Chuck Brodsky is a storyteller, a songwriter, a troubadour, a modern day bard. His wit and irony, down-to-earth warmth, and quirky, rootsy, finely crafted songs tell stories of oddball and underdog characters. He celebrates the goodness in people, the eccentric, the holy, the profound, the courageous, the inspiring, the beautiful. He pokes fun at what needs poking and sometimes challenges what needs to be challenged.
Over the past 25 years, Chuck has released twelve CDs and has performed at festivals and in concerts all across the USA, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, England, Israel, Lithuania, Latvia, Wales, and the Shetland Islands of Scotland. He’s performed three times at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and 22 of his Baseball story songs have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame’s sound recording library.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Chuck spent a few years busking in Europe, and also worked as a fruit picker. In the late 1980’s, he began performing around the San Francisco Bay Area. His songs have appeared in several films and on tv. The 2003 Sony Pictures release “Radio” included a cameo by Chuck as well as his closing title track. “Moe Berg: The Song” is featured in the PBS film “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story” (2010). Kathy Mattea’s recorded his song “We Are Each Other’s Angels” in the film “Dear Mr. Goodlife” (1998). “Blow ‘em Away” has been recorded by David Wilcox and many others, and also appears on the Christine Lavin produced “Laugh Tracks.” In April 2019 Chuck will be inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall Of Fame.
Chris Rosser is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, composer and producer. As a solo performer, he has opened shows for folk and pop luminaries such as John Mayer, Tom Rush, David Wilcox, Shawn Mullins, John Gorka, Nickel Creek, and more. He has released four solo recordings, Archaeology (1998), The Holy Fool (2000), Hidden Everywhere (2006) and A Thousand Hands (2014).
Rosser illustrates his talent as a multi-instrumentalist and composer in the world fusion trio Free Planet Radio. He plays the Indian dotar, sarod, Turkish cumbus oud, melodica, piano and guitar on their two CD releases New Bedouin Dance (2004) and The Unraveling (2008). He also tours internationally as the keyboardist with master Turkish musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and as the pianist/guitarist in Grammy-winning flute virtuoso Rhonda Larson’s ensemble, Ventus.
Rosser has won songwriting contests at the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and the Merle Watson Festival, has showcased twice at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and was a New Folk finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival. As a recipient of the 1999 WNC Regional Artists grant, he continued his studies of Hindustani classical music and the sarod (a 25-string fretless Indian lute) with world famous Indian musician Ali Akbar Khan in San Rafael, CA. In 2003, he was awarded a prestigious songwriter/composer fellowship from the NC Arts Council. Last year, he composed and performed music for the soundtrack of the Sundance award- winning independent film, Anywhere USA. Rosser earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami School of Music where he studied jazz piano and studio recording.
In addition to performing, Rosser has produced and engineered over 150 CD projects for other artists in his Hollow Reed Arts recording studio in Asheville, NC. He has composed music for national commercial spots, and TV shows on Animal Planet, TLC, Oprah Winfrey Network and more.