First New England dates following the release of free “Stink Eye” EP, including song about Negro League Baseball legend Josh Gibson
Nashville, Tennessee-based psychedelic roots and blues trio Ted
Drozdowski’s Scissormen are making early November stops in Providence
(11/3), Lowell, MA (11/4), Boston (11/5) and Middletown, CT (11/6) in
support of their Stink Eye EP, available for free download via
After releasing the Love & Life album last summer, the band has been
busy playing dates, working on new songs, and enjoy worldwide
airplay—even making a live appearance on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio to
support the network’s extensive airplay of the songs “Beggin’ Jesus” and
“Let’s Go to Memphis.”
This summer Rocky Mountain Slides also unveiled the Ted Drozdowski
signature guitar slide and Ted was the subject of a major feature in
Guitar Player magazine. But all of that overshadowed the release of the
six-song Stink Eye EP exclusively via Noisetrade.com, which includes
Ted’s tribute to American baseball hero Josh Gibson. The legendary power
hitter and catcher is an under-sung but important figure in the history
of Negro League Baseball, whose skills (Babe Ruth was often called “the
white man’s Josh Gibson”) would have propelled him to greater fame if
not for segregation. The song originally appeared on the limited edition
Batterymen EP on Nashville’s Semi-Pro Records, which also included cuts
by ex-members of R.E.M. and Todd Snider.
“At a time when we seem to have forgotten the progress we’ve made as a
nation, a song like ‘Josh Gibson’ is a reminder of the sacrifices that
many people have made to move us forward—and a reminder that’s the
direction we need to keep moving in,” says Drozdowski.
The New England shows:
• Aurora, Providence, RI, Thursday, Nov. 3 at 9:30 p.m. w/opener the Mark Cutler Trio
• The Back Page, Lowell MA, Friday, Nov. 4 at 9 p.m.
• Thunder Road, Somerville, MA, Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.
dinner show w/opener Peter Parcek
• Cypress Restaurant, Middletown, CT, Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. dinner show