Five Firsts: Caroline MotherJudge

Caroline Motherjudge (photo by Gary Marron)

Caroline Motherjudge (photo by Gary Marron)

NAME: Caroline MotherJudge
BAND AFFILIATION: Host of “The Best Damn Open Mic EVER!”; owner-operator of North Albany Studios
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Flatt & Scruggs, vinyl, purchased at Woolworth’s 5 & 10 in the early ’70s. Around the same time I bought “The Candyman” by Sammy Davis, Jr. on 45rpm. Yes, that’s right. “The Candyman.” I think it was released in conjunction with the original “Willy Wonka” film, so that’s 1971.

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2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Harry Chapin. I was in 7th grade and so moved I went directly home after the concert and wrote my first song, “Jonah was a Traveler.”

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … First guitar I ever played was my brother’s Stella student guitar. First guitar I ever bought was a Silvertone electric, but not one of the highly desirable ones. I was unable to afford my own real guitar until about 15 years after I started playing and writing, but I still play my first acoustic guitar, a Loretta Lynn model Alvarez Aria. It is a warhorse that has been played by scores of open mic participants, been smashed (more than once, I’m a little punk rock) and re-fretted several times. Stays in tune like a champ!

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … Also around 7th grade, my first big solo was at Christian Music Camp in New Jersey. I sang “The First Time Ever I Saw His Face.” It was a real stretch in convincing the camp director that I could put a religious spin on the popular unrequited love song, but I pulled it off! This was also my first triumph in diplomacy.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … My first performing group was a trio of chicks, all playing 12-string guitars that were tuned with a pitch pipe! No kidding, only recording studios had electronic tuners back in the crazy ’70s when I started out. My first Albany band was the hard-rocking Barretta named for our fearless guitarist, Carmen.

Caroline MotherJudge and her band will be performing at WEXT-FM’s Exit Dome V benefit concert at the WMHT-TV studios at Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush at 7:30pm on Saturday (January 28). Also performing at the show are Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, the City Never Sleeps, MaryLeigh & the Fauves and Rosary Beard. A $50 donation to the radio station gets you two tickets to the show.

NOTE: Win a pair of FREE TIX to WEXT’s Exit Dome V concert, just go here…

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