Five Firsts: Howard Glassman of Grainbelt

Howard Glassman
NAME: Howard Glassman
INSTRUMENT: Fender Telecaster, G harp, plumb bob

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … it was either the Beach Boys’ “Endless Summer” or Elton John’s “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player,” and as a nine-year-old I don’t remember how I got the money to buy them.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Clash at the RPI Field House 1982. The greatest thing I have ever seen. Ever. Really.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a piece of crap Strat copy and hunk of shit amp that I bought off of Marc Schermehorn in 1978 for something like $20, and as a 13-year-old, I don’t remember where I got the money to buy them. At the time I didn’t know you had to actually tune the guitar every once in a while, so I got frustrated and didn’t try and play for another 10 years. I was then presented with Fender Squier Telecaster that I still use to this day. Eventually I will tune it.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “The High Road” by the Feelies. Seth Kaufman (of Mambo-X) taught Jim Garbe and myself just enough for us to perform it at the QE2 during an open mic. It. was. not. good.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The Dugans. We were like an expansion team (think ’62 Mets), an exercise in futility that managed to entertain at times and eventually we won the World Series (think ’69 Mets) only to succumb to injury and eventually die (think Gil Hodges). Good times.

Howard Glassman and his Grainbelt bandmates will break out their tunes once again for their annual Black Friday Drinking Binge show at 6pm on Friday at Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany.

  1. Kirsten says

    That’s a great picture of Howard.

  2. Tony Clifton says

    The answer to question #4 is incorrect. The first song he ever performed in public was the Theme from Mighty Mouse, sung to an old record.

  3. Ed says

    the ice is thin right now but soon you can skate all day.

  4. Mary says

    I did not know Howard was smart or from Hollywood

  5. LP says

    Nice sideburns…….Howard thanks for all you do to bring and promote great live music.

  6. first ex-Dugan says

    #4- true- it was not good. I have pictures to prove it. Audio was destroyed for the good of humanity. Anybody want a free left handed bass?

  7. Mike H. says

    and please say hello to Elvis & the Lizard King, if you would

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