Jewels & Tinware Nominated!
I’m thrilled to announce that Jewels & Tinware has been nominated for Outstanding Album of 2014 for the Lehigh Valley Music Awards!
Please vote for me!
If you are a Greater Lehigh Valley Resident, please vote for me!
Not from the Lehigh Valley? I’d still really appreciate your help.
If you know anyone who lives in the Allentown, Bethlehem, or Easton areas of Pennsylvania, please send them this link and ask them to vote for Alex Radus: Jewels & Tinware. (And then send them this link to say thanks!)
Once you sign in, Outstanding Album is the first category.
Voting closes Saturday, December 13 at 11:59pm.
Thanks to Carter Lansing for the great review and to Kirsten Angel for the great photo!
Check out the review HERE!
The Alex Radus Trio is fresh off two amazing CD release parties and ready for more, more, more music!
We’d love to see you at Easton’s famous Riverside Festival of the Arts on Sunday, Sept. 21st. We’re honored to be performing alongside many of our favorite local acts, including the James Supra Band, Roi and the Secret People, Cheek2Cheek and many more!
Riverside Festival of the Arts
Saturday Sept 20 & Sunday, September 21
10am – 5pm
The Dell at Scott Park, Easton, PA
Alex Radus Trio performs Sunday, Sept 21 at 11am
Visit the website for entire amazing lineup!
On August 29, WNTI was kind enough to host me for a live performance and interview.
Host Mel Thiel and I talked the new CD, influences, and more. I even performed a swing version of Dylan’s Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat, which I recorded on a Philly Dylan tribute compilation to celebrate his 70th birthday! You can purchase that album here.
Check out the interview here:
We can’t wait to see you again Philly!
The Alex Radus Trio will celebrate the release of Jewels & Tinware at Bourbon & Branch in Philly on Sat. Sept 6, 2014.
Featuring performances by William Gruff (NYC) and Mo Lowda and the Humble (Philly).
Pick up advance tix and get a copy of Jewels & Tinware for $5!
I can’t wait for you to hear the first single from Jewels & Tinware!
Please download and share, share, share! It’s available from 95+ digital stores, including CDBaby, iTunes, and pretty much everywhere else. (If you want the money to go to the artist, buy it from CDBaby. If you want it to go to Apple, well, there’s iTunes).
And by the way, Dave Cahill absolutely crushes the guitar solos…
We Can’t Play Like Django has always been a crowd favorite. It’s a retro-swing tribute to Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappell’s famous Minor Swing.
Django (as the song is usually called) is a sort of like the backstory that begins all superhero movies. It’s a “creation myth” about how Django got his incredible powers on the guitar.
If you’re not familiar with Django Reinhardt, he’s arguably the best guitar player ever, and defined the quintessential sound of Gypsy Jazz. But one of the most amazing things about him is that his left hand was badly burned, leaving him with far less to work with than most guitar players. Still, he became the best.
Django tells the fictional story of Django’s grandfather, who is a famous Gypsy Jazz guitar player and is the best around. Everyone says he got his abilities from either an angel or a devil. The Grandfather takes his grandson (young Django) under his wing, but he just can’t teach him how to swing and, as the song points out – “that’s the most important thing!” When the Grandfather dies, his guitar is put on the funeral pyre. But the Grandfather had promised the guitar to young Django. So Django runs up to the fire and grabs the guitar, but burns his hand badly doing so.
Then comes the creation myth:
That young boy ran with all his might
Stuck his hand into the fire
Came back with a guitar and a burning sting
And they all said the devil’s sin or the angel’s blessing passed to him
Cause then they saw the most amazing thing
All of a sudden, little Django could swing!
I really hope you enjoy it and PLEASE – share it with everyone you know!
Photo by Kirsten Angel
The Alex Radus Trio is stoked to play Mayfair in Allentown, PA tomorrow. We’ll be at the Cafe Stage on Saturday, May 24 from 12:45-1:45.
Check the lineup for all the amazing acts!
Thanks to Dustin Schoof and Express-Times for the great press!
I’ll be in Brooklyn tomorrow night putting the finishing touches on my upcoming release Jewels and Tinware. Can’t wait to release it into the world.
This fine gentleman inspired the title:
“It is from experiences such as mine that we get our education of life,” Twain wrote. “We string them into jewels or into tinware, as we may choose.”
Alex Radus Trio at Pearly Bakers. Dan Manchester (double bass); Charlie Heim (drums). Photo by Maria Radus
It’s been a busy month for me musically, and now that the dust has settled I have some time to reflect and say thanks so much. I’m really blessed to get to play with such great musicians and for such wonderful audiences. Especially excited for my new project, Hot4Robot, which has been a ton of fun. Thanks to everyone who showed their support over the last month–really feeling the love. Now I’m very happy to spend a few quiet weeks with the family (and write some new tunes, of course).
Can’t wait to see you all at the upcoming shows: May 24 – Alex Radus Trio at Mayfair in Allentown & June 7 – Hot4Robot at One-11 Bar & Lounge in Clinton, NJ. Check the Calendar section for more details.
April 11 – Riegelsville Inn (AR Solo)
April 12 – Music for the Market (Hot4Robot)
April 18 – Steel Stacks (AR Solo)
April 26 – Private Party (AR Trio—sort of…)
May 1 – Tierney’s Tavern (AR Trio)
May 3 – Pearly Bakers (Hot4Robot & AR Trio)
Last year, my song It Ain’t Good from the album Love Me Like You Hate Me was featured as a centerpiece of the beautiful short film By Tomorrow (Dacian Wolf Productions). Last night By Tomorrow debuted at the Montclair Film Festival, and the Alex Radus Trio played the afterparty. Such an amazing audience–thanks so much to everyone who came and congrats to the cast and crew!
It Ain’t Good (as heard in By Tomorrow)
By Tomorrow (2013) – Trailer 1 from Dacian Wolf Productions. LLC on Vimeo.