Friday, August 3, 2012

Folk Legend Randy Burns with Sal Paradise

Performing at The Buttonwood Tree Tonight August 3 at 8pm

Described by the LA Times as “the best country-flavored rock singer since Graham Parsons, who was (and is) as good as anyone before him,” Randy Burns is a folksinger native to Connecticut, and has been composing and performing music since the 1960s.
Sal Paradise is a musician of the band Rope from New Haven, and he is a bontified folk singer as well. His folk performance is extremely well rounded and steeped in the urban folk revival.

In 1966, Randy Burns was dropped off on the corner of Bleecker and MacDougal Street, with a bag over his shoulder and a guitar in his hand…ready for anything. Randy had gotten his start a year earlier at The Exit Coffeehouse in New Haven, Connecticut but soon left to join the Urban Folk Revival in Greenwich Village. At only eighteen he was opening for the biggest folk stars in the country, artists he’d only heard on records. Randy shared the stage with John Hammond, Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, Eric Andersen, Spider John Koerner, Steve Gillette, Sonny and Brownie, Phil Ochs, Carolyn Hester, Washboard Sam and many, many others. During this period, he recorded three albums with a small independent label.
As the Folk Revival was fading, he formed the electric folk rock group, Randy Burns and the Skydog Band . Within months his first major label album was released on Mercury Records and two albums soon followed on Polydor Records.
Randy Burns and the Skydog Band played all the legendary clubs in the country, the Cellar Door in DC, The Bijou Theater in Philadelphia, The Troubadour and Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, The Bitter End and Electric Circus in New York, The Quiet Night in Chicago, The Hungry Eye in San Francisco, Berkeley Folk Festival with Buddy Guy and the Hollywood Bowl with the Smothers Brothers.
Rolling Stone Magazine said, ‘Nobody, but nobody, sings anything like Randy Burns.’ The New York Times called Randy “Vocally Convincing.”


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