Here’s what some of the members of the SAM Foundation Board of Directors are listening to:


Bill Heussler, board member:

Continuing the couch tour with weekly stops at:
Thursday:  Devon Allman
Friday:       String Cheese Incident
Saturday:  Dead & Company (Last week from Saratoga Springs)
Sunday:    Jackie Greene
Monday-Grace Potter’s Twilight Hour


Jeff Griffin, board member:

The GLORIOUS (albeit baby step) return of LIVE music!
Duende, Silo City – Tyler Westcott
Duende, Silo City – Bluegrass Duo
Duende, Silo City – Dave Ruch Duo
Remington Tavern, NT – Doug Yeomans and Sue Kincaid
Flipside, Strykersville – Doug Yeomans and Sue Kincaid
Sportsmens Tavern, Black Rock – “The Combo,” featuring Doug Morgano, Sue Kincaid, Ray Hangen and Ed Croft
Sportsmens Tavern, Black Rock – Jamie Holka, Peter Vincent and Sue Kincaid w/impromptu guest appearance by Megan Brown
Riverworks Ruins – Jamie Holka and Bruce Wojik w/ impromptu guest appearance by Sue Kincaid
Crazy Jake’s – Jamie Holka, Peter Vincent and Sue Kincaid
Tappo Rooftop, Ellicott Downtown – My Cousin Tone
Also: rebroadcast – “The Brothers” at Madison Square Garden March 10th 2020, –  (50-year celebration of the Allman Brothers Band featuring;  Jaimoe Jai Johanny Johnson, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Otiel Burbridge, Marc Quinonas, Reese Winans, Duane Trucks and Chuck Leavell).
***Sidenote – I actually attended this show in person.  The last major concert anywhere before lockdown.  An awe-inspiring musical love-fest of grand proportion.***
Also: Shazam/Spotify Playlist – Various Artists from all genres

91.1 Jazz FM Toronto

Patrick Gormley, vice president:
This month I’ve been listening to Fiona Apple’s new album Fetch the Bolt Cutters a lot. I also just discovered J.S. Ondara, and if you’re the type who likes to lean into a crisis, Folk n’ Roll Vol. 1: Tales of Isolation was written in direct response to the pandemic.

Bob McLennan, board member:
Playing For Change-their music and the videos are outstanding.  I’ve made my favorites into a playlist.  Here’s how they describe themselves: “Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. Our primary focus is to record and film musicians performing in their natural environments and combine their talents and cultural power in innovative videos we call Songs Around The World.”
Dave Alvin-From an Old Guitar: Rare and Unreleased Recordings
Jerry Miller-Miller Time! and New Road Under My Wheels.  Eilen Jewell’s guitar player’s solo albums-absolutely perfect for summertime at the pool.

Miller and the Other Sinners-Rise EP…Great new album from David Miller and crew-get it at

Greg Hennessey, board member

I have been listening to a little bit of everything: Duke Ellington, Louis Prima, Dizzy Gillespie, Margo Price, Stray Cats, Ricky Nelson, 10,000 Maniacs and the Travelling Willburys, to name a few who got multiple spins.

I made it out to my first live music show since March at Artpark in the Woods (outdoors, with masks, socially distanced) to see Svetlana and the New York Collective. When I’m not at home spinning records, I have my radio tuned to local radio WXRL for classic country or WECK for a great mix of old tunes.

Jason Hall, SAMF president

The Claudettes ,”Dance Scandel at the Gymnasium
Eilen Jewell “Gypsy”
Black Pumas “Black Pumas”
The Highwaymen “Live: American Outlaws”
Willie Nelson “Teatro”

Elmer Ploetz, editor

Gurf Morlix, Kiss of the Diamondback
Atlantic Rhythm and Blues 1947-1974 LPs
Ray Wylie Hubbard, Co-Starring
David Michael Miller, Rise EP



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