We're in the final stages of a record that's all about jazz, standard and original, and very happy with the richness of the material and the sound. Keith Gurland came into the studio recently to play some tenor and alto sax on a few songs, and that just upped the warmth and energy of the whole record.
Meanwhile, in another town, in another studio, something more like blues is underway, and it's a blast. Thank you, beautiful audiences everywhere, for inspiring and experiencing it all.
below: T. Xiques, Jim Curtin, Steve Raleigh @ Roots Cellar Studio
Margaret has been singing in the Hudson Valley for almost 20 years, performing at local venues and to music audiences like those at The Falcon in Marlboro, the Towne Crier, Dogwood Bar, the Howland Center, Garrison Depot Theater Music Tracks Series and the newly minted Tompkins Corners Cultural Center. Performances include the talents of a variety of regional players, among them Steve Raleigh, Art Labriola, Mark Muphy, Mike DeMicco, Ed Diehl, John Harms, Lou Pappas and many more.
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"I first listened to an advance of this fine record--a burned disc without the credit notes--and found myself wondering if McDuffie had discovered a trove of long lost Sippi Wallace and Bessie Smith LPs at a particularly productive tag saie. Where was she getting such sassy songs? Amazingly, turns out they're all her 'mighty tight' compositions." --Marc Breslav, Radio Eclectica, WVKR FM
The debut CD "Under A Spell" is a collection of original songs with R&B rock & jazz influences with colorful arrangements of guitar, fiddle, Hammond organ, upright bass & drums.
"Five Stars. Highly recommended. Her standards and performances are par with Bettye Lavette." - a fan