I first met Robin Williams when he was still a single. He was playing at the Oneonta Coffee House and my friend Izzy called me and told me to come down to see him. We hung out with him that weekend and have been friends ever since. We even met up with Robin and Linda on their honeymoon in Aspen in 1973. This is their first appearance at the Freeze-Dried Coffee house. You can find their other appearances at the right.
Stony Creek was a really excellent trio from up north of Albany, NY. Comprised of John Strong, Hank Soto, and bass player, they played a really nice variety of music. Give a listen.
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Gloria Jean is a fine singer. The fact the she was my girlfriend at the time, had no effect on my hiring her. Just listen to her great singing.
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I first met Lew London when he was the banjo player in The Bottle Hill Boys, a bluegrass group originally out of New Jersey. A phenomenal musician, he formed a trio after leaving Bottle Hill. But, don’t take my word, listen for yourself. He played the coffee house every year I ran it.
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Jim Tepe is a singer/guitar player from Merrick, NY. Or at least he was in 1973-1974 when we used to play together. He introduced me to a lot of Jonathan Edwards songs.
Cry, Cry Blue Flag Decal Old Joe Clark Athens County Ballad of Jed Clampett Shanty Act Naturally Somewhere Over the Rainbow Spanish Pipedream Friend of the Devil Foggy Mt. Breakdown Hard workin John/Please Daddy Rocky Mt. High I’ve Got a Name Sunshine Big Jim Dixie Breakdown Mountain Air Paradise Arkansas Traveler Sugar Baby Cedar Hill Shanty Danny’s Song Emma City of New Orleans
I first met Jack in Aspen, CO, in the summer of 1973. My friend, Izzy and I were camping out with Robin & Linda Williams, who had just gotten married, and they introduced us. Jack was scheduled to play at a place called “Jakes Abbey” in downtown Aspen. On a lark, I borrowed a tape recorder (reel to reel) and taped his performance that night. Needless to say, I was blown away and have been a fan ever since. I later hired Jack every year that I ran the Freeze-Dried Coffeehouse at SUNY Albany in NY. All of those performances are available on this website. On this page are photos from that night. As a matter of fact you can hear Jack telling me to get lost during his performance. Beau Hale on bass, and Jill Burkee on Mandolin.
The Bottle Hill Boys were a northern bluegrass band that blew me away back in 1971. I had the presence of mind to record them at that first concert (Bethlehem Coffee House) in Delmar, NY. I also recorded them when they played at SUNY Albany in 1972. In addition to that, I have a few cuts from their performance at Caffe Lena’s in Saratoga (thanks to Bill Spence). The band consisted of Lew London (banjo),Barry Mitterhoff (mandolin), Walt Michael (guitar), Fraser Shaw (bass). They were later joined by Rex Hunt (dobro).
Delmar – 1971
New Camptown Races Fox on the Run I wonder Where you Are Tonight Green Rolling Hills Salty Dog Victim to the Tomb Old Joe Clark I’ve Just Seen a Face No Expectations West Montana Hannah Bessie Honky Tonk Woman How Mt. Gals can Love Hello, City Limits Sin City I’m Walking Long Black Veil Dixie Breakdown Any Day Woman Hard Working John Medley Beaumont Rag Mr. Spaceman Rocky Top/Foggy Mt.Breakdown
SUNY @ Albany – 1972
How Mt. Gals Can Love Border Ride Green Rolling Hills Devil in Disguise The Ring Intro I Gave Her the Ring Somebody Touched Me Fox on the Run New Camptown Races One Tin Soldier Mr. Spaceman Salt Creek/Beaumont Rag Black Mt. Rag Montana Green Dixie Breakdown Honky Tonk Woman No Expectations I Wonder Where You are Tonight Salty Dog West Montana Hannah I’m Walking Frankie & Johnny Any Day Woman Hard Working John Foggy Mt. Breakdown Hello City Limits
Caffe Lena’s – 1972
Harold Super Service Theme Time Green Rolling Hills Bluegrass and the Girls Somebody Touched Me Fox on the Run Bluebirds Singing One Tin Soldier I Gave her the Ring Crazy Creek/Salt Creek Other Side of Nowhere Georgia Pineywoods New Camptown Races West Montana Hannah How Many Men
I played with this jugband at SUNY Albany for one year, before they became famous! Other members were Andy Avery, Don Dworkin, Jeff Stein, Tom Lamberton, and Greg Haymes.
Cripple Creek Hello My Bailey Home Sweet Home KC Moans Pack up Your Sorrows DJ Talk Morning Blues Feel Like I’m Fixin to Die Rag Bottle of Wine Good Time Music Statesboro Blues Act Naturally Jug Band Music Long Black Veil Mr. Spaceman Nashville Cats Satisfied Mind You Ain’t Goin Nowhere DJ Talking and impressions by Stein