Following a 13-year hiatus, Buskin and Batteau, returned to the studio last year to record their fourth CD, Red Shoes and Golden Hearts. The classically-trained artists, who describe themselves as “hopelessly romantic,” “defiantly immature” and “usually hungry,” have been Clio-winning jingle writers (“The Heartbeat of America” for Chevrolet, “All Aboard Amtrak” and “I’m Lovin’ It” for McDonald’s, among others) and have written songs that have been recorded by such notable artists as Judy Collins; Astrud Gilberto; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Johnny Mathis; Bette Midler; Anne Murray; the Oak Ridge Boys; Peter, Paul & Mary; and Tom Rush (with whom they got their start in 1979 as his backup band). With their mix of talent, showmanship, Everly-crisp vocal harmonies and what Stephen Holden of The New York Times called their “by turns acerbic, funny and plaintive” music and commentary, Buskin & Batteau are consummate entertainers in their own right.
“Their harmonies and wonderful presence onstage is as captivating as ever,” says Ron Olesko, host of “Traditions” on WFDU-FM in New Jersey, who called Buskin and Batteau the highlight of 2009’s Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference.
As a duo, Buskin & Batteau have performed on