New Release Rack: Stephen Trombley’s “Tea for Three”

July 29th, 2014, 10:11 am by Greg

Stephen Trombley: Tea For Three

Review by Thomas Dimopoulos

ALBUM: Tea For Three
ARTIST: Stephen Trombley

There’s a noticeable twang to upstater Stephen Trombley’s newest CD – and with good reason. Tea For Three is the Saratoga-raised songwriter’s first release since bolting from the Empire State for the music city skyline of Nashville, Tennessee. And while the six-song EP was written and recorded south of the Mason-Dixon line, Trombley’s studio comrades are men of the world – much like the author, filmmaker and musician himself.

The CD features drummer Charlie Morgan, who spent 13 years pounding the skins behind Elton John; just-north-of-Syracuse A-list bass player Mark Prentice; and multi-instrumentalist Jim Hoke, a native of Schenectady.

“It’s a great upstate invasion of Tune Town, plus a hands-across-the-water U.K. pal on drums,” says Trombley, whose creative co-writing foils include veteran hit-makers Fred Koller (who’s been covered by everyone from Jerry Lee Lewis to Dave Edmunds), Angela Kaset (Lorrie Morgan and Wynonna Judd have performed her songs) and one-time Patti Smith guitarist Oliver Ray.

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A Few Minutes With… Stephen Trombley and Angela Kaset

July 24th, 2012, 3:30 pm by Greg
Angela Kaset and Stephen Trombley

Angela Kaset and Stephen Trombley

Story by Thomas Dimopoulos
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Stephen Trombley was driving through Tennessee, where the roadways sprawl across the state for 94,000 miles. It is enough to circle the world three times.

“I’ll have to call you back in a few minutes,” Trombley bellowed, his voice rising over the symphonic rattle of gas-powered clunkers that seeped through his cellphone. “I’m just learning this highway system in Nashville,” he said. “And I am completely going in the wrong direction.”

Exploring the roadways of his new home state, there are worse things in life than getting lost in Music City for the musician, author and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. The gigs have been immediate; the collaborations with fellow songwriters, plentiful. “You sit in a room together for two hours, and you come out with a song,” Trombley explained, after he solved the Tennessee highway riddle to eventually meet up with renowned Nashville songwriter Angela Kaset.

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Lending a Helping Hand: Salem Survivors Benefit Concert, 8/6/11

August 4th, 2011, 1:30 pm by Greg

Nathan Knowles, Stephen Trombley and Wendy Bordwell

Nathan Knowles, Stephen Trombley and Wendy Bordwell

On Wednesday, July 13, six residents of Salem (in Washington County) lost their lives and several others suffered traumatic injuries as the result of an explosion that reduced their home to rubble. Now, members of the community are gathering together to raise funds to help the survivors rebuild their lives.

At 7pm on Saturday (August 6), singer-songwriters Nathan Knowles, Wendy Bordwell, Stephen Trombley and special guests will perform in concert at the Salem Court House at 58 East Broadway. Admission is free, although donations are gratefully accepted.

Well-wishers unable to attend may send contributions in care of Debbie Earthrowl, minister, Salem Methodist Church, 31 West Broadway, Salem, NY 12865-9718.

For additional information, phone (518) 854-3203.

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