Christine Lavin Wins ASCAP Deems Taylor Award

October 20th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg

Live on “Bound For Glory” ‘MY GLAMOROUS LIFE’ by Christine Lavin

Christine Lavin has come a long way since the days when she used to waitress at Caffe Lena. She’s a singer-songwriter-guitarist with 20 solo albums to her credit. She’s produced nine compilation albums showcasing emerging and veteran singer-songwriters. She’s hosted her own show on XM Radio. And she’s now an award-winning author, too.

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Five Firsts: Christine Lavin

April 25th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg
Christine Lavin

Christine Lavin

NAME: Christine Lavin
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, Boomerang Digital Phrase Sampler, Batons

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I don’t remember the first album, but I vividly remember the first 45 rpm (for you younger readers, a 45 is a grooved black vinyl disk with a large hole in the center – and it has music *on both sides*). It was Glen Campbell singing “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” written by Jimmy Webb on the A side, and “Gentle On My Mind” written by John Hartford on the B side. I snuck out of my grandmother’s wake in NYC to buy it.

This was in the mid 1960s. I heard “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” on FM radio and couldn’t get it out of my head, but we lived in a small town north of New York that only had one record store that didn’t stock that record. When we got to the funeral parlor and I saw a record store across the street, I knew what I had to do. I hid the record in my coat so my family wouldn’t know where I’d been (they thought I’d gone to the Ladies’ Room).

I must have worn that 45 out. I became a big fan of both songwriters, Jimmy Webb and John Hartford. Both songs are still two of my favorites.

Many years go by. Pages of the calendar flip. I did a concert with John Hartford, told him all about how his song was on the first record I ever bought. John was the ultimate multi-tasker who not only played guitar and banjo, he could also sing, play violin and clogg dance all at the same time. He saw me twirl batons and asked if I would teach him how to twirl his violin bow.

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LIVE: Christine Lavin @ Caffe Lena, 1/3/10

January 7th, 2010, 12:30 pm by Greg

Watching singer-songwriter Christine Lavin perform, you sometimes get the feeling that she is having way too much fun up there on the stage. She’s like a little kid with a pranksterish grin one moment and a mile-wide smile the next.

Going against the grain of most “serious” folk music artists, Lavin humorously pokes fun at the ills of society, contemporary culture and, of course, herself.

Her songs comically describe a chance meeting with actor Harrison Ford and an unrequited love for Britain’s Prince Charles. Then she gathered together a group of men from the audience, gently poking fun of them onstage during the sing-along of “Sensitive New Age Guys.”

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Christine Lavin, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

December 29th, 2009, 1:02 pm by Greg

Christine Lavin“I remember the first single that I bought. It was ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’ by Glen Campbell. It’s a great Jimmy Webb song.

“But the first album that I ever bought was by Laura Nyro, I think. It wasn’t her very first album, but it was ‘Eli and the 13th Confession.'”

A former waitress at Caffe Lena, singer-songwriter Christine Lavin returns to the Saratoga Springs coffeehouse on Sunday (January 3) as the headline performer.

Christine Lavin, What Was the First Song That You Ever Performed in Public?

June 24th, 2009, 1:43 pm by Greg


“It was a hootenanny at Peekskill Military Academy, where my dad was a teacher. It was a song that I wrote called ‘The World Is Coming to an End.’ I was 13 years old, but they liked it.

I can only remember one verse:

‘You’ve got a big date for the dance
And you’ve got a hole in your pants
The world is coming to an end’

It was about world-ending scenarios as seen through the eyes of a 13-year-old. I guess it was shades of things to come.”

Christine Lavin will perform – although probably not that song – at the Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music and Dance at the Altamont Fairgrounds in concert on Saturday and at workshops throughout the weekend.

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