Thursday, July 23, 2009

'We danced to the mystery band..'

One Leg Chuck is something of a musical institution on the Subway. If you've been through any of the midtown stations you'll likely have heard him and his melancholy, anthemic guitar playing. You usually hear him before you see him.

You can listen to an interview and a good audio report about Chuck from a couple of years back by the NYCity News Service here.

He's not always everyone's cup of tea, but he's a damn fine player, as you'll see if you pick up a copy of his CD, 'Under New York'. He's playing a show tomorrow night (Friday) with his band, the Alphabet City Street Stars at the Trash Bar in Williamsburg.


I played at the 96th Street stop today, at the foot of the steps leading down to the downtown platform on the 6 line. The acoustics were good and people were friendly, but it was really humid. A couple of new songs and a suggestion from this morning's "crowdsource setlist" on Twitter.

I played for about an hour and made $3 before I broke a string. I came back up top during a thunderstorm and just in time to catch the end of Mark Buehrle's perfect game. Even as a diehard Cub fan, I can applaud his achievement.

Today's songlist:

Life In Technicolor - Coldplay
May You Never - John Martyn
Tumblin' Dice - Rolling Stones
People Get Ready - Curtis Mayfield
Waitin' On The World To Change - John Mayer
Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
You're Still Standing There - Steve Earle
New York, New York - Ryan Adams
Late In The Evening - Paul Simon
I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty
Shattered Cross - Stuart Adamson
The Boys Of Summer - Don Henley

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