Friday, November 10, 2006

Jersey Croonin'

Having a cravin’ for a good slab, I head down to the south end of Ukuleletown to Henshaw’s Rib & Rye House. It’s a great, smoky little bistro to chow down at and they have Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, my fave.

Me and Spunky are sittin’ down to a nice plate of Henny’s famous ribs when the lights dim and a man walks out onto the small stage tucked into the corner. He has a neatly trimmed goatee and is carrying a ukulele.

He’s introduced as Patsy Monteleone from Jersey. Being half-Sicilian myself, I sit back and listen…

Now, the ukulele is a great instrument for vocal accompaniment.I really like just hearing a good ukulele player with a good voice doing a good song. Ain’t much to ask out of life, right?

Well, Patsy Monteleone is someone who does just that. And has been doing it for long enough to put a bit of finesse on it. He shows up a lot at Jason Tagg’s Ukulele Cabaret in Gotham.

Patsy has a new website with a bunch of great songs on it. Give it a listen, you’ll be glad you did.


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