RIP Delta Dave Johnson NYC busker

I have performed in the NYC subway's since 1999, I have met so many talented musicians.  One of them, and honestly one of my favorites was Delta Dave.  Sadly he died suddenly of a heart attack last week. I am mourning the loss of this incredibly talented artist, who always had a smile and performed some of the best Delta Blues I've heard in a long time. A quiet soul and to make him even grander, was wheelchair bound. I used to love to come across him performing in the W 4th corridor. One day I asked him what the lyric was he was singing, he replied "what can you do without earth and sky." indeed. 

RIP Delta Dave. I had the pleasure of capturing him on my little camera multiple times.  Here is a clip I made of him a few years back.

an obit written by Music Under NY consultant Tim Higginbotham:

With sadness we announce the passing of our Delta Dave last month. Dave’s sound was founded in the Mississippi Delta and Chicago blues style. His vocals, harmonica and guitar playing while harkening to his influences Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Lightning Hopkins and Howling Wolf… had their own rich authenticity. Dave performed around the world with a number of notable blues musicians - Honey Boy Edwards, John Hammond, Jr., Little Smokey Smothers, Louisiana Red, R L Burnside and more before forming his own band- the Delta Dave Blues Band. They recorded their 1st cd “Pignose Boogie” in Jacksonville, Florida. He later  developed his own “one man band” performing set-up. In 2005 we were pleased to bring Delta Dave onto the Music Under New York roster. Over the years his unique, robust style and good will have been instrumental in the continuing heritage of the blues, as well as the stature of our program.
Delta Dave you are dearly missed but we hear you clearly from the great beyond!
delta dave_by cathygrier

Staten Island Duo Visit all 468 NYC Subway Stations for Music Video

These Machines, an indie-pop duo from Staten Island, spent six laborious months visiting all 468 subway stations for a music video. They planned diligently for the filming and were able to incorporate all the stations in sync with the video's track "Let Love Rule." The track gives a nod to NYC in it's upbeat chorus, "We got to shine bright, like the New York light." 

NY1 ran a story on the duo and their achievement, find that video here. 

And watch the official music video of "Let Love Rule" below. Keep an eye out for your station. It ends in St. George, the first stop in Staten Island. 

Update: Brits Set New World Record for NYC Subway

A few weeks ago I posted about a group of friends from England who broke the World Record for visiting NYC Subway stops. You can read that story here.  Adham Fisher, who I met during his first attempt, sent me a great image of him accepting the official world record certificate in his NYC Subway Girl T-shirt! 

Adham rocking my shirt and his world record!

Also, I wrote that the world record included the Staten Island Rail, (SIR), however, Adham informed me that, while he and his team did ride the SIR, it was not a included in the world record.

Thanks again Adham and good luck on breaking more world records in the future!