Surprise! It's Syd Straw
For those who are unfamiliar with the remarkable vocals and charm of Syd Straw, do yourself a favor and check out her 1989 debut album, Surprise. She is an American songwriting classic! In the early 1990s, Straw hobnobbed with the likes of the Golden Palominos and Michael Stipe, and also appeared in episodes of The Adventures of Pete & Pete and Tales of the City. While she hasn't released any new music since 1996's War and Peace, rumors of a new album, the tentatively entitled Pink Velour, have been floating around since 2005. Either way, Straw finds herself on stage from time to time. She was one of the many who performed before the closing of CBGB's last month. For anyone reading on the far East Coast, Straw will be performing in Peacedale, Rhode Island on Sunday, November 5 as a part of the Roots Hoot House Concerts. Show time is 4pm and there is a $20 donation per ticket. Wish I could be there!