Singer-songwriter (and recent Skidmore College graduate) Lyle Divinsky made quite a splash on the local music scene while he was here just a few years back playing at Saratoga Springs clubs and coffeehouses to capacity crowds.
Unlike most singer-songwriters, he didn’t sing hosannas to the folk icons (Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger or Woody Guthrie) nor to the alt-rock or alt-country crowd of acoustic-guitar-toting troubadours (Jewel or Steve Earle).
Instead, he firmly embraced the soulful spirit of Stevie Wonder and Keb’ Mo’, among many others of that genre. As part of the Tang Museum’s Upbeat On the Roof free summertime concert series, Divinsky delivered a cross-section of acoustic blues and wide-open commercial soul in an intimate acoustic setting.
Divinsky’s return to Skidmore had the audience singing along with the cover tunes and digging his originals that often mined the same soulistic earth as James Brown, Isaac Hayes and Marvin Gaye.
This style is a unique approach for this now-New York City tunesmith making music videos and adding lots of chutzpah to his performances. He’s definitely worthy of a listen or two.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk