Camden Music Festival set for Aug. 23
Musicians come together for the Camden Music Festival Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Roberts Farm, Route 13N, 4 miles north of the village of Camden, NY, just past Curtis Road. The festival is a musical event held to honor Camden’s rich tradition of farming and land stewardship, while also recognizing local and regional musicians. There will be beer, soda, water and a variety of food will be available for sale. This is a community fundraiser, so there will be no coolers, backpacks or totes will be allowed. Tents will be on site in case of inclement weather.
Tickets in advance are $35.50 and $40 the day of the show. Tickets are available at Christmas & Associates Camp Store, 23 Main St., Camden and Carpenter’s Hardware, 59 Main St., Camden, or visit http://www.camdenmusicfestival.com/buy-tickets/
Here is your chance to get to know some of the performers that will be performing that day.
The New Riders of the Purple Sage
The New Riders of the Purple Sage, signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, released its eponymous first album in September 1971 to widespread acclaim. In the next 11 years the band toured and released over 12 albums, selling over 4 million records. NRPS began as a part-time spin-off from the Grateful Dead when Jerry Garcia (pedal steel guitar), Phil Lesh (bass) and Mickey Hart (drums) teamed up with John Dawson (guitar, vocals) and David Nelson (guitar). Although early live appearances were viewed as an informal warm-up to the main attraction, the group quickly established an independent identity through the strength of Dawson’s original songs. By 1970 Dave Torbert had replaced Lesh, and Spencer Dryden, formerly of Jefferson Airplane, had joined as the group’s permanent drummer. Garcia remained in both The Dead and The New Riders until he found himself overcommitted, at which time Buddy Cage replaced him and the classic NRPS lineup was born. Original NRPS bass player Dave Torbert and drummer Spencer Dryden have passed away, co-founder John Dawson Passed away in 2009 due to ongoing health problems. His considerable talents will be missed but his songs and musical legacy will live on. Before he passed he had given his blessing and was excited to know his music is being heard live again by a whole new generation of fans. The new lineup vows to keep the NRPS spirit and tunes alive by taking them to fans everywhere. The band recently teamed up with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and released its first CD in twenty years to rave reviews, Where I Come From (Woodstock Records).
Albert Lee has played with Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, the Everly Brothers, Dave Edmunds and Roseanne Cash, among many others. Albert is also a recording artist in his own right, releasing four critically acclaimed albums, including two instrumental albums, “Speechless” and “Gagged But Not Bound,” that received Grammy nominations. His speed, phrasing, feel, and choice of notes have earned him the reputation as the premier country guitarist. Albert has received numerous awards for his playing including the five time winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Country Guitarist” and a member of the Gallery of the Greats.
The Weight features Jim Weider on guitar, Byron Isaacs on bass, Randy Ciarlante on drums, Brian Mitchell on organ and piano and Marty Grebb on keyboards, saxophone and vocals. Weider, Isaacs Ciarlante and Mitchell all played extensively with the late Levon Helm, drummer for The Band. Weider was also a member of The Band. Grebb performed extensively with Rick Danko, the late bass player for The Band.
Austin-based Dobro and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar’s career has taken some surprising twists and turns that have led her to work with many of the leading artists in contemporary music including Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Asleep at the Wheel, Garrision Keillor, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoliel, Daniel Lanois, and Redd Volkaert. Cindy’s unerring ability to perfectly complement a song or step out with a tasteful, imaginative, and exciting solo – and to do it in so many musical genres – has made her one of the most in-demand musicians on the American roots music scene. Her debut CD, Slide Show, features guest artists comprising a Who’s Who of the contemporary roots scene.
“Equally at home picking a vintage Dobro, an old National resonator guitar, or laying down fat horn voicing’s on a tripleneck 8-string steel, Cashdollar is a master of bluegrass, gutbucket blues, honky tonk, swampy R&B, and Western Swing.” – Frets Magazine
The Alexis P. Suter Band
Alexis P. Suter is a powerful and unique vocalist who transcends styles and genres. When the great Bluesman B.B. King first heard Alexis P. Suter sing, he was visibly impressed and said so after her opening set for him at BB Kings NYC. Shaking his head in wonder in his characteristic way, he remarked: “It’s a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady.” The Alexis P. Suter Band has earned similar accolades from other well-known musicians and performers, including Dan Aykroyd and Levon Helm of The Band. The Alexis P. Suter Band opened the show at The Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, NY over 90 times. As special guest openers for The Levon Helm Band, they played to sold-out audiences at the Beacon Theater, Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, The Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ and Central Park’s Summerstage. The band includes drummer Ray Grappone’s dynamic beats; guitarist Jimmy Bennett’s searing leads, keyboard man Benny Harrison’s high-flying solos, Peter Bennett on down home, solid bass and the very talented backing vocalist Vicki Bell. The firepower of this exciting band has captured the attention of some of the best players around and they are considered by their peers as one of the best LIVE Bands on the scene today!
The Moss Back Mule Band
The Moss Back Mule Band has nearly four decades of widespread success playing their brand of western swing, classic country, boogie and blues. Since their inception, the band has played concerts with The Band, Charlie Daniels, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., Pure Prairie League, Commander Cody, the Subdudes and other national acts. But their appeal is in large part due to their inclusion in the central New York music community. Enriched by diverse musical influences and great group chemistry Moss Back continues to maintain the ensemble that formed in the early 1970’s. Although there have been a number of noteworthy lineups, the current group is comprised of five core members along with a couple of semi-regulars and various guest musicians. Bob Fleming on guitars and vocals, Dave Liddy on piano/vocals, Steve “Mule” Quenneville on guitars and vocals, Hal “Mousee” Kent on bass and Dave Pallas (new addition) on drums form the core. On special occasions they are joined by out of town band mates John Farrell (pedal steel) and Jeff Baker (harmonica).
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