CD: Valerie DeLaCruz’s “Glorious Noel”

December 9th, 2009, 12:35 pm by Greg

valeriedelacruz(DeLaCruz Enterprises, 2009):

Capital Region singer-songwriter Valerie DeLaCruz is probably best known for “My Girlfriends Quilt,” a song that she wrote which later formed the basis of an hour-long public television special of the same name. That was five years ago.

She readily admits that music had taken a back seat in her life during those ensuing years.

“It was a joy, however, indulging myself to go back to Nashville and record this Christmas album with my long time producer Mark Oliverius,” she admits. “I think I miss studio singing most of all – the process, the collaboration, the nuance that can be captured in the intimacy of the sound booth.”

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Musicians making art

August 6th, 2009, 5:49 pm by Greg
Tom D'Ambrose: Rollergirls

Tom D'Ambrose: Rollergirls

Some familiar names are missing.

And some unknown artists turn in dynamic work.

Yes, there are more than a few surprises to be found in the “Fence Select ’09,” currently on exhibit at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy.

Interestingly enough, of the 67 Capital Region artists represented in the exhibit, three of those names are likely to be more recognizable from the local music scene than the visual art scene.

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