John Hall Music

pete seegerIn loving memory of Pete Seeger

I was introduced to Pete's music by my Grandmother who played the Weavers records when I was visiting her at age five, learning Little Boxes and Goodnight Irene and more. Much later, I took my own five year old daughter to Clearwater's pumpkin sail stop at Lynch's Marina in Saugerties, sang some of the same songs and learned about the different species living in the Hudson.

Whether sitting in at a concert at the Rhinecliff Inn, or playing for twenty-five thousand protesters at the Seabrook Nuclear Plant with Pete and Jackson Browne where we performed my song Power in public for the first time, I learned that serious problems could be fought with humor and music, especially sing-along music. Pete graciously perfomed and campaigned for me when I ran for Congress in 2006, and it was my great priviliege to represent him among my 650,000 constituents. When we opened an office in Beacon, we forgot the music but Pete was there, unbidden, to play his banjo and lead us all in song. There will never be another like him, but he inspired me and many others to emulate his way of combining his music with his beliefs. God bless him, and thanks for giving him to the Hudson Valley and the world.

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This is the official John Hall website. John's new CD, Rock Me On The Water, is here and his new band, Gulf Stream Night, is hot! Find out where they are performing, sample songs from the CD, download photos and get the latest news right here.

John has been around the music world, from writing and directing music on Broadway to touring with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, from producing Bonnie Raitt's third album to writing the smash Orleans hit "Still The One." Details are on the bio page, but the focus for now is a record inspired by a sailing trip. From Kingston, NY, to Havana, Cuba, then north to Martha's Vineyard and Cuttyhunk, and finishing in Annapolis MD, John sailed and wrote, listened to the ocean and the wind, collecting these songs to share with you. All but three are written by John with collaborators including Steve Wariner, Tad Richards, Sharon Vaughn and Pamela Melanie Hall. The other songs are the title track, a Jackson Browne chestnut done reggae, Sam Broussard's "Channel Pilot," and a new Jules Shear song called "Every Place."

All songs but one have acoustic rhythm guitar, but the drums, bass and percussion carry them into a Caribbean zone at every opportunity. The live shows stretch these songs into percussive jam sessions.

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