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Got a couple live dates coming in January.
First is a fund raiser for WFDU and my friend Ron Olesko, "Traditionsfest 2019" at the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club in Fair Lawn, NJ, on Saturday, Jan 5. I'll be sharing a bill with the wonderful Christine Lavin and some other folks to raise money for folk radio on WFDU. Joining me will be band mates Vin Pasternak, Paul Payton and Beth Bradley. For more info see here www.hurdygurdyfolk.org/Upcoming%20Shows.htm.
Then on Thursday evening, January 17 I'll be doing a split bill with my old Modern Man friend George Wurzbach at Baldwin's Station in Sykesville, MD, produced by Joyce Sica and Uptown Concerts. To learn more go here and scroll down: uptownconcerts.com/baldwins-station/shows/.
Please make reservations for this one. Due mainly to family considerations I don't play out as much as I would like to, and this is a rare opportunity to get back together with George. We'll share the stage and alternate songs, as well as playing some of the old Modern Man songs together.
That said, I'm alive and well in the studio. Check out the links below to hear a couple new recordings.
And since it's Christmas I might as well haul out this old chestnut and roast it on an open fire.
I know I drag this out every year, but it's always good for a laugh.
Might be considered by some to be politically incorrect, but I'll just have to take my chances.
Now bring us some figgy pudding or we're not leaving, capiche?
New songs from Rob Carlson....
These are troubled times for America, and like most of you, my political consciousness is working overtime. I've never been one for political songs or "protest" singing unless I could make it funny, but I've broken my own rule with one called "Americana". I always wanted to write a song about America that wasn't a flag waver or a putdown, and I think this fills the bill. Please give it a listen. It's about the contradictions and complexities of this country; the size and energy of it. It features some kick-ass drumming for my most excellent son Sam Carlson, plus keyboards from old friend Paul Payton and horns by Bill Holloman, who performs most notably with Nile Rogers. Plus backing vocals from Jon Gailmor, who I performed with back in the early seventies, releasing the "Peaceable Kingdom" album on Polydor records. It was the first time I worked with Jon in forty five years.
I turned 70 this year, and it's been a year of closing circles, with old friends gone and old acquaintances renewed. In that frame of mind, I went back and completely redid an older song called "Time and Time Again", about the people we used to know and how we remember them. With Paul Payton on keys and Beth Bradley joining me on acoustic guitar.
These songs are not yet commercially released, but will be as soon as I can finish up a couple more. To listen please follow these links...
Thanks for listening!