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Sawyer Fredericks Is “The Voice”!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

And the winner is… yes, the Local 518′s own Sawyer Fredericks.

“The Voice” is over for another season, and the 16-year-old Fultonville farmboy emerged as the big winner on Tuesday night’s final results show.

It wasn’t too much of a surprise, as Fredericks has been the clear front-runner right from his blind audition rendition of “Man of Constant Sorrow,” which earned him a four-chair turn.

On Tuesday night’s show, Fredericks duetted with John Fogerty on a medley of Creedence Clearwater revival hits. And while it seemed as though Fredericks microphone wasn’t cranked to the same volume level as Fogerty’s, the live performance didn’t affect in the final decision, as voting had closed earlier in the day at 12noon.



“THE VOICE” UPDATE: Sawyer Fredericks Debuts New Ray LaMontagne Song

Monday, May 18th, 2015

For Sawyer Fredericks, it’s all over but the voting… For NBC-TV’s singing competition, “The Voice,” it’s all over but the big announcement of the winner, which comes at 8pm on Tuesday night (May 19) during the season finale results show.

Now it’s up to you…

Let’s see now, on Monday night’s (May 18) live finale of the actual singing competition, the Local 518′s fave Fultonville farmboy duetted with his coach Pharrell Williams on the sweet but lightweight vintage Seals & Crofts nugget, “Summer Breeze.”

Then he dug into “Please,” a soulful song by Ray LaMontagne, who just happens to be Sawyer Fredericks’ main musical influence.

Then he wrapped up Monday night’s show with his final performance by delivering a damn solid knockout rendition of Neil Young’s “Old Man,” which only proved to underscore Fredericks’ wise-beyond-his-years magic.

Voting in the competition continues until the deadline of 12noon on Tuesday (May 19)…

And not that anybody’s asking, but here are my predictions:


“THE VOICE”: Sawyer Fredericks Advances to the Finals

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Well, that didn’t take long…

Sawyer Fredericks – Fultonville’s fave fair-haired farmboy – was the first contestant announced to move on to the finals in Tuesday night’s (May 12) episode of the NBC-TV singing competition, “The Voice.”

Tune in at 8pm on Monday (May 18) to see what’s next for the Local 518 fave…

VIDEO PREMIERE: Capowski’s “Wild Animals”

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

“Wild Animals” is the title track to the upcoming album by Albany rocker Capowski. Slated for release on Tuesday, June 2, it’s a loosely conceptual album, exploring the trajectory of a love affair. The title song is a reflection on desire — the kind of desire you feel for someone you want but don’t quite have. Musical influences for the album include Gang of Four, Buckingham Nicks, Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors” and Psychedelic Furs.

The album was produced by the Furs’ John Ashton in an artist’s studio in Barrytown. “He made the album less clean. There’s atmosphere on it,” says Robert Capowski of Ashton’s in-studio approach.


“THE VOICE”: Sawyer Fredericks Plays “For What It’s Worth”

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Monday night (May 11) in the live semi-finals of NBC-TV’s “The Voice” singing competition, Fultonville farmboy Sawyer Fredericks dug into the ’60s vintage Buffalo Springfield rock anthem “For What It’s Worth” (chosen for him by his coach Pharrell Williams) and then brought it up to date with an intimate but powerful rendition of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.”

The show also featured footage of Fredericks homecoming visit last week at his family’s farm, the Fonda Speedway and Albany’s Palace Theatre.

It’s almost impossible to imagine that Fredericks will be sent home after those performances, (coach Blake Shelton hailed him as “clearly the frontrunner”), but the competition is getting mighty tough, and you never know what can happen.

Voting is open through 12noon on Tuesday (May 12). And we’ll find out the results on “the Voice” at 8pm…


“THE VOICE” UPDATE: Sawyer Fredericks Moves On

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Well, that didn’t take long…

Sawyer Fredericks – Fultonville’s fave fair-haired farmboy – was the first contestant announced to move on to the semi-final next round in Tuesday night’s (May 5) episode of the NBC-TV singing competition, “The Voice.”

And that was despite the fact that the first song that he sang on Monday night was “Shine On,” a largely unknown Americana song penned by May Erlewine, who is a part of the Michigan-based Earthwork Music Collective, which ironically enough lists fellow “Voice” competitor Joshua Davis as a member.

Today (Wednesday, May 6) is homecoming day for Fredericks. Beginning at 3pm, he’ll be honored with a parade through the towns of Glen, Fultonville and Fonda in Montgomery County, culminating with a rally at the Fonda Speedway. And at 8pm, Fredericks will offer a free concert at Albany’s Palace Theatre with Eastbound Jesus. Doors open at 6:30pm.

“THE VOICE”: Sawyer Fredericks Shines On

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

On Monday evening’s (May 4) episode of NBC-TV’s “The Voice,” Sawyer Fredericks made his mom (and the whole Local 518) proud with his Mothers’ Day selection, “Shine On.” Then 16-year-old Fultonville farmboy doubled up with a sweetly soulful rendition of the Al Green classic, “Take Me to the River,” despite being surrounded by a phalanx of retro o-go dancers.

Voting in the competition continues through 12noon today (Tuesday, May 5). And tune in at 8pm tonight to discover whether Fredericks advances to the next round…

AND DON’T FORGET: Sawyer Fredericks will be playing a free concert at Albany’s Palace Theatre at 8pm on Wednesday May 6). Eastbound Jesus will share the stage. Doors open at 6:30pm.

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Sawyer Fredericks to Play Free Concert at the Palace Theatre

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks – the teenage troubadour from Fultonville – has been wowing the judges and the voters on the hit NBC-TV show, “The Voice” this season, and now hometown Local 518 fans will get a chance to see him perform live… for FREE.

In conjunction with “The Voice,” the 16-year-old long-haired farmboy will play a free concert at Albany’s Palace Theatre at 8pm on Wednesday (May 6). Doors open at 6:30pm.

The Palace performance by Fredericks – the youngest of the singing competition’s six finalists – will be filmed for broadcast on an upcoming episode of “The Voice.” (Interestingly, Fredericks will compete on the show at 8pm on Monday [May 4], and the results will be revealed on Tuesday’s episode – both obviously prior to the Wednesday show at the Palace. Hmmm…)

Joining Fredericks in Wednesday’s concert will be Greenwich alt-county rockers Eastbound Jesus, who are slated to celebrate their new studio album, Hollerin’, with a CD release party at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, May 30.


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