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Tell Me Something Good: Little Georgie

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Over the years, “Little Georgie and the Shuffling Hungarians” has brought together many of Central New York’s finest musicians in a band that seems to shuffle in and out of existence.

“The Shuffling Hungarians has always been like that. For 40 years, it kind of shows up and then it goes away. And right now, it’s showing up,” George Rossi.

Showing up, but you won’t find it on-stage.

11-time SAMMY Award winner George Rossi’s latest project is called “The Compendium of Unruly Caterwauling.” What he calls a raucous multimedia audio and video release, recorded without a safety net, piece by piece, in his tiny home studio, until he’s assembled a 17-piece orchestra.

George has had to build an infrastructure for the entire project, like putting together a merchandise shop online to sell t-shirts, and putting together radio distribution lists, but he reminds you there’s one thing at the core of this whole thing, and that’s the music.

“100,000 songs a day get released on Spotify. That’s what you’re competing against. So what I’d really like to do is sustain a way to keep doing it. I’m not looking to get rich,” Rossi said.

Streaming music won’t pay the bills, so he’s trying to get people to subscribe to the project, to buy into the experience. Doing it with live musicians, a real graphic artist, no AI or auto-tune.

He’s got three singles finished, and he’s gaining traction on independent charts, with airplay around the world. He has more songs in production with a CD planned for fall. And cautiously, Little Georgie has big hopes.

Find out more about the Shuffling Hungarians and “The Compendium of Unruly Caterwauling” at queenbeemedia.com.

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