The Gowanus All-Stars

The Gowanus All-Stars

Lianne Smith and Amy Allison

Mon, July 23, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Rock Shop

Brooklyn, NY


This event is 21 and over

The Gowanus All-Stars
The Gowanus All-Stars
The Gowanus All-Stars is comprised of 6 veterans of NYC's Alt. Country/Americana/Roots-Rock scene brought together by singer Spike Priggen to play an open-ended Monday night residency at Brooklyn's The Rock Shop (249 Fourth Avenue Brooklyn, NY). They'll be playing Honky-Tonk, Country-Rock and other Cosmic American Musics every Monday from 8-11 starting June 11th.

Spike Priggen (guitar/vocals) is a singer, songwriter and recording artist based in Upstate NY. All Music Guide described his most recent CD There's No Sound In Flutes as "beautifully crafted pop-rock, gorgeous on every level" & "some of the prettier country-rock style love songs that this reviewer has heard since Gene Clark left this planet". Priggen has recorded or played live with Malcolm Ross, Dumptruck, Will Rigby, The Liquor Giants, Jenifer Jackson, The Pussywillows, The Schramms, Russ Tolman and The Streams. He has produced/engineered recordings by Mark Mulcahy, The Mad Scene, Peter Salett & The Caroline Know.

Jay Sherman-Godfrey (guitar/vocals) is the proprietor of Able Mobile Recording Lab, a studio and location recording service based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He is perhaps best known for his work producing and playing guitar on Laura Cantrell's debut CD, Not The Tremblin' Kind, and its follow-up, When The Roses Bloom Again. He has also worked with They Might Be Giants, Amy Rigby, Michael Moore, Eric Ambel, Michael Shelley, Tandy, and Mojo Nixon, as well as co-founding the seminal NYC country-rock band World Famous Blue Jays.

Chris Erikson (guitar/vocals) grew up in New Haven, CT, where he met Spike Priggen in the 9th grade, when Spike was sitting on a friend's lawn with a guitar, singing the Who's Substitute. Since then he's gone on to play guitar with Matt Keating, Florence Dore, Tandy, Charlie Chesterman, Will Rigby's Unmentionables, Jay Sherman-Godfrey, Scott McClatchy, Spike Priggen and numerous others. And he's just released his own debut CD, "Lost Track of the Time."

Mark Spencer (steel guitar/vocals) plays pedal steel and keyboards in the band Son Volt. He has recorded and toured with Blood Oranges, Kelly Willis, Wanda Jackson, Aimee Mann, Lisa Loeb, Cheri Knight, Laura Cantrell, Clare Burson, Amy Allison, Amy Rigby, Tammy Faye Starlite, Jay Farrar, Freedy Johnston and Spike Priggen. He also is the owner/operator of Tape Kitchen recording studios, a stone's throw from both The Rock Shop and the Gowanus Canal, his inspiration in giving name to this new supergroup.

C.P. "Charly" Roth (bass) is a multi-instrumentalist/composer based in NYC. He's played keyboards with Ozzy Osbourne, Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, Suzanne Vega, Garland Jeffreys, Lenny Kaye & John Giorno, bass with Blessid Union of Souls & The Sic Fucks, and currently drums with The Liza Colby Sound, Low Society and Denis Leary. He's also the underscore composer for Bert & Ernie's Great Adventures.

Nancy Polstein (drums) has toured, recorded or played live with Cheri Knight, The Silos, The Friggs, Palmyra Delran, Star City, Will Rigby, Spike Priggen, Jay Sherman-Godfrey, The Wirebirds, The Pillcrushers, The Bedsit Poets, The Y’all Stars and Paula Carino. Nancy wishes she never had to wash the hand that Levon Helm once kissed.
Lianne Smith and Amy Allison
Lianne Smith and Amy Allison will be collaborating for the first time.

Lianne Smith:
"I come from a state that crowns a dairy princess every summer and then has someone carve her likeness in butter. 10,000 Lakes and the sound of crickets on a summer night. Bitterly cold waits for a bus home that never seems to come. And then I moved to Brooklyn -- and now I spend a lot of time sitting on the train listening to the click/clack/crack of the subway car. I guess more than 20 years is long enough to call me a New Yorker, eh?

I got my first guitar when I was 13. My parents bought it for me from a Sears catalog. I know that sounds quaint but it's true. That's the way it was done in those days. You could turn the pages and make wishes. And one day, one of mine came true. If you want to know more than this about me, please take a trip over to & listen to my songs. Thanks."

Amy Allison:
Amy Allison, who hails from New York City, has been lauded internationally as a songwriter and singer of depth and originality. She began her performing career in the late ‘80’s, fronting her longtime band The Maudlins, at Dixon Place in NYC’s East Village. Amy, the daughter of jazz/blues legend Mose Allison, has released 5 critically acclaimed solo albums and 2 as one-half of the duo Parlor James formed with Lone Justice founder Ryan Hedgecock. Her 1996 debut album, The Maudlin Years, on Koch Records, was cited by no less than Elvis Costello as one of his 500 essential albums in Vanity Fair.

Amy has contributed vocals on releases by the Silos, They Might be Giants, Mudhoney, Neal Casal and others. In 2000, Laura Cantrell covered Allison’s “The Whiskey Makes You Sweeter” on her acclaimed debut, Not the Tremblin’ Kind. 2001′s Sad Girl, released in Europe on Glitterhouse Records and on Brooklyn-based label Diesel Only, featured contributions from such insurgent country notables as ubiquitous pedal steel player Greg Leisz, Mike Daly (Whiskeytown), Will Rigby (dBs, Steve Earle), and Neal Casal.

Amy’s next two CD’s, No Frills Friend (2003) and Everything and Nothing Too (2006), both produced by David Scott (the Pearlfishers), were released in Europe by Spit & Polish, and in the US by Diesel Only and Cheater’s World Records, respectively. Her most recent effort, Sheffield Streets, released on Urban Myth Records in 2009 and produced by drummer, Don Heffington, features Elvis Costello, Dave Alvin, Mose Allison and Van Dyke Parks as well as Leisz and other musical luminaries.
Venue Information:
The Rock Shop
249 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11215