THE AMERICAN ROOTS SERIES AT THE LINDA PRESENTS:SYD STRAW
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 - 8:00 pm, $18.00
Hosted by songwriter, roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck
The chanteuse of 80s and 90s alternative rock returns for a rare Capital Region show. Straw's eccentric, beautiful performances at Albany's illustrious QE2 are the stuff of legend. Whether singing with Golden Palominos, Wilco, Rickie Lee Jones, Leo Kottke or Dave Alvin, Straw's voice always rings true. Her solo albums -- "Surprise," "War and Peace" and "Pink Velour" -- are classics in search of a wider audience.
The American Roots Series at The Linda traces our musical family tree back to the source. The program, hosted by songwriter, roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck, is an examination of the varied musical styles that make up our country's rich cultural history. In simple terms, roots music, a phrase coined in the mid-90s, is a catch-all reference for new sounds derived from old styles; for music handed down from generation to generation. Blues, country, gospel, jazz and early rock & roll qualify as branches, with a wider canopy covering Cajun, Zydeco, Tejano and Native American chants and dances. Like its close relative "folk music," which was popularized by such greats as Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs, roots music tells stories of the "hopes, sorrows and convictions of ordinary people's everyday lives."
All five programs of the American Roots Series at The Linda will be hosted by Michael Eck who plays 78 rpm music for the 21st century with Ramblin Jug Stompers; Historic American Music with Lost Radio Rounders; and performs solo under his own name and as Ukulele Mike. Eck, who has shared stages with Pete Seeger, Patti Smith and Peter Case, has also spread the word about roots music to important venues like Caffe Lena, Old Songs, The Dance Flurry, The Eighth Step, The Electric City Ukulele Festival and Jalopy Theatre and School of Music.
The American Roots Series is made possible by the support of the New York Council on The Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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