Tony Ladesich explains what goes into a murder ballad

A highlight of last year’s Murder Ballad Ball was Tony Ladesich‘s performance.

To quote myself: “Ladesich and his guitar played beautiful tunes, all originals in fact, except for the Bruce Springsteen cover he closed with. Looking at Ladesich, you’d never think he had such a resplendent voice. ‘Dollar General’ and ‘Bellefontaine’ were simple, formulaic songs about murder and vice in the Northeast neighborhood. After three and a half hours of murder music, Ladesich gave a delightful pick-me-up.”

This year, I asked him about his creative process when constructing beautiful songs about ugly subjects.

Find a schedule of the night’s performances after the jump.

Categories: Music