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I’ve got so much to be grateful for, so many people to say thank you to, and so many blessings to be counted.
First and foremost, Uncle Leon started this site with the design of making people aware of the ever-expanding country music scene in Brooklyn. He didn’t define country, but rather let the bands shape the definition. His mission was of interest to me when I went to start a site and I asked him for permission to replicate some aspect of Brooklyn Country. He, in turn, offered the URL for Brooklyn Country and gave his full support throughout. None of this was possible without Uncle Leon’s generosity, trust, and friendship.
I could not have run this site without Chester Hartin. His wisdom and patience were integral to the success of this site. Not to mention, he is one of my closest friends, confidants, and a damn fine musician.
A shout out to my lovely wife Andi Sue who designed a majority of the graphics for Brooklyn Country as well as the posters Brooklyn County Fair, Brooklyn City Limits, and many, many more.
Scott Dennis created Brooklyn Country Radio from his basement, and I swear I’ve listened to his sessions so much more than anything else I’ve found in podcasts and radio. His professionalism, research, and love of the music was infectious and I am sad not to be able to turn a dial every morning on my drive to work and learn something new…even discover an amazing new artist. If you haven’t listened to these sessions, they will remain posted. And check out his own music. A true country performer smack dab in the heart of Brooklyn.
Neville Elder took the site and scene to the next level with his blog which was also seen on NoDepression.com (and often placed on the homepage due to so many hits). His band Thee Shambels have a distinction of being one of the first local artists you can find as a Pandora station.
CD Reviews written by artists and fans of the scene: Phil Doucet, The Wayfaring Okie, Neville Elder, Ramblin’ Andy, Chet Hartin, Matt Wissler, Faser Hardin, Hannah Liz, John Pinamonti, Barbara Ann, Travis Whitelaw, Matt Phillips, Ernie Vega, Jason Holt, Michaela Anne, Ned P. Rauch, Kara Suzanne, Scott Dennis, Jessica Stiles, Mark Abrahams, Joe Maynard, John Henry Olthoff, Jim Allen, and many more!
Sixpoint Brewery has been a sponsor for years, supplying our events with new tastes and free tasting hours at Brooklyn County Fair and Brooklyn City Limits showcases.
There have been numerous venues to host our Brooklyn Country events: Jalopy, Hank’s Saloon, The Bell House, Highline Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Galapagos, Freddy’s Backroom, Spike Hill, National Underground, Bklyn Rod & Gun, Pine Box Rock Shop, Bar Matchless, 68 Jay Street, The Shop, Rodeo Bar, and Southpaw, just to name a few.
Matthew Chase from Frankenpine and I curated and hosted 3 annual day-long SummerFests in Carroll Garden with Jalopy and Sixpoint. We built stages, multiple sound systems, and had live country music in the park.
In addition, we’ve had a variety of shows hosted by local talent: Brooklyn County Fair, Brooklyn City Limits, Gotham Rodeo hosted by Shannon Brown, Barn Burner hosted by Jason Holt (I’ll Be John Brown), Uncle Walt’s Whiskey Review hosted by The Buddy Hollers, North Country Fair hosted by Katie Brennan, Hayride Hoedown hosted by American String Conspiracy, Carin’s Country Corner, Live! Loud! Local!, Campfire Corral, Bluegrass and Beyond.
We’ve been proud to support events created and hosted by others in our community: Lindy Loo’s Country Cuzins, Queer Country Monthly hosted by Karen & The Sorrows, Sunday Nights at Hank’s with Sean Kershaw and The New Jack Ramblers (a mainstay before I event moved here), Americana Pie, Gay Ol’ Opry, and a variety of local CD release parties.
If I’ve missed anyone here, please know you are etched in my heart. I will miss you all very much as we ride on out of town and start a new adventure.