CaffÃ¨ Lena, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. is the nationallyÂ recognized music venue started by Lena Spencer in 1960. Lena was first to lend a stage to Bob Dylan on his first tour, where Arlo Guthrie found a home in the early years, where Don McLean first played American Pie, where Nancy Griffith and Emmylou Harris played guest sets.
Now the CaffÃ¨ has produced a new CD which invites you in to its warm, intimate environment, a room not much bigger than your average living room, to enjoy 16 different artists playing their hearts out for the most attentive and enthralled audiences. You'll feel rich history, the old bricks, the simple little folk caffe which became a legend.
You'll hear Pete Seeger, Patty Larkin, Robin and Linda Williams, John McCutcheon, Christine Lavin, Tony Trischka, Utah Phillips, Michael Cooney, Pierce Pettis, Gamble Rogers, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen and many others.
All CD sales help to support the Caffe, a not-for-profit organization.
Go to www.caffelena.org for more info about the Caffe or to become a member.
CaffÃ¨ Lena- In Their Words
"Lena has passed on, but what she started is going stronger than ever with young folks making old and new music."
"CaffÃ¨ Lena is one of the best stages to play in the country.Â I always feel honored to perform there."
Â Tom Paxton
"Musicians, singers and songwriters pay their dues and learn their crafts the old-fashioned way . . . in special places where people can listen and interact.Â Lena's helps you decide if music is something you ought to be doing, or where you should get a "real" job.Â CaffÃ¨ Lena, a national treasure, is not only a part of the lifeblood of the music industry, but serves as a bridge between the generations."
""I remember two things, two images in my mind, before I'd ever been there;Â that it had been there forever and that it was so nice to sing there. . ."
Â Michael Cooney
"The CaffÃ¨ was her big focus, but her work didn't end there.Â She spent a lot of time helping people get recording contracts and other bookings.Â For instance, she booked me on the David Frost Show with the Everly Brothers and Joan Baez around 1970"
"CaffÃ¨ Lena has been a warm and intimate place to hear great music for decades"
"We remember the cheery old wood burner stove and the water heater behind the stage; a time that was not easy for the Caffe"
Bill and Andy Spence
"This is not just an old cafe.Â Look more closely.Â Shhh- Close your eyes and listen.Â This is a cathedral.Â A place where the human spirit is kept alive."
Â Rick Kunz
"I came stompin' up to the place, got took care of, got a place to sleep, got fed and got a place to work.Â Lena's one of my oldest friends.Â It wasn't just that she let me play there.Â She took care of me.Â I felt she loved me.Â I hope I can hold onto my ideals as long as she has.Â Like Caesar Chavez and Pete Seeger."
Check out the artist's website:
1. Michael Cooney - Lena Won't You Open Your Door
2. Utah Phillips - Daddy, What's a Train?
3. Robin/Linda Williams - If You Love Me Feed My Sheep
4. Tony Trischka - Garlic and Sapphires
5. Margaret MacArthur - I'll Take the Hills
6. Joan Crane - I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal
7. Pierce Pettis - This is For Lena's Caffe
8. Christine Lavin - Harrison Ford
9. Patty Larkin - Metal Drums
10. John McCutcheon - The Red Corvette
11. Michael Jerling with Tony Markellis - Roadhouse
12. Gamble Rogers - That's All
13. Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen - Song for Gamble
14. Greg Clarke - Roll the Old Chariot Along
15. Peggy Lynn - Talk to Me of Ireland
16. Pete Seeger - Somos el Barco
17. Lena Speaks