Sunday Breakfast

Notes from the International Folk Alliance

by John Platt
Jake Jacobson, ASharpereye.com

I’m still trying to recover from the International Folk Alliance from February 20-24 in Toronto. So much music, so little sleep! I was pleased to see personal faves like The Stray Birds (above), Brother Sun, Red Molly, Spuyten Duyvill, Roosevelt Dime, and many others represented, but I always make it a priority to see as many new artists as I can. Perhaps because of Toronto, this one seemed even more international than usual. Not just tons of talented Canadians, but noteworthy artists from the U.K., Australia, even Sweden.

Fathers & Sons

by John Platt

This week the Sunday Breakfast celebrates Easter and Passover and the release of Adam Cohen's new CD. Adam will be my guest in Studio A, performing songs and relating what it's like to be the son of an icon, Leonard Cohen. Apparently he had something of an epiphany at the dinner table, with his son on one side and his father on the other, as he realized he wanted to make an album worthy of his father's legacy. The result was Like a Man, an album of intimate, authentic songs from start to finish.

A "Salesman" for the Ages

by John Platt

A dozen years ago my wife and I saw a Sunday matinee of Death of a Salesman, starring Brian Dennehy. It happened to be the closing performance of that Broadway production. At the curtain call Dennehy announced, “Ladies and gentleman, please welcome Arthur Miller!” With that, Miller, who was 80-something, yet tall and erect, strode up the aisle like an army officer half his age and graciously acknowledged the standing ovation.

Joan Osborne Brings It On Home in Studio A

by John Platt

I've been a fan of Joan Osborne for years. I've introduced her at least a half-dozen concerts over the years, and she never fails to bring it, whether she's with her band or doing a duo concert with her keyboardist Keith Cotton. Yet, even though we've schmoozed a bit backstage, I'd never had the chance to have her as a guest. So you can imagine my excitement when we were able to arrange a sesison, which will air this week on the Sunday Breakfast. And, yes, she did bring it to Studio A, too!