Chuck Brodsky will be performing as part of the "Second Saturday" concert series at the Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, N.Y., on April 10 at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 ($12 for WCC members). For reservations call the Westcott Community Center at 478-8634. myspace.com/chuckbrodsky.
This musical storyteller has learned what all great writers know--that the best stories are the little things in the lives of everyday people who are trying to muddle through gracefully. Chuck Brodsky's great gift as a writer is to infuse these stories with humanity and humor. His down-to-earth presence and dry, barbed social commentary bring both tears and laughter to the listener, often during the same song. Brodsky's spoken introductions can be as spellbinding as his colorful song lyrics, which he brings to life with a well-travelled voice and a natural, conversational delivery.
"With insight and good humor, he has taken life experiences and distilled them into old fashioned story songs brimming with wit and compassion." -- New York Times
Brodsky's songwriting pokes fun at political corruption, road rage, childhood mischief, even dumping garbage in the river. But he also turns his storyteller's mind and empathetic heart to a wide variety of remarkable true tales. He sings about unsung heroes and forgotten people; an aging baseball pitcher, migrant workers, a roadside peach vendor.
His most famous song,"Radio," tells the story of a developmentally disabled man and the love showered on him for 40 years at a high school in South Carolina. This song was featured in the 2003 movie of the same name.
But the song that cemented Brodsky's reputation as a funny and trenchant songwriter was "Blow 'em Away," a delightfully nasty blues about a pistol-packing commuter.
"One of the best storytelling songwriters around." -- Sing Out
They say that to tell great stories you have to live an adventurous life. It's a tip that Brodsky took to heart. He has hitchhiked across the country, worked as a migrant fruit picker, driven an ice cream truck, labored on an Israeli Kibbutz, worked for a book distributor, spent two years streetsinging in Europe, and worked as a bank courier (until he lost a check for ten million dollars).