Recently I spoke to Alex Cherney, lead singer and manager of Hale Eddy, about their time in Woodstock. This past winter he and the band recorded their debut album, Three More Dinners, at “School House,” the former site of Mary D’s Montessori School, on Ohayo Mountain Road. The band is from Setauket, Long Island, and has been playing together since the eighth grade. It is comprised of Alex on acoustic guitar, clarinet and sax; Greg Casino on bass; Ethan Geller on lead guitar and Kevin Choumane on drums. Musical influences include The Band, Neil Young, Pearl Jam and the Flaming Lips. Alex composes with Ethan and works on lyrics with Greg—although Alex is quick to say that members of the band add their special parts when the group comes together to record.
Cherney says that the group is named after the upstate New York town. He told me that one day some years back he and his father were on a road trip through New York State, and they were playing a game to come up with the coolest rock group names by riffing off road signs.
Hale Eddy has gigged around Long Island and played lots of benefits, but now with the launch of the album they are looking to expand their horizons. The band’s sound is an aural treat and is reminiscent of the Canadian group, Patrick Watson. A video of the group playing “Carcinogen,” the lead-off song on Three More Dinners, can be found here. For more info on Hale Eddy’s album and/or bookings see www.haleeddy.com.
Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home was written upstairs from Woodstock’s Café Espresso in a studio that Dylan dubbed “The White Room.” This building, at 59 Tinker Street, is now occupied by The Center for Photography. Dylan wrote the album at a feverish pace and appropriated bits of lore from the local scene to fill out his lyrics. For example, in “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” Dylan raps in the final lines, “The pump don’t work ‘cause the vandals took the handles.” This is said by locals to refer to the water pump at the Woodstock Library.
One of Dylan’s sideman on the project was Kenny Rankin, who performed at a Woodstock Sound-Out in 1967. ROOTS is in mourning for Kenny, who passed away on June 7, 2009. For more on this, click here.
The June 6th Spring Clean-Up Event in Woodstock, NY was a big success. Well over 100 volunteers turned out, and the bicycle teams picked up numerous bags of trash from roadside collectors distributed all over town. This was another event in support of Woodstock’s Zero-Carbon Initiative. Thank you, Greg Stanton, and all those who participated, including corporate sponsors!
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40th Anniversary Concert Brings Festival Home to Woodstock
Woodstock, NY—May 19, 2009—Weston Blelock, author and editor of WoodstockArts’ forthcoming Roots of the 1969 Woodstock Festival: The Backstory to “Woodstock,“ has confirmed a rumored 40th anniversary concert to be held on August 15 at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. Blelock will co-produce the show with his sister, Julia, in association with Steve Walter, formerly of The Cutting Room in New York City. Read the rest of this entry »