A few weeks ago, when reviewing a performance of the Harlem Parlour Music Club at the Village Underground in Greenwich Village, I was disappointed to learn that Chris Tedesco, a member of the group, would not be performing that night due to the death of a friend.
I had met Chris sometime ago through Ann Ruckert, a mutual friend. He’s a great guy with a wonderful wife, Janelle, and a very cute 13-month-old son. Janelle is a musical theatre performer who has been in the national road companies of The Best Little Whore House in Texas and The Producers.
Chris is a fantastic singer-songwriter who plays acoustic guitar and fiddle. He’s music director of The Ranchhands, a fine group featuring the performing team of Chris and Mickey Kennedy. The group stays true to the roots of country music but has a fresh, modern sound. It has made its mark touring throughout the world. Chris is also bringing his talent to the the Harlem group, which will soon release a Christmas album which I'm told was his idea.
Already an in-demand musician, Chris has shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Randy Travis, Allan Jackson, Keith Urban, The Doobie Brothers and the Moody Blues. This week, he played the monthly Songwriters Guild circle at the Red Lion club in the Village. He was clearly the star of the night—singing and backing up most of the other performers.
There are some performers on a straight trajectory to the top of the music business. Chris is one of them. He’s a star in the making. Keep an eye on him.