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Ross Altman
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Biography:
Singer-Sonfighter
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Call me a Singer-Songfighter. I sing "to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable." I sing old labor songs, antiwar songs, civil rights songs, topical/protest songs, traditional songs, love songs, Jewish songs in Yiddish and English, and original songs that carry on that tradition.
I grew up on the folk music of Woodie Guthrie, Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, Theodore Bikel, Josh White, Big Bill Broonzy, Bill Holliday, and later on Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, and Malvina Reynolds.

I have a Ph.D. in English and an M.A. in Speech. For the last twenty years I have made my living in the Los Angeles area singing for old folks homes, schools, labor unions, political gatherings, folk festivals, libraries, book stores, churches, synagogues, and peace demonstrations.

I have sung for the home bound and homeless, for disabled children and Fullbright scholars, for benefits and fundraisers funerals and memorial services, retirement parties and birthday celebrations. I have sung for countless political, social, and environmental groups, including left-wing causes of every kind. As Woody Guthrie said, "Left wing or chicken wing, if there are people there I'll sing."

Additionally, I've sung for a myriad of religious denominations: Methodists, Unitarians, Mormons, Baptists, Catholics, Holy Rollers, Jews, Agnostics, Atheists, Humanists, Comunists, and FBI agents (usually at the same event).

I do not sing at Bar Mitvahs, weddings, restaurants, or anywhere I'll be mere background music to heedless talking, drinking and socializing. Attention must be paid -- that's what I ask -- plus union scale. I am a member of Local 47 of the AFM. I write a regular column for Folk Works, Southern California's free folk music magazine, and I am president of The Santa Monica Traditional Folk Music Club.

I play both six and twelve-string acoustic guitars, a long-neck five-string banjo, and enough harmonicas to fill the tool box in my guitar case, which carries a 1965 Guild D-50.

My recording and music publishing compnay is called Grey Goose Music, after Leadbelly's children's song about an indestructible goose. That's also my email address: . My phone number is (323) 931-9321. During the 80's and 90's I produced nine tape cassettes -- eight of my own songs and one of classic labor songs, performed in concert at the University of California at Riverside, called Live at The Barn. This is my first CD. I hope you like it. Stay in Touch.

Peace,
Ross Altman













Ross Altman
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