From The Basement: Suzanne Vega

For the last 4 years the Cellar Sessions have been a passion project and collaboration between Ehud Lazin and New York city’s “City Winery”. The private intimate Sessions are usually shot in the Wine Cellar of “City Winery,” Manhattan’s ONLY fully functional Winery and Concert venue.

Suzanne Vega:

The legendary New York singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is celebrating the 30th and 25th anniversaries respectively of her albums Solitude Standing and 99.9F by performing both in full, as well as more tracks from throughout a distinguished career that has seen her sell over 7 million albums worldwide.

For this exclusive video session, she performed the songs “Luka,” “99.9F” & “Tom’s Diner.”

Having emerged as a leading figure in the folk-music revival of the early 1980s accompanying herself simply with an acoustic guitar, Vega released Solitude Standing, her second album, in 1987. The record would go on to chart at number 2 in the UK and number 11 in the USA, going platinum and earning a nomination for Record of the Year at the Grammy’s in the process.

Always pushing the boundaries of music, Vega released 99.9F in 1992, and album with a more electronic sound, which brought descriptions of industrial folk and techno folk. The record was certified gold, and also won a New York Music Award for Best Rock Album.

On looking back on these two pivotal albums in her career, Suzanne Vega says:

“These songs were written and recorded many years ago, but I still love playing them live, and have ever since the albums first came out. Now to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Solitude Standing and the 25th Anniversary of 99.9F, my band and I will perform them both in their entirety for the very first time. Please join me for this very special concert!”