Area musicians to perform at tribute to Paul Strausman

Today, Morse plays at schools throughout the Northeast and is a fixture at teacher workshops. He also plays some music geared for older listeners, belonging to an acoustic trio and a five-piece rock 'n' roll band called Unknown Legends.

Late last year, Morse went down to Java Jazz in Delmar to see Strausman, who lived just a few miles away from the coffeehouse in Albany. Strausman invited Morse to sit in with him, and they performed "This Land is Your Land."

"It was nice to finally have a chance to sing with him," Morse said.

It was the last chance he would ever have. Strausman died about two weeks later.

"I feel really grateful for Paul," Morse said. "He was really kind of a mentor to me."

Roben called Strausman "just a great person."

"He was like a big teddy bear," she said.

She hopes the concert will expose some people to Strausman's songs for the first time, as well as give old fans another chance to hear them performed. CDs will be for sale, and they are also available at www.gentlewind.com, the Web site for A Gentle Wind, a recording company owned by Strausman's sister, Jill Person, of Albany.

Tickets to the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 13. Caffe Lena is at 47 Phila St. in Saratoga Springs. ""

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