Hearing Aide: Organ Fairchild release new LP “Songs We Didn’t Write”

Buffalo based band Organ Fairchild officially released their third studio record, Songs We Didn’t Write on June 7th. The 44 minute, 9 track collection of instrumental covers follows the 2023 release of Leisure Suit.

Songs We Didn’t Write

The trio is made up of Joe Bellanti on organ and keyboards, Corey Kertzie on drums and percussion, and Dave Ruch on guitar. According to Ruch, it was his son’s idea for the band to record and release an entire album of covers. He says “being a completely instrumental band, we’ve always loved the challenge of rearranging some of our favorite music in the organ trio format, and since our live shows always include some choice covers, this felt like a super fun project and a bit of a no-brainer!”

Left to Right: Kertzie, Ruch, Bellanti (Photo by Joe Cascio)

Songs We Didn’t Write was recorded and mixed by grammy award winning Justin Guip at Milan Hill Studios, and mastered by Alan Evans of Soulive. The record notably features grammy award winning and rock & roll hall-of-famer Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) on guitar for Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” and The Brass Machine’s horn section on Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish”. The album features a wide variety of artists and influences, from Harry Styles to Bob Marley and Grateful Dead.

“Hard to Handle” features electric (pun intended) guitar work by both Jorma and Ruch. The guitar-led track explodes into solos, before coming to a peak with both Jorma and Ruch trading solos with each other. The rhythm section of Bellanti and Kertzie hold it down together so well here and across the entire record.

“I Wish”, which features The Brass Machine, is a high-energy, freshly arranged take on the classic Stevie Wonder tune. The trombone, trumpet and saxophone additions elevate the song to new heights, and their solos end the song with a bang.

Photo by Matt Shotwell

The band goes back to their roots with songs like “Lazy River Road” and “Lost Sailor.” They were all members of “Wild Knights”, a Grateful Dead tribute based in Buffalo where they first met in 1983. The influence the Dead has in their playing and style is apparent, noticeably in Ruch’s guitar playing and his phrasing. The band does an excellent job at making these songs their own while paying their respect to the originals. Their arrangements are fresh, and they give these covers the space that allows for the song to breathe and come to life in their unique organ trio instrumentation. 

Songs We Didn’t Write is currently available on all streaming services [here].


  1. Them Belly Full (Bob Marley)
  2. Lost Sailor (Grateful Dead)
  3. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
  4. Canyon Moon (Harry Styles)
  5. Hard to Handle (Otis Redding)
  6. Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles)
  7. Lazy River Road (Grateful Dead)
  8. I Wish (Stevie Wonder)
  9. Redemption Song (Bob Marley)

Organ Fairchild 2024 New York Tour Dates:

July 13th – ADK Brew & Chew – Peru, NY

July 18th-21st – Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival – Trumansburg, NY

July 31st – Center for the Arts of Homer – Homer, NY

August 3rd – Cobblestoned Vibes – Buffalo, NY

September 5th – Party on the Patio – Saranac Lake, NY

November 6th – Foothills Performing Arts Center – Oneonta, NY

Visit organfairchild.com for more information.

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