry.com!