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All The Latest Music News from Tin Pan Folk & Americana Artist Breadfoot
January - February 2021 Edition
Not hardly any real reason to go back to a monthly update. Nope. Still knee deep in this Covid crap and up to my arm pits in personal health issues and just well, life so best I can figure is to start off the year by celebrating the 20th anniversary of my first Breadfoot release, The Funhouse Recordings.
Had for about a five year spell just setting with my steel body Dobro sipping coffee and smoking roll-ups and just trying to amuse myself. Was crashing at a friends apartment in Williamsburg and doing some picking when another buddy soon to be married, heard what I was laying down and asked me if I wouldn't mind playing at the wedding.
That performance my first in nearly five years, led to me taking myself down to the open mic hosted by Joie Dead Blonde Girlfriend, at the Raven on Avenue A. Folks there were awful nice and welcoming and told me I should come round to the Anti-hoot at the Sidewalk Cafe. After hanging out there for a time they got to telling me that should oughta record some of the songs I had made up.
With that in mind I found myself talking to my buddy Jerry Teal who worked at Main Drag Music, back when it was a little hole in the wall shop on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Jerry it turned out had a recording space on 13th street in Manhattan that he called the Funhouse.
I tuned up at the studio on the date we had agreed on with my steel body Dobro and my old Gretsch Archtop. He sat me down on a chair and put about 4 microphones around and then had me run through all the songs that I had written at the time. Four hours later they was all mixed down and I left with my guitars and a 1/4" tape under my arm.
Yeah so dig it that's how The Funhouse Recordings come to be. First released DIY gorilla street style. I would mostly sell em when I was busking at the Farmers Market at Union Square. Eventually did a more formal release with the folks from Holden Records outta London but when that went all pear shaped I was lucky to get away with a couple hundred copies at cost. What a fiasco.
Anyways to celebrate I've created some new merch featuring the original Water Tower Triptych design I illustrated for the album art. Pop on over to the Breadfoot Store and score yourself the Original Holden Release CD, a mug and a classic 3/4 sleeve baseball T featuring the album art and celebrate with me!
Cheers and thanks!
Classic live image from around the time I released The Funhouse Recordings. Captured live by Lippe laying it down at the late, great Sidewalk Cafe on Avenue A in NYC.
This here is the original version of A Hard Day In Manhattan. On my first trip over to London I had the privilege of being joined for this number by the amazing Miss Anna Phoebe. That performance lucky for us all, was recorded and is featured on the Holden Records Funhouse Recordings release available in the Breadfoot Store.
This is a live as hell performance of Stuart's In The Turnips, a number originally released on the Funhouse Recordings. Interesting fact is the song had always had words but I chose to release it initially as an instrumental cause none of the other songs on the Funhouse Recordings had words.