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The Power Of The Press - February 13, 2012

Don't let anyone tell you that weekly newspapers are dead. The Spotlight News (serving Albany County here in upstate New York) ran a wonderful full page feature on us in a recent issue, and the result was a standing room only audience for our Lincoln and Liberty program at the Guilderland Library.

Thanks to Jacki Domin for her time and interest. Check 'em out at www.spotlightnews.com .

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Five Years of Acoustic Music - January 16, 2012

Wow! Time flies. Our recent show at Maple Ski Ridge marked five years as an acoustic duo for Michael and I. I can't imagine having a better musical partner than Mr. Eck, and I am grateful to all the other musicians who have shared the stage with us in our half decade. A recent check showed that we have played over 280 different American songs. I'm sure we'll hit 300 this year!

Thanks for listening,
Tom

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Lost Radio Web Stuff - March 21, 2011

Lost Radio Rounders recently appeared on Crumbs Cafe, a music and interview show on WEXT radio. If you missed us on 97.7, don't worry, you can find the show at http://crumbs.net/radio/crumbsCafe.swf?episode=episodes/cafeBumper112 . It's episode 112. Check it out when you can! 

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LRR's in HD - February 14, 2011

In 2010 Lost Radio Rounders videos began appearing, first on YouTube, and then on this website. Our latest videos are now on YouTube in HD! We started out our HD career with "Go Tell Aunt Rhody", an old Appalachian folk song.

Check out "Rhody", and then search "Lost Radio Rounders" on YouTube and watch any of over 30 posted videos!

 




Four Years? Already? - January 14, 2011

Micheal Eck and I have had many musical collaberations since the early 1980's. Some involved recording, some involved performing live, and a few involved both. Our current endeavor (as an acoutisic duo) is now four years old, and we feel as though we are just getting started.

Thanks to all the venues and organizations that have booked us, and all of you who have listened and enjoyed our musical offerings. As they say in presidential elections:

"Four more years, four more years!"

-Tom

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Playing music at a store? - December 14, 2010

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From time to time Michael and I play at a place called the Jonesville Store. This is a head scratcher for folks who have not been there, but what is now a restaurant/deli/entertainment venue was once an old country store.

It is a cool, historic place to get a great meal (or just a great desert) on a Friday or Saturady evening when they feature live acoustic music from 6:30 to 9. Solo, duos and trios are the order of the day at Jonesville, and it's a perfect fit for us with the historic American music we present.

Come see us there; you'll enjoy great food, drink, and music with no cover charge.

Deja vu all over again! - November 30, 2010

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Once again writer Michael Eck and photographer Tom Lindsay have teamed up for an article in Fretboard Journal (you may recall their Pete Seeger piece from fall 2009). This one is about Woodstock guitar builder Joe Veillette who has crafted instruments for Eddie Van Halen, Neal Schon of Journey, John Sebastian, Tina Weymouth of the Talking Heads and many, many others.

You can find the magazine online at www.fretboardjournal.com and at select bookstores and music retailers. Look for the Winter 2010 issue. 

Musical friends - November 19, 2010

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You’ve got to have friends…who are musicians.

Michael and I have just finished a three month run of shows that saw us partnering with some really cool musical friends. They included:

Ryan Dunham, vocalist and harmonica ace of Red Haired Strangers;

Jim Gaudet (vocals, guitar) and Bob Ristau (bass, harmony vocals) of Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys;

Kim Kilby, vocalist and guitarist with the Tern Rounders;

Albie, guitarist and lead singer for the Black Fuel;

Sam Zucchini, drummer for the Zucchini Brothers;

George Ward, folklorist and folk musician;

Sarah Pedinotti, singer and harmonica player for Railbird;

Ben Davis, Railbird banjo man and vocalist;

Mother Judge, singer, songwriter and open mic host;

…and Kyle Miller, talented young acoustic bluesman.

It was all quite wonderful! 

Nothing Exceeds Like Excess - November 11, 2010

At our recent Cafe Lena concert, Michael and I decided to play...uh, let's say a "few" instruments. I played six and twelve string guitars, and my McNally Grand strumstick. Michael played guitar, dobro, mandolin, tenor guitar, uke and jaw harp. Which only begs the question: why would we have left my autoharp and his banjo at home?

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Department Of Useless Information - July 28, 2010

Hour by hour, minute by minute, and second by second, millions of humans (and a few thousand monkeys) are typing on computer keyboards attempting to fill the internet with the useless information that makes this modern world go round.

Until recently, Michael and I haven’t been doing our fair share in this endeavor, but we have just posted the actual set lists for many of our shows on this website. No one needs this information, but if want to find it go to the bottom of our “Calendar” page and click “show past dates”…or you could do something productive instead.

-Tom

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The Loar LM 400 VS A-style mandolin - July 24, 2010

Well, well, well, here it is. I've been very excited about this new model from The Loar for some time, and mine has finally arrived. I've done a bunch of gigs with it already and I am very enamored of this little machine. As your probably aware, Tom and I endorse products by The Loar, and the hand-carved mandolins are top quality instruments available at a ridiculously affordable price. The F-style mandolins (like my LM 600 VS) are fancier models but I've always had a soft spot for the classic teardrop look, and this particular mandolin incorporates features of The Loar's top end model, the LM 700 VS, but with the simpler A-style body.

Please do come out and hear it some time!

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Another "Instrument" For Michael - July 6, 2010

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Over the past three and a half years, my musical partner Mr. Eck has played mandolin, guitar, dobro, banjo, uke and more. Add to the list another new instrument...the crow call. This is because we recently began playing an old-time song called "The Story The Crow Told Me". Head to our video page to see Michael playing his new "instrument".

-Tom

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New Video Page - June 16, 2010

Ah, technology! It's a blessing and a curse. For the blessing, check out our new video page! Just click "Video" on the menu bar.

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Tom's Taylor Twelve - May 9, 2010

Many of you are aware that Lost Radio Rounders are official endorsers of musical instruments by The Loar, but those good folks do not make a 12-string guitar.

I have had more than a few instruments come into my life and then leave because they weren't quite right, but my Taylor twelve is here to stay. It's tough to make a great sounding twelve that stays in tune and plays well up the neck, but the folks at Taylor nailed it with this one. I bought it used in 2002, and I can't imagine how the original owner was ever able to part with it.

-Tom

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"Acoustic Roadshow" - April 21, 2010

The new Lost Radio Rounders CD is called "Acoustic Roadshow". It is a live CD recorded as part of the Third Sunday at Three concert series in Gloversville. It features 13 tracks and our first recordings of Tom playing his McNally Strumstick (the strumstick is a modern take on the Appalachian dulcimer).

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Songs range from serious (Hard Trials) to silly (The Man Who Rode The Mule Around The World), and you can get your copy of "Acoustic Roadshow" the next time you see us live.

Michael's Banjo Gets "Customized' - March 28, 2010

You may have already read about Pete Seeger coming to visit with us before our show at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY. What Michael did not mention is that he asked Mr. Seeger to autograph his banjo head. Of course he obliged, he's a friendly fella!

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-Tom

Michael's New CD - February 27, 2010

Some of you only know my musical partner Michael Eck as a member of Lost Radio Rounders and Ramblin Jug Stompers, but Michael is an accomplished singer/songwriter as well.

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His new release "In My Shoes" is a treat, full of smartly written originals and one well chosen cover tune. Head to www.michaeleck.com for all the details. Lost radio rounders will be taking a small break while he promotes this new CD, but we'll be back before you know it!

-Tom



Here is Michael performing "one more raindrop" at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Pete's Blessing - February 13, 2010

You might remember from these occasional updates that last year Tom and I did a story on Pete Seeger’s banjo and 12-string guitar for Fretboard Journal magazine. And we also do a show called “American Favorite Ballads: Songs From Folkways,” that features the music of Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly.

Well, on Friday night (Abe Lincoln’s 201st birthday), we were in Beacon (Pete’s hometown) preparing to do our “Lincoln and Liberty!” program at the beautiful Howland Cultural Center, when in walks Pete.

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He explained that he had a Clearwater event he needed to be at for the evening, but that he wanted to stop by and see us on the way; and to tell us that he is happy that Lost Radio Rounders are carrying the torch for Historic American Music.

“It’s so important that you are doing this,” he said.

He then told us wonderful stories about Lincoln and personal stories about Folkways founder Moe Asch, and how he got into the recording biz.

It was a magical moment for us, and we feel that we have received Pete’s blessing, and we thank him – beyond words – for that.

He truly is a national musical treasure.

-Michael

Lost Radio T-shirts - February 7, 2010

Some might suggest that t-shirts don't fit our "old school' image.
To them we say: "Who cares? We like t-shirts!"

These t-shirts feature the "listening man" that you have seen on this very website. Get one next time you see us!

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Love Them Loars - January 14, 2010

As many of you know Michael and I endorse musical instruments by The Loar. My primary instrument is The Loar LH-200 acoustic guitar, and Michael's mandolin is The Loar LM-600 VS.

You may not know that Michael and I approached The Loar about being endorsers because we were already playing their guitars, and we loved them. The tone, playabilty and appearance of these instruments is incredible at their price point, but just saying they are a great value is damning them with faint praise.

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I have owned or played acoustic guitars by Martin, Gibson, Taylor and Guild, but I have never had an acoustic guitar with a neck as sweet as the LH-200. No other acoustic I have played stays in tune as well as my LH-200 (unless you count my Loar archtop, serial # 00043).

Not a show goes by where someone doesn't comment on the great sound or looks of these instruments. We love them, and you don't have to pay us to say that! Check out www.theloar.com .

-Tom   

Lost Video Rounders - November 11, 2009

Tom has created a simple video for our version of "Lincoln and Liberty", an actual campaign song from the 1800's.

A "Lincoln and Liberty!" CD - October 29, 2009

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Being "old school" kind of guys, we are are now selling a CD (not an Edison cylinder) featuring ten songs from our "Lincoln and Liberty" program.

Come get one the next time you see us perform!

Give Us A Flag - October 18, 2009

As part of the "Lincoln and Liberty!" program we often play a song called "Give Us A Flag". We were quite pleased when a third grade girl at a show in Poughkeepsie took that song literally and gave us this wonderful drawing of the American flag after we finished. Thanks!

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What is that thing? - September 21, 2009


A few people (okay, mostly other musicians) have expressed their curiosity about our sound system. In most situations we use our Bose L1 Model I system. In slightly larger venues we add the Bose B1 bass module.

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To cover both our voices and any instruments that we play, we use a single MXL 990 Stereo condenser microphone. We “mix” our sound the old fashioned way…by moving closer or farther from the microphone, and by singing or playing louder or softer as the song requires.

We record most of our shows, and when using our Bose PA the recording/live sound signal path is as follows:

The left and right outputs of the stereo microphone head to matching TL Audio preamp/compressors (which supply phantom power), and from there the signal goes to a TASCAM SS CDR1 digital recorder, then on to the Bose.

When we are using a “house” sound system, recording is done outside of the PA signal path using an Audio Technica AT 825 stereo microphone and a Zoom H4N digital recorder.   

Fretboard Journal - August 31, 2009

As you may know, Lost Radio Rounders occasionally perform a program called "American Favorite Ballads: Songs From Folkways." This month, Tom and Michael have a number of articles about Folkways recording artist Pete Seeger and his iconic banjo and 12-string guitar in the Fall issue of Fretboard Journal magazine. Tom took the photos and Michael wrote the text.

Meeting Pete Seeger and talking with him about his music was incredible. Regardless of one's thoughts about his politics, Pete's contributions to the preservation of American folk music are unrivaled. Pete also inspired thousands of people to take up the banjo.

Pete's half-brother, Mike, also contributed a few quotes to the stories and we mourn his recent passing. He, too, was a great preserver, prophet and player of Historic American Music.

Fretboard Journal is a glossy, perfect-bound coffee table magazine all about guitars, players and luthiers. It's a fascinating read, even if you don't own a guitar.

Fretboard Journal is available in New York's Capital Region at Guitar Center, Borders and Barnes and Noble.

Also, visit, www.fretboardjournal.com.

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