Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Storyteller, baseball fan, social commentator

Chuck Brodsky is a master storyteller, songwriter, social commentator, and baseball fan. His songs are well crafted tales full of sharp-witted emotion and humanity that, in my mind, puts them in good company with the likes of John Prine and the late Steve Goodman. Like Prine and Goodman, Brodsky can turn a good phrase with humor and fine song-crafting.

Originally from Philadelphia, he now resides in the mountains of western North Carolina. His music is just at home in the city as it is in the mountains. Wonderful stories that draw the listeners in offering a look into the deepest emotions of the characters. His CD, The Baseball Ballads is a collection of stories of baseball forgotten heroes and dreadful mistakes. While everyone is aware that Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color line by being the first black man to play for the Dodgers, Brodsky introduces us to the story of Eddie Klepp (The Ballad of Eddie Klepp) the first white man to play for the Negro League's Cleveland Buckeyes. Brodsky is a true historian of the game. In fact, the CD is played at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and available in the gift shop.

Chuck Brodsky has been a regular on Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" for years and he and his song "Radio" are in the movie "Radio".

Chuck Brodsky - Take It Out Back.mp3
from the Last Of The Old Time CD

Chuck Brodsky - Trees Falling.mp3
from the Color Came One Day CD

from the Color Came One Day CD

Listen to clips and buy Chuck Brodsky's new CD Tulips For Lunch (and all of his previous releases) here.


Anonymous Lucy said...

Ed, this guy's great. I love storytellers; you know how fond I am of Prine. "Trees Falling" hits way too close to home with all the subdivisions sproutin' up next to our farm. I hope they enjoy the cologne de cow these hot, humid afternoons ;)

July 13, 2006 8:18 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Lucy dear, I'm suprised you are not familliar with Chuck Brodsky. He is an artist that I am sure you will enjoy.

July 13, 2006 7:40 PM  
Blogger Lisa H said...

I just have to say I LOVE your taste in music. I've been following your blog for a few months, downloading everything, some familiar to me and some new. I am grateful and glad for your steady presence, and for spreading the word about this kind of music. Thanks!

July 15, 2006 12:09 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Hi Lisa! Gee, I'm blushing.
Thank you for the kind words.

I'm glad you are enjoying the music, that's what the Bus is all about. There is a wealth of very good music that doesn't get the exposure it deserves.

Welcome aboard, Lisa. You'll find most of the regular riders on the Bus to be a friendy lot. We'll save you a seat.

July 17, 2006 10:35 PM  

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