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About Syd Straw

SYD. Actor. Singer. Writer. Rocker. Member of The Golden Palominos. To date, Syd has appeared on more than 50 albums with such artists as Rickie Lee Jones, Richard Thompson, Daniel Lanois, Wilco...and the list goes on. Raised in California and Vermont, schooled in New York, Syd Straw started her career as a back-up singer for Pat Benatar, then joined the eclectic Golden Palominos (featuring Michael Stipe, Matthew Sweet, and Anton Fier). In 1989, she released her first solo album Surprise on Virgin records. Her most recent album, War and Peace, features The Skeletons from Springfield, Missouri, deemed by Rolling Stone as "the greatest bar band of all time". In between and during all of this, Syd has maintained an acting career (Pete & Pete, Tales of the City), and continued to collaborate with a slew of other artists, including: Freedy Johnston, Phranc, Chris Stamey, The dB's, David Sanborn, and Loudon Wainwright III, just to name a few.

You can also find Syd's voice on these recordings with other artists that Syd has collaborated with.

Chris Stamey: Christmas Time
Victoria Williams: Happy Come Home
The dB's: The Sound Of Music
Eric "Roscoe" Ambel: Roscoe's Gang
Face to Face: One Big Day
Mark Bingham: I Passed For Human
Marshall Crenshaw: Good Evening
Van Dyke Parks: Tokyo Rose
Peter Blegvad: King Strut
Peter Blegvad: King Strut & Other Stories
Jon Jaz-Was: Are You Okay?
Peter Blegvad: Meantime
David Halley: Stray Dog Talk
Phranc: Positively Phranc
David Sanborn: Another Hand
Barkmarket: Vegas Throat
Freedy Johnston: can you fly?
James McMurtry: Candyland
Loudon Wainwright III: History
Marc Ribot: Requiem for What's-his-name
Dave Alvin: Museum of Heart
David Halley: Broken Spell
The Jim Carroll Band: The Best of...
Rickie Lee Jones: Traffic from Paradise
Tony Trischka: World Turning
Chris Stamey and Friend: Christmas Time
Harry Shearer: It Must've Been Something I Said
Vic Chesnett: Drunk
Leo Kottke: Peculiaroso
Grant McLennan: Horsebreaker Star
Dave Alvin: King of California
Kevin Salem: Soma City
Boo Hewerdine/Darden Smith: Evidence

Syd's songs have also appeared on these other 'Various Artists' Compilations:

Red Hot + Country (with Wilco)
Luxury Condos Coming To Your Neighborhood Soon
Stay Awake (Disney tribute)
Virgin Mega Hits Vol. 3
The CMJ Prisoner
Rutles Highway Revisited
Virgin nineteen-ninety
The Edge of Rock
Downtown Does The Beatles
State of The Union
Fathers and Sons
Beat the Retreat--Songs by Richard Thompson
A Different Kind of Christmas
Live From Mountain Stage, Volume 8
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Xmas
Party of Five (television soundtrack)


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