Gratefully Giving Back

Tomorrow at Mahalia Jackson Theater, Mayor Landrieu is hosting a concert to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. He’s trying to raise $100,000 at the NOLA Pay It Forward Concert. That’s pretty much all I know about it b/c it’s a last minute thingy, except to tell you that I have the honor of singing a duet with Mayor Mitch to open the night!  The song we’re singing together is “The City” by Steve Earle.  A bunch of awesome local musicians backing us up–one being my ex-bandmate Carlo Nuccio from the early Continental Drifters, and w/David Torkinowsky arranging & conducting as only he can.  7pm showtime.  Don’t miss it.  The mayor rocks!

Then after singing w/the mayor, Russ and I will head over to Howlin’ Wolf to give what we’ve got to the H.Sandy benefit on S. Peters Street.  Eric Lindell, The Radiators’ Camile Baudoin and Friends, Hot 8 Brass Band, Lonely Lonely Knights Band, Katey Red, Johnny Dilks and the Highway Kind. Russ & I go on at 8:15.

Promo details from organizer, Monique Pyle: “Tickets will be available at the door for $20 each, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and event starting at 8 p.m.  A ticket will include live music, donated food from Atchafalaya Restaurant, Martinique Bistro, Jacques-Imos, Le Petite Grocery and Boucherie, a silent auction and the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for prizes.

Proceeds of the benefit will be distributed between the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund and New Jersey / New York area non-profits accepting immediate donations. In addition to ticket sale proceeds, the Benefit is seeking donations to sponsor the musicians’ performances, as well as in-kind donations for raffle prizes. Those who are interested in donating for either should contact Monique Pyle at Monique.pyle@gmail.com or (201) 681-5250.

Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the New Jersey and New York coast lines on October 29, 2012 displacing thousands of families temporarily. This Benefit Concert is being coordinated by Monique Pyle, a New Orleans resident originally from New York and New Jersey.”

I want us all to remember how much love, support, and financial aid was given to us here at home by people who’s names we’ll never know. We consider it a gift to be able to pay it forward. Yay Universe! See you at The Wolf!  Or at Mahalia Jackson Theater! Or at BOTH!! Thank you in advance.

Love,
Susan

18 Responses to Gratefully Giving Back
  1. Renato
    November 28, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    Hello Suzan

    I’m From city São Paulo – Brazil

    I am 38 years old, and enjoyed their music much since the 60’s … Why not come and sing here in Brazil? You will be very welcome …

    You are very beautiful … And believe me, you’ll love our country.

    sorry my English is a translation of google … hehe

    Kisses of your fan … Renato

    ps… I love this music “Hair”

  2. Sher Cheshire
    December 6, 2012 | 4:19 pm

    Hi, Susan and Russ,

    It’s Sher Cheshire … you know, the fan of the Cowsills since 1967 you met this past September at Infinity Hall (with my 1968 T-shirt), and I also bugged you (ha, ha) at the Mohegan Sun the next day, and yet again at B.B. King’s the third show. Wanted to tell you both how much you still touch my heart how you reach out to people, whether they’re in need or not! You both are such wonderful souls! Was so touched to find out that you did a benefit for Hurricane Sandy and also the Songwriting Workshop at The Lesson Center in PA which must have been a great experience for those who attended. I hope it was a nice turnout. Sorry I missed out. I have written lyrics, so, for me, lyrics come very easy but the music … my brain freezes. I’ve always played by ear on piano. I would have loved to have gotten your guys help.

    Is it just a rumour or are you guys possibly coming to New England area next spring? And, oh please, if you can, would you come to the Annapolis/Baltimore area? Russ told me that you’ve done shows at the Rams Head Tavern in downtown Annapolis before, and I would SO much love to see you there! I’ve gotten quite a fan base wanting to see you guys in these areas.

    Love ya,

    Sher

  3. russ
    December 20, 2012 | 11:11 am

    Hi Sher,
    Yes, it’s true…The Cowsills wil be in RI in the Spring. We’re being inducted into the Rhode Island Hall of Fame! And, I remember you perfectly from our shows back in September. So, be sure to come see us up there in April. the agents are trying to put some shows together to go around the Hall of Fame show. Here’s another bit of insider info for ya…our documentary is coming out on Showtime the first week of March. So, if you know anyone who has Showtime…make it a party. Well…I don’t know about that..make sure you’re comfortable with them b/c it has some tearful elements to it.
    The workshop was postponed until the Spring. Russ and I will back up there mid-April doing some shows as our duo and we’ll be adding the workshop periodically into the tour. I hope you can make one of them. I’m not the person to give guitar lessons, but i do believe we can help others in opening up to the experience of creating..or rather, harnessing songs. And if the melodies don’t come for you, then maybe it’s finding a partner to pair your parts together. Bernie and Elton did it for everyone of their songs afterall.
    Have a wonderful Christmas Sher!
    Love,
    Susan

  4. russ
    December 20, 2012 | 11:38 am

    Thank you Renato! Your English is excellent, so no worries there. We’d absolutely love to play in Brazil! Russ REALLY wants to go around Carnival because of all the drumming. How on earth did you find out about us though? I’m glad you did, no matter. Thank you for your support. Call your local radio stations requesting our music. The more we’re heard the greater the odds we get booked to play there.
    Merry Christmas!
    Love,
    Susan

  5. Sher Cheshire
    January 6, 2013 | 7:18 pm

    Susan,

    Thanks ever so for responding to my message. Hope you all had great, loving holidays! Could you tell me, or perhaps I’ll be able to contact your new agent, Killer Bramer (?) when the April date is for your induction into the RI Hall of Fame, as well as soon as your shows will be booked around that time. Would SO much love to be there for you guys!

    So, could you possibly tell me the date of the Induction? (Sorry if I’m prying too much, well, you know sensitive me, I’d feel like crap!)

    Love,

    Sher Cheshire

  6. Ron
    January 12, 2013 | 8:32 am

    Dear Susan, I used to live in Fall River, I never knew you guys lived so close by. I would have loved to met everyone in those days. I really loved all those songs when I was a kid. I hope I get to see you live one day, before I get too old. Thanks to your Mom, Brothers, and You for all the joy you gave me back in the sixties. Ron.

  7. Ron
    February 11, 2013 | 2:41 pm

    Dear Susan, I wrote to you a few weeks ago, but I don’t think it got through. I just wanted to say thanks to your Mom and family for all the happiness and joy you gave to a kid back in the 60s. I never knew you lived so close. I used to live in Fall River. Hope you are well, Ron.

  8. Sher Cheshire
    February 21, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    Hi, Susan and Russ,

    Just found out the Cowsills documentary will air on Showtime Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Can’t wait! See ya in RI in April!

    Love ya,

    Sher

  9. Jim Davenport
    March 7, 2013 | 6:42 am

    FIRST, MY CONDOLENCES ON THE PASSING OF YOUR BROTHERS. I SAW THE PROGRAM ON SHOWTIME ABOUT YOUR FAMILY. MY SISTER AND I GREW UP IN THE 60’S. OUR DAD WAS AN ALCOHOLIC AND HAD ABUSED MY SISTER THE SAME WAY YOUR DAD HAD WITH YOU. THERE WERE PARALLELS IN THE FRACTURED FAMILY LIFE AND I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO E-MAIL YOUR BROTHERS THAT PRODUCED THE SHOW. MAYBE BY COMMUNICATING WITH YOU AND THEM I CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND MY SISTER AND HAVE SOME CLOSURE OF MY OWN.
    BY THE WAY, I STILL LIKE YOUR SONGS AND THROUGH THE SHOW WAS REMINDED HOW TALENTED YOU ALL ARE. I THANK YOU FOR A RESPONSE. GOD BLESS, JIM

  10. Mike
    March 13, 2013 | 1:06 pm

    Wow, just watched your documentery on Showtime. Wow. I loved your music then and I love it now. I spend my saturday nights on the patio listening to 60’s music. They play alot of Cowsills. You were wonderful and still are. Your documentery was somewhat tearful. That was definetly a different generation that you and I grew up as kids in. God bless you and yours. Looking forward to seeing you guys in concert. Mike Weber in Bossier city La.

  11. Dana Vermeer
    March 23, 2013 | 10:25 am

    Dear Susan,

    I wish I could be in New Orleans for one of your concerts. I just saw the cable documentary. I cannot even begin to tell you how much joy your family brought me over the years. I had no idea you had to suffer so much. Any chance you will be playing in or around Salem, Oregon someday?

    Kindest regards.
    Dana Vermeer

  12. Dee
    March 30, 2013 | 3:48 pm

    just watched your story on tv..admire you and would love to hear more music

  13. Sandy Siino
    April 3, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    Any chance you’ll ever be in the San Francisco Bay Area ??

  14. Thomas A. Mosby
    April 5, 2013 | 6:07 pm

    I want to Thank the Cowsills. I’m a Disabled American Veteran from the Cold War era and post-Vietnam era. I seen the documentary on Showtime and it brought back so many childhood memories. I suffer from an injury I sustained while serving my country. Plus, I’ve been diagnosised with the dreaded desease of PTSD. But, thankful for the Cowsills and for your beloved brother Bob for filming this documentary. It made my year, and the song Hair, The park the rain and other things, and Indian lake. Just brought back so many beloved childhood memories. That I believed has saved me. Whenever I have a bad day or episode. I just listen to the Cowsills and pretty soon I’m singing and laughing. Thank you so much. You have given me more than you can ever image. A life long Cowsills fan, Thomas A. Mosby

  15. linda pompey
    April 17, 2013 | 6:20 am

    okay, so we live in the sophisticated New York/New Jersey metropolitan area … ick! i would love to see the Cowsills and Jackson Browne play at the Beacon Theatre. he is pretty much a staple at that venue and that would be a dream bill. Steve Forbert plays around northern new jersey all the time and that would be cool! Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ? Susan, your voice is phenomenal. the entire band’s harmony goes down like a wonderful glass of iced tea in the summertime. i wish things had turned out differently for you guys. but that and 10 cents, right?

  16. russ
    April 28, 2013 | 8:24 am

    Hi Kathy,
    Awww..thank you. Yes, Mom and I were very close. We play at the Narrows in Fall River regularly! In fact we were their very first band to play there! –the continental Drifters.
    Thanks for writing.
    Peace,
    Susan

  17. russ
    April 28, 2013 | 8:34 am

    Hi sher,
    Sorry for the delay. We have a setting on our website that needs to be changed. Hope you got the info about our induction TONIGHT. If not, my apologies for my late response.
    Peace,
    Susan

  18. russ
    May 10, 2013 | 1:50 pm

    Thank you Renato! We’d love to play in Brazil!

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