Artie Traum - Brief Biography
Artie Traum was an award-winning guitarist and songwriter featured on over 20 albums for Capitol, Sony, Shanachie, Slice of Life and Narada Records. A pioneer of the 1970's acoustic music scene, Traum has been described as a musician "whose work defines the vitality and sophistication of American acoustic music." (Acoustic Guitar Magazine 2002). During his career he produced or recorded with John Sebastian, The Band, Bela Fleck, Tony Levin, Richie Havens, Pete Seeger, Abby Newton, David Grisman, Livingston Taylor, Patty Larkin, Michael Franks, Jesse Winchester and dozens of top artists.
A native of the Bronx, New York, Traum gravitated to the Greenwich Village music scene in the late 1960's. It was there he became influenced by artists like James Taylor, The Even Dozen Jug Band, Bonnie Raitt, Muddy Waters and Mississippi John Hurt. At clubs in New York, Artie listened to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Jim Hall, Howard Roberts and the Modern Jazz Quartet. He recorded his first track She's Gone in The True Endeavor Jug Band started by blues writer Sam Charters for Vanguard in the late 1960's. He played guitar for the blues vocalist Judy Roderick and was the featured guitarist on her highly-regarded Woman Blue (Vanguard Records). He co-wrote and recorded the score for Brian de Palma's first film "Greetings" -the first role for Robert DeNiro - with Eric Kaz and the band Bear.
In the late-60s, Artie joined forces with his brother Happy Traum. The duo recorded their debut album in Nashville for Capitol Records, a recording the New York Times called "one of the best records in any field of pop music."
The Traums were managed by Albert Grossman (The Band, Dylan, Peter, Paul
and Mary) and toured around the world as an opening act with these groups
and often headlined their own shows. They performed at the 1969 Newport
Folk Festival and other major festivals on stage with James Taylor, Kris
Kristoferson and Joni Mitchell. Their 2nd album Double Back was
also recorded in Nashville, and at Bearsville Studios. Happy Traum moved
to Woodstock in 1968 and soon Artie followed him to this small country
town. The duo played major festivals and concerts around the world, with
a strong fan base who enjoyed Happy & Artie shows that featured musicians
Arlen Roth, Debbie Andersen, Eric Kaz and other top players.
In 2007, Thief of Time was released.
(Most of Artie's current CDs may be purchased online from this site)
Thief of Time, 2007, Roaring Stream Records
Acoustic Jazz Guitar, 2004, Roaring Stream Records
South of Lafayette, 2002, Roaring Stream Records
The Last Romantic, 2001, Narada
Meetings with Remarkable Friends, 1999, Narada #46957
The View From Here, 1996, Shanachie #5016
Letters From Joubee, 1993. Re-released on Narada Records in 2000.
Cayenne, 1987, Rounder #3084
From The Heart (w/ Pat Alger), 1980, Rounder #3039 out of print
Life On Earth, 1977, Rounder #3014 out of print
with The Woodstock Mountains Revue:
Live at The Bearsville Theater Vol.2, 1990, Village Green #74 (Japan)
Live at The Bearsville Theater Vol.1, 1990, Village Green #73 (Japan)
Woodstock Mountains: Music From Mud Acres, 1995, Rounder #11520
(CD compilation from the first four WMR releases noted below)
Back To Mud Acres, 1981, Rounder #3065 (vinyl only)
Pretty Lucky, 1978, Rounder #3025 (o-o-p)
More Music From Mud Acres, 1977, Rounder #3018 (o-o-p)
Mud Acres: Music Among Friends, 1974, Rounder #3001 (cassette only)
with Happy & Artie Traum:
Live Recordings from the 1970s and 1980s, 2006, Slice of Life Records (Japan)
The Test Of Time, 1993, Roaring Stream Records #201
Hard Times In The Country, 1975, Rounder #3007 (o-o-p)
Happy & Artie Traum / Double-Back, Import 2-fer reissue, Vivid #534 (Japan)
Double-Back, 1971, Capitol #799 (o-o-p)
Happy & Artie Traum, 1969, Capitol #586 (o-o-p)
with Bear (w/Eric Kaz, Steve Soles, Skip Boone & Darius Davenport):
Greetings, Children Of Paradise, 1968, Verve Forecast #3059 (o-o-p)
with True Endeavor Jug Band (w/Danny Kalb, Artie Rose, Sam & Ann Charters and Sita Dimitroff):
The Art Of The Jug Band, 1963, Prestige #14022 (o-o-p, three tracks from this release are included on The Prestige/Folklore Years: Volume Three, Prestige/Folklore #9903)
Happy & Artie also appear on (and host) the Bring It On Home compilations, Vol. 1 (Sony Legacy #52997) and Vol. 2 (Sony Legacy #52998), both 1994.
VIDEOS ON HOMESPUN TAPES
Essential DADGAD For Beginners (VD-ART-DG01)
Essential Riffs For Acoustic Guitar (VD-ART-RF01)
Guitar Accompaniment (VD-ART-GT01)
Guitar Chord Magic (2 tapes, VD-ART-MA01 & VD-ART-MA02) Audio Cassettes Basic
Jazz Guitar (AD-ART-JZ), Hot Licks For Guitar (AD-ART-HG) Lead Guitar (AD-ART-LD);
and CDs Essential Chords & Progressions for Acoustic Guitar (CDZ-AT01) &
101 Essential Riffs (CDZ-AT02).
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