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Abbe Buck, vocalist / Press

“Now Abbe is fascinated by songs that premiered in the year 1926. A year that was heady with the Charleston, the Black Bottom, the blues, and hot jazz bands supplying the nation's popular music, it was easy to find that as songs would be written during one year, "the tunes would stick around, on the piano bench, being whistled in barber shops, played on the radio. And believe it or not, 90 years later, we're still whistling or humming them, or they're being retro-fitted in a commercial on your smartphone." And Abbe thinks that the year 1926 was a very good year. "The songs during 1926, 1927 and 1928 were wonderful. Very simply written. They told stories. And many were as fun as riding in a rumble seat! Popular songs from the year 1926 include "Blue Skies" and "Someone to Watch over Me." Abbe will be taking the Metropolitan Room audience on a trip back in time singing "The Hits of 1926" on Friday, August 28th at 9:30 PM. Doors open at 8:45 PM, and cold gin blossoms will be ready...”

“The classic songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart and other songwriters of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s are sometimes referred to as the Great American Songbook. One local champion of this golden era of pop music is singer Abbe Buck. Her all-female trio includes Becky Stewart on piano and Peggy Foster on bass. Buck’s love of classic American songs began when she was 9 years old and discovered her parents’ copy of “Songs For Swingin’ Lovers” by Frank Sinatra. “My parents had the album and I kind of swiped it,” said Buck. “After school in third grade I would come home and play it. I would also play the Ella Fitzgerald sings Gershwin, Rosemary Clooney, Sammy Davis Jr. and Louis Prima with Keely Smith. My mother complained that she had to replace her albums because I wore through the grooves.” Buck’s parents encouraged her desire to sing and got her lessons to develop her young voice.....”

““I’m excited that traditional pop standards endure with the likes of Norah Jones, Diana Krall and [relative unknown Abbe Buck]. It shows that everything you hear today can be traced back to the masters, especially Louis Armstrong. Just about anything you hear today, Louis already did. History always teaches us what the future holds.” --Tony Bennett, Vocalist, Esquire”