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The Second CAMA Hall of Fame Inductees

Friday, October 30th, 2009

It was a dozen years ago.

The Capital Area Music Association celebrated another batch of local music veterans on May 1, 1997 when the second CAMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert took place at St. Joseph’s Hall at the College of Saint Rose in Albany.

Inductees included:

Lee Shaw, jazz pianist
Rory Block, blues guitarist-singer
Eddie Angel, rock-‘n’-roll guitar-slinger
The McKrells, the Celtic-bluegrass combo led by Kevin McKrell
Ruth Pelham, folksinger and Music Mobile maven
Craig Dory and Brian Levine, of the Troy-based classical music recording label, the Dorian Group

This was the second – and final – class of CAMA Hall of Fame inductees.

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Capital Area Music Association Hall of Fame, Part II

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Last week, we stirred up some old local music memories when we realized that it was the 14th anniversary of the short-lived Capital Area Music Association Hall of Fame. The inaugural inductions took place on October 20, 1995, honoring Ernie Williams, Lena Spencer, Charlene Shortsleeve, John Carabella, Nick Brignola and Blotto.

Most readers assumed that was the only CAMA Hall of Fame induction, because the short-lived organization suffered considerable controversy and funding shortages.

But before CAMA dissolved, the group hosted a second Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the College of Saint Rose’s St. Joseph Hall in Albany.

Anyone care to guess which six Capital Region musicians, bands and/or organizations were inducted in this second round? We’ll print the answers on Friday right here on Nippertown.com.

14 Years Ago: The Inaugural CAMA Hall of Fame Inductees

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

As we noted on Tuesday, it was 14 years ago this week that the now-defunct Capital Area Music Association held its first Hall of Fame inductions with an awards show and musical performances at The Egg in Albany.

There were a dozen nominees, but only six were elected to the CAMA Hall of Fame that first year.

And who were those inital inductees?

Blotto, pop-rock parodyists (“I Wanna Be a Lifeguard,” “Metal Head”) and early MTV stars of the early ’80s

Nick Brignola, Grammy nominated baritone sax giant of the jazz world

John Carabella, composer and founder of the Albany Symphony Orchestra

Charlene Shortsleeve, manager of such pivotal alt-rock nightclubs as 288 Lark, Duck Soup and QE2

Lena Spencer, founder, owner and manager of venerable Saratoga Springs coffeehouse Caffe Lena

Ernie Williams, veteran blues musician and the catalyst for the Capital Region’s blues scene revival

Here’s Michelle Solomon’s preview of the induction from the Times Union.

14 Years Ago: The Inaugural Induction of the Capital Area Music Association Hall of Fame

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

There were plenty of great things happening on the mid-’90s Albany music scene, and the Capital Area Music Association was one of them. Organized in the spring of 1995 by various local musicians and concert promoters, the idea behind the non-profit arts organization was to promote all styles of music on the Capital Region scene and to help garner national recognition for the region as an important center of live and recorded music.

A pie-in-the-sky pipe dream? Perhaps.

But it was – and remains – a good idea, and it might have worked, too, if not for the fact that less than a year after its formation, CAMA’s president Lou Fournier was forced to resign by the board of directors after numerous local musicians claimed that he bilked them out of substantial amounts of money through his public relations consulting firm, Second Nature Communications.

A fledgling arts organization simply can’t recover from a blow like that. And while CAMA managed to hold on for several more months after the controversy, by the end of 1996, it had dissolved.

But not before establishing the CAMA Hall of Fame, which held its inaugural induction ceremony on October 20, 1995 at The Egg in Albany.

There were a dozen nominees for the inaugural induction, including:

Eddie Angel, retro-twang guitarist with such bands as Los Straitjackets, the Rockin’ Dakotas, the Planet Rockers, Jeannie Smith & the Hurricanes, more
Blotto, pop-rock parodyists (“I Wanna Be a Lifeguard,” “Metal Head”) and early MTV stars of the early ’80s
Nick Brignola, Grammy nominated baritone sax giant of the jazz world
John Carabella, composer and founder of the Albany Symphony Orchestra
The Figgs, pop-rockers from Saratoga Springs with several punchy major label albums to their credit
Lonesome Val Haynes, lead vocalist with early ’80s indie-rock faves, the Units/Fear of Strangers
Happy Rhodes, haunting singer-songwriter and ambient/new age music favorite
Lee Shaw, the piano queen of the Capital Region’s jazz scene
Charlene Shortsleeve, manager of such pivital alt-rock nightclubs as 288 Lark, Duck Soup and QE2
Matt Smith, versatile guitar master with E.B. Jeb, the Matt Smith Band
Lena Spencer, founder, owner and manager of venerable Saratoga Springs coffeehouse Caffe Lena
Ernie Williams, veteran blues musician and the catalyst for the Capital Region’s blues scene revival

CAMA’s plan was to induct the top five vote-getters, but because of a tie in the voting, there were actually six inductees for that first ceremony.

Can you name them?

We’ll print the answers on Friday right here at Nippertown.com.

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