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Friday, June 14, 2024

Home-Grown Music Rocks Methodist Church

Andie Baldwin plays at the First United Methodist Church. Photo by J. Phalon, Sept. 2022

The First United Methodist Church of Blairstown hosted a concert recently with local musicians Dave Paulson and Andie Baldwin.

The performance was part of a continuing series presentations at the church.

Baldwin is currently headlining at the Crystal Springs Cabaret with Grammy Award winning artist Hernan Romero. She recently performed at the Rainbow Room in New York’s Rockefeller Center.

Her first album, “Crazy on the Inside,” was released when she was 17. It’s available on Apple Music, Spotify and most other streaming services.

Paulson is a member of Water Street, a home-grown band that has played at iconic venues such as the Bitter End, Stone Pony, the Saint, Stanhope House, Roy’s Hall and Musikfest. They released their first album, “Waiting for Martin,” in 2017.

The bands most recent album, “All That We Tried to Be,” was released earlier this year. It’s available on major streaming services.

The Blairstown Methodist Church is located on Stillwater Road. Dates for future concerts can be found at their website,

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.