Emily Zuzik “Potential” from her 2006 album”You Had Me At Goodbye”
Lisa Biales, from the album Chasing Away The Blues, “Where the Buckwheat Blooms” with the late great Ron Tuffel on harmonica.
I asked Nina Blackwood in 2006:
You were a professional harpist.Have you ever gone back to performing on this or other instruments?
“I learned piano as a child and soon took up the harp. Performing on harp became my first real job in show business when my manager taught me how to play rock music on it, and helped me get paying gigs. I was amazed that I could get paid to do something I loved so much. Now I just play around the house, but a couple of times I’ve even had offers to do a CD!”
And for Jenn Hartmann:
What was one pointer Erv Raible gave you that you can share re learning cabaret?
“The thing we argued the MOST about was writing down my patter – which is the “talking” that goes on between the songs…I am very natural on stage and I am very comfortable speaking to people in the audience – I didn’t feel I needed to write a “script” if you will…it seemed so pre-planned – and as it turned out…the script saved my life a few times…it helps to keep the show on it’s path, and it makes sure you get all the good stories out there for the audience to hear! I still did my own thing a lot of the time, but my “patter” was always there to keep me on track….and now I have learned that all of the great cabaret singers know EVERYTHING that will be coming out of their mouths…the goal is to make it seem like it is being said for the first time….just like acting in a play….it is about being prepared…and it is very good advice! I try to do it even more with my regular rock shows now too! It doesn’t always fly – but I am working at it!”
In 2006 I featured the compilation “High School Reunion” from American Laundromat Records.
Memorable show at The Knitting Factory’s Tap Bar on 2/4..America’s Sweetheart, Mike Sandwich, and Frank. Mike Sandwich sold a whole bunch of tickets and had the whole place festooned in party/promo material, including a roving blimp. Seriously.
I began a 1-year sponsorship of District Records in August.