|Posted on September 9, 2018 at 4:25 PM|
"People down here are serious about religion, and when they sing, you know they believe it. Street corner Gospel and spiritual players from a dozen different forms of Black and white worship add richness and gravity to Southern music. I do my best with it…"
"Being something of a picker, I’ve studied Reverend Gary Davis’ repertoire extensively. He was from western South Carolina, but lived in several places in North Carolina before coming to New York, finally and permanently. I regard him enough of a guru that I’ve issued one CD of his sacred songs and produced a tribute album to him.
THE DOLCEOLA: A major purveyor of what historians call the ‘Social’ Gospel (think of Dr. King) was Washington Phillips. He made 78s back in the twenties, playing on a pair of zither-form contraptions called Celestephones. I play his music and a good deal more on a Schroeder-sized grand piano called a Dolceola, made in 1905. Carry it everywhere with me, wouldn’t leave home without it."
~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
Of course...the second half of the evening will be festooned with music from our highly self-regarded gang of intrepid artists, who step boldy into the limelight, to perform one of their best songs.
We invite newbies to give it a go. To perform for a very supportive crowd, you need only buttonhole Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and yer in like Flynn.