Melanie Safka — generally referred to by her first name only — epitomized the persona of the eternal flower child, a shy, waif-like woman whose memorable appearance at Woodstock summed up the sentiments of the time — innocent, unassuming and with songs that resonated with the optimism of the age. Her work shared that sweet sensibility, as reflected in songs such as “Beautiful People,” “Brand New Key,” “Peace Will Come,” and “What Have They Done to My Song, Ma,” among the many.
Now celebrating the 50th anniversary reissue of her landmark album Gather Me, as well as the half century reissue of her classic song “Brand New Key,” Melanie shares her story with "My Backstage Pass" as she looks back on a career that spawned well over 40 albums, some of which were released on her own record label, Neighborhood Records. That in itself was was an unheard of accomplishment at the time, one that came about as the result of her decision to defy her record company, ensure ownership of her material and make the music that she wanted to create.
Learn more about Melanie Safka online at https://www.melaniesafka.com and tune in for a fascinating interview with the legend herself on "My Backstage Pass"
Host Lee Zimmerman is a freelance music writer whose articles have appeared in several leading music industry publications. A former promotions representative for ABC and Capital Records and director of communications for various CBS - affiliated television stations. Lee, who currently lives in East Tennessee, recently authored "Americana Music - Voices, Visionaries & Pioneers of an Honest Sound" which is now available on Amazon and other outlets. You can contact Lee at [email protected]
Cohost/Producer Billy Hubbard is a Tennessee based Americana Singer/Songwriter and former Regional Director of A&R for a Grammy winning company, as well as a music and podcast producer. Billy is also the venue developer and booking manager of The Station in East TN. As an artist Billy is endorsed by Godin's Simon & Patrick Guitars. You can find Billy Hubbard online at http://www.BillyHubbard.com