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JOHN DELEHANTY SURE KNOWS HOW TO KEEP HIMSELF BUSY Local longtime rockers Martly are close to finishing recording a new full-length record at Scarlet East Recording (owned by Martly guitarist John Delehanty) with renowned producer Dale Penner, who has recorded well-known acts such as Econoline Crush and Nickelback. Just how did Martly get hooked up with such a well-known producer? Well, it was really a stroke of luck, Delehanty says. It seems that Martly’s entertainment lawyers happen to work on the same floor, in the same building, as Dale Penner’s entertainment lawyers, and voilá! A connection was born. The new album, titled Hum, is being mixed in Vancouver, B.C., and will have a release in late May or early June. Delehanty says that working with Penner was “a really good learning experience, to observe someone working who works for major labels.” Watching Penner, Delehanty picked up some new techniques, and “[Penner] reinforced some of the ways that I work, too,” he says. In addition to the Martly album, Delehanty’s downtown-Albany recording studio also is home to a few other projects. Delehanty is in preproduction for a new release from the Clay People; punk-rockers Blasé Debris’ new, as-yet-untitled album will be mixed at the end of April; the Erotics’ new album, recorded at the studio, is being pressed as we speak; and plans are in the works to record a solo album of Delehanty’s work, which will be titled XO.

NEW TOYS IN THE SAVOY In case any of you were wondering about the transition going on over at Justin’s, I’ve got an update for you. The restaurant’s interior renovations have been finished, complete with new upholstery, a new color scheme and a fireplace, just to name a few of the decorative changes. More importantly, though, the new management at Justin’s have pledged to make the restaurant a “more serious music venue,” and to keep their promise, they bought a brand-new PA system and a brand-new Yamaha grand piano, both of which now take up residence in the dining room. These new additions will come in handy since the restaurant has reinstated music on Saturday nights (shows have consistently been happening on other nights of the week and during Sunday brunch). Justin’s will host jazz artists from all over the region, as well as artists from (in some cases) around the world as part of their Visiting Artist Series. Also, FYI: Starting in May, showtimes will be from 9 PM to midnight every night there is music. So those of you looking to have a quiet dinner, be sure to book your reservations for early on in the evenings. Check our club listings for an updated weekly performance schedule.

COLLECTIVE SOUL SHINES ON NORTH ALLEN The band, not the street, that is. Collective Soul, the band famous for hits like “The World I Know” and “December,” have invited the local rockers to play a gig with them in Poughkeepsie. “This is a great opportunity to work with one of this decade’s definitive rock groups,” says drummer Tim Frank of North Allen. “Apparently Collective Soul heard about North Allen by word of mouth and asked our manager to send some music to the band.” As guitarist Matt Greco says, “they must have liked what they heard, because the next call they made was to ask us to play the Poughkeepsie show.” Impressive. North Allen are currently touring in support of their upcoming release Walkabout. The show will take place at the Chance (6 Crannel St., Poughkeepsie) on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 PM. Tickets are $25. Call (845) 471-1966 for more information.

HOW DOES ANYONE MAKE IT IN THIS FIELD, ANYWAY? Well, find out when Hudson Valley Community College hosts a music-industry workshop this weekend at the college’s Bulmer Telecommuni cations Center Auditorium. Budding songwriters and performers can learn about the industry and how to get their music played on the radio, and have their work critiqued by professionals. Singer-songwriters Michael Bowers, Kate McDonnell, Ben Murray, Scott Petito, Siobhan Quinn and Leslie Ritter will provide a “revealing look at the business of music on radio, television and film and how attendees can approach their careers and make them successful.” The workshop will begin with a concert at 8 PM on Friday; Saturday and Sunday sessions are from 11 AM to 4 PM. Admission for the weekend is $50. Individuals also can purchase tickets to Friday’s concert for $10 or Saturday’s session for $35. For more information, call 629-7170.

—Kathryn Lurie

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