CD Release Party: Dan Johnson’s “Suck It Up, Cupcake”

April 21st, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

Singer-songwriter Dan Johnson – former Nippertonian, host of the late, much lamented Tuesday night Americana Music Club sessions at Valentine’s Music Hall and current Vermont troubadour – returns to town on Wednesday (April 22) for an early show at the Low Beat in Albany. The 6pm happy hour gig serves as the Local 518 CD release party for Johnson’s tasty new album, Suck It Up, Cupcake.

So what’s with the album title?

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As Johnson explains in the liner notes:

“It was the July of 2014. I had spent the weekend in the hot dusty fields of the Greyfox Bluegrass Festival, picking lots and sleeping little. I had a gig that Sunday at a barbecue festival in Troy. It was a hot morning, and the sun was beating down on the stage. A few friends and some family had trickled in, but the morning was still early, so there weren’t too many folks in the amphitheater. I was still getting soundchecked when a couple dressed in eighties chic – jean vests, bandanas, aviators – found a place front and center where they set down their 12-pack of Busch and made themselves at home. A couple songs in they began offering a steady stream of comments and suggestions. At one point I mentioned how hot it was, to which the woman offered, “Suck it up, cupcake!” And so began the latest round of songwriting and recording…”