DAVID BLOW Special to The Post-Star
MOREAU — Back entering a kitchen chiffonier showroom, you apprehend to see a array of chiffonier choices in assorted configurations altogether set up so assemblage can account what their own amplitude will attending like.
What you don’t expect, are old Victrolas with a Doors 45 rpm almanac accessible to turn, a crate of old albums with Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” in front, guitars on stands, a chiffonier tricked out as a bedrock ‘n’ cycle altar to a asleep acquaintance — and conscientious versions of Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks agitation out on a bank aloft the capital desk.
But afresh again, best kitchen showrooms aren’t the Best Apple Craftsman in Moreau operated by 63-year-old Loren “Sully” Sullivan, a self-proclaimed “old hippie” who has no cellphone, who bleeds ‘70s bedrock ‘n’ cycle and has become a acquaintance and common chump of internationally accepted artisan Brian Fox, whose latest commitment was the conscientious Petty-Nicks painting.
“It’s absolutely the bedrock ‘n’ cycle kitchen place,” he said in an account aftermost week. “I adulation actuality accepted as the bedrock ‘n’ cycle kitchen place. I’m acceptable with that.”
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The business is a absorption of himself — and he brand it that way.
“I like to accomplish a affiliation with people. There’s got to be a affiliation somewhere, it can’t aloof be about kitchens,” he said, absurdly bouncing about the exhibit from one allotment of his accumulating to another, pausing to bare a New York Times supplement from the Woodstock festival.
The altar for constant acquaintance Tom Brunell consists of photos, a Walter Trout autographed apish guitar part, and a $300 aboriginal press of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Street Survivor” album, which included blaze on the awning that was removed in consecutive printings afterwards the band’s adverse even crash.
His longtime buddy, who anesthetized abroad a few years ago, was a huge Skynyrd fan and he said his little canonizing amplitude adorning a chiffonier “will break there forever.”
And if you’re curious, the Meat Loaf anthology was advisedly placed in advanced of the crate.
“I’ve had that out advanced aback he died,” Sullivan said, abacus that abounding bodies accept commented on it, including one woman talking about her husband’s adulation for the tune “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” abandoning how he’d sing curve of it to her.
Sullivan on Thursday was antic a 45 almanac adapter T-shirt that he said passersby admired at the contempo Robert Plant-Alison Krauss show. The shirt was covered partially by his brand continued coiled atramentous beard (fitting for a bedrock guy). While he looks the rocker part, however, he said he can “barely” comedy the guitar and is added a amusement listener.
His bedrock ‘n’ cycle accumulating in his showroom, which includes a cigarette-in-the-mouth Keith Richards piece, is generally a hit with husbands who enter, while the wives about booty the reins on chiffonier selection.
He said his chiffonier suppliers acquaint him barter are declared to be attractive at the cabinets and not all the bedrock stuff, but he said he basically shrugs that off.
And if assemblage get the adventitious to get into Sullivan’s branch out back, they’ll see a bank of Fox’s paintings featuring artists like Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Steven Tyler, Curt Cobain, Keith Richards and Gene Simmons.
A “Toxic Twins” book of Tyler and Perry ability be his favorite, he said.
The paintings discount bags of kitchen cabinets and tools, but additionally six crates abounding with best albums, a turntable, huge amps — and addition guitar. Although he hasn’t spun abounding annal afresh because it’s his active season, back things apathetic bottomward he said he will. For now, he’s agreeable to accept to the bounded bedrock base 101.7-FM, which was cranking out The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” as he spoke.
Sullivan was alien to Fox by acquaintance Mike Dickinson, above buyer of the iconic Siro’s in Saratoga Springs. Fox was actuality painting horses at the track, and admitting Dickinson is not a music guy, Sullivan said, he knew Fox was and he affiliated the two.
Fox said he is currently alive with associates of Pearl Jam, Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses and Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. As an artisan who aforetime “lived in a afford and traded paintings for food,” he said he is beholden for all the abundant bodies he has met and befriended.
“And Sully is one of them,” the Massachusetts built-in said.
To accept a bank in Sullivan’s branch covered with his paintings is additionally appealing air-conditioned “because I apperceive how abundant he loves his music,” he said.
“And he’s such a adept of music and the music world, a guy like that accession my assignment is appealing humbling,” Fox said.
Sullivan sometimes loans paintings to The Strand Theatre in Hudson Falls to adhere for shows. He loves to allocution about The Strand, area he volunteers and frequently promotes shows to advice out. He buys ads, helps bands lug accessories and sometimes alcove out to managers of earlier bands he thinks will fit well.
And he artlessly loves actuality about rockers like Martin Barre from Jethro Tull, his admired Strand appearance to date.
“I do whatever I feel Jonathan (Strand General Manager Jonathan Newell) needs advice with,” he said. “He’s busy. There’s annihilation in it for me. I aloof abutment the place. I’m a advance and a sponsor.”
Newell said he believes The Strand has basically provided Sullivan an aperture for his adulation of music, and he said their accord blossomed already he apparent what it was becoming. He said The Strand has about become a activity for Sullivan, conceivably in allotment for egoistic reasons.
“He keeps cogent me how abundant it is to drive over a few afar and apprehend his admired guitarists,” Newell said. “He’s acceptable a sponsor and a promoter. He’s been a absolutely big supporter, big addition of activity and a absolute allotment of the team. He aloof absolutely lives for music.”
Though he now lives in South Glens Falls, he lived in Hudson Falls for 25 years and his wife Valerie grew up there. He loves that the amphitheater is abacus new activity to the village.
“There’s some action in Hudson Falls and it’s a acceptable thing,” Sullivan said.
In a blast chat, he capital to allocution about his wife and how active she has been in his life.
“She has absolutely helped me with who I’ve become,” he said.
Asked if he has a ambition account for a approaching Strand show, he initially said Todd Rundgren, afresh adapted that to Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
Oh, and he’s not done with the art accumulating either, adage he’s dying to add Robert Plant to the wall.
And Joe Walsh singing into the microphone he acclimated for “Rocky Mountain Way.”
And the Wilson sisters from Heart.
“It takes a year or so to get actuality from him because he’s so appointed up. I abhorrence to accumulate beating on him to get new stuff, but I’m not accepting any adolescent and I got bristles or six added paintings I want!”
David Blow is a freelance announcer and assistant of Media and Communication at Castleton University. He may be accomplished at [email protected]
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