Album Review of Roger Silverberg: The Old Dog
As on his prior albums, Silverberg’s never been shy about letting his sixties and seventies sensibilities show, and on The Old Dog, they really shine, thanks to veteran engineer and producer, Philadelphia’s Jim Salamone. Vintage Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos, Hammond organs are heard, mainly behind acoustic guitars. If you’re familiar with Daryl Hall & John Oates’s earlier albums and Warren Zevon’s mid-70s work, there’s plenty on The Old Dog to savor, both lyrically and melodically.
On The Old Dog, Roger Silverberg weaves stories; about childhood memories, desire, courtship, marriage, and aging, with just enough specifics to make his stories relatable. The music itself has a classic feel – Silverberg is well past the point of caring whether his songs are hip enough to be pop hits even as he hopes that some of his music will outlive him – but that doesn’t mean he sounds trapped in the past. This is a very “listener-friendly” album that has an obvious Side 1 and Side 2.
Roger’s Upcoming Gigs
Per Roger’s website, he has a few upcoming shows scheduled: a Jan. 23rd gig, where he’ll be one of 13 artists slated to perform at an acoustic showcase in Ronkonkoma, NY; a Feb. 24th show at Lighthouse Waterfront Cafe in Glen Cove, NY; and his Feb. 25th NYC CD release show at Desmond’s Tavern in New York, NY. For additional details, check out the show listing page on Roger’s website.
About the Writer
Best known for her many years as lead singer/songwriter/flutist for blue number nine, Contributing Blogger Stefanie Seskin currently performs with Bad Ass Beauty. In addition to her music career, Stefanie has spent many years on the business side of the entertainment industry.