Elaine St. George Brings Steve Goodman Tribute to Don't Tell Mama Tonight
Steve Goodman, the Chicago-born folk music singer-songwriter whose promising career was cut short in 1984, is brought to life by Elaine St. George, in a loving and irreverent tribute that begins an extended run at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, tonight, January 29 at 7:30pm.
Lavishing big-hearted attention on this influential if underrated troubadour of the American scene, St. George, the 2013 MAC Hanson Award-winner, reunites with her 2012 Joni Mitchell trio to create a unique, cross-border sound. Her band mates include music director Ross Patterson on piano, Adam Armstrong on bass and Karen Waltuch on viola.
St. George's four-show/four-month run begins on Wednesday January 29 at 7pm, skips the tracks in February, and continues on Tuesday March 4; Wednesday March 26, and Wednesday April 30. All shows are at 7:30pm.
The author of "City of New Orleans" (made famous by Arlo Guthrie and later by Willie Nelson); "Banana Republics" and "Woman Goin' Crazy on Caroline Street" (recorded by Jimmy Buffett), Goodman also penned numerous Chicago Cubs-inspired songs, including "Go, Cubs, Go" which is played after Cubs home wins, whenever those may be.
With friend and collaborator John Prine he penned the country hit "You Never Even Call Me by my Name." Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Trisha Yearwood, John Denver and Johnny Cash also covered his songs. His two Grammy Awards were both won posthumously -- Best Song in 1985 for Willie Nelson's version of "City of New Orleans," and Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1988 for "Unfinished Business."
Time Out NY has compared St. George's sound to that of Barbara Cook, saying she "hits the same gorgeous, shimmery notes." BistroAwards.com also voiced its praise saying her voice "over the past few years has developed into an even more beautiful instrument." Talkin' Broadway calls her "a terrifically entertaining singer."
"Elaine St. George Sings Steve Goodman" plays New York's beloved honky tonk Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, for four shows from January 29 through April 30. The music charge is $15. For reservations call 212/757-0788, or to order online visit www.donttellmamanyc.com.