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Richard Barone’s Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village In The 1960s casts new light on the songs that sprang from the singer-songwriters in and around Greenwich Village during that pivotal decade.
While Top-40 hit songs were being churned out uptown in the Brill Building and at 1650 Broadway, the downtown writers were weaving folk, blues, R&B and rock into songs that five decades later still sound fresh and inventive. Richard’s choices cover a broad range of writers, from Buddy Holly, who was living and demoing songs in his Greenwich Village apartment just before he died, to up-and-comers like Paul Simon, John Sebastian (of the Lovin’ Spoonful) and James Taylor (of The Flying Machine), to the artists redefining folk music -- Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Tim Hardin, Fred Neil -- for a new generation. Sorrows and Promises revisits and re-imagines these songs that were a vital contribution to the American Songbook, treating them like the modern standards they are. Richard Barone is uniquely qualified to reinterpret these ‘60s classics; throughout his career, first with The Bongos and then as a solo artist, his work has shown the influence of the pop, rock and folk singer-songwriters who lived and worked in the Village neighborhood where Richard has lived since the mid-1980s.
The album’s producer is Steve Addabbo, who also has a strong creative connection to the music being revisited on the project. Among his many credits as a producer, engineer and musician are albums by Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin and Eric Andersen.
Also contributing to the album is Mitchell Cohen, a long-time music critic and A&R executive (Arista, Columbia and Verve) who suggested the concept to Richard and is working with him on selecting the material.
Tentative track listing:
Don’t Make Promises (Tim Hardin)
Pack Up Your Sorrows (Richard & Mimi Farina)
Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind? (John Sebastian/Lovin’ Spoonful)
The Road I’m On (Dion)
When I’m Gone (Phil Ochs)
Learning The Game (Buddy Holly)
Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. (Paul Simon)
Seems The Songs (Tom Rush)
Close The Door Lightly (Eric Andersen)
Sunday Morning (Lou Reed)
Sweet Misery (Janis Ian)
I’ll Keep It With Mine (Bob Dylan)
The Other Side of This Life (Fred Neil)
Song For Janie (Tim Buckley)
Fly Away (Al Kooper/The Blues Project)
Rainy Day Man (James Taylor/The Flying Machine)
Three Day Eternity (Richie Havens)
Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village In The 1960s" is a loving tribute to the era and the people who shaped it, and Richard will be inviting some special guests and musical friends to join him.
Photo credit: Banner image of Richard by Richard Kerris, at the Arch in Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village, February 2015.
You’ll receive a digital download of the record PLUS video updates from the studio, the chance to vote on the tracklist, and more.
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New album on black vinyl. Signed. Includes download card.
The new CD. Personally signed, in your hands.
Includes the download of the album.
You’ll be part of the new album…literally! With your name appearing in a special “thank you” section of the CD liner notes. You’ll also receive a signed CD.
The new album available on CD. PLUS the album download and access to the exclusive updates.
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The new album on standard black vinyl.
Receive a personally-signed copy of Richard’s memoir Frontman: Surviving the Rock Star Myth.
“A very warm and honest look at making and loving music.” -- Lou Reed
A guitar strap from Richard’s personal collection, signed by Richard and a few of the songwriters featured on the album.
Browse the village thrift stores in search of vintage items with Richard. Silver pants and fedoras here we come!
I’ll bring you and a friend to see the sites in Greenwich Village that inspired these songs – and in some cases – where the songs were written and first performed!
Your pick! I’ll teach you one of the songs I’ve just covered, one of my own, or a song from my days with The Bongos. 60 min over Skype, or in-person if you’re in NYC.
You and a friend can come to sound check, the show and hang with us afterward!
Have a cappuccino with Richard at the Caffe Reggio! Almost a century old, the caffe brought the very first cappuccino to the U.S. and has remained a favorite Village hangout.
Dive deep into the Village record stores with Richard, an expert vinyl shopper.
We’re planning to film down in the Village for this project, and if you’ve ever wanted to play a budding-songwriter-in-NYC now’s your chance!
Attend the CD Release Party in NYC (details TBD)! Attend soundcheck and sit in the best seat in the house. Meet the band after the show and leave with a signed CD!
Attend the CD Release Party in NYC (details TBD)! Have a meal with the band, and sit in the best seat in the house. Get up on stage and sing the encore song with the band, and leave with a signed CD!
I come to your place with my guitar to play for you and all your friends. *Travel expenses not included