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October 4, 2012

Acoustic duo open Palmer Street's 25th season

PLATTSBURGH — Eddy Lawrence is back.

Maybe not exactly the way he was before, but with all the heart, soul and courage it took to recover and rehab from a dog attack two years ago.

Friday evening, Eddy and Kim Lawrence open the 25th season of the Palmer Street Coffeehouse in Plattsburgh.

“We have a lot of new material and also some of our greatest hits,” Eddy said. “One thing happened with me, I became interested in some instruments because of my hand issue. I have been playing a Venezuelan cuatro. I don’t play it in the standard way. I take some of my old songs and adapt them or some traditional songs.”

He has also picked up the baritone ukulele, and Kim has branched out to mandolin and baritone guitar.

During their two-year hiatus, Eddy worked for Tribal Spirit Records recording pow-wow drumming.

“It was a lot of fun. It was really successful. We won the best pow-wow recordings for two years in a row at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards,” he said.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., and of Cherokee descent, Eddy lived a decade in New York City where he generated buzz on the 1980s East Village music scene.

Dirty Linen, Acoustic Guitar and The Village Voice are among the publications in which his songs and recordings received critical acclaim. He cut his chops with LESR, a seminal roots-rock band, before releasing his 1986 debut vinyl, “Walker County,” an acoustic tribute to his sweet Alabama home. “Up the Road” was his 1998 sophomoric country-rock effort. A year later, he released “Whiskers & Scales and Other Tall Tales.” The dobro of Fats Kaplan and fiddle of Kenny Kosek are featured on “Used Parts,” his first CD release in 1992. It was the same year he relocated to the North Country.

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