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The Low Down Review – No. 21

31 Dec

Boiling Gold: For a while, I was defintely in the low down, folks. I’m just now peeking through the most sick I’ve ever felt. I had the worst of what’s going around, a flu that wrapped a few other maladies into its careless cocktail of static illness. Dramatic? Not at all… Shit was intense, and the couch was the farthest I could reach from the bed for a week. I cancelled my last show of the year, and fell in and out of awareness to bad movies on Netflix.

Volcano, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche is probably the worst of the bunch, but watching Tommy Lee Jones react to a volcano erupting and forming in the middle of downtown Los Angeles proved to be a healthy dose of humor amidst a collection of crumpled tissues and empty tea cups. The man yells about as much as Samuel Jackson, and takes more charge than a fleet of car batteries.

At the other end of the spectrum, though, and just last night, I found Even the Rain (Tambien La Lluvia), a brilliant, layered movie that drew complicated parallels between the Spanish conquest of the Americas in search of gold in the 15th and 16th centuries and the fight in the Americas over water rights, using the Chochabamba protests in 2000 as a backdrop. The movie pushes the notion that though the details change, the story remains the same, but does so without falling neatly into the cliche. Substitute gold with water, and you’ll get the gist of where the movie takes the viewer. This does not stand to minimize the effectiveness of the cinematography, the dialogue and the captivating performances…

I’ll avoid a detailed recounting of the storyline (here’s the trailer), but I have to mention that the screenwriter, Paul Laverty has a masterful command of irony as an artistic and revelatory tool (we ain’t talking obscure albums and PBRs here…). He showed remarkable ability in weaving the conflicting stories of the indigenous fight for rights and the perceived rights of those in power into a coherent drama about a director and his producer. The characters (who endeavor to film a controversial movie about Christopher Columbus in the Americas) and their rich portrayal are the result of a very deep tool chest, and provide the viewer with an engaging story, as well as a detailed and colorful tapestry.

So, after the movie, and as I turn on the kettle for another cup of tea, I do so reminded that while I’ve been feeling down, I am, by and large, not held down. And while I ain’t yet paying gold for my water, I know it’s more precious than gold. Water, in my mind, is a gift of life from the planet, not a product for sale by humans.


Two if by Mail: I want to get the New Year off to a generous start, so I’m offering up a two-for-one sale on physical, mail-order Greenhorn sales for the month of January. It’s real simple, folks. Anyone who clicks the “Buy Now” link below or the identical link on my website to purchase through PayPal will receive an extra copy of Greenhorn for free. What should you do with this additional album? No rules against re-gifting around here; send it along to a friend you think will enjoy the tunes and spread the generous spirit. Happy New Year, folks!

From the Low Down: I wish I had more news on the recording front, but December is a difficult month to record, and a prolonged illness, John’s sprained ankle, holiday festivities, a vacation to Key West, and some other issues delayed the proceedings. We do, though, have quite a bit already recorded, including the vocal tracks for half of the album. So, there’s good news for certain. We have a lot to accomplish next month, though.

Also in the realm of good news and related to the album, I met with tattoo artist, designer and photographer Nick Reinert a couple of weeks ago to view some of his ideas for the cover art. It was an exciting meeting because the guy had some brilliant sketches, and I’ll show you one:

That image will be the thematic center-piece for all the album art, as well as for the collection of songs, and I’m glad to be working with Nick again after a long break between projects. Nick worked with me and Matt Durfee in 2007, snapping photos and helping with staging for the Palatypus CD Release show. Make sure you folks check out Nick’s work and portfolio at his website.

In other good news, the tickets to March’s CD release party are now available on Caffe Lena’s website. Here’s the direct link to the event page and ticket information, and here’s the info on the show – you’ll be reading and hearing a lot about this one:

    Harvest the Heart CD Release Show
    with opener Caitlin Canty
    Saturday, March 30 – Doors at 7:00 p.m.
    Caffe Lena
    47 Phila Street
    Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
    Ticket Info: Member – $12 / General – $14
    Purchase tickets here…

As always, folks thanks for everything. I’ve got a lot in the queue for the new year, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you all. Spread the word and share the song… I truly wouldn’t be able to do this without you.

– Mike

Ernest Hemingway’s Typewriter
Hemingway House, Key West, FL

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The Low Down Review – No. 17

10 May

Outdoor Orchestra: Once the warmer weather moved its way over to my doorstep, I started spending some time each morning out on the porch. Leaning on the rail, cup of coffee in hand, I listened to the robins sing out, the crows caw their way from tree line to tree line, the woodpeckers knock away the bark and bore down, and the house sparrows chirp and tweet. I listened through the din of the cars because the birds quieted down when they passed through. Many simply flew off.

With that as a day’s start, I found myself chatting with a buddy of mine about the messages one can find in nature’s sounds. That is, messages of warning from the birds, if the “peepers” suddenly go silent, if the crickets quit their fiddling, etc. I told the story about the time I turned around on a Yellowstone trail when the birds hushed, and the magpies tracked my every step. Armed with only a bowie knife and a bottle of water, I wasn’t about to explore that nervous tension.

Within minutes of the chat, I checked my email and found a review of Bernie Krause’s, “The Great Animal Orchestra,” (Little, Brown & Company) a book that calls on us to pay better attention to nature’s sound and music. Serendipity. After reading the review and sharing the coincidence with my buddy, I headed out to buy the book. Here’s the review – Jeremy Denk provides a descriptive, compelling and concise summary. Krause provides a compelling narrative as well, and I finished the book in under a work week.

There is quite a bit of what may be considered activism in the book. Specifically, a call to preserve what’s left of the planet’s wild spaces. To Krause, a healthy habitat exhibits rich and diverse sounds, and these sounds are fading. Some will undoubtedly hold his activism against him, but I can’t blame the man, and I certainly don’t hold it against him. Through the course of his four decade career, he’s experienced, first-hand, the deterioration of 50% of the habitat he used to visit to record. The man has been to just about every continent, as detailed in the book, so it’s not as though someone developed half of his backyard.

In fact, I share Krause’s concern with the disappearance of wild space (I touched on it briefly in LDR 12), but I hadn’t yet thought of it in detailed terms of soundscape. This past weekend, while hiking the Plotterkill Preserve in Rotterdam, NY, I decided to take a very close listen to my surroundings and what I experienced was dissonance between the visual and the aural. Take a look at the below picture. I snapped it while resting:

It’s a beautiful scene, right? A peaceful locale to sit and enjoy nature… Well, as Krause states in the book, a picture tells only part of the story. Here’s what you may not imagine when staring at the cascade: the pitched rumble of high-altitude jets, the thrum of the low-flying propeller planes, the popping compression of tractor-trailer air-brakes on the NYS Thruway, the gargle throat pipes of motorcycle “mufflers,” and the distant buzz of lawnmowers. When man-made noise peaked across the soundscape, it seemed that the birds simply gave up. Thinking back, I had always heard this, but I hadn’t actively experienced the dissonance. If the sounds fade, what messages are we missing? Krause answers the question with detail, acumen and a vibrant story-line.

Krause’s book gave language to thoughts that were brewing in my mind, and I thank him not only for the book, but also for all his work in recording nature’s symphony, or “biophony,” as he termed it. His experience with the Nez Perce origin of music story is a beautiful account of humility and awe; it floored me. Nature made the music first, and as Krause argues, we could do better by ourselves to open our ears and start listening to the song.

Remaining Bookish: I’m in the middle of refining a new tune. I’ve titled it “Comanche Moon” and found the lyrical content in two books: Larry McMurtry’s epic Western novel, “Lonesome Dove,” and the tremendous non-fictional account of the settlement of Texas and the forty-year battle with the Comanches, “Empire of the Summer Moon” by S. C. Gwynne – watch and listen to Gywnne describe his book here… If you haven’t read either of these books, I think the lyrics to “Comanche Moon” may provide you with a general feel. I’m hoping to bring this tune to a live performance in the next week or two. Read the lyrics to “Comanche Moon.”

Still working between the bookends, this summer, I’ll team up with buddy and longtime Palatypus collaborator, Matt Durfee, and some of the folks from Black Mountain Symphony, including Charles Burgess for a night of tunes from the Anti-Rent War. That’s right, the Anti-Rent War, a period of New York State history in which farmers revolted against the Van Rensselaer family, and feudalism by another name, the incomplete sale. We’re calling ourselves, “Big Thunder and the Anti-Rent Ramblers.” The research for this show has been a delight, and certainly an informative experience.

For the project, which is part of the Rensselaerville Festival of Writers, we’re using a book titled, “Tin Horns and Calico” written by Henry Christman. We’re using the lyrics found in the back of the book, and putting music to them – the heavy lifting done by Matt and Charlie. I’m working on an original tune for the show, assembling bits of the sweeping arc of the story together, and taking lead on a tune called, “The Landlord’s Lament,” a tongue-in-cheek, if not outright mocking tune told from a landlord’s perceived perspective.

Catch “Big Thunder and the Anti-Rent Ramblers” at the Palmer House Cafe, in Rensselaerville, NY on Friday, July 27th at 7:00 p.m. for a bit of NYS history, and a few beers.

SNEAKY NOTE: Matt Durfee is leaking new tracks from his upcoming solo album, “Little World.” Get yourself a listen…

From the Low Down: I’m happy to announce that the teasing I did in earlier LDRs was for good reason. I’ll be teaming up with folk phenoms, The Stray Birds for a show at the Moon and River Cafe on Monday, June 4, starting at 8:00 p.m. They debuted in the top 20 on the Folk Charts. Get there early; the seats will fill fast.

As you can see from the below schedule, I have quite a few shows on the near and distant stretches of the horizon. I’m excited about these shows too (I can’t tell you how honored I am that these folks have taken a chance on my tunes, or are welcoming me back); this Friday, I’m playing a show at a luthier’s co-op, a place which services and builds guitars, sells vintage instruments and serves beer. Such a great place to sing out a set… So it leads me to a question: do you folks want more information on individual shows listed here in the LDR? I take pride in sharing where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to with you folks, but I’m starting to think that it’s at the expense of what the future holds. Holler back at me, and let me know if y’all prefer more info on the up-and-coming.

I have more good news about the folks over at WEXT. They produce a great program where listeners can sign up to be the D.J. for an hour to share their own favorite tunes. A few weeks back, I was fortunate enough to head into the studio to record a segment and spin tunes by songwriters and musicians that have influenced and continue to inspire me. They titled the program “My Exit,” and you can listen in to my hour on Monday, May 28th at 8:00 p.m. as well as on Sunday, June 3rd at 10:00 a.m. For those of you outside of range, stream the station on the web here… I posted a quick note on my chosen set on the website and you can view that and the set-list here…

So, I think that’s it for now. Be sure to write back with suggestions on the LDR; I’m looking forward to chatting with you about it. And as always, folks thanks for everything. Spread the word and share the song… I simply can’t do it without you.

– Mike

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The Low Down Review – No. 14

28 Dec

Gene – Corning, NY

Snap-Shots: This time out, I remembered to snap a few photos… Above, meet Gene. I stumbled into Gene at a coffee shop in Corning, NY. After greeting each other over the sound of the sleigh bells hung above the door, I took a couple of steps, stopped, turned and walked back to where he sat by the entrance. He looked out the window, content and seemingly relaxed behind a scowl, and then turned his attention to me quizzically.

“Can I take your picture,” I asked.

“Why?” he replied, locking into a stare.

“I like your hat.” It was a half-truth. He had such an intense, concentrated look on his face, that his eyes seemed to see beyond the here-and-now, right through me and down over the road to forever. That glare situated under his horned hat reminded me of the American Bison I saw out West. It was a strange situation, and I was compelled. Capturing his photograph became important.

He paused.

“You don’t have to smile…”

“I’m not going to.” And with that, he laughed.

Rochester is a great city for the Arts. Music, painting, sculpture, and performance… The first thing I wanted to do when I reached Rochester was to head downtown and visit Bernunzio Uptown Music. Located on the same block as the Eastman School of Music, Bernunzio’s offers a wide and diverse selection of instruments for the refined, the educated and for the collector. Well, I ain’t much of any of those, but John, the owner, tells me I have good taste. I suspect he’s the one with the good taste, and that I could throw a dart in the dark there and pin down a quality guitar.

I sat with a 1948 Gibson JS and immediately desired it. I picked and strummed it for an hour. The sound was rich, full and balanced. It was as though the wood sang, more than I played. The guys in the back-room shop had brought the action down and walked the line between playability and resonance. The sound was so natural, it seemed other-worldly. And where the guitar seemed, the price-tag was. At $6,500, I tempered my desire with as much care and deliberation as the Bernunzio luthier had tempered the wonderfully worn and comfortable fret-board.

But even the price on the ol’ Gibson JS was no match for Rev. Gary Davis’ Gibson GB-1 banjitar. John set the price for this “rare model and incredible piece of American history” at $25,000. If I had 7 or 8 extras of my car, I might be able to make a trade… I don’t. I had to hop in the one car I have and head out empty-handed, richer for the experience.

The Reverend

After a great night in Rochester and another in Montour Falls, I headed out to Angelica, NY for an unamplified set at the Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Cafe. This is how I like to play, and the intimacy of the room satisfied. The space reverberated with pleasant timbre. When in a room like this, it’s easy to “play” with the room; I can adjust the levels simply by raising my vocals, lowering the sound of the guitar, and bringing the two of the them into complimentary pitches. No need for a soundboard… This is a room the performer can feel out. What a delight. In rooms such as these, each song has a life of its own and the energy the listeners provide fuels the performance. It’s a moving symbiosis. I forgot to sit for a meal, but I can testify that the smell of the food heightened my senses and tantalized.

Red Carpet Treatment

After the set, proprietors Don, Karen and their friend Jim and I sat for a couple hours of conversation over some cheese and wine. Simply put, these are great people, and they’re doing great things out there in Angelica, a couple of which I promised I wouldn’t divulge. I don’t want to be the jinx… But what they are doing, and it’s immediately clear, is providing the folks in and around Angelica a great spot for a meal and music. I can’t thank them enough for their hospitality and their kindness. I hope to be back in their company this upcoming summer.

After Hours Crowd, Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Cafe, Angelica, NY

The Holiday Reason: I’ve had a great year, and have you folks to thank for it. Many (very many) of you folks have supported me at shows, shared my songs with your friends and families and hosted me in your homes and venues. I want to offer up some generosity and hand out free downloads of Greenhorn to the first five folks who reply to this email, or click on the Greenhorn CD image below (if you’re replying to this email, make sure you mention “Greenhorn Download” in the subject line).

Click the above image to reply…

If you already have a copy of Greenhorn, feel free to reply to the email. If you receive a download code, send it along to a friend or family member if you think that they will dig the songs…

From the Low Down: I’m off to Rhode Island, the Ocean State. I’ll be joining Daphne Lee Martin and Sandy Allen (members of the estimable and thoroughly entertaining Raise the Rent based in New London, CT) for a fun night of song and craft beers. Join us at Perks and Corks, in Westerly, RI. Music starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thurday, December 29th. No Cover. Tell your friends…

I’m also excited to announce that I’ll be playing the part of the Court Jester at the 2012 WEXT Exit Dome. It’s the fifth year that WEXT has put together a benefit concert featuring acts from the Albany, NY area. Guitar slinging and sound guru, John Rice will join me for the night. EXT promotes local music with both sincerity and fervor, and I am indebted to their constant support. Get your Exit Dome 5 tickets through a donation to WEXT by clicking here. It all goes down on Saturday, January 28th, with doors at 7:00 p.m. Here’s the line-up:

Lastly, John Rice and Courtney Blackwell and I will team up for what’s beginning to look like a New Year’s Day tradition. We’ll head out to Shelburne Falls, MA to play around for a couple of hours at one of my favorite spots, Mocha Maya’s. After the set, we’ll head over to Memorial Hall to catch Redbird, a collective effort from some of our favorite songwriters. There’s lots of gigs coming up, and stay tuned for some Palatypus gigs to be announced. Check the show listing below for dates and details. I hope to celebrate a new year with you folks soon.

As always, folks thanks for everything. Spread the word and share the song… I couldn’t do this without your support, y’all.

– Mike

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Swing Sets West

13 Dec

This Thursday, I’m heading out to the western part of the state for a string of three shows. I’ll be playing in Rochester, a familiar city, but in a new location, Starry Nites Cafe. This is a relaxed setting – a little tight, but certainly relaxed and intimate – situated right in the University Neighborhood. Those folks were mighty kind to me when I stopped in for a bite to eat and a coffee on a Saturday afternoon late last Spring. Good people make for a good spot.

I’m hoping to meet up with friend and songwriter, Matt Sauer who struts on the guitar for The Indras. I owe a hell of a lot of good times to Matt; he’s put me up each time I’ve gone to Rochester to play shows, and I’ve been making the trip for about two years now. Matt is housemates with Corey (also of Indras notoriety) who is one of the funniest guys I know. His perspective on the current state of live music had me wiping tears with my sleeve.

After Rochester, I’m heading down to Montour Falls, NY to meet up and play with Palatypus band-mate, Matt Durfee’s brother, Travis Durfee for a night of songs at the Harvest Cafe. It’s a dinner show, and according to their website, they offer “the best chargrilled burgers in Northern Appalachia.” Alright, I’m in… They also claim to be home to the “most Vegan friendly menu in the region.” The region, y’all.

And on Saturday, I’ll drive a bit further west to Angelica, NY for another dinner set at the Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Cafe. Co-owner, Don, has been a most gracious host, and I’ve yet to meet the guy. He’s reached out to contacts at WRUR radio, and says that they’ll be spinning tunes off Greenhorn. Nice. Thanks, Don. Their menu impressed me, and was certainly a factor in reaching out to them. After writing with Don a few times, I’m honored that they’re having me in to play. It seems to me that they’re particular about musical acts.

So, if you feel like taking a road trip for some good food, times and tunes, hop in the car and travel with. And if you know anyone out in Western New York, make sure you tell them to head on out and to introduce themselves…

In a bit, folks…

The Low Down Review – No. 13

26 Nov

Falling In Touch: Now that I’m sitting down to write, stomach still full and a bit dazed by Turkey Day gustational indulgences, I’m realizing just how busy I’ve been this Fall. I kept up a steady schedule of travel and shows, met some amazing musicians and songwriters, hit up delicious restaurants, and completely forgot to take pictures – not a single photograph… But, if I wasn’t playing, I was driving on the Thruway, chatting with someone about seemingly nothing, eating and drinking and laughing with them, sleeping in the guest room or on the couch, and in one case, nursing a migraine. A picture of my wincing face would have been pretty funny.

That migraine hit hard during a Saturday I spent at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Annual Conference held in Kerhonkson, NY. I intermittently passed out on the lobby couches, awoken each time by random bands of folks joining up to play a few tunes. I loved waking up that way, even though I had to squint my eyes and rub my temples – I couldn’t even think of picking up my guitar. The impromptu band would take a break, and I’d wander around the hotel for a bit, guzzling water, checking out showcases and industry exhibits until the headache forced me back down to a couch to close my eyes again. I missed all the guerilla showcases

I ended up leaving earlier than I hoped, but not before discovering The Stray Birds from just outside Lancaster, PA, and hanging out with Chris Castle, whom I joined for a set of tunes at The Moon and River Cafe a couple of months earlier when he traveled through with the amazing Womack Family Band. Check Chris, the Womacks and the Stray Birds out; you’ll be on the right side of great music and songwriting. They’re up-and-coming, y’all, and in a big way. Chris’ latest album was recorded and produced at Levon Helm Studios, and gets a little help from The Band (no link required)…

On a cool and clear Friday evening late last month, I played the opening set for soulful and strong-thumbed songstress, Danielle Miraglia’sBox of Troubles” CD Release Party up at the venerable Caffe Lena. She and her two sidemen on viola and bass put on a moving performance, with her tunes “Home” and “Another Round” as standouts. A friend of mine shed a tear during “Home.” No lie, Danielle is a powerful performer and talented songwriter, and is definitely worth catching if she’s traveling through your area. Here’s her schedule.

Danielle actually tipped me off to NERFA, and while I was too late in the game to snag a showcase of my own, I ended up talking time and again about house concerts while at the conference. Many of my songwriting friends and I commiserate over the dearth of listening rooms like Caffe Lena. As a dream, I’d like to someday open an acoustic listening room on Lark Street, but I’m skeptical as to whether Albany has the desire for such a venue.

In the meantime, I’ve been chatting with and learning about the folks who took the listening room idea directly to their homes. Folks across the country are hosting musicians in some of the best places to hear and experience live music, their livingrooms. As a songwriter trying to reach more ears than bodies, I’m currently attempting to incorporate as many house concerts into my schedule as possible, so if you think you’d like to hear the tunes from Greenhorn, and the new tunes I’m singing without the hassle of a noisy bar, drop me a line and we can work it out… Click the above “Concerts In Your Home” image, or click here to start a conversation…

On the Spotify: In addition to streaming my tunes on Pandora’s music genome project, you can now find me on the somewhat alternative and long-awaited in the U.S. internet streaming station, Spotify.

From what I’ve been reading and hearing from my friends, Spotify allows the listener more control over the music played. You can create and share playlists, you can listen to entire albums and artist catalogues, you can search by record labels, etc… There is also a radio feature that determines tracks based on selected genres and decades, which I think is an interesting approach to delivering a stream of music, and is a feature similar to Pandora’s service.

Personally, I’ve found Pandora very helpful for discovering new songwriters. The last LDR mentioned, Kelly Joe Phelps, and since then, Pandora delivered to me Harry Manx, Cliff Eberhardt, and Kevin Barker. I’ve dabbled a little with Spotify, but haven’t delved into its features enough to give you an opinion on the service. For now, I’m content to visit Pandora and let the tunes roll in – kinda like radio. Let me know if you try/use Spotify and share your experience. Oh, and this is apparently on the horizon…

From the Low Down: Today, Saturday, November 26th, is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting the businesses that bring a unique cultural and economic identity to wherever you live. We have many such businesses here in New York’s Capital Region, and I’m hoping that as the holiday season begins, you venture into these shops. Capital District Local First, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the benefits of buying locally, is a helpful resource for discovering local businesses. They host a directory of local shops (I’m unsure of how current it is), so you should be able to find a bakery, accountant, mechanic, art gallery, realtor, restaurant, bookstore, etc…

Here are some music and art shops in the Capital Region that (cough, cough) just so happen to be locations where you can pick up a copy of “Greenhorn“:

I have a number of shows coming up, including a small tour out to the western part of New York. I’m hitting up one of my favorite cities, Rochester, before a swing down into the Finger Lakes Region for a show at the Harvest Cafe in Montour Falls, and then out to Angelica for a quiet evening at the Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Cafe. I’m pretty excited about this swing west, and hope the snow goes easy on me while I’m out in the belt. So send a prayer for good weather, and a message to those you know out that way.

I’m also excited that Matt Durfee and I will join up for that Palatypus thing we do. We’ll open for the seductive and sultry bass thumpin’ Amy LaVere on Thursday, December 1 at Valentines in Albany, NY. It’ll be our second time opening for the noir-swinging wonder from Nashville. She stunned us all with her last performance, so be sure to make it a night out next week.

One last word to the wise: keep your ears tuned to The Exit 97.7 FM / www.exit977.org on Friday, December 2 at the 5:00 p.m. hour for a big announcement… And don’t forget that you can always request my tunes and others’ tunes by clicking here to visit their request form page.

And as always, folks, thanks for everything. Spread the word and share the song…

– Mike

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Interview: Schenectady Gazette

16 Sep

Yesterday, Schenectady Gazette reporter, Brian McElhiney put to print an interview he and I conducted over the phone. We dug into my past a bit, to the tips of the roots. We went back to when and where I first started playing music, in Providence, Rhode Island, and carried the conversation through the Troy, NY based rock band Manikin Ed (which he wrote out as Manic Head), through the origins of Palatypus, right up to today with Greenhorn.

Brian and I also talked about a few upcoming gigs, including this Saturday’s (Sept. 17) Roots Festival. The proceeds from the show will benefit Albany, NY’s J.C. Club, which helps feed hungry children in Albany’s inner-city. The show starts at 7:00 p.m., and you can buy tickets at the door, or by clicking here…

The Schenectady Gazette setup a pay-wall, so if you aren’t a subscriber, it’s going to be a difficult task to get a read in. I’d copy the interview here for y’all to read, but copyright issues prevent me. I do, however, have an emailed copy, and I’ll be happy to forward that on to anyone who asks. If you are a subscriber, you can read the interview by clicking here…