Be Here Now: Ladies Sing the Blues @ Caffe Lena, 2/6/10

February 4th, 2010, 1:07 pm by Greg



At 8pm on Saturday (February 6), some of Nippertown’s finest female vocalists will band together to present a one-time-only tribute to some of the all-time great blueswomen at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs.

Sponsored by the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society, “Ladies Sing the Blues” will feature performances by Mikki Bakken, the Dwyer Sisters, MotherJudge, Sarah Pedinotti (of Railbird), Thomasina Winslow, Annie Rosen (of Annie & the Hedonists), Gail Sparlin and Becky Walton (of Big Medicine).

MotherJudge, for example, will be paying homage to Memphis Minnie and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, two women whose brand of the blues owes a debt to the gospel music tradition. She’ll be accompanied by guitarist Mark Tolstrup of Street Corner Holler.

Blues greats such as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Billie Holiday and more will also be honored throughout the evening.

“Ladies Sing the Blues” is a special benefit for Caffe Lena, which is celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Tickets are $20.


Hanging Out @ Harvest Fest 10/25/09

October 30th, 2009, 8:38 am by Sara


Sunday’s Local Harvest Festival at Washington Park Lakehouse came with a much needed break in the weather. The the lovely fall day and the promise of good, and good for you, food in small sampler cups drew steady lines.

WRPI’s Laura Glazer served as host, and with that unmistakable voice of hers introduced the live music. A pair of the area’s brightest and best young and gifted singer /songwriters went on early and stole the show. The Ashley Pond Band in quartet form kicked it all off sporting a solid mix of great songs and fall fashion. A stripped down duo version of Railbird, or as Sarah Pedinotti quipped, Le Petit Railbird, were in rare form. Chris Kyle later informed me that the intimate and haunting duo arrangements were made up on the spot.

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Sarah Pedinotti, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

October 20th, 2009, 4:29 pm by Greg

SarahPednotti“I think it was ‘Freewheelin’.’ I think that was the first one that I went out and bought myself. My dad had it, but he’d get really upset if I took it and didn’t give it back. But ‘Freewheelin’ ‘ was one of those that I really needed to have.

I bought a few other ones with that. I was pretty young. I’m trying to think. It was some weird stuff. I think I might have even bought some Madonna. I think it was kind of Madonna’s greatest hits. And a Buddy Holly record. Yeah, I think I bought those three records.

I was very excited about it, because those were my first ones. Bob Dylan and Buddy Holly I had heard from my dad, and Madonna I probably heard from one of my sisters. So I wanted to have it.

Then, of course, I started my own collection, although it wasn’t until college that I really started to get possessive over my records.”

Sarah Pedinotti of Railbird steps out for a very special performance at the WEXT-FM benefit concert on Friday (October 23) at the Exit Dome (aka, the WMHT-TV studios) in North Greenbush.

Real Good for Free: Railbird

May 26th, 2009, 12:20 pm by Greg

If you haven’t caught up with Railbird yet, you’ll have a couple of chances this week to see them play for free. The Saratoga-based combo serves up a slightly more blues-oriented sound than when they were known as the jazz-tinged Sarah Pedinotti Band. I haven’t yet heard the band’s new EP, “The Flower From California,” but with someone as charming and gifted as Pedinotti at the microphone, you know it’s gonna be good.

Railbird is the featured band at this month’s free CRUMBS Nite Out show at the Linda at 7pm Thursday. Following the band’s performance, Paul Rapp leads a panel discussion with Matthew Loiacono and Alex Muro on recording collectives.

And Railbird will also be spreading their musical wings on Saturday morning at Freihofer’s 31st Run for Women at the Empire State Plaza. The gun goes off for the big 5K run at 10:15am, while Railbird hits the stage at 10:45am and 12:30pm.

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