New York based Judy Kass is a classically trained musician performing original music that blends generous amounts of folk, jazz and blues. Whether playing a grand piano or finger-stye guitar, Judy quickly draws in her audience with soulful vocals, no-nonsense lyrics and genre-bending harmonics. Her songs cover the full gamut of mood and experience, ranging from the humorous disillusion of not-so-new relationships to surviving middle-school misery. After a long hiatus of "collecting stories", Judy returns full circle to her first love of acoustic folk performance. Her debut album, Better Things, co-produced with two-time Kerrville Folk finalist Jay Mafale (The Ya-Yas), and released early 2014, is a musical illustration of sojourns along her journey, highlighting her skills as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, writer and arranger. Judy can be heard in a variety of local and regional venues as well as on the airwaves as Better Things gains national attention in the folk music arena.
Scoot Horton is based in Westchester County, NY and plays acoustic music with country, folk, americana influences. He has released 2 demos and is working on his first full length cd. Scoot is relatively new to playing solo acoustic shows but he has been performing and touring for over 20 years in various bands. Yes it's true that Scoot came up in the NY Hardcore Punk scene but he always had a passion for Woody Guthrie, The Carter Family, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan. Now he has put down his electric guitar and picked up his acoustic guitar. He plays whenever he can and can be seen at open mice regularly when he's not playing a show.
HOT ROD PACER
Hot Rod Pacer began as the songwriting team of Fred Gillen Jr and Jim Keyes. Gillen is a singer/ songwriter whose songs have been heard on ABC TV, The MSG Network and independent radio stations all over the world. He has released 8 solo albums over the past 15 years and toured all over the U.S.A. and Europe. Keyes has also done music for film and television, but is recently best known for his scores for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and A Christmas Carol, performed every year for Historic Hudson Valley events, and for his other historical music. The two have assembled a rocking rhythm section of Debbie Tuzman and Jason Hess, working up versions of their own quirky, twangy, rock ‘n roll songs plus some classic well-known and obscure cover songs. Their first two shows were opening for Tom Chapin and Merle Haggard, and they won over both Chapin’s folky audience, and Haggard’s country and alt-country fans with both their fun and intelligent songs, and endearing stage presence. The band is currently working on their debut CD and booking full-band and acoustic duo shows.
The Levins- NY singer-songwriter duo dedicated to making the world a happier place. Uplifting music with vocal harmonies and lyrics that celebrate our inner- connectedness with a light-hearted depth; inclusive to all. Not just accomplished musicians but entertainers with a palpable connection between the two which lifts the material above the norm.
Fred Gillen Jr.
NYFA (New York Foundation For The Arts) grant recipient Fred Gillen Jr has released nine full-length albums, to great critical acclaim, and has toured all over the U.S. and Europe. His songs have been featured on ABC's "All My Children," NPR's "Car Talk," CMJ's New Music Marathon Sampler, and in 2012 his version of Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home" was featured on "Pete Remembers Woody," a collection of Pete Seeger's spoken stories about Woody Guthrie. Like Guthrie, his songs often reflect the struggles of the marginalized and forgotten, shining a light on both the despair and hope in the human condition.
Karen Hudson River Trio
A veteran of the NYC Americana and country scene, Singer-songwriter Karen Hudson has been compared to Rosanne Cash by The Village Voice and to early Linda Ronstadt by 3rd Coast Music Magazine in Austin, Texas. She has opened for Madeliene Peyroux, Walter Salas Humara and Pete Seeger. This is Americana for people who keep The Byrds and The Beatles next to Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline.
“She’s an elegant tunesmith, evocative lyricist...a subtly nuanced singer. Some of her songs were funny, like "Nicotine", her irresistibly amusing ode to the death-defying lure of tobacco. Others, like "I Thought I'd Die", with its litany of near-misses, had the matter-of-fact resoluteness that runs through much of her songwriting," — New York Music Daily
"Hudson has been compared to many other women singers, but the name that resonates with me is Linda Ronstadt, with the proviso that we’re talking pre-Peter Asher, albums like Silk Purse, which Lester Bangs found to be “brimming with passion and vulnerability, tremulous, yet possessed of a core of absolute strength,” words that can easily be applied to Hudson. An important difference is that Hudson writes her own songs . . . Mama Was A Train Wreck (“Daddy was a train”) is a standout in a consistently strong set." —3rd Coast Music, Austin, TX.
PHIL DOLLARD is an acoustic, blues-based guitarist and singer who has been performing at clubs and coffeehouses in Hudson Valley region for years. He writes original songs but covers artists from the 1930's through the folk/rock movement of the ‘60’s and beyond. Suitable for the roadhouse or the coffeehouse, influences range from Big Bill Broonzy to Hoagy Carmichael, Piedmont finger-picking of Rev. Gary Davis and Blind Willie McTell to the Delta slide of Booker White and Robert Johnson. Phil was a co-winner of the “Build-a-Song contest at Clearwater.org in 2015 on the subject of climate change. He has just released his second CD “Somewhere South of the Moon.”
"an artist to be reckoned with" - All Music Guide Seasoned recording artist. Multi-instrumentalist. Eternal idealist. Peace loving realist. Musical Renaissance man Matt Turk is a veteran performer who has engaged audiences around the world, both as a hard-rocking bandleader and an acoustic folk troubadour. He has shared the stage with Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Norah Jones, the Dave Matthews Band, the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh, Hot Tuna, Richie Havens, Fiona Apple, The Doobie Brothers, Ellis Marsalis, NRBQ, and many more. He has performed and toured throughout the U.S, Israel, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and appeared at scores of prestigious festivals and venues, including Clearwater's Hudson River Revival, the Gathering of the Vibes, the Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, Atlanta's Music Midtown, The Beacon Theater, Tarrytown Music Hall, and --at the invitation of Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City-- at Gracie Mansion, the mayor's official residence. In 2011, he showcased at the Folk Alliance International conference in Memphis, TN.
Fred Arcoleo’s deepest desire in life is to help influence the way the world changes. He writes songs & poems that strive to reveal the contradictions in our society between appearance & reality, & spends most of his time channeling his anger over the conditions of life that exist for so many into productive activities. He is particularly interested in the role music & the arts can play in raising awareness of societal issues & inspiring people to study & act on the pressing challenges of our time. He lives & works in Washington Heights (New York, NY), where he also teaches English, creative writing, & art at George Washington High School Campus.
Andrew V. Craig
Andrew playfully describes his music on his website as "Pseudo Jazz". Though I think he was trying to be modest, this tag has often been used by music critics to describe a spurious genre. In contrast I find Andrew's music to be quite genuine. After an enjoyable listening to his new EP "Beautiful You" late one night I found in it qualities that could be expressed easily with the metaphor of a dessert wine or perhaps more accurately an espresso. The defining characteristics of espresso include a thick consistency and a serving size that is usually measured in shots. It is both complex and volatile. This beautiful little CD possesses all of these traits and then some. It is warm. It is cozy. It satisfies the sweet tooth of the soul. RR
John F. Kramer
John has been been photographing Tribes Hill members, and other musicians, at various Hudson Valley musical events for the last few years. His photos have been used by many people as their profile photos and to promote events.
He has been recording videos of many Tribes Hill musicians which are posted on his Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/johnfkramer?feature=mhee
He also has a photographic site: http://www.wix.com/johnfkramer/kramer-camera
John has been singing bass in the Holy Innocents, Pleasantville, choir for several years and has been gradually improving his guitar playing at song circles and open mics.
Paul Sachs writes urban acoustic/folk songs in the tradition of Springsteen and Harry Chapin. He was born and raised in New York City and that's where he draws most of his material. Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Springsteen are the songwriters that influenced him, and pushed him into the folk music circles of the city. He was featured in Fast Folk Musical Magazine. One of his songs was eventually selected for inclusion in the Smithsonian Fast Folk collection. Sachs still lives in NYC, performing in various venues around the city. He has recorded three independent albums, both featuring often raw and seeringly personal songs of life and love on the mean streets. His fingerstyle guitar work and powerful voice combine to create mesmerizing vignettes of the city that has been the backdrop of his life. In 2011 he was chosen as one of Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Emerging Artists