A ‘Tribute’ to the Lehigh Valley and Beyond: Alex Radus Releases ‘Tributaries (Recorded Live at Godfrey Daniels)’ April 7
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Alex Radus will release his long-awaited third album, Tributaries (Recorded Live at Godfrey Daniels), on April 7, 2022. The album is uniquely centric to Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley region; it was recorded live at the legendary Southside Bethlehem listening room, Godfrey Daniels, and will be commemorated with a debut performance at Zoellner Arts Center, on the campus of Lehigh University.
Radus is known as a “sultry crooner” (City Paper) and “master guitarist” (Courier News), but his songwriting takes center stage, pairing whimsical and poignant storytelling with a genre-bending mix of Americana, swing, blues, folk, and more. Radus has toured the country extensively and earned critical acclaim for his songwriting, recording, and performing. His music has been featured on radio, television, and film, including Adolescence, directed by Ashley Avis (Black Beauty).
Tributaries is a collection of Radus originals, in celebration of a common theme: tributes to the people, places and muses that inspire and shape us. How fitting, then, for Radus to record Tributaries at Godfrey Daniels, an institution that is part of his family heritage. Radus’ uncle, Doug (Ol’ Moose) Anderson, performed at Godfrey’s with John Gorka, Richard Shindell, and Russ Rentler in the club’s formative years.
“The musicians in my family were a huge influence growing up, and Godfrey’s was part of the family folklore,” says Radus. “This album celebrates the many tributaries that come together to shape our lives. Recording a collection of songs of tribute at such a storied venue was the perfect fit.”
Tributaries includes a live version of Radus’ fan favorite, “We Can’t Play Like Django” – an homage to the guitar great, Django Reinhardt. “Django” features jaw-dropping performances by Pyrenesia, a Delaware Valley-based gypsy-swing quartet. Tributaries also includes songs in honor of Pennsylvania steel towns (“Monongahela”) and Radus’ daughters (“My Heart Will Stay” and “Prayer for Nicolette”).
“I’m thrilled to release this album with a debut performance at Zoellner Arts Center”, says Radus. “From inspiration, to recording, to release, Tributaries is firmly rooted in the Lehigh Valley.”