Dixie Doughboys – March 13, 2010

One of my favorite bands from NYC. I actually learned to Two-Step to them when I lived there back in the 1980’s. The original band lineup consisted of: Bruce Lang: bass, vocals and electric mandolin, Billy Lang: drums, vocals and glockenspiel, Guy “Fooch” Fischetti: fiddle, Bruce Derr: pedal steel and vocals, Skeeter Starke: rhythm guitar, bass and vocals. I hired them to play at my Swing Dance in Watertown, MA. They were joined by Joyce Anderson on fiddle and vocals. Below are the results. A great Western Swing Band and “The Best Two-Step Band in the Land”. Give a listen.
More info at Bruce Lang’s website.
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Kevin, Piper, Sylvia, and Tony – March 5, 1986

I lived in the Bay Area for over a year, and was impressed by all the great music/musicians there. Here is a sample of some of the local talent. This band consisted of Kevin Wimmer, Piper Heisig, Sylvia Herold, and Tony Marcus. This was one of their first gigs and they were later known as “Cats and Jammers”. I taped this at the Freight & Salvage Coffee House on my little tape recorder. The sound quality is not great, but the music is.

40 Miles to Nowhere Richland Woman Fiddle Medley I’m Ready for that River Prairie Lullaby Ragtime Life Texas Katy I Miss You Only Working Girl’s Vacation Persian Kitty Swing 39 Devil with the Devil Lone Star Linda Lou River of Jordan Blues Shadows of the Pines Working Girl Blues Darkness on the Delta Goin Fishin’ Lotus Blossom Wild Dog The Human Thing to do Slipped Disk Jersey Bounce Hesitation Blues

Banjo Dan & the Midnight Plowboys – May 6, 1978

Banjo Dan and the Midnight PlowboysOne of my favorite bluegrass bands, Banjo Dan hails from northern VT. The band is comprised of Banjo Dan Lindner, Willy Lindner (mandolin), Big Al Davis (guitar),  Pete Tourin (fiddle), Sam B (bass). They became regulars at the Coffee House. Please note that some of the selections performed by the Plowboys are included in their 2-disc compilation of live recordings, “Caught In The Act,” available at www.banjodan.com.
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Robin Greenstein and Randy Rice – April 29, 1978

Robin GreensteinRobin and Randy performed on the same night.
Robin is a singer-songwriter from NYC whose music is a mix of folk, pop, rock, blues, country and jazz. You can reach her or buy her CDs on her website: www.robingreenstein.com.
Randy was a singer-song-writer with a quirky take on life. I don’t know what he’s doing these days.
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Lost Country Rounders – Nov 1977

This Albany band consisted of Marty DiGuiseppe (bass), Kevin Furlong (guitar), Jim Gaudet(mandolin), and Roger Weiss (banjo). We played bluegrass and country music from 1976-1978. We had a weekly gig at a now defunct club called “Reactionary Mary’s“. We also had a fiddle player for a while, but I can’t remember her name.
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Michael Jerling – Nov. 4, 1977

Michael JerlingBorn and raised in Illinois, songwriter Michael Jerling became involved with music while helping to run the campus coffeehouse at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Now settled in Saratoga Springs, New York, Michael has been a noted artist on the club, college and festival circuits of North America since 1975. His baritone voice is backed up with consummate skill on six & twelve string guitars, harmonica and mandolin, all buoyed by his dry sense of humor.
He’s backed up here by Izzy Reinish on guitar. You can contact Michael or find out more info at his website.
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The Roches – Sept. 3, 1977

This was from their performance at an Albany, NY club called Reactionary Mary’s.

John McGhee The Married Men Eddie Mulhole May You Never The Roches Apple in Me Best You Can Ireland Liar Boy That I Love Wanna Be a Dog Naughty Lady Scorpion Birthday Factory Girl Golf Commuter Train Wiggling Man Cruel Country Muttonburn Stream Poncher Train Bronco Deny Him

Lost Country Rounders – June 1977

This Albany band consisted of Marty DiGuiseppe (bass), Kevin Furlong (guitar), Jim Gaudet (mandolin), and Roger Weiss (banjo). We played bluegrass and country music from 1976-1978. We had a weekly gig at a now defunct Albany club called “Reactionary Mary’s”. One of our performances was captured on tape. You can hear us below.
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