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NOTL’s Old Winos release first album Friday

After eight years of providing regular live entertainment to locals and visitors at the Old Winery Restaurant, the Old Winos band is releasing its first studio album.

Formed in 2012, the band is comprised of a Niagara-on-the-Lake resident and songwriter Steve Goldberger, a longtime drummer Dave Norris and veteran guitarist Mike Glatt.

The trio performs at the Old Winery every Friday night, with different guests joining them on stage every week.

Now, the band decided to come together to record and compile some of its regularly played tunes into an album called “The Old Winos and Friends.”

Goldberger described the album as a blend of folk, rock and country genres.

“It’s a reminder of what we do. If you’re into country music or folk music, I think (people) will like it,” he said.

Featuring Andrew Aldridge and Chris Altman, the band will perform some of the album’s tracks at Old Winery Restaurant on Niagara Stone Road starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7.

Of the 11 songs, two are originals. The first track, “Weekends With The Local Fringe,” was composed by Goldberger, while the second track “Hallelujah” was written by Goldberger’s friend Katherine Wheatley. The rest are covers of songwriters such as Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, Rodney Crowell, Johnny Cash, and others.

Creating the album took about a year. The trio did three recording sessions at Goldberger’s studio in Old Town before laying down bed tracks (a song’s foundation consisting of drums, bass and rhythmic instruments) and inviting some of the regular guests from all across the country to provide vocals or play an instrument.

“It was more of a collaborative effort, which I really enjoyed. Everybody’s more involved with an arrangement and how we do it,” Goldberger said.

This will be his 10th independently released album.

“That’s rewarding, having it done after a year and a half of working on it,” he told The Lake Report.

The album can be purchased through