Live From Stony Brook
The University Café Acoustic Series, hosted by Charlie Backfish at Stony Brook University, is going out with a bang this spring, before it returns in the fall. James Maddock, formerly of the band Wood, will appear on Sunday, April 21st at 2 PM. Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby, in the most eclectic bill of the series, happens on Sunday, May 5th at 7 PM. The series closes out on Saturday, May 11th at 8 PM with Bob Dylan’s 72nd Birthday Celebration with The Kennedys, Rod MacDonald, Russ Seeger, Steve Kaplan, Bill Herman, Brian Kachejian and additional guests. Backfish is the host of Sunday Street, which is broadcast on WUSB (90.1) every Sunday morning from 9 AM until 11:30 AM.
Long Island: Music Row
The Kennedys, Russ Seeger and Bill Herman are coming off the success of two albums. Herman is the co-owner with Tom Crawford of Long Island-based Paradiddle Records. In the past year, the label released two of its most successful albums: The Kennedys-produced Trouble In The Fields: An Artists’ Tribute to Nanci Griffith, featuring the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker, John Stewart, Julie Gold and Carolyn Hester, among others, and the latest solo album from Russ Seeger, Live In Peace. The Griffith tribute is the label’s most high-profile and successful release to date and the Seeger album is the best solo album of his distinguished career.
Paradiddle will also be releasing the second release from Butchers Blind, Destination Blues. The album is destined to launch the band nationally and prove further that Paradiddle is emerging as one of the most important independent American labels on the scene today.