Select Page
View this email in your browser
TrueSongs 2023 takes place this Saturday at 7 PM. Come hear five true stories of challenges overcome, and the songs they inspired.
Greetings – You’re well aware that life is full of unexpected challenges. Plot twists come into your life, your family, your town, when you least expect it. Often, it’s a nonprofit organization that’s there with a helping hand to pull you through. By being there with expertise, resources and love, they hold our communities together. TrueSongs is a chance to hear directly from people they’ve helped. And what makes a story come alive in our hearts? A song! After many months of work, we’re ready to introduce you to five local people who will tell you their story of challenge. And after each story, there will be a song that brings us into emotional heart of the story.

This year’s performing songwriters are: Peggy Lynn of Jamcrackers, Cassandra KubinskiHolly McGarry of Honeysuckle, Sean Rowe, and Joel Moss & Dave Maswick.

Our stories: a family farm in a fast developing community is preserved forever for agriculture by Saratoga PLAN; a veteran gets the support she needs to regain her health and get off the streets from Veterans & Community Housing Coaltion; a man loses his sight but gains a new outlet for his lifelong habit of helping others through Glens Falls Association for the Blind; a man raised on a Schuylerville farm finds a way to preserve the history of a changing community through Hudson Crossing Park; a young girl transcends Autism barriers with the help of horses at STEP (Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program).

Caffe Lena presents TrueSongs to show the power of music and the unseen story of our community. I think this year’s show is going to be extraordinary and I hope you’ll come in person this Saturday.

See you at the show,
Sample Song |  In-person tickets | Watch on Caffe Lena TV

Deeply moving soul, blues & folk with lyrics that inspire positive change. Pierce gained national prominence with his Billboard #1 “We Can Always Come Back To This.” “Passionate, well constructed, generously spirited protest music that can’t be ignored,” (Americana UK)

Sample Song |  In-person tickets | Watch on Caffe Lena TV

Deciding to forgo a budding career as a magician, Matt trained to be a concert pianist then studied voice on full scholarship at Berklee. After college he began playing guitar, winning songwriting competitions (Kerrville and others) and developing an uncanny ability to command attention with his spellbinding blend of pop, soul, and classical. Matt has played our stage solo and with Tom Rush.

Sample Song |  In-person tickets | Watch on Caffe Lena TV

North Carolina musician and folk music scholar JXF “may be the leading interpreter of American folk music right now…” (NPR) His 2022 album, Good and Green Again, shows him as “the rare contemporary to approach folk in its pure form, shunning self-penned compositions about bummer relationships to concentrate on material handed down from bygone, hardened times.” (The New Yorker)

In-person tickets | Watch on Caffe Lena TV
TrueSongs 2023 will capture true stories in song and narrative, shining a light on neighbors helping neighbors in our local community. Participating organizations include Saratoga PLAN, Veterans & Community Housing Coalition, Glens Falls Association for the Blind, Hudson Crossing Park, and STEP (Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program).

Our songwriters will be Peggy Lynn, Cassandra Kubinski, Holly McGarry, Sean Rowe, and Joel Moss & Dave Maswick.

TrueSongs is made possible by the generous support of
Live Music Society “Music In Action.”

Workshop 10 AM I Sample Song |7 PM SHOW  | Watch on Caffe Lena TV

Considered one of the most influential guitarists of all time, Roth has toured and recorded with Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Phoebe Snow, Levon Helm, Ry Cooder, John Sebastian, Janis Ian, Eric Andersen, The Bee Gees and many more. He was voted Top 50 Acoustic Guitarists of All Time by Gibson.com, and Top 100 Most Influential Guitarists of All Time by Vintage Guitar magazine.

Rare in-person workshop with “Master of the Telecaster,” Arlen Roth! The world’s “King of All Teachers” and the first person ever to create video lessons with his Hot Licks company, Arlen Roth will cover many facets of guitar playing for you in this hour and a half workshop. He’ll be covering Blues and Country, R&B and Slide Guitar styles and techniques. Fingerstyle will also be covered, and of course, Arlen will take questions about his life and career in music. Both acoustic and electric guitar styles will be covered.
Sample Song | Info & Tickets

Singer-songwriter Michael Jerling lends his poignant lyrics and melodies to author Patricia A. Nugent’s memoir They Live On: Saying Goodbye to Mom and Dad. In a 90-minute performance of music and readings, these two artists give voice to life, love, and loss as it relates to our shared human experience. Bring someone you love – in person or in spirit – to this debut performance. A CD of the same title will be offered to attendees that day at a discounted price to celebrate the launch. Light refreshments will be served.

Made possible by Saratoga Arts through the Community Arts Regrant Program, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.