MP3 Christopher Shaw - Been to Town and Back Again
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11 MP3 Songs in this album (47:54) !
Related styles: COUNTRY: Country Folk, COUNTRY: Bluegrass
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Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller
As a descendant of steamboat pilots, "pathfinders," and other rustic archetypes of the Adirondack region of New York State, Christopher Shaw is steeped in the lore of the American Northeast. Chris has done some steamboat piloting of his own, but it is in his professional role as a recording artist/performer that he carries forward the tradition of the great troubadour/storytellers who have enlivened parlors, taverns, and roadsides since America's colonial times.
Chris has nine recordings to his credit including his 1988 debut, Adirondack, which has been entered into the Library of Congress Folk Archives. His tenth recording is in production now. Performers who have contributed to Chris' recordings include such acoustic innovators as Artie Traum, John Sebastian, Garth Hudson (The Band), Vassar Clements, Cindy Cashdollar (Asleep at the Wheel), Tony Trischka, Jay Ungar, Steve Riley, and more.
Chris' latest solo effort, Adirondack Serenade, is a celebration of the musical styles and traditions of his native Adirondack Mountains. With the exception of two traditional songs, this is a collection of Shaw penned ballads that reflect Chris devotion to and affection for the people of the mountains. In classic self sufficient Adirondack style, Chris wrote, played, sang, and produced nearly every track on the recording.
Chris fascination for Adirondack history inspired him to do extensive research into the French and Indian War era of the mid to late 1700s. His research revealed that Chris ancestors were among those who fought in the company of Robert Rogers, whose Rangers were the inspiration for todays Green Berets. Chris demonstration of the tools and techniques of the era have become a much sought after program in schools throughout New York State. [Click here to find out more!]
Chris has been featured on several public television documentaries, including Songs from the Heart of the Adirondacks, Christmas in the Adirondacks and Adirondack Storytellers, and most recently Chris Shaw: Live in Concert. He has been the spokesperson for the I Love NY Adirondack region television commercials. A recent performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC was simulcast over the Internet and is archived by the Kennedy Center. [Click here to see the performance!]
Married since 1984 to singer/songwriter Bridget Ball Shaw, Chris currently lives just south of the Adirondack Park in rural Rensselaer County. Chris and Bridget have two children, Christopher Donald "Tinker" Shaw, born March 3, 1995 and Silas Henry Shaw, born March 6, 1998.
Adirondack Serenade Twining Tree 0013-2/4 (2000)
Back Porch Picking (instructional video) Twining Tree 9812-3 (1998)
Songs from the Big Front Porch (with Bridget Ball) Twining Tree 9611-2/4 (1996)
Mountain Snow & MistleTWO (with Bridget Ball) Hudson River Co./Twining Tree 9410-2/4 (1994)
Been to Town and Back Again Hudson River Co./Twining Tree 9409-2/4 (1994)
Fireside: Adirondack Stories, Humor, and Downright Lies (spoken word)
Hudson River Co. /Twining Tree 9308-4 (1993)
Mountain Snow & Mistletoe (with Bridget Ball) Hudson River Co./Twining Tree 9106-2/4 (1991)
Born and Raised Hudson River Co./Twining Tree 9005-2/4 (1990)
Adirondack Hudson River Co./Twining Tree 8802-2/4 (1988)
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