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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Adam Foster...

This week's metroland has a write up of Adam Foster, a local folk singer that I actually went to grade school with. His debut CD was just released, and he's definitely worth checking out. He plays regular shows in and around the Albany area. Although I haven't kept in touch with him much since high school, I've always known him to be an excellent musician. Even back then, he was writing songs with an impressive lyrical sense. Metroland had this to say:

he has created a serious young man’s album with his self-titled debut, a stark 10-song CD that (but for its literal, often idealistic lyrics) wouldn’t seem out of place in Bob Dylan’s early canon. Beyond the oft-used and obvious Dylan comparison, you can also hear earlier influences in Foster’s work: Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie. You can detect it in his nimble and fervent flat-picking, wheezing harmonica and unadorned, clear vocal style, which, in classic folksinger fashion, keeps the words out front.

You can find out about shows, etc. here.
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