Hudson Valley singer/songwriters Eric Squindo and Amy Laber combine their efforts for an afternoon of original folk/country, accompanied by Jon Light (pedal steel) and Andrew Shober (bass).
Influenced by the likes of Townes Van Zandt and John Prine, Squindo’s music has been described as warm and whimsical country/folk. Simple, honest lyrics delivered with a dusty-road tenor voice, his performances are soulful and thought provoking without being artificial or pretentious. A founding member of the Woodstock based band, Mister Roper, Squindo has been performing since 1995 and released his debut solo album in 2003; voted one of the best local releases of the year by the Asbury Park Press. Currently a resident of Kingston, NY, Eric continues to perform solo, with Roper, and with the Uncommon Gestures. He also founded ESP (Eric Squindo Presents) which organizes one of a kind tribute shows featuring local talent.
Longtime New Paltz-based troubadour Amy Laber’s music is a potent reminder of the power of simplicity, the depth of country soul and the magic of an open heart. In his review of her latest CD, “Mountainside Wildflower,” Seth Rogovoy of Chronogram says, “Amy Laber’s vision of country music digs deep beyond superficialities of form and twang to the bedrock of soul music with a lower-case “s”—which, if you think about it, is what powers great music of any kind. Laber displays plenty of soul here, in her haunting vocals, which connect Loretta Lynn to Patti Smith; in her reliance on modal drones—the essence of blues and the DNA common to so much global folk-roots music, from Ireland to India to China and back again; and in her resonant writing about life and love and nature and music itself.”
Jon has been playing pedal steel guitar in the NY tri-state region, home-based in NYC, with country, rock, punk, folk, and singer/songwriter collaborations since the mid 1980’s. He relocated to the Catskills in 2016 and continues to forge musical partnerships.
Veteran Bass player. Moved permanently to Woodstock, NY for his love of “The Band”. As a dream came true, Andrew went on to be bass player for Levon Helm and helped get the infamous Midnight Rambles off the ground. Andrew is also a former member of the popular roots band The Apple Pickers Union and bassist for Mister Roper since 2014.