Joanne Brackeen, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

February 16th, 2018, 11:00 am by Greg

“It was a jazz album, that’s for sure. But I don’t know what it would have been.

“It might have been a Frankie Carle album. It probably was. That’s how I learned to play when I was 11 years old. My parents already had a couple of his albums, but I probably went out and bought some more of his records. I was probably 11 or 12 years old.”

Veteran pianist and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen teams up with James Francies and Aaron Goldberg for the Piano Summit at 3pm on Saturday (February 17) at Hudson Hall in Hudson. The concert is part of the inaugural Hudson Jazz Festival, and tickets are $25.


Phoebe Legere, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

October 13th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

“The first album I bought was Wanda Landowska’s Well Tempered Clavier, Book One. She was a great, great foremother of the harpsichord. That was my first purchase on LP, of course. I bought it at a church fair.

“And when I first heard it, I just fell down on my knees and said, ‘God, if I could ever play anywhere close to that, that’s all I ask from you in this life.’ ”

Pop/cabaret keyboardist Phoebe Legere performs at the Weimar New York show at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Sunday (October 15). Hosted by Kate Rigg, the evening will also feature opera singer-writer-actor-performance artist Joseph Keckler, composer-“negro gothic” performance artist M. Lamar, the banjo-wielding Curtis Eller, multimedia artist Alexis O’Hara; burlesque performer Nada Phoenix Wood, larger-than-life trans-genre performer Jordan Arsenault and special guest Isis Vermouth. Tickets are $25.

Garth Brooks, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

March 10th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Drawing by Charles H. Haymes

“The first 45 that I ever bought was by Grand Funk Railroad. What was that song? ‘Locomotion,’ yeah, that was it.

“The first album I ever bought? I’m not sure, but it might have been Kiss’ Rock and Roll Over. It had ‘Dr. Love’ on it, and it came with those stickers that I put on my door and wouldn’t come off, and my mom really got mad. That was probably the first album that I bought.

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David Grisman, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

December 5th, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

“I remember the first 78 that I bought ’cause that’s what I started with. It was ‘In the Still of the Night’ by the Five Satins.

The first album that I ever bought may well have been Buddy Holly & the Crickets. I think I got four albums that day.

The first bluegrass album that I ever heard was Mountain Music Bluegrass Style on Folkways, and the first bluegrass song that I heard was ‘White House Blues’ on that record by Earl Taylor & the Stony Mountain Boys.”

Mandolin master David “Dawg” Grisman and singer-guitarist Del McCoury played their first duo gig 50 years ago at RPI in Troy. Now Del & Dawg are returning to RPI to celebrate their anniversary together with a concert at EMPAC at 8pm on Saturday (December 10). They’ll be joined by special guests Jerry McCoury and Chris Warner. Tickets are available, priced at $36, $46 & $59.

Donovan, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

September 13th, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg


“The first record album that I bought? Oh, my goodness. I grew up in Scotland until the age of 10 when I moved to England with the family. So I think my first record may have been a little hard 78 RPM record of Andy Stewart singing Robert Burns’ `My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose,’ which was a gift from my mother.

“I’m trying to think…

“But the first record that I actually bought for myself, it would be Buddy Holly. It was an EP. They weren’t released as albums in Britain. Singles were in America, I guess, but by the time that they were sold in England, you could buy them four songs to a record.

“I’d buy one EP one week, and one EP the next, and slowly I’d build up a collection.

“Buddy Holly fascinated me as an adolescent, but I didn’t know until later that his roots were in folk music.”

Donovan brings his tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Sunshine Superman” to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 7:30pm on Wednesday (September 14). Tickets are available, priced at $36 & $42.

Joan Jett, What Was the First Album That You Ever Bought?

September 7th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg
Joan Jett

Joan Jett

“You mean after I was over with my Osmonds phase? Or whatever it was – the Partridge Family? Or both?

“It was probably T-Rex, but then the New York Dolls and David Bowie. Those were my influences.”

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts team up with Heart and Cheap Trick for the Rock Hall Three for All Tour, which is slated to make a stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs at 6:30pm on Thursday (September 8).

Big Kenny, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

June 9th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg
Big & Rich

Big Kenny and John Rich of Big & Rich

“I think the first records that I ever bought was as a kid… well, my older brother had gotten a stereo, and he told me some records that he wanted … Carole King’s Tapestry and a Cheech & Chong album.

“I can remember as a kid being down in the basement, listening to this record and just hoping that our parents didn’t hear it. Oh man, that was funny. Those were the first records I ever bought.

“But then I think that the first record that I bought for my very own was Steve Miller. I’m pretty sure that was the first album that I bought for my self.”

Big Kenny teams up with John Rich at 7:45pm on Friday night (June 10), as country music hitmakers Big & Rich take over the Main Stage at the Taste of Country Music Festival at Hunter Mountain in Hunter.

Linda Ronstadt, What Was the First Record You Ever Bought?

April 15th, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg

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“`Gambler’s Guitar’ by Rusty Draper. Not a particularly great record, but it was the first record that I ever spent my allowance on. I was probably about six years old.”

Saturday (April 16) is Record Store Day, and for music fanatics like us, it’s a holiday kinda like Christmas. So is celebrating the annual event all this week with special bonus installments of our regular “First Record” series, whereby we ask some of our favorite musicians about the first record that they remember purchasing. GO HERE to check out the entire “First Record” series…

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