Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Music Road trip in New York state

The Hudson River Valley and the Adirondack mountain area of New York state have long been a places where people of different cultures traded, traveled, and settled. That’s an idea that Dan Berggren, Chris Shaw, and John Kirk draw on for their recording North River, North Woods. Their traditional and original music includes French Canadian, Irish, Swedish, Danish, and old time music among its sources and subjects. It’s a lively mix that includes and connects the many musics which have met in the area.

Sara Milonovich’s music has taken her to many places, but she calls the Hudson River Valley home, and her solo album, Daisycutter, reflects that. Milonovich is a fiddle player and a singer. Daisy cutter is a fine Americana album, and there’s more about it here.

Milonovich has worked with folk icon Pete Seeger. Top notch blues woman Rory Block guests on North River North Woods. They call the Hudson Valley home, too, and their legendary work is well worth your time.

This is part of The Great American Road Trip, in which I originally partnered up with A Traveler’s Library to add musical ideas to the book and film suggestions for journeys through the regions of the United States which you’d find there. The Library is closed now, but I think you will still find the journeys through music interesting.

A tip of the hat to some of my favorite musicians of western New York is in order, too : The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

For more about the road trip (and a look at some great road songs) see Great American Road Trip: Music begins

you may also wish to see

Music Road: Music road trip New York City: Irish Musicians

Music Road: pride of new york

Music Road: Music of Maine: Lissa Schneckenburger

UpTake Travel Gem

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Blogger Anjuli said...

I loved the music when I clicked on the sample!! (had my foot tapping)

1:57 AM  
Blogger Peggy Bourjaily said...

Me too!! And you write so well about it.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Alexandra Grabbe said...

Really interesting to learn about all the different types of local music. I have been to the Adirondacks, but had no idea about the origins of local musicians. I'm amazed by all your knowledge on this subject!!

9:44 PM  
Anonymous jessiev said...

WONDERFUL! there's no road trip without music, that's for sure. thanks, kerry!

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting. I live in Buffalo and if I don't know if I could identify anything regional here, except a) that Erie Canal song about a mule named Sal, b) polkas and c) the local Sinatra imitator!

1:28 PM  

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