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November 1, 2012

Longtime musicians, friends ready to jam


“My friend Kristin at In Living Color Tattoo and I are talking about it. She’s my exterior decorator.”

The title track, a ballad, is about a woman who has given up on love because she was hurt so bad and lied to.

“This guy says hello to her everyday,” Hurd said. “She sees him as the enemy. He’s hoping he can somehow break through and heal that broken-heart tattoo.”

“Farm Girl” was inspired by his sister-in-law, a farm girl in Brandon, Vt.

“The farm girls around here and Ellenburg really love the song. A farm girl is a farm girl no matter where they are from. They can fix anything,” he said.

Hurd said he’s not a fixing guy.

“Put a guitar in my hand, people feel safe. Put a Skilsaw in my hand, and people start backing away.”

During Easter, Hurd visited his nephew Tully Kennedy, a Nashville-based bassist. On the way, he visited some former Saratoga friends, Kathy and Vinny Lombardi, who live in Virginia.

“I haven’t seen them for quite a few years,” he said.

When he started the trip, Hurd wrote “Let Your Heart Have its Way,” and he finished it last week.

“It’s hopeful and healing and about working through doubt … a search for answers,” he said.

The new disc will include “Kathy’s Kitchen,” which he wrote years ago for Kathy Lombardi.

“She’s the kind of person, you swear she never leaves the table, and all of a sudden it’s filled with food.”

He asked Tim Hartnett to play bass on the project.

“Tim and I have this thing; when I get a project done, he’s the second person I play it for,” Hurd said.

“Meadow (Hurd’s daughter) is my go-to girl. She has a good radar and good feel about what is the right melody and phrasing-wise and lyrically. And Tim is like that. He has a good sense of music.”

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IF YOU GO WHO: Roy Hurd and Frank Orsini. WHEN: Doors open at 7 p.m. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday. WHERE: Palmer Street Coffehouse, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4 Palmer St., Plattsburgh. ADMISSION: $10.

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