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November 1, 2012

Longtime musicians, friends ready to jam

PLATTSBURGH — Singer-songwriter Roy Hurd and fiddler Frank Orsini pair up again Friday at the Palmer Street Coffeehouse.

“Frank and I have played together since the 1980s,” Hurd said. “I played a lot around Glens Falls and the Troy area, and we ran into each other. He played a couple of gigs with me. He was on my very first record on cassette.”

The musicians do not rehearse.

“I pop a few new songs on him, and he doesn’t blink. He’s a very aware sideman. He sits back and listens to what happens and puts the shine on it. He’s has a good sense of what happens next, even when I try to trip him up. Playing with him is always a real pleasure and a real treat.”

Palmer Street has been one of Hurd’s favorite venues since the 1970s.

“I’ve been playing there since Katie White and those folks ran it. Before that, I don’t remember who was running it. I don’t think it was called the Palmer Street Coffeehouse. Now that I turned 30, my memory is slipping,” he said.

Hurd had a pretty good summer concert-wise and with sales of “Wayward Son,” which he released two springs ago.

“That’s the first one out of my own little studio. I was wearing all the hats — the engineer, the producer, the artist. People who buy it really love it,” he said.

He’s at work on a spring release, “Broken Heart Tattoo.”

“It will have 10 songs. I have picked eight so far. I’m still toying with some other ones. I have enough material for a few albums at this point. I’m always writing ahead,” Hurd said.

He’s thinking of getting another tattoo to illustrate the CD cover art.

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