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Appearing in today's New York Times... - Riffs and Licks
Appearing in today's New York Times...
I got home from a full day of gigging yesterday (and could you ask for a more beautiful day to spend sitting outside playing music???), picked up the Sunday Times, and saw myself in the travel section, which has an article on country music in Brooklyn.1 The article mentions the Saturday night jams at Sunny's in Red Hook, and a photo of one of those jams illustrates the article. I'm all the way on the right side of that picture, with a harmonica stuck in my face. Also pictured are Ira on accordion, John Simpson on guitar, Fran Leadon on guitar, and Rick Shields' fiddle.

(And if you want to hear what they're talking about, I'll be joining a bunch of great pickers from the Brooklyn scene today at Nolita House, on Houston Street, for a bluegrass brunch from 12.30 - 3.)

1As much as we laughed about the Times putting a piece about Brooklyn in the travel section ("Come on, people, it's only a bridge!" said one picker), it's actually about things to do for people who come visit NYC, and is written a little tongue-in-cheek, for people who come from places where country music is more common. Thankfully, the writer did grasp the vast difference between the commercial crap that Nashville puts out nowadays, and the traditional music that we play.

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bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: August 13th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, that's great—congratulations!

(Be thankful Jennifer Steinhauer didn't write it: it would be all about how hard it is for yuppie mommies to get their $700 Bugaboo Frog strollers all the way out to Red Hook.)
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: August 13th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! It was a nice closer to the day yesterday.

Sadly, though, the article is probably a harbinger of those strollers -- between the Fairway, its new status as a hip travel destination, and the chance to get a nice big house with a yard for not much money, I'm sure they're on the way. I'm just waiting for the renaming: ReHo or something like that.
navhistfan From: navhistfan Date: August 13th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yuppie strollers!

They better put some off-road tires & shocks on those things- I drove down to the Fairway one day after work- I thought I was going to lose a filling on some of those old streets!

ReHo has a LOOONG way to go before it's completely invaded by the Park Slope types. (and, in response to my own post about Fairway, I saw a couple walking along 7th Ave near 6th St. With some bags from the dreaded Fairway!)

steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: August 14th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yuppie strollers!

I think those unpaved streets are the last defense against speeding lunatics. Van Brunt is getting to be a madhouse and from the sensors across the road, it looks like a bunch of new traffic lights are imminent.
rednoodlealien From: rednoodlealien Date: August 13th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're in the New York Times!!! Awesome!!!

I liked the article.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: August 13th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I meant to tell you, the Times also had an article today about walking all the way around Staten Island. In the Metro section rather than the Travel section.
rednoodlealien From: rednoodlealien Date: August 14th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Can you hear it... Bruce Springsteen... "My hometown.... my hometown..."

Midland Beach was an odd place, they said. “At the pharmacy,” Jen said, “people come in and ask us for Vicodins, Oxycontin, Ambiens, basically anything you can get high off, and we call the cops.”

Still, her friend said, “There are some good people here. Even the junkies, some of them are nice.”
harrietbrown From: harrietbrown Date: August 13th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read the article. It's great you're in the Times.

On another note, I went to the The (formerly Muddy) Cup Friday night and saw a band called Joy Us Noise. They played rock and had some decent songs of their own.

It's great to be recognized for doing something you love.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: August 13th, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is, and not only that, I actually got paid for it this weekend. Whoo hoo! I haven't been at the Cup in a little while but hopefully I'll get back there in September. And I'll be playing on Staten Island this coming Friday, at the Perking Latte on Castleton Avenue. Another great acoustic music venue.
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