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Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Welcomes musical legend Gordon Lightfoot and NPR’s “Selected Shorts” this week!

Gordon Lightfoot
50 Years On The Carefree Highway Tour
8 p.m. Thursday, November 12  Tickets: $57, $44

TROY, NEW YORK  - After his rousing sell-out performance in 2010, Gordon Lightfoot returns to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall with his 50 Years On The Carefree Highway Tour, at 8 p.m. Thursday.

After 50 active years of hit songs and international album sales well into the millions, esteemed singer-songwriter has earned a permanent spot at the top of the list of all-time singing and songwriting greats. His song catalog is vast and includes such classics as "Early Morning Rain," "If You Could Read My Mind," "Carefree Highway," "Sundown," "(That's What You Get) For Lovin Me," "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald," "Cold On The Shoulder," "Canadian Railroad Trilogy," "Ribbon Of Darkness," "Beautiful," "Song For A Winter's Night," "Shadows," "Rainy Day People," "Did She Mention My Name," and "Summertime Dream."

2015 marked the year Lightfoot embarked on his cross-country USA tour, Gordon Lightfoot - 50 Years On The Carefree Highway, featuring his hits as well as some deep album cuts for the die-hard fans. All are woven together with Lightfoot's own behind the scenes stories and personal anecdotes about his 50-year musical career. Fresh off his Nov. 9 visit to Michigan’s Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum to commemorate the 40-year anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald,  Lightfoot reflected on the tragedy and what prompted him to write the haunting, chart-topping song.  Lightfoot wrote the song in 1975 after being appalled at the brevity of a telegraphic article in Newsweek magazine that reported the tragic ship sinking which killed all 29 crew members.  “I wanted it to be remembered,” Lightfoot recalled. “So I wrote the song.”

Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums and has five Grammy nominations. His songs have aired regularly for 50 years, earning him Radio Singles Chart Positions in North America achieved by few others. His radio hits in the USA have earned Five #1s, Five Top 10s and Thirteen Top 40 hits. In Canada he has earned Sixteen No. 1 songs, Eighteen Top 10’s and Twenty One Top 40 hits.

Aside from his success in writing, singing, and performing his own music, Lightfoot's songs have been recorded and performed by some of the greatest of all time including: Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Jr., Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Judy Collins, Eric Clapton, Johnny Mathis, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Sarah McLachlan, Barbra Streisand, Peter Paul & Mary, Harry Belafonte, Jane's Addiction, Richie Havens, Glen Campbell, Toby Keith, Alison Krauss and George Hamilton IV.

In June of 2012 Lightfoot's legacy was further enhanced when he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Lightfoot was honored for his role in defining the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and '70s.  In his native Canada, he has been decorated with the highest honors bestowed to a civilian including the Governor's General Award and the Companion to the Order of Canada honor of merit. He has won 17 Juno Awards and is a member of Canada's Walk of Fame and The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2007, Canada Post honored him by issuing an official Gordon Lightfoot postage stamp. He is also in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Gordon Lightfoot is an indelible part of the Canadian national spirit and regarded as perhaps the most prolific and greatest Canadian singer-songwriter of all time.

Selected Shorts – 8 p.m. Friday, November 13  Tickets: $27-$34.
One of NPR's most popular shows comes to Troy. Selected Shorts is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 150 stations around the country. It is produced by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio and distributed by Public Radio International. The radio show is recorded live as a popular New York City stage show that began in 1985 and still enjoys sellout audiences today at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street in New York City.  Selected Shorts is one of the premier reading series in New York City and the Selected Shorts podcast consistently ranks as one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes, with over 100,000 downloads every week.

There is a theme to each Selected Shorts episode and performance. Several stories are presented around each theme. The stories are mostly fiction, sometimes classic, sometimes new, and always performed by great actors from stage, screen, and television who bring these short stories to life.  The theme of the Friday night’s show at the Music Hall is "Uncharted Territories" - moving, comical, and surprising stories about unexpected encounters.  Featured readers are Sam Underwood (The Following, Dexter), Tony winner Boyd Gaines, and Schenectady native Patricia Kalember, perhaps best known for the Emmy-winning NBC dramatic series, “Sisters.” For more information, visit  http://www.selectedshorts.org/


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