Robt Sarazin Blake recorded his new Double Album ‘Recitative’ in Marlboro and celebrates with a Monday residency at The Falcon and a variety of Hudson Valley guests, to include:
Guest Artist: Ruthless Mike
Ruthless Mike is the solo handle for Hudson Valley based songwriter Michael Merenda best known for his work with The Mammals and the duo Mike + Ruthy. Following in the footsteps of his heroes Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Dan Bern and Ani DiFranco, Merenda performs gorgeous folk songs with “a lyrical dexterity miles beyond much of what is on parade in the singer-songwriter world of today.” – Shut Eye
“Some of the best songwriting of his generation – literate, political, melodic, alternately angry and satirical and sensual.” – Michael Simmons, LA Weekly
“Seemingly descended not just from one famous folkie, but the entire folk tradition itself.” – Willamette Week
“The songwriter for the Western world.” U. Utah Phillips
Robt Sarazin Blake
‘Ultimately the Springsteen and Guthrie comparisons are meaningless, since Robt Sarazin Blake has always been a true American original. (I do think if you like Springsteen albums such as Nebraska and The Ghost of Tom Joad, you will at least have a point of reference.) He sounds like nobody else, and that’s a joyous thing. But when you listen to the masterful way he navigates through these sixteen songs you’ll wonder who he is and why you haven’t heard about him until now. ” – Marc Phillips /The Vinyl Anachronist
Blake’s touring and performing has become an art in itself, with 200 shows a year, Blake is a world class performer in a neighborhood venue. The show is a combination of songs and rambles landing somewhere between a concert and a theatrical instillation. The neighborhoods have been all over Ireland and the US and occasionally in Canada, Scotland, England, Norway, Denmark, Germany and France. The shows are booked, managed, and driven to by Blake- a one man cottage industry existing underneath and outside the main-streams of the music business.
His own record label SameRoomRecords, featuring “recordings of songs and musicians in the same room and the same time”, is an oddly unique idea in an era of digitally manipulated sounds – and he’s sold over 10,000 albums from his suitcase.
Live from The Hoot (2017):
On the Corner of Saturday Night: