Chenango Sessions Ep. 77: Chris Merkley

Coming to us this week from Cortland, New York, is the singer-songwriter Chris Merkley of the bands Merkley & Morgan, Digger Jones, and the Crooners. Chris has been hosting live stream concerts featuring regional musicians at Cortland’s Rose Hall during the pandemic. It’s a beautiful old church with a large sanctuary venue, and an intimate…

Piano Rescue: 1907 Kimball upright

This free 1907 Kimball upright piano looks beautiful, and has an unusually rich and deep tone. It has a few broken action parts which I will need to repair or replace for it to be fully playable, and the quiet pedal and middle pedal are both broken. The sustain pedal works fine, however. The action…

Piano Rescue: 1957 Baldwin Acrosonic spinet

* NO LONGER AVAILABLE * This free 1957 Baldwin Acrosonic spinet wants to be played and appreciated again. The action and keys are in great condition, it sounds good, and it’s been treated well. I’m of the opinion that Acrosonics are the best small pianos available. And they’re so much easier to move than their…

Chenango Sessions Ep. 74: Charlie Parr

This week, I’m sharing a performance from Charlie Parr, which was recorded without an audience at Duluth Cider in Duluth, Minnesota. Charlie’s been traveling and singing throughout the world since the nineteen eighties. He has at least 16 albums to his credit, and keeps on making more. This recording is from his second livestream show…

Chenango Sessions Ep. 73: B Sides

I have been digging through the vaults this week to find a bunch of recordings that have never made it to the radio. It’s a variety of live tracks I’ve collected through the years of the Chenango Sessions, and just didn’t have time to share with you. I call it the B Sides. Listen to…

Chenango Sessions Ep. 72: Corn Potato Duo

This week on the Chenango Sessions, we hear an encore performance from Lindsay McCaw and Aaron Jonah Lewis of the Corn Potato String Band, from Detroit, Michigan. I recorded Lindsay and Aaron when they stopped through Binghamton for a living room show in September of 2018. They’re both award-winning multi-instrumentalists, and their set today includes…

Chenango Sessions Ep. 71: Jez Lowe

The great British songwriter Jez Lowe released his first album in 1980, and has been touring and performing throughout the world ever since. Besides his solo career, Jez is known for his work with the bands, the Bad Pennies, the Pitmen Poets, the Broonzies, Men at Words, and also for his longtime collaboration with the…

Chenango Sessions Ep. 70: Tony Lucca

My guest this week on the Chenango Sessions is a fellow Michigan native, Tony Lucca, whose path as a singer-songwriter has been unusual, to say the least. Tony started in the public eye as a cast member on the Mickey Mouse Club, at the age of fourteen. From there, he moved to Los Angeles with…

Piano Rescue: Baldwin Acrosonic spinet

* NO LONGER AVAILABLE * Baldwin made the best spinets you’ll find anywhere, in my opinion. They sound good, and last a long time. This one needs a new home by 28 August, and it’s free! I’ve not seen it in person, but it looks as if it’s been well maintained. If you want a…

Piano Rescue: 1907 Mehlin & Sons “Style J” 5′ upright

* NO LONGER AVAILABLE * This free piano comes with caveats, but it’s too unusual and beautiful for me not to post. The pin block is deteriorating; it still has some useful life in it, however, as long as it’s not kept in a heated or air-conditioned space. It would be perfect in a barn,…