The trio of singer-songwriters known as Hotels & Highways hadn’t performed in front of an audience anywhere together – other than a house party in Brooklyn – before they took the stage at the Saratoga City Tavern last Wednesday night.
Combining a CD release party with the launch of their national tour, the roots-Americana group played an intimate, yet well-attended concert on the third floor of tavern. Unlike the acoustic performer on the first floor of the popular Saratoga Springs watering hole, Hotels & Highways didn’t have to compete with the noise of a bar crowd more interested in drinking and having fun than listening to the music.
Tucked away in one corner of the room, Erin “Syd” Sidney sat behind his drum kit singing and playing the acoustic guitar that was resting on his lap. Next to him, Skidmore graduate and former Saratoga area schoolteacher Lisa Piccirillo harmonized with him, tickling the ivories on her electric keyboard. To her left, Patrick Thomas Cupples stood behind the mic, singing and playing a combination of electric rhythm and lead guitar lines. The group’s beautifully rich three-part harmonies flowed into instrumental lines would have made Crosby, Stills and Nash proud.