Local Band Leads Off Fairground Festivities On Friday

By: Melissa Stagnaro

Local band leads off fairground festivities on Friday

NORWICH – Search as you might, you’ll be hard pressed to find much information on Thistle Dew, one of the bands featured at this weekend’s Chenango Blues Festival. They’re not much more than a footnote on promotional materials distributed for the event, but members of the local band don’t seem to mind.

In fact, they’re hoping it will only add to their mystique and help draw out a crowd as they make their Blues Fest debut in a free show at 7 p.m. on Friday night at the Chenango County Fairgrounds.

For the last year, Thistle Dew has been making a name for itself playing at local venues, but each of the talented musicians has quite a story to tell. After all, how many local bands can claim to have a bass player who has toured with the likes of Carole King and opened for Foghat? How about a guitarist who has not only recorded with Joan Osborne and Chris Butler, but also made a name for himself as a studio musician, recording 28 episodes of the Comedy Central hit, Two Drink Minimum and a host of others for HBO?

If you’re still not impressed, try topping this: a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on drums, who has performed both on The Dick Clark Show and at Carnegie Hall and played with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Joe Walsh and the Jones Gang, the Beach Boys, Deep Purple and Fifth Dimension, just to name a few.

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